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Should They Have Done More With Dark Souls Remastered? (The Jimquisition)

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http://www.patreon.com/jimquisition http://www.thejimquisition.com http://sharkrobot.com/collections/Jimquisition-merch Dark Souls Remastered might bring a classic back to life, but it's not been a universal hit among fans. Let's look at what From Software could've and should've done with the Dark Souls re-release. __ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): http://bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - https://carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
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bahemutking12 (3 days ago)
Guys don't go so hard on From
Greg Wolf (6 days ago)
And here I am still *trying* to give Dark Souls a fair chance. I'm just frustrated and bored, the literal worst effect a game can have on a person.
Tyler Frick (6 days ago)
I think the archival argument only works if the original version is either impossible or just extremely difficult to get. But as far as I can tell, it's not.
The demon area legitimately looks like release-era WoW instances. Like, the placement pattern is identical.
BrotherO4 (10 days ago)
Dark Souls is game that should have gotten a Remake not a Remaster.
pln9fos (15 days ago)
0:08 I'm left wondering if Jim's speech was merely hindered by the Estus (I kept hearing "asbestos" the first few times), or if was he actually saying "Estus is bestus!" through the self-inflicted Estus-boarding.
Alexis Celada (16 days ago)
from is hands off in the remaster. So expect no changes like that
ChaoticOrder (18 days ago)
So THAT'S what estus is! Lmao
K Manitou (19 days ago)
It's a shameful release, and the Zelda of its generation deserved a lot better than this.
Buzzard F (19 days ago)
6:34-6:41 BriLLiant aLLiteration
Momiji (19 days ago)
I enjoy the fact you're so good at both loving something and criticizing it. You're a master at this art, my friend.
Section8dc (20 days ago)
I had to come back to this video to write this comment. I waited for years to play dark souls 1, I have played all the other souls games but I knew they would remaster it so I waited to play Dark souls 1. I just had to say that this is the worst remaster I have ever seen, it is insane how bad it is, I should have just played it on ps3 cuz it's exactly the same, I just beat the Bed of Chaos about 5 minutes ago and I think that was possibly the worst boss fight I've ever played, it was so cheap and badly designed that i almost quit playing the game, it just wasnt fun at all, I seriously considered just saying fuck it. Lost Izalith is so shamefully designed and every person working on should have been fired, I would like to meet the guy who designed the whole area just to throttle him, Lost Izaleth legitamately almost ruined the game for me. It's not that it was hard, bloodborne is hard, it was just shit. Jim was so right and I didn't truly see it till I played through it myself, they changed NOTHING, From Software should be ashamed cuz I lost so much respect for them playing this remaster. There are so many little things they could have fixed, the hitboxes were so bad I wanted to snap my controller in half at times for one lol. I'm going to beat everything in the game, but going through Lost Izaleth made me miss dark souls 2 like crazy. I was prepared for it to be bad, but not to make me want to just quit and never finish it. Dark souls games are my favorite games but goddamn From Software should be ASHAMED of what they did here.
drtalos (20 days ago)
could they have done more? uh, yea - could of actually remastered it. this is the original game, patched. great game, but this is a $#!+ release for the cost
Purlsama (21 days ago)
Praise the Sun for you Jim. ; )
LiK (27 days ago)
Rainbro Dashie (28 days ago)
Fun fact, FromSoftware wanted to do a weapons rebalance, but Namco wouldn't let them.
Stefan Bartsch (29 days ago)
Call me a moron but Izalith is my favorite area in Dark Souls 1. Thinking about it, for me it might just be the atmosphere and lore of the place though, not the enemy-to-enemy gameflow design.
tarrker (29 days ago)
Anyone else hate the camera? Walking up a ramp means staring at the floor for a while. All these sexy, awesome looking monsters and I spend most of my time gazing into their legs or, whatever.
