I already own the original, but back when I got it I was unable to play due to the poor control schemes since I am disabled. Now I own an Xbox Adaptive Controller that I used to play through Elden Ring pretty well. I’d love to go back and play some of the earlier games.

I already own the original. Is it in any better state to play? I remember needing to add a fan patch to fix a lot of the issues. Or should I just get the Remaster and call it a day? Is there a recommended play order? I do see people recommending 3 over the first two if you’re coming off Elden Ring.

Appreciate your opinions.

You all are awesome, thanks so much for your recommendations. Decided to give Prepare to Die another shot with DSFix, DS Config Utility and Widescreen Fixer. Looks awesome!!

If anyone has issues with the HUD at 5120x1440.
In Widescreen Fixer:
Uncorrected Resolution: 2560x1440
Bezel-Corrected Resolution: 5120x1440

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Definitely the Remaster. I would go for DS1 first. Yes gameplay will feel odd but you‘ll get used to it. It‘s a fantastic introduction to the series and you‘ll see how much Fromsoftware learned and improved since then. Fair warning: DS1 might feel easier for you. DS3 on the other hand is more similar to ER.

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My play order so far as been Elden Ring -> Sekiro -> Bloodborne -> currently playing DS1 remaster.

DS1 is definitely my least favorite so far, although it’s not bad. Much much slower, and the challenge is in slogging through the levels with less challenging boss fights than later entries.

terrrmus
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I get sweaty just thinking about Sekiro. I may do it last.

Elkan Nixed
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I played the original on PC, but had to use some mods to fix some stuff. Also, the framerate is horrible in certain places. I definitely recommend playing the Remaster unless you need an extra challenge.

Honestly, you can play DS3 before DS1. Yeah, there is some lore stuff that won’t hit as hard if you haven’t played DS1, but it’s not a requirement. If you’re used to Elden Ring DS3 might be the easier game to get into. As for the Remaster vs. the original, I guess it comes down to how much you care about the multiplayer component since the Remaster probably has a larger player base.

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Bloodborne

@Sizousho@beehaw.org
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I’m still waiting for the PC release to be a thing…

@sludge@beehaw.org
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right? its kinda ridiculous they haven’t ported it T-T

@Sizousho@beehaw.org
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I have watched speed runs, challenge runs, and the great play through by the lad Jacksepticeye. I LOVE the art style and would really want to play it truly for myself. I know just about everyone in my friend group is going to buy a copy if they ever release a remaster.

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Dark Souls 1 is 100% worth playing. I won’t be a purist and say that you need to play it before 3, because they’re mostly standalone experiences… but you might miss a handful of references if you play 3 first.

As for how to play: if money’s not a question, buy the remaster – you’ll get a better online experience that way.

If you’re on a budget, however, you could simply Install the DSFix mod and start playing with the adaptive controller as-is. There’s unfortunately no in-game rebinding UI, but you can still do remapping using either the Xbox Accessories app or directly in the Steam overlay (requires Steam to be in Big Picture mode).

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I’m giving the first another shot with DSFix because I am a cheap ass, haha. So far so good. Definitely a little different learning curve but it kept my ass up until 3am playing. Managed to get to the boss on the bridge with the mallet. He flattened me after the archers spammed me to death. Good times.

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I think the original has horrible controller support, but