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Namco Considering Dark Souls On PC?

Felix Kemp
Dark Souls, From Software, Namco Bandai, PC games
Dark Souls

Namco Considering Dark Souls On PC?

Online Petition Grabs Their Attention

Dark Souls launched on PS3 and Xbox 360 in October of last year, and has been ruining the mental state of its unwitting customers ever since. From Software's punishingly difficult dungeon crawler is a work of art; if you're idea of art is tearing your own hair out by the handful and erecting a shrine from the shattered remains of broken controllers. PC fans, obviously of a sadomasochistic slant, have been clamoring for a Windows port for months now, and it appears an online petition with over 65, 000 signatures might have gotten their attention...

"Damn you are amazing!" community manager Tony Shoupinou told fans on Namco Bandai's forum. "I honestly wasn't expecting such massive support. My boss(es) even came to talk to me about this after it exploded all around the world. If you wanted to have the attention of Namco Bandai Games, now you have it."

The online petition, which only last week had just 7, 000 signatures, ballooned to over 65, 000 in just seven days, presumably prompting the Namco Bandai brass to consider the financial advantages of launching on a third platform. I expect the caution from their side relates to the cost of porting in comparison to potential profits. Or something more well written than that.

"The future is in your hands," Shoupinou told fans, "and I hope you will keep supporting this. I will make a personal objective to make sure every relevant person at Namco Bandai Games is in touch with this formidable effort." From Software's spiritual series, Demon Souls and Dark Souls, have become a surprise hit for the publisher, so adding a third platform would be a wise business move, in Dealspwn's humble opinion. [Namco Bandai]

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DivideByZero  Jan. 13, 2012 at 16:49

yes yes YES!!!!

Do it!! Up the GFX and DO IT.

I am quite enjoying this on the PS3, but the GFX are borderline PS2. After playing stuff like BF3 and Batman AC on the PC, stepping off to the PS3 for this is pretty painful.

Would buy it all again if they up the gfx.


jonhill12  Jan. 14, 2012 at 11:15

Borderline PS2? You need an eye test mate.

DivideByZero  Jan. 14, 2012 at 19:16

Not at all.

I am not talking the pre-rendered scenes. I am talking the actual game play. It's all very much one colour, the textures are flat, the edges are jagged and all in all it is quite underwhelming. It really looks along the lines of FFXII when you are running round the 1st castle. Nothing like the detail you have in games like Uncharted, MGS4 or FF13.

The main character in the character designer looks rubbish too. Very unnatural. Very low-fi.

The in game lighting is very basic too. Aside from the effect lighting, the normal level lighting is of a very low quality. I guess this is down to the power of the PS3 as much as the game design - but that doesnt mean I wouldn't like to see it ramped up.

I like the art and the intended look of the game, but the execution leaves something to be desired.

I wonder how much of that is down to the fact that I moved on to this from playing Arkham City on my PC with max settings and high AA and AF.

Stick this on the PC, have it running at 1920x1200 with HD textures and 32x CSAA and 8xAF and then you will be looking at a different game. It will be better than the pre-rendered scenes all the way through.

Anarchist  Jan. 15, 2012 at 00:20

My hatred of this game is no secret - and DBZ is correct in his damning review of the graphics. They are awful - ps3 release quality at best - definitely not five year on standard.

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