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Dark Souls PC was 'half-assed,' but Dark Souls 2 director promises more 'care'

Dark Souls PC was 'half-assed,' but Dark Souls 2 director promises more 'care'

A fan petition successfully convinced publisher Namco Bandai and developer From Software to bring Dark Souls to PC. Unfortunately, the final product wasn't particularly polished, with From admitting they were having a "tough time" making the transition from console to PC development. The end result was a direct port that required user-created mods to live up to PC standards.

"A lot of it was not very well done, sort of half-assed," Dark Souls 2 director Yui Tanimura told Shacknews via translator (Tak Miyazoe), while promising a much better experience for the sequel.

Read more: PC version sold very well for Namco »

"I wouldn't use the 60fps mod... Since the game is framebased it means it's running twice as ..."
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Dark Souls 2 footage shows 12 minutes of gameplay

Dark Souls 2 footage shows 12 minutes of gameplay

New gameplay footage from Dark Souls 2 has shown up showing dimly lit castles, bonfires, monsters and lots of combat. From Software Director Yui Tanimura and Namco Bandai's Tak Miyazoe takes us through the demo and talk about how the developer created the levels and the atmosphere the studio was trying to create in the new game. Oh, and lots of death.

Watch: A new trailer for the game »

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Dark Souls 2 screens leaked

Dark Souls 2 screens leaked

Since being announced at the VGAs in December, not much has been seen or heard of Dark Souls 2, aside from the need for a more addictive intro and to be more understandable. But now, some new screenshots are out in the wild.

See: The world of Dark Souls 2 »

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Demon's Souls headlines PlayStation Plus line-up for April

Demon's Souls headlines PlayStation Plus line-up for April

Before Dark Souls became a massive success, From Software released Demon's Souls--its bone-crushingly difficult predecessor. PlayStation Plus members will be able to grab it later today as part of this month's update to the Instant Game Collection.

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Armored Core: Verdict Day coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 this summer

Armored Core: Verdict Day coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 this summer

Yet another Armored Core game from developer From Software is coming to America this summer, Namco Bandai has announced. Armored Core: Verdict Day will be available on PS3 and Xbox 360.

It's not entirely clear what this latest iteration of the game brings to the franchise. Namco Bandai says multiplayer has been "streamlined." Like before, mechs will be highly customizable.

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"I have a new title suggestion "Armored Core: lets try something different""
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Dark Souls 2 aiming for addictive intro, 'more clear' story elements

Dark Souls 2 aiming for addictive intro, 'more clear' story elements

Following the announcement of Dark Souls 2, new director Tomohiro Shibuya created some trepidation by saying he aims to make the game more approachable. In a series that has thrived on brutal difficulty and serious mettle, fans seemed afraid this would ruin its unique charm. But further comments from the interview shed more light on his intentions.

Read more: Hopes to 'provide a good introduction' for players »

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Dark Souls 2 to be 'more understandable'

Dark Souls 2 to be 'more understandable'

Dark Souls 2 was one of this year's surprise announcements at the VGAs, adding another game to the beloved (and brutally difficult) series. But this game is getting new direction and leadership, and aims to be a bit more welcoming for new players.

Read more: New director is 'more direct than subtle' »

"I hope this is mistranslated, approachable is the last thing I want for dark souls 2"
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Dark Souls 2 announced

Dark Souls 2 announced

Tonight at the Spike Video Game Awards, a new trailer debuted for Dark Souls 2. The short cinematic look at the game didn't seem to feature any gameplay, but set the tone for another brutally difficult game set in From's fantasy universe.

Watch: Death, dragons, and destruction »

"I just don't want CoD waypoints or anything on screen showing you your objective(s)."
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Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss DLC coming to consoles in October

Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss DLC coming to consoles in October

It's been a difficult month for Dark Souls fans without a gaming PC, stuck hearing others talk about how beautiful the game is in high resolutions at 60fps thanks to mods, and how challenging the boss fights introduced with the 'Artorias of the Abyss' DLC are. Well, they'll have to wait a while longer yet, as publisher Namco Bandai announced today that it'll make the jump from PC onto consoles in late October.

Read more: $15 for an extra chapter »

"tbh, it feels off playing 60fps than having it locked at 30, i guess having played Demon Souls ..."
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Dark Souls PC hack enables higher resolutions

Dark Souls PC hack enables higher resolutions

PC masochists were dismayed by news that the PC edition of Dark Souls would render at 1024x720 at 30fps, but a few predicted that the platform's wonderful modability would save the day. You clever little Nostradami, you. A hack enabling higher resolutions was released within hours of launch, and while there are a few bugs it does seem to mostly work.

Read more: Removing framerate cap supposedly less successful »

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Dark Souls: Prepare to Die specs are not-so-scary

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die specs are not-so-scary

From Software has been managing expectations for the upcoming PC version of Dark Souls. While fans have long-clamored for a PC port of the hardcore dungeon crawler, the developer admitted it was "having a tough time" optimizing the game for Windows. "First we thought it would be a breeze, but it's turned out not to be the case," producer Daisuke Uchiyama admitted.

Still, having a straight port is probably better than not getting the game at all. And the PC version will include additional content that console gamers will have to pay extra for.

Read more: Prepare to Die with DirectX 9.0 »

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Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor review

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor review

An AP shell hits our right-side leg, and I hear steel bend and warp at the force. I start to prepare a shell to fire back, but I have bigger problems now. My VT is filling up with smoke. Visibility is poor, and we're all starting to cough. My eyes and lungs burn. I reach for the ventilation lever, only moments to spare before we all suffocate in a hot metal box. I pull back, hard, venting the cabin and saving us all -- but enemy VTs are still bearing down on us. Allowing only a brief sigh of relief, I try to withdraw my hand, only to find it won't obey my commands. Instead of holding the yoke, my hand flips open the Self-Destruct compartment. I remain perfectly motionless, terrified that the slightest touch will reduce us to smoldering rubble. I can't trust my own hands, so I'm left unsure of how to keep myself from hitting the button that will immediately kill my entire crew. I slowly, deliberately try to pull my hand away, but it disobeys me again.

My hand presses the button.

We explode.

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Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor short film released

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor short film released

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is due out tomorrow, but just in case you can't wait to hop in a VT and start blasting Uncles to tiny fiery bits, Capcom has released a live-action short film to sate your appetite. The movie only lasts about three minutes, but it comes from the well-known Japanese director behind the anime classic Ghost in the Shell.

Watch: Steel Battalion Heavy Armor: Gosha »

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Dark Souls dev 'having a tough time' with PC

Dark Souls dev 'having a tough time' with PC

Masochists were thrilled when From Software committed to making a PC version of Dark Souls, but the news hasn't all been good since. The developer mentioned in April that, though it'll boast new content, technically it'll be the same as on consoles--FPS issues at all. Producer Daisuke Uchiyama explained a little more during E3, saying the team was still "having a tough time" with it.

Read more: "Strictly a port" to release it ASAP »

"im pretty sure Witcher 2 was pretty well optimized for the 360 and not just a direct port. ..."
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Dark Souls PC content confirmed for consoles as DLC

Dark Souls PC content confirmed for consoles as DLC

The deathly and dastardly extra content coming with the PC edition of Dark Souls will also be released for consoles as DLC, publisher Namco Bandai has confirmed. The 'Artorias of the Abyss' expansion will arrive on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this winter, priced at $15.

Read more: New areas, enemies, bosses, weapons... »

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