Relixa (29 days ago)
As a purist who was properly iniated into the Dank Souls series of games at the ps3 original Dank Souls as a late comer at 2017 , despite owning a Dank Souls Limited Edition and a Demon's Souls copy practically at launch years, and only really bought them at cause 1 friend recommended them & i honestly thought they were devil may cry clones (Yes, really) that i may not properly ever play when buying them. Yet after years and 4 months of hard work, i received my very first The Dank Soul Platinum Trophy after days of back breaking, meticulous, and torturous hours of drop grinding and much, much more, such as fighting Smough And Ornstein 3 times, and being forced 2 go 2 ng4, because a certain covenant cursed here in Anor Londo, leaving me in a shit ton of trouble at ng3 with red npc enemies that were far above average in dmg, health, defense, nearly permanently trapping me there without the Lordvessel no less, and forcing me 2 kill Gravelord Nito while still needing his covenant 2 earn a miracle i needed 4 the Platinum effectively screwing me over big time. Yet despite all that, i absolutely adored Dank Souls, and loved every second of it, easily earning a 9 /10 score in my book. So how do i feel about Dank Souls Remastered then? Very, very mixed feelings. On ps4, the game speed is effectively doubled which severely pissed me off and threw 4 me 4 a loop alongside a few "improvements", yet, i still love it 4 the most part although the personal feelings are very conflicting, as i am a hard time justifying certain improvements, and changes amongst other things, as i do love the Dank Souls 2 ps4 rerelease, yet i also strongly believe in preservation, so i am disappointed at certain changes and conflicting myself on certain improvements and quality of life improvements, as i personally believe Dank Souls Remastered Should have been a Rerelease with 4k resolution, at 1080p, with added dlc trophies and spell restoration at homewarding 2 bonfire.
くんマフムード (1 month ago)
yes they could've done better with, but they probably wanted the original atmosphere to be there, which is a double-edged sword, yes they should've fixed the many issues the game suffered back then " they did fix some of them in fact ", AND they should've improved the original as well, the experience was good BUT it never hurts to make it better.
Mathew Soltan (1 month ago)
Being able to roll in more than four directions while locked on would have broken the game. Also a lot of your complaints are based on time...yeah boss weapons have to be earned in Dark Souls. I think the game shouldn't even have been called a remaster. They should have just said they're porting it to newer systems with some enhancements.
James Porter (1 month ago)
So if I haven't played this before, and can only get it on pc, is this worth it?
A Wingless Monkey (1 month ago)
I can confirm the Duke's Archives still has a window floating in the sky.
Stepperot (1 month ago)
Dark souls 2 wasnt good. That's why they did more of a REMAKE with Scholar. Dark souls 1 is already a masterpiece. You dont need to do extensive changes on it. It just need the small tweaks and visual and framerates improvements
Robacze YoYo (1 month ago)
How about implementing an actual keyboard option instead of fcking XYQYDYEW console shit buttons everywhere?
Tricky Diagram (1 month ago)
Didn't a separate company develop the remaster though?
Roxor128 (1 month ago)
Okay, so what about the most important question: Have they fixed the keyboard and mouse controls in the PC versions so you don't need to get mods to make it playable? Yes, I _am_ a tad sore about the original Windows version having controls that feel like trying to use a badly-configured emulator and not providing proper hints as to what key to press to do what. I don't care what button you press on the Xbox. I need to know which KEY on my keyboard to press, you nongs! And don't give me any bullshit about the Steam store page saying "controller recommended". There's a difference between recommending a controller and trying to force the player to use one through your game's design. Super Meat Boy did the former, and is perfectly playable on keyboard only (and actually slightly easier in my opinion) Dark Souls did the latter, and is an exercise in frustration as a result.
cosmosofinfinity (1 month ago)
It's a remaster of Dark Souls. I kinda would hope they would preserve Dark Souls in all its flaws, but just give it a face lift. I don't think they should go meddling around with the gameplay too much, at risk of ruining the feel of Dark Souls 1.
Whutup Ribs (1 month ago)
I can forgive the omission of all of these changes, but I refuse to forgive the fact that they didn't get rid of the loud-ass "RRRREEEEEEEHHHRRR" every time you feed an item to Frampt. Hell, I would have even settled for them turning it the fuck down.
