Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 43 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
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  1. Nov 6, 2018
    If you’re someone who finds reward in developing deep mechanical understanding in games and is willing to die, a lot, in a bleak and uncaring world in pursuit of this understanding, Dark Souls Remastered could be a new favourite.
  2. Oct 26, 2018
    Visiting the dark, twisted world of Lordran on the go must have been out of the question a few years ago, yet it finally materializes on the Nintendo Switch. While torturing our character and our mentality anytime and anywhere seems sadistic to say the least, there is no doubt that the Nintendo Switch finally got one of the must-play titles out there. Minor setbacks in visuals and controls pale in comparison to what Dark Souls really is and to the amount of experience the player gets from it.
  3. Oct 19, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered doesn’t add a lot to the Dark Souls formula, but then again it doesn’t need to. Its graphical updates are subtle, and sometimes dubious, and the tweaks it makes to the game will only be noticeable to the already converted. But a refreshed pool of players means more opportunities for jolly cooperation, and the Switch makes it more convenient than ever to play the sometimes unapproachable classic. For better or worse, Dark Souls Remastered is essentially the Dark Souls you already know on a new platform.
  4. Oct 18, 2018
    The Switch release of Dark Souls: Remastered is sublime, offering a daunting, rewarding experience that you can carry anywhere with no losses. That you can play it in such an intimate way only enhances its themes and its best points, becoming, to me, the definitive way to experience Dark Souls.
  5. Oct 18, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered is a technically better version of an already-exceptional game. 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.
  6. Nov 7, 2018
    To me, it’s the perfect afternoon.
  7. Oct 31, 2018
    Dark Souls: Remastered is the improved version of one of the most influential and unforgettable games ever made. It delivers a mysterious and expansive world to be explored, which will reward with many wonders those who brave enough to face its dangers.
  8. Oct 20, 2018
    Technically surprisingly sound now you can dive into the beautifully disturbing world of Dark Souls on Switch without second thoughts - but do yourself a favor and use the Gamepad.
  9. Oct 19, 2018
    Dark Souls remains a magnificently designed title with a strong visual and narrative sense of self. There was no reason to fix what wasn't broken, and Dark Souls Remastered on Switch understands that perfectly.
  10. Oct 18, 2018
    If you’re a longtime Dark Souls fan looking to pick it up on yet another platform, I can say that the Switch version genuinely surprised me. Not only does it work, but it works well. And having the ability to take Dark Souls with me wherever I go is honestly a dream come true.
  11. Oct 18, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered has built a reputation for its sadistic design. This can certainly be the case for anyone that dares to dive headfirst into danger without a second thought. What I took from the experience was a simulated life lesson in paying attention and thinking for yourself to work out how to smartly move forward to achieve small ambitious goals. Sure, the difficulty curve can seem daunting, but there is an answer to everything as long as you’re willing to experiment. With all that said, there’s a reason why Dark Souls has become such a massive influence in the games industry.
  12. Oct 18, 2018
    Playing one of the decade’s most influential video games on a handheld proves a welcome novelty, as the Switch version of Dark Souls makes the most of the existing remaster.
  13. 90
    Dark Souls on Switch was another chance for me to fall in love with the world of Lordran once more. It's an experience that's a perfect fit on a handheld, and it's one of the most compelling apps Nintendo's burgeoning platform currently has to offer.
  14. 90
    Not everyone is going to find the soul-crushing difficulty as therapeutic, but amidst the rollercoaster of rage, frustration and depression, I learned the importance of perseverance and patience, and just how good it feels to accomplish something that you once thought impossible.
  15. Oct 18, 2018
    While we’ve had to wait a little longer than those playing on PS4 and Xbox One, the wait has been more than worth it. Dark Souls: Remastered is a faithful remaster of a touchstone in video game design that improves overall performance while preserving all of the character traits that made the original such a memorable experience. While it’s no less forgiving - and its menus are a little fiddly - this slick Nintendo Switch iteration offers the only way to experience Lordran’s ultra-challenging odyssey in true handheld form. Praise the Sun, indeed.
  16. Nov 20, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered on the Switch is yet another fantastic way to enjoy what is possibly of the best and most rewarding experiences in gaming.
  17. Oct 18, 2018
    "Portable Souls" should be reason enough to convince anyone to not miss this game, and the Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered is exactly that, no more, no less. Performance is great (30fps great), the visual identity of the original game has been restored and, in the end, is as enjoyable as any other version of the game.
  18. Oct 18, 2018
    I spent a few days hunting for undead, Lords and great knights. I visited Oolacile again from the comfort of my bed, I lost thousands of souls in Anor Londo from the terrace of my house, and I banged my fists on the desk while slipping in a ravine trying to take a shortcut. Although it is a pity that the frame rate isn’t perfectly stable, the chance to play whenever and wherever I want has its own charm.
  19. If you've never played Dark Souls before and you have a Nintendo Switch now, you should definitely give that game a chance.
