Dark Souls 2 (PC) Review

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Dark Souls 2

Just several weeks ago, From Software released the console versions of Dark Souls 2. While the game is as good as the first one, one of the gripes that many players have is the techical performance of the game. Well, to those who are patient enough to wait for the PC version and have a decent gaming rig to boot, the definitive version of Dark Souls 2 has finally arrived. Unlike the bad port that the first game received, the PC version of Dark Souls 2 is quite an improvement.

One of the best features of the PC version of Dark Souls 2 is that the textures are in high resolution. Those who have complained how textures look washed out on the PS3 or Xbox 360 version, the PC version have assets that can show textures of the ground, the environment, even the character models at its highest resolution. Comparing the game side-by-side with the console version, the visual clarity is very evident with every environment you look at is very detailed, crisp and has a very fine detail to it. Players who are playing the game on a TV screen will enjoy it even more, especially with the game’s ability to run at 60 frames per second.

Dark Souls 2

In addition to the game’s ability to show better textures, the game is also able to show better lighting and shadows throughout the game. Depending on the video card that you have, you can set the video settings at its highest setting to fully enjoy the game. With a powerful gaming rig, playing the game at its highest setting will blow your mind away as lightning and shadows are apparent.

With my GTX 770 NVIDIA video card, I am able to play the game at its highest settings (texture quality, anti-aliasing, SSAO, anistropic filtering, higher-detail character models, and more). If your PC rig can handle the game at its max settings, you will be able to enjoy the game the way From Software intended it to show. This is the definitive version of the game without the worry of the game’s frame rate stuttering. After spending over 40 hours on the PS3 version, I am compelled to start over again with the PC version just to see how much the game has improved with its visuals and more.