dark souls $7.50!

#1 Posted by EvilDeathsyth (47 posts) -

I own this on the xbox, was curious if this is a must have on the PC? I have heard the visuals look great and they added a few things. But if I started it on the 360 should I play that or go for the steam version. Thanks as usual.

#2 Posted by mlarrabee (2990 posts) -

The framerate in a couple of areas--and one in particular--is terrible on 360 and would be much better on a decent PC, but from what I've heard the PC version sort of has to be played with a gamepad to be a pleasant experience.

I finished it on 360 a few months ago, and as soon as I get a gaming PC I'll be finishing it there too. So you could do that!

#3 Posted by MormonWarrior (2616 posts) -

I couldn't get the fix mod thing to work on my friend's gaming laptop, and it ran like crap. I'd say just stick with the 360 version. I played through the whole thing (S-rank) there and it's generally good except for Blighttown.

#4 Posted by Random45 (1233 posts) -

Like the above poster said, a gamepad for this game is a must. It's a pretty shoddy console port, with very few graphical options that are changeable in the vanilla game, but there are mods out there that can change those settings if you want them. Also, I'm 100% sure you already know, but I feel like I should warn you regardless: This game is really difficult. If you don't have a lot of time on your hands to dedicate to getting good at this game, then don't even bother picking it up, because you won't enjoy it.

#5 Posted by Savage (336 posts) -

If you install the mod DSfix (which is very easy to do), then Dark Souls on PC is the best version of the game. The PC version includes the excellent DLC, Artorias of the Abyss, so you're also getting that too for your $7.50.

These are some benefits of the PC version with DSfix:

  • 60 FPS (consoles are locked at 30 FPS)
  • high resolution up to and above 1080p (consoles are limited to 720p)
  • customize advanced graphics settings like AA, AO, DOF, etc. (not possible on consoles)
  • remappable controls (not possible on consoles)
  • automatically skip intro movies (not possible on consoles)
  • visually customize your HUD, fonts, messages, etc. (not possible on consoles)

#6 Posted by subyman (646 posts) -

@savage: Up to and above? :P

I'd say it depends if you like the game enough to play through it again. I had my fill on ps3, but I've heard good things about the PC version.

#7 Posted by Savage (336 posts) -

@subyman: Sure! You can do whatever resolution you want. I'm running 1920 x 1200. You can also downsample, rendering the game at a higher resolution than your monitor can display, then rescaled to your displayable resolution to create an ultra-crisp image.

#8 Edited by sadsadsad (115 posts) -

@savage: and the optional autosave function (you´ll never corpse run again.)

#9 Edited by Ezekiel (476 posts) -
@savage said:

These are some benefits of the PC version with DSfix:

  • 60 FPS (consoles are locked at 30 FPS)

Depends on who you are. For me this game is better played at 30 fps. Unlocking the framerate causes too many problems, like jittery panning in cutscenes, falling through floors when you slide down ladders and getting stuck at bonfires if you're not careful. I noticed at least one broken animation. At the long slope before Bed of Chaos. Also, ascending some slopes was more difficult with the framerate unlocked.

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#10 Edited by Jayzilla (2567 posts) -

Guys! I just bought it today. Gonna download it tonight. I am so stoked to play it. Can't wait!

#11 Edited by Ezekiel (476 posts) -

The console versions may have a longer multiplayer life than the PC version, since Games for Windows is being shut down next year. After that you may have to find a workaround to authenticate the game. It's worth keeping in mind if you already own the Xbox version.

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#12 Posted by Savage (336 posts) -

@ezekiel: Fair warning. Each person's experience may vary. I can only speak anecdotally, but I haven't seen issues like yours cited on forums very often and in my 400+ hours of playing on PC with DSfix, I've only had one glitch that might be attributable to DSfix (clipped through level geometry once in Blighttown). Personally, I've found 60 FPS to be far preferable to 30.

#13 Edited by insane_shadowblade85 (1471 posts) -

@savage said:

If you install the mod DSfix (which is very easy to do), then Dark Souls on PC is the best version of the game. The PC version includes the excellent DLC, Artorias of the Abyss, so you're also getting that too for your $7.50.

These are some benefits of the PC version with DSfix:

  • 60 FPS (consoles are locked at 30 FPS)
  • high resolution up to and above 1080p (consoles are limited to 720p)
  • customize advanced graphics settings like AA, AO, DOF, etc. (not possible on consoles)
  • remappable controls (not possible on consoles)
  • automatically skip intro movies (not possible on consoles)
  • visually customize your HUD, fonts, messages, etc. (not possible on consoles)

Let's not forget one of the best features of DSfix, backup saves. Not because you might want to redo a section, but if you run into a hacker that totally fucks up your stats you can just retrieve an older save to restore your character.

#14 Posted by Ezekiel (476 posts) -

Stat hacking can be prevented/fixed by using DSVfix.

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