Parents' Guide to

Dark Souls Remastered

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody, difficult tale with morally ambiguous protagonist.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

Great game, a little hard for younger kids.

Honestly this game is fine. I know that there are parents that take game ratings as requirements, but having a kid waith until they are 18 to play Cod or rdr2 is craziness. The chances that your kid will shoot up a school because of playing cod is sliiiiim to none. This game should be 12+ or 9+. The media takes violence too seriously. You are killing demons as an undead knight. I know that tat might leave a bitter taste in your mouth, but if your kid is set on getting this game and is 12 and older at least 9 then it should be fine.
age 16+

A little too hard to be fun.

This a gorgeous, deeply atmospheric game with an incredible story and a difficulty curve that - for some - ruins the whole thing. Make sure your kid really wants to play it before dropping 60 bucks. The nudity rating is warranted. The second act features the torso of a naked women welded onto a spider. Hair just barely covers the nipples, and oversized breasts bounce with each step.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (19 ):

It's pricey for a remastered game from a previous generation -- even if it includes a few hours of DLC that once cost extra -- but this is clearly the definitive version of this classic action RPG. While no match for modern graphical masterpieces, Dark Souls Remastered looks noticeably better than the original thanks to its higher resolution and steadier frame rate. The Switch version does have some darker, more blurry textures than the other systems because it's not as visually powerful as other systems, but it's still visually striking. Although no new content's been added, its collection of small improvements -- such as an extra bonfire and earlier access to the Dried Finger item (for people who want to focus on player-versus-player action) -- helps smooth over some of the original game's rougher edges. And what made the original game so memorable stands the test of time. Its challenging combat system -- which penalizes death by respawning all enemies and robbing you of souls collected (essentially experience points) -- remains tough but fair, encouraging caution, strategy, and play style experimentation. The beautiful and complexly designed world is still satisfying to explore, with secrets around nearly every corner. And untangling the game's dense knot of mysterious items and elaborate mechanics is as deeply rewarding as ever. If it doesn't feel quite as fresh as it did when it originally launched, that's only because so many other developers have taken pages from this game's book since its release.

All of this said, there's some missed opportunities for improving the Dark Souls experience even further. Many known glitches and cheats remain. The occasionally finicky camera is still problematic in some areas, especially in tight corridors or when locked onto enemies on narrow precipices. Plus, the continuing inability to pause when playing offline remains perplexing, and is bound to cause friction for players whose family members don't understand that they can't simply stop playing on command without potentially losing a lot of their hard-earned progress. It's frustrating, too, that finishing the game automatically starts a New Game + file, overwriting your current save and prohibiting access to all of the areas you've unlocked until you've played through the entire game again. Still, it's a treat to be able to revisit this classic and influential role-playing game on current generation hardware. If you fancy a serious test of your gaming skills (and patience), Dark Souls Remastered won't disappoint.

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