Zoey W (1 month ago)
I've already bought Dark Souls twice. Once for my PC, and a second time when I got rid of my old desktop and realized that my laptop can't run Dark Souls at a playable framerate. I'm not buying Remastered because I remembered that the PvP was trash 7 years ago and it's trash now. And besides "reinvigorating" the multiplayer by just making a bunch of DS3 casuals play for a few weeks, this does nothing that I'm willing to spend money on.
Soarel (1 month ago)
on top of this there’s also all the awful PVP bugs and exploits that completely breaks the game (toggle escapes, reverse rolls, tumble buffs, and especially chain backstabs)
EvilRickMaster (1 month ago)
As a DS fan, I do agree, kinda shitty they didn't even attempted to improve a bit the Demon/ruins Lost Izalith areas as well as its bosses. (God damn it, youn could had at least put a bonfire next to the Bed of Chaos entrance to make it less of an umbearable anoyance!)
Hyenaholic Productions (1 month ago)
You should do something on how people stupidly seem to think EA Gamechangers are real reviewers. Let me tell you about the time I told a Gamechanger his biased enthusiasm made me want to puke and he pinned it and encouraged everybody to get at me. Nice guy my fucking ass.
forgettableface (1 month ago)
That fucking opening made me piss myself
Nikola Avramov (1 month ago)
And still no "FucKonami news"?? :(
TheMrFazztastic (1 month ago)
I think this is a matter of damned if you do and damned if you dont, where some people would appreciate changes to certain areas and bosses, others would have only criticised them as it isnt "true" to the original. I still love the game either way but it is the internet and people are going to attack for one thing or another.
TheMrFazztastic (1 month ago)
oh i know, I'm not doubting that. Im all for improving it my self.
SourPls (1 month ago)
Doesn't matter if some people complain if the devs changed the worst part of the game. I mean Demon Ruin and Izalith are considered the worst levels in the entire franchise, even the worst areas in DARK SOULS 2 beat the shit out of that which is saying something. Its really not difficult to improve those areas even a little bit which in turn improves the overall quality of the game.
Sonbru (1 month ago)
bro burg (1 month ago)
Im just waiting for a remaster of Diablo 2. And Borderlands 1. And Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2 for the switch.
S. Maxwell (1 month ago)
The slower you walk in the Bed of Chaos, the less likely it is to flail.
NSNick (1 month ago)
Shoutout for that nice "L" alliteration
pigsarehairy (1 month ago)
its not a remake(commenting on poorly designed area), remasters are literally just dumb asset updates pretty much
This remaster needs a Cement Enema
Daniel Meagher (1 month ago)
Is it really fair to say, “They had 7 years, why didn’t they fix anything?” From made 3 additional games during that time. It’s not like they released dark souls on their deadline and then had time to go back and fix it, no they had to move on to other projects. From is currently busy with whatever they’re working on next, and this remaster was mostly done by QLOC who seems more versed in technical aspects than game design, meaning they probably wouldn’t have been able to fix the bad parts of DS1 too much. You can ask a developer to polish a game to infinity, but then they’d never be able to move onto anything else. Worse, that kind of mentality can result in George Lucas style bastardizing of a work.
Loki Darkbeard (1 month ago)
When he starts talking fast he's mentioning things about remakes, not remaster. In a remaster, you just make it look better, you don't mess with the mechanics of the game.
Crowbar (1 month ago)
Honestly I didn't expect them to fix Lost Izalith, it would require a lot of work. Instead I would be fine with them removing the area though. Keep Ceaseless Discharge and make the area much smaller, quickly reach Bed of Chaos, who is also simplified and trivialized. That way this area at least wouldn't hurt the rest of the game, the rest of the experience.
JakeDaigo (1 month ago)
Dark Souls really is the Emperor's new clothes of videogames. I spent 40 hours slogging through this stiff, clunky modern day Dragon's Lair (do everything the exact same way every time or get hideously damaged! Fun!) and I just cant see the appeal. Boring. But let's make it memetic, where everyone who doesn't like it just needs to "git gud".. There are actual good, underrated games out there, but let's lazily remaster this boring shit even though it's only one generation old. Bog off.
nameless0711 (1 month ago)
If you think you know everything then show us how you Praise the Sun... 1:02 ... *crickets*
Evan Smith (1 month ago)
I never had a problem with DS1 frame rate issue, yes it is still stuck at 30fps but the only thing that would really motivate me into buying it again is clearly for online, but I always played the souls game alone so there’s really no point for Remastered
Ri Dragon (1 month ago)
I always wanted to play the original dark souls but when playing on my PC, midway through(I believe I had just rang the second bell) , it suddenly broke and decided that my controller constantly had the left analog stick held down, which made me quite motion sick. I don't know if it was the game or my computer that rejected my controller as it worked fine on my console. I had to give up on finishing the game. I'm quite excited to pick remastered up, but it seems like anyone who has already beaten DS1 really shouldn't waste the money.
