FromSoftware and Bandai Namco's classic has finally made it to the Nintendo Switch today with the release of Dark Souls: Remastered. The game which started it all really, that being comparing almost everything since to Dark Souls. And with that in mind, thanks to Bandai Namco, we take a look back at the original to uncover what makes it so special. And a genre unto itself.
Since the release of Dark Souls in 2011, the series has gone on to become a beloved and critically acclaimed trilogy, with the most recent entry Dark Souls III releasing in 2016. A series so distinct that in many circles, it’s now commonly referred to as a genre in and of itself. Which raises the question – why? With developer FromSoftware going back to the series roots with Dark Souls: Remastered, the reasons for this are present from the very beginning. And outside of the well-known challenge that comes with playing Dark Souls, a series that has now become synonymous with being difficult and punishing, it’s how this aspect informs the experience that creates an action-RPG quite unlike anything else.
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