Hi guys! Today I will talk about Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin and Dark Souls Remastered. I will do a comparison between them and I will let you be the judge of which game is better. First I will talk about the storyline of those 2 games, then I will talk about the difference or similarities in their gameplay, and lastly, I will compare the visuals and tell you my final thoughts. Now let’s begin.
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Both games have solid stories, though I believe I understood a little more of what was going on in Dark Souls Remastered.
This is a completely subjective thing so don’t consider it when you decide which of the 2 games to pick.
The thing about the stories of Dark Souls games is that they aren’t straightforward and you can’t understand many things unless you read every item and talk to every NPC in the game, and you still only understand half of what is going on. Both games have that kind of storytelling.
The gameplay of Dark Souls Remastered is more basic than the gameplay of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin and it has a lot less variety. This is expected since Dark Souls Remastered is the Remaster version of the first Dark Souls game and they were still in the early stages of developing these kinds of games back then.
One limitation for example that I found annoying while playing Dark Souls Remastered is that you can only roll in 4 different directions and you can’t roll diagonally.
One system that for me makes Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin the best Dark Souls game is the dual-wielding system and the way it’s implemented in that game. It is such an amazing system and I had a blast dual-wielding for almost the entire game.
One mechanic that easily makes Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin the hardest game in the series is that each time you die the maximum HP bar you have available is reduced by a percentage and if you die a lot of times your max HP can drop to 50%(there is a ring that can increase the minimum percentage that your HP can drop to 70%) of the original. The only way to restore the maximum HP to the one that you are supposed to have based on your stats is to consume and item.
This system makes you avoid dying unnecessarily and it can get annoying at times when you die too many times from a boss and you don’t have the consumable needed to restore you max HP.
Both games have a big variety of weapons and items for you to use.
As for the enemies, both games have a lot of variety but Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has more bosses for you to fight and more content in general.
So to sum up, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is more challenging, has more content, and as for the replayability both games are at the same level.
The visuals of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin are better than the visuals of Dark Souls Remastered but the difference isn’t big enough to matter a lot in your decision.
I think the most important difference when it comes to visuals is the customization that the two games offer. As I said, in a previous comparison, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin has armor sets that look absolutely amazing and I believe it has the best looking gear in all of Dark Souls games.
For me Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin wins here just for the cool looking armor sets.
Finally let me summarize what you should keep from this article.
First when it comes to the stories both games are around the same level.
For the gameplay, I believe Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin is the best option since it has more depth to its combat system and is more challenging with more content.
For the visuals, I believe Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin wins here too since it has better-looking armors and the graphics are better in general compared to Dark Souls Remastered.
Whichever game you choose I recommend waiting for a sale, since I don’t believe games that were released so many years ago are worth paying full price.
That’s it for my article guys. I hope you liked it. What game do you think is better and why? Write down your opinion in the comments below. See ya in the next article.
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