Dark Souls 2 “Better Looking” Images Removed From Steam

When it was revealed a couple weeks ago that Dark Souls 2 was being advertised alongside doctored screenshots, many graphics hungry hardcore gamers were understandably upset. Though it didn’t affect sales, it did create a lot of negative press for a game that didn’t need it.

Now things have gotten worse, since observant gamers have noted that the screenshots on Steam’s Dark Souls 2 page that pointed to the older (doctored) version have now been removed.

It’s often hard for others to understand the importance the high-end PC crowd (Of which I am one) put on visuals, but when a company blatantly fakes the graphical fidelity of a game in its advertising…it’s understandable that they’d be upset.

Still, being on the PC means it will be open to modding, and it’s not farfetched to expect someone to improve the visuals themselves. DSfix was known for making the PC version of the first game such a hit, thanks in large part to the fan-made patch fixing much of what was never done by the RPG’s own programmers.

Though it won’t likely harm sales (Dark Souls 2 is still one of the most pre-purchased games on Steam), it does make you wonder why From Software would say the PC version was the lead platform if it is so on-par with the console ports.

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Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

    March 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    This here is the very reason why modern gamers do not deserve good games. If only the Souls series could go back to being a niche secret known only by true connoisseurs then From Software could focus their energies on what truly matters and keep their budget on check.

    What a tragic loss that the Souls series has to water down its identity just to pander to the common plebeian who could never appreciate the core genius of the series origins just so it can sell more and more copies until the series is a mere bloated mess just like every other game on modern consoles.

    I spit on your irrelevant complaints.

  2. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    March 30, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Totally agree dude. I absolutely loved Demon’s Souls, it felt like a more modern take on the “core” experiences of old, even if it still couldn’t compare.

    I imported it before it was officially localized, and after that everyone jumped on the bangwagon… then came the pandering and suddenly everyone is crying for difficulty, while the devs. try to make the game more broadly appealing, meaning it can’t be anywhere near as challenging as it was before.

  3. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    March 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    For me, I think the same way of Demon’s Souls & Dark Souls being a “dumbed down” version of King’s Field. I played Demon’s Souls when it came out and beat it after a moderate playtime (Ended at lv110). I expected it to be a worthy successor to KF but it wasn’t. Mediocre at best. It lacked all of the atmosphere, detail and subtlety that King’s Field had, yet the “modern gamers” we seem to despise rallied around it like it was the next digital messiah. King’s Field was forgotten, as was Shadow Tower, and now everyone thinks From Software is just “that company that made Dark Souls”.

    I still play King’s field 1-4 (1 was translated via a fan patch) on my PC thanks to emulation, and Demon’s Souls sits dusty and unused on my shelf.

    I suggest going back and playing King’s Field if you want a real RPG.