DB Muir (1 month ago)
jim sterling is the dark souls of youtube, idk
SaHaRaSquad (1 month ago)
I just checked - the original Dark Souls 1 doesn't seem to run on Windows 10, according to some googling it can only be fixed in a few cases. Compatibility mode, reinstall, nothing helps, it just crashes instantly. And instead of making a patch like any other game studio they sell it for 20 bucks? No thanks, I don't need the game that much. This is one of the few cases I'm actually considering to just pirate it. Copying a fan mod, changing a few lines and not even fixing a single bug isn't worth any money.
Bryan Moberg (1 month ago)
Yes, and yes, but...whatever, its hardly worth buying on ps4 at all if you already played it, that said, i'm pretty stoked to play the switch version, handheld dark souls sounds pretty damn rad.
Juan Biondi (1 month ago)
it is a cash in,, but its a good chance to play it for those who missed it the first time, it should cost 10-15$
TheGabrielbowater (1 month ago)
Just feed the white lady and skip the whole shitshow. Except for the BoC. No way around that fuckin turd
Don b (1 month ago)
"There's so much bullshit in the video game industry, I never get a chance to talk about the game I love" Talks about Dark Souls without mentioning that this is a patch that you have to pay for. "There's so much bullshit in the video game industry". Yeah, there is. Don't gloss over it. Paying for a patch is fucking lame.
thedarkfreak (1 month ago)
Props for working "Lusus Naturae" into your alliteration.
kamenrideromega1 (1 month ago)
Yea you're right about the scholar of the first sin, but half of the fanbase still shits on ds2 as an inferior regardless of it. The whole remaster was really unnesscary to begin with. Hindsight 20/20 I guess.
Kenshin Himura (1 month ago)
This remaster needs to be remastered again with all the fixes and missing content then given to everyone who bought this game for free.
PlayCator (1 month ago)
Loved the music for your intro/outro this time. :D
Squidbunny (1 month ago)
Yeah! Orchestal fantasy Born Depressed arrangement is best
metro246 (1 month ago)
The reason i didn't buy the game was simple. There was absolutely no need for a dark souls remaster. The game came out less than 7 years ago, like seriously. "Remastering" 7 year old games... And if someone says "well it needed the remaster because DS1 is unplayable without mods on pc" then they should have either fixed the mess of a port for pc, or admitted that it was because of that, and given the "remaster" for free for the ppl who bought the original game. But we all know that the reason the "remaster" came out now was because it's been a while since the DS 3 DLC's came out, and the publishers needed some money.
BladeChild (1 month ago)
The short answer is, yes. The long answer is, however, still yes. I mean, they still haven't fixed bugs like Gwyndolin bonfire. It's pretty clear they never went into it with overall research and knowledge of the past beyond the FPS change and mild QoL changes
When your gaming rig can't play something as new as the original Dark Souls & he calls it "old."
Chezzers (1 month ago)
6:33 Nicely done Jim, nicely done
CKT1138 (1 month ago)
Yeah, they really should have.
James Mattison (1 month ago)
Has anyone else had a problem using the red and blue eye orbs on ps4? I restarted the game, made sure I was human, and checked my network settings. Still can’t use them
Andrew Beaumont (1 month ago)
So what does this remaster actually improve? Anything?
Wibbly Wobbilywoo (1 month ago)
Big true true
paco ramon (1 month ago)
They didn't remove the dragon asses
IdlovemesomeGyro! (1 month ago)
They should to make a bigger incentive for returning players to get it. For new players, not really.
