Developer: Giant Squid Publisher: Annapurna Interactive Platform: PlayStation 4 Release Date: November 12, 2020 ESRB: E10+ ESRB Descriptions: Fantasy Violence Buy: Game. Valhalla is fairly dedicated to correcting many of the worst creative decisions made across the lifespan of the Assassin’s Creed series. When your magician character lights something on fire, the fire spreads and takes the terrain with it, pieces of it crumbling off into the cave network below. But it also did something I wasn’t expecting: it made the return to Lordran feel oddly new. But just as the extra visual definition giveth, it also taketh away. While it’s possible to build characters up into overpowered invincible juggernauts with surprisingly little effort, you also don’t necessarily need to in order to do well here. (Previously you would have to pay a visit to the covenant leader, which could involve a lengthy trek.) Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos. Dark Souls Remastered for the Nintendo Switch is exactly what we were promised. Developer: Ubisoft Toronto Publisher: Ubisoft Platform: PlayStation 4 Release Date: October 29, 2020 ESRB: M ESRB Descriptions: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol Buy: Game, Enter to Win a DVD of SNL: The Early Years, a Middle-Earth Collection Digital Code, and More, Our Preview Section Is Your Most Complete Guide for All the Films Coming Your Way Soon, We’re committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees—so if you like what we do, consider becoming a SLANT patron, or making a PayPal. Perhaps the perfect example of everything special and different about Demons’ Souls is its hub area, the Nexus. We’ve seen this brand of game one-upped in various ways over the years, and Demons’ Souls, as excellent as it often is, is still playing with a mood and mechanical language that’s very well tread at this point. Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat: Dark Souls is brilliant. Seriously, there are so many shortcuts and inter-connecting paths that you can find and open up that it's just... crazy (you really get to know the world itself really well!). However, if you die AGAIN... well, hours of progress can indeed be lost. Dark Souls Remastered speaks for itself just in terms of the raw mysteries it offers beyond its new coat of paint. You can bolt on additional effects, change trajectories, and tweak their potency until, say, you’re obliterating ground as far as the eye can see in a flash of red fireworks, probably killing yourself by accident in the process. And all of that still holds true. They didn't remaster s***. ), but hey, at least I played Demon Souls when it came out and I've totally platinumed Dark Souls II and Bloodborne! It’s important to remember this is a ‘remastering’ of the 2011 original, not a remake – these minor graphical improvements mostly to polish the original rather than pave over it, which is still a welcome improvement. If you don’t know much about Dark Souls, here’s what IGN said when it first came to consoles... “...if you're interested in the limits of the video game form – to see just how focused, how pure and how uncompromising in its vision a game can be – Dark Souls is unmissable. Dark Souls: Remastered Gameplay - Is Blighttown Fixed? There’s also amusingly little pretense about characters summoning vehicles, drones, and allies out of thin air; if you’re playing as a spy, her car with a cloaking device and missiles is only ever a few button presses away. You'll also find dozens of weapons, spells and items that each require minimum stats to use correctly, so how you set up your build is entirely up to you regardless of what class you pick up at the beginning (which just goes to show that there's a lot of freedom in choosing how you want to play). Arguably too easy. And if you’re playing with a co-op partner online, you’ll each concurrently take control of a character, meaning that you might see completely different scenes. Pity, then, that the game’s emotional resonance is rather lackluster. While the Switch version may lack some of the higher-end features available on other platforms, it still presents a more pristine version of the original, and importantly adds the exciting and absorbing dimension to explore Lordran on a portable device. Here, massive armies of beasts, knights, and wizards are looking to burn Hyrule to the ground in Ganon’s name. It feels as if, in the thankful absence of rape, there’s triple the amount of pillaging to be done. There are a few motions toward grace later in Valhalla, especially when some of the more despicably bloodthirsty Vikings start to play a role in the game’s narrative, betrayals start to pile up, and named innocents start dropping like flies. But in its breezy nature, the game ends up living and dying by its storytelling, which noticeably stumbles as it attempts to more overtly address the darkness beneath its concept. While the portability feature of the console can often feel overstated for other games, it truly does amplify the core of what Dark Souls is all about. You can hardly end a conversation with someone without them crackling madly. Dark Souls: Remastered; Dark Souls Remastered Review (PS4) The master remastered. The retexturing, although clearly better, doesn’t offer that much of a leap forward – certainly nowhere close to that seen in remastered versions of God of War 3 and Shadow of the Colossus. Other than the impressive selection of weapons and ways to actually play through Dark Souls, the biggest draw (game play wise) is the exploration. Remastered edition is mostly made for new players, but it is still Dark Souls, one of the best action RPG-s in history. There are still plenty of mindless sidequests, minigames, and timewasters to blow a 40-to-50-hour game out into something closer to 90, and a plethora of fascinating little nooks and crannies to explore for treasure, customizable items, and random secluded hermits with grand stories to tell. This is a 3rd-person camera view action game where you'll manage your stamina meter in combat in order to take out your enemy, but there's generous amounts of RPG-influenced game play here as well as you'll level up your stats in order to handle better weapons and armor and get increased pools of HP and Stamina to deal with combat. Where Origins and Odyssey took more than a few cues from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Valhalla embraces the things that, once upon a time, made Assassin’s Creed unique. The game was reviewed using a review code provided by Enhance.