  20. Oct 31, 2018
    A slight downgrade in some visual effects and audio quality do little to hold back what is otherwise a great and smooth port of Dark Souls.
  21. Oct 18, 2018
    It is also a great pleasure to be able to play the game anytime, anywhere.
  22. 85
    A fantastic video game and an interesting port for Nintendo Switch. It features some of the best combat around, memorable boss battles, difficult gameplay, and wonderful set pieces.
  23. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    There are technical limitations inherent with the Switch version of Dark Souls, but if you're from a time where you can fight through it, you should be OK. [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 73]
  24. Dec 10, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered on the Nintendo Switch brings a new kind of revelry to the moment-to-moment victories like finding a bonfire or killing a boss.
  25. Nov 2, 2018
    Quotation forthcoming.
  26. Oct 29, 2018
    A well aged fantasy/horror action RPG, that even those who have never played before should definitely give a chance. Don't be scared off by the stories of how difficult it is. (Though also know, those stories are true.)
  27. Oct 25, 2018
    The game has extras and technical improvements, but graphically it is similar to the first version, the sound is bad and the additional contents are scarce. However, it brings a unique experience thanks to a great playable system and a wonderful world that rewards you with the sweetest death.
  28. Oct 25, 2018
    Is the Switch version the best way to experience Dark Souls? Probably not, and I can’t imagine new players coming to the game for the first time trying to learn Dark Souls in the handheld mode. My advice for Switch owners who have never played From’s masterpiece: play it docked and on the big screen first. For those Souls veterans who just can’t get enough of their favorite game, be prepared to retrain your muscles, play in a dark room, and be a little amazed that you’re holding the game at all.
  29. Oct 23, 2018
    All in all, Dark Souls: Remastered on the Switch is a solid port that presents a modern classic to a new audience. While this version is an overall good showing, it falls short in sound quality and lacks any significant improvements over the original. Most will get this for the sake of playing Dark Souls in the restroom, and there is no valid argument I can bring against that.
  30. Oct 23, 2018
    Yes, there are still performance issues occasionally – but it’s nothing compared to how bad the original release was. For Dark Souls first outing on Switch, this Remaster should appeal to fans and newcomers alike – just don’t expect perfection.
  31. Oct 20, 2018
    As a remastered it is not perfect, with some hiccups when playing docked, but it is quite solid, and being able to play Dark Souls anywhere with this quality is just a dream come true.
  32. Oct 19, 2018
    While Dark Souls Remastered on Switch possesses some odd quirks and isn't as technically impressive as its current-gen counterparts, it still retains the heart of what the original game is all about.
  33. Oct 18, 2018
    Dark Souls remastered on Nintendo Switch is still a fantastic game. And with good technical and visual performances, that version has one killer feature that other versions doesn't: portability.
  34. Oct 18, 2018
    Despite the Nintendo Switch’s technical limitations, Dark Soul Remastered does a great job so the player can enjoy one of the most iconic game of the last generation of consoles, in a very different way.
  35. Oct 18, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered for Nintendo Switch keeps the essence of the series intact and also adds the portability element that, however, sustains several problems that negatively affect the overall experience, especially with the TV mode on.
  36. Oct 18, 2018
    The world design is second to none, and the game’s intertwining stories come together in a way that From Software—and its imitators—have failed to match. I continue to experience and find new things hidden away in Lordran’s darkest corners, and the Switch version lets me do that on the bus.
  37. Oct 18, 2018
    If you’re searching for a real challenge on Switch and haven’t played the original before, look no further than Dark Souls: Remastered. It’s going to be a daunting yet thrilling ride filled with frustrations along the way, but satisfying nonetheless in the end. Just be extremely patient, learn from your mistakes and you’ll eventually feel right at home.
  38. Oct 19, 2018
    Seven years out from its first release, people already know what Dark Souls is all about and probably know whether that type of brutal gameplay is for them. Love it or hate it, it is what it is. The Switch version doesn’t change that experience. It does run extremely well on the system, and it looks pretty darn good. The failure to adhere to Nintendo button conventions isn’t exactly exclusive to Dark Souls: Remastered either, but it doesn’t make it any less of an annoyance. Other than that, there isn’t much else going wrong.
  39. Oct 18, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered arrives on Nintendo Switch with an imperfect edition. It's portable Dark Souls, sure, but apart from that all the other remastered versions are preferable for home gaming.
  40. Oct 17, 2018
    A good remaster but not a perfect one due Switch's poor hardware. At least the gameplay experience is still flawless, while adding a portable element to the mix, making this version a sure hit.
  41. Oct 30, 2018
    With Dark Souls Remastered you should know exactly what you are getting; a full fat port of a revered and classic game with all of the extra bells and whistles the little console can afford. You may have already picked this remaster up on another platform, and if you have then you may want to side step this release. But if you missed it, or if taking Lordran with you in your bag is too appealing to turn down, then follow the flame and praise the sun.