Nightman Was Here (1 month ago)
The only thing bad about Lost Izalith is the weird out of place octopus monsters.
SimChucky (1 month ago)
I rather replayed the original Dark Souls PC Version with Modded Content (namely Item Randomizer). They fucked the modding community over as well with this rerelease...
Chris Z (1 month ago)
As a big Souls fan, you had me literally crying laughing in the second half of the video; great job. 😂😂
DrayZess (1 month ago)
Hey Jim, go and buy the original prepare to die edition on steam why don't you? Oh wait, it's not on steam anymore for no reason :O For real tho, DSR looks barely better than DS1 with DSFix. This remaster and the removal of the original version off steam is a huge dissappointment.
MrDaveP75 (1 month ago)
Isn't the point of remasters to encourage people to try something they missed or avoided the first time? I would rather be introduced to this game via an imperfect remaster than trying waste time patching up the previous buggy mess.
Scoutdy (1 month ago)
Jim loving that seo juice.
Kehinde O (1 month ago)
for 40 d0llars?? yes
peter cypers (1 month ago)
My favorite part of dks1 is everything leading up untill u get the lord vessel, I often lose interest after that point, the best levels are definitely at the start of the game, the ability to warp actually takes away from the experience to some extent, needing to run everywhere does have its charms
StabStabStabStabby (1 month ago)
This remaster should have been akin to scholar of the first sin. Or something like the halo remakes where they actually remade the entire game.
Bo Cimino (1 month ago)
Keep BoC because it is a lore fixture, and is a very unique boss regardless of its cheap tricks and bullshit. It is a very "Dark Souls" memory for all the fans. But you're right about everything else; especially Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith. I think every fan would enjoy a more well-designed area.
WOLFE (1 month ago)
Answering the title question: Yes, they should have had it ready for the fucking Switch, But I guess I’ll just whine until it comes out. (I’m joking, haha.)
Monte Kowalsky (1 month ago)
I still remember being SO excited to have made it to the Lost "City" and then being so confused that it was two staircases that led to a fog gate.
Ghin (1 month ago)
This was the best one you've done in a while.
Joel Paton (1 month ago)
Just freeze the lake into a shaft, fuck. Easy Peasy
Shawn Wesley (1 month ago)
As someone who has never succumbed to the "Darksouls is the best game ever, no matter what" sort of thinking that seemed to spring up a handful of years ago... well I had mostly ignored the series after seeing a friend play the original of this game and being incredibly unimpressed. I would later try out Bloodborne and have a fair amount of enjoyment (though never becoming a mindless fanboy). Enough, anyway, to tryout DS2 when it popped up supercheap during a playstation sale... of course the game failed to work on PS3 (wouldn't ever properly load into gameplay) and so I tried again on PS4... then wished I hadn't because that game is just not very good, even bought cheap. But at least that's something even a lot of the rabid fanboys agree on. To me, the Souls games (maybe excepting the third one?) seem like low tier budget titles that just got lucky... like PUBG. So then I was left with trying out DS3... or this remake of DS1, which so many claim is uncountably better than DS2. Honestly, I'm happy to call it quits at Bloodborne (which was pretty good) because I didn't like the previous games I'd played by From Software (3D Dot Game Heroes was a disappointment). And I don't like to waste money. But it's been sounding to me like DS3 might be the only one to bother with... I'll just wait for another sale in case it's still not something I enjoy.
Matt Puxty (8 days ago)
I started on Bloodborne, then went on to DS3 before playing the rest and deciding that the original was my favourite. Go for DS3, it’s definitely the easiest for modern players to get into, and you’ll have no problems if you enjoyed Bloodborne. If you don’t like DS3, you might as well give up.
