November 25, 2021

Dark Souls named 'Ultimate Game of All Time'

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director, described the honour as "very moving."

At the Golden Joystick Awards yesterday, the PC was named the Ultimate Hardware of All Time, a clear and correct admission that PCs precede and outperform any game console you can think of. "Gamers and developers have profited greatly from the continual progress in PC gaming hardware," Gabe Newell said in his acceptance speech.

But, if the PC is the ideal gaming platform, what is the ultimate game, you could properly ask? That, according to the Golden Joysticks, is FromSoftware's 2011 ARPG Dark Souls, which beat out Doom, Half-Life 2, Minecraft, Halo: Combat Evolved, Grand Theft Auto 5, Portal, and Space Invaders in the fan-voted category.

"Thank you very much for receiving such a wonderful award," Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki said in a statement reported by Yahoo Japan (via Google Translate). "It's still unbelievable that the user chose from the nominated works, but I feel it's a great honor."

Miyazaki also paid thanks to his colleagues at FromSoftware, adding that "the foundation of the latest attempt, Elden Ring," is made up of newbies who joined the studio when it was working on Dark Souls.

In light of this accolade, it's worth remembering that the initial PC version of Dark Souls, the Prepare to Die edition, was a complete disaster. Before its release, FromSoftware billed it as "strictly a port from the console version," with no PC optimizations, and they weren't kidding: It was also limited to 720p/30fps at launch, which was definitely not nice even in 2013. Peter "Durante" Thoman, a modding hero, immediately developed a patch that removed the graphics restrictions, but it still had wacky sound and horribly awful mouse and keyboard controls. It wasn't until Dark Souls Remastered was released in 2018 that we received an out-of-the-box experience that didn't look like it was designed to force us all to buy PS3s.

The launch of FromSoftware's newest soulslike should go much more smoothly: Elden Ring is scheduled to be released in February 2022.

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