Dark Souls 2 PC Version Launches

By Pete Haas 2014-04-24 16:12:49 discussion comments
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PC gamers, prepare to die in greater detail. Bandai Namco has released the digital version of Dark Souls 2 on the PC via Steam.

“From Software has taken the time and great care to deliver Dark Souls II for PC at the level that PC fans expect.” said Chris Gilbert, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Bandai Namco. “We’re looking forward to fans enjoying the PC version’s upgraded graphical fidelity and its increased frame rates that is sure to deliver an extra visceral punch and open a new dimension to the great gameplay contained in Dark Souls II.”

If you're planning to buy the game on PC, here's what kind of system you'll need: Minimum:
  • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
  • Processor: AMD® Phenom II™ X2 555 3.2Ghz or Intel® Pentium Core ™ 2 Duo E8500 3.17Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600GT, ATI Radeon™ HD 5870
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 14 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device
  • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) recommended
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel® CoreTM i3 2100 3.10GHz or AMD® A8 3870K 3.0GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 or ATI Radeon™ HD 6870 or higher
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Hard Drive: 14 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 sound device
  • Additional Notes: Controller support: Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® (or equivalent) recommended
The PC version of the first Dark Souls was criticized for not taking advantage of high-end rigs' additional power. The resolution was poor and the game was locked at a low frame rate. Fan mods allowed for a higher quality experience but nonetheless, From Software could have done more to optimize the game for the PC.

From Software took that criticism to heart in designing Dark Souls 2. PC players with powerful systems can expect a much smoother, prettier journey than their console counterparts. You can see the improvement in these comparison videos and screenshots.

The studio previously promised better mouse and keyboard controls. I remain highly skeptical of this claim. However, maybe this will be good news to those of you who for whatever reason refuse to use gamepads. I still think you'd play better with a controller, though.

Dark Souls 2, like its predecessor, is a difficult action RPG with massive bosses and deadly traps. Players can invade your game to help or harm you at any time. The improvements brought by the sequel include improved matchmaking and enhanced combat. Ryan sure liked it a lot.

Bandai Namco celebrated the PC version's release with a fancy pants launch trailer. Check it out:


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