  42. Oct 22, 2018
    While it isn’t without some notable and completely unnecessary problems, the Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered is still a great way to experience one of the best games ever released. The ability to play the game wherever and whenever is wonderful, and it’s nice to have this improvement on the original PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 release to contrast the more drastic overhaul the other platforms received.
  43. Oct 18, 2018
    Dark Souls remains a classic, but the Remastered version for Switch is the weakest of the four, due to the frequent (if mostly negligible) slowdown of the game in "docked mode" and the techincal sacrifices made to support Nintendo's hardware.
  44. Nov 8, 2018
    This remaster of one of the most influential games of the last generation gets the basics right but fails in other important aspects. The sound quality is quite weak and it delivers a visually inferior performance compared to the other versions of the same remaster, which cannot be justified with the Nintendo Switch hardware. However, truth of the matter is that it gives Nintendo players the chance of getting their hands on this marvelous work for the first time, with the added bonus of playing it wherever they want. That alone is worthy of praise.
  45. Oct 23, 2018
    Again, a Remastered version comes for the Nintendo Switch, this time bringing the Miyazaki’s masterpiece on a new console. The Switch is powerful enough to render every texture in HD but the framerate is not so stable as the last Remastered on PlayStation 4. Maybe not the best version, but the only one that allows to bring Dark Souls with you outside.
  46. Oct 19, 2018
    Dark Souls: Remastered for the Nintendo Switch runs very well performance-wise, but its audio issues are too blatant. It's what keeps an otherwise pretty decent port from reaching absolute excellence.
  47. Oct 18, 2018
    There’s no denying that handheld Dark Souls is still a cool concept, but its struggling framerate makes it difficult to recommend too highly.
  48. Oct 18, 2018
    Dark Souls is one of the most important and powerful games ever made. Switch is the least pleasant place to play it. It works—this is still Dark Souls and Dark Souls is still very good—but sacrifices in presentation and control scream inferiority next to original and Remastered editions of the same game.
  49. Oct 25, 2018
    The game is here in its entirety and feels good to play both with Joy-cons and especially the Switch Pro Controller. Framerate seemed mostly consistent with a few dips that didn’t affect my experience, so the performance is pretty successful. Some new functionality includes gesturing with motion controls and the use of amiibos. Both of these are nice to have, but of all the tweaks and any custom Switch additions I still can’t believe the menu buttons are like they are. Otherwise the base game was the real prize and for better or worse is here as promised.
  50. Oct 18, 2018
    A hasty and superficial porting.
  51. CD-Action
    Nov 14, 2019
    It’s another edition of the same old thing. One that has nothing to offer apart from what should be offered in the least – and still doesn’t accomplish it well enough to be worthy of any praise. [13/2018, p.76]
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  1. Oct 18, 2018
    There is no denying that Dark Souls on Switch is not the absolute best way to play the game. That honor belongs to your PS4, Xbox One, or PC, but the Switch version of the game is perfectly fine. You sacrifice a higher frame-rate for the opportunity to play the game handheld (and have the option to pause!), and in my experience the trade-off has been worth it.
  2. Oct 23, 2018
    Dark Souls Remastered finally came out for Nintendo Switch, and it’s… okay. I’m not insulted by the graphics or audio because I expected worse, but they’re definitely a step back compared to other versions. Still, I got my handheld Dark Souls, even if I don’t see quite so many players to enjoy it with.
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    The Switch version of Dark Souls simply lacks the polish that the remaster brought with it, and even added in a few issues that aren’t present anywhere else. The ability to play the game on the go isn’t something that you can get anywhere else, and it is hard to quantify just how much that makes up for the issues. Souls Remastered is still a very worthwhile game, but it is hard to justify this version over any other given the weaknesses that are unique to it.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 380 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 49 out of 380
  1. Oct 19, 2018
    this is hands down one of my favorite games ever, and now i can play it on the go with better performance than the original! if your a soulsthis is hands down one of my favorite games ever, and now i can play it on the go with better performance than the original! if your a souls fan and own an switch, this is a must have. this is one of those games that sucks you into its world and haunts you for days after playing. from the world building to the unforgiving but fair game play, Dark Souls is what gaming is all about. Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2018
    As a person who has never played the first Dark Souls, this was a very satisfying port. The frame rate is consistent and the graphicalAs a person who has never played the first Dark Souls, this was a very satisfying port. The frame rate is consistent and the graphical downgrade is perfectly acceptable (especially after the flack the remaster got on other consoles). There are a few nitpicks though, there is a noticeable compression in the audio and the button mapping in the menus is weird and can't be changed for some reason, but I got used to the compression very quickly and the the B and A buttons don't ruin the experience. Also, fantastic game. Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2018
    This release seems to have more in common with the original release, rather than the current-gen remasters, and that's okay! Especially whilstThis release seems to have more in common with the original release, rather than the current-gen remasters, and that's okay! Especially whilst playing handheld, the game performs well and I found myself only becoming frustrated due to my own lack of patience. I never feel like I am battling poor controls, hitboxes, or poor game design. Easily a quality title for the Nintendo Switch. Full Review »