We’ve all been let down by graphics quality on a game before, but normally game companies are very careful to let us know that “graphics may vary by platform” or other disclaimers, so that we don’t have unreal expectations. But anyone picking up Dark Souls II this week on PS3 or Xbox 360 may feel mislead by developer From Software and publisher Bandai Namco.
That’s because the graphics shown off in preview videos over the last year look nothing like the final game. They look much, much better than what has been delivered in the final game. Just look at the video images here, which compares the lighting and graphics in preview footage from April 2013 with the just released game on PS3. Obviously, there’s a huge difference. Bandai Namco must have been showing the PC build of the game, which is not due out until April 25.
As you might expect, gamers are mad and letting them know it with the hashtags #DarkSoulsDowngrade and #YOULIED being popular right now. Another problem with this game that I have personally noticed is just how often this game reuses rooms and scenery from the previous game. You expect that a bit from games, but it happens a lot in this new game. Is it just me?
Anyway, gamers are not happy about this game at the moment.