Jm 115 (1 month ago)
*literally* *full* *of* *ass*
Michael Phelps (1 month ago)
I wonder how the switch version of this is going to do also Praise the Sun-nyD! sorry couldn't help myself lol
Iwuznothere (1 month ago)
The greater a game, the harder it is to recapture lightning in a bottle. You're either damned for implementing too many quality of life improvements that have come about and fundamentally warp the game from its original state as hardcore rise from their tombs to shout "baby mode" on a franchise that sold itself on its own difficulty, or you do too little outside of giving it a spit polish on dated textures and leave some rightfully wondering "that's it?".
bzeffer Branbuscous (1 month ago)
They just made this game the way we wanted Dark Souls in the beginning besides a few areas that were terrible at launch. They took 2 years to make it just like when they released the original, they made within 2 years after the release of Demon's Souls which was a beautiful game with at least 5 or more years of development and it had many features that weren't in the future games like the vaulting mechanic where you'd climb over small ledges or the anything from Demon's Souls besides that it's a "Souls" game and that the attacking feature was the same until Bloodborne influenced DS3.
The Fantastic Paul (1 month ago)
Bare minimum for me was 60 fps (and that's not really for me, just so I don't have to listen to other people complain about it), fix the majority of the bugs, make it look prettier than just running DSfix (on any system), and include the majority of the QoL stuff that latter games added. And they only managed one of those things. Fixing Lost Izilith or adding in whole new content or full frontal nudity or whatever else was broken or unfinished, would've just been icing on the cake. Don't want updated Enemy Placement, though. Don't trust anyone to handle that good. And I don't want weapon Upgrading Changed either. Give Me My Bullshit Upgrade Paths, Damn It! Changing that in the later games, meant that they gave you less Maximum Upgrade Items per playthrogh, because you only needed one to upgrade a thing to max.
CCFi99 (1 month ago)
What about rampant hacking online? What about the same old hacks that can corrupt other peoples save game by dropping hacked items in their world? Would be nice if they had fixed that.
Lokusbluete (1 month ago)
You fat butterfly searching for holes on the ground. I agree
sean gaines (1 month ago)
Need 4 ring slots
Muirbidul (1 month ago)
I finally got a Switch and wanted to play DS first (would be my first time) only to see it's been DELAYED.
Justin Pvsk (1 month ago)
FromSoftware had nothing to do with the remaster. So you can’t blame them for not doing anything with lost izalith
Justin Pvsk (1 month ago)
Daniel Quast nope, that was Bandai namco
Daniel Quast (1 month ago)
Can we blame them for handing off the remaster to someone else then?
charl X (1 month ago)
Im having terrifying armoured skeptic flashbacks with jim in that helmet *shudders* god that channel went down the toilet quickly
gEchochamber (1 month ago)
funny, i always liked ruins and izalith. for me it always felt like a place that has, for lack of a better term "moved on" (more than the rest of dark souls). the vastness of the place and how the enemies seemed to not care anymore always made me feel like this place was important once but now even the inhabitants no longer cared for it or themselves. seems i was so immersed in dark souls that i never realized that it was just lazy enemy placement. _me_ someone who always analyses, who loves to play around in level editors and therefore often has a hard time to not just see mobs and environments as the assets they are built from.... it truly speaks for the rest of the game that i was so blind to anything mechanical by this point. but then again i played it on pc with mods so i didn't have immersion-breaking bs like blight-town to wrestle with and instantly had addon content so both regions were just something in between and not the last region for me.
The God Emperor (1 month ago)
You know what'd be a good update for all the souls game? a patch where you can put down your sign and, given long enough, will be summoned into a random NPCs world (random appearance, build, name, etc) and can help them kill the zone's boss. Would prolly be significant, but it'd help assure the game's life a little bit more when less play and people want to randomly play again in the future. Also could do the same with invaders. Instead of just the named invaders with drops, could have random ones with no special drops, but similar to real invader feeling (except less stupid with lag stabs :P)
The God Emperor (1 month ago)
Also, there's no way they were going to redesign the levels. That would require the original team to be involved to be even acceptable to the community and they are busy with a new game. You want them to have spent time to fix that, that would require them to not spend time creating Bloodborne or Dark Souls 2 and 3 or whatever their new games are. From didn't make the Remaster. Sooo ya.
The fans really don't ever know what they want. The game is fine the way it is what did you expect dark souls 4? If they made major changes it wouldn't have been dark souls 1 and people would have still complained.
Christian Calso (1 month ago)
Someone has to mod Jim's tux into the game ASAP!
Honey&Darling Gaming (1 month ago)
That Intro was too fucking accurate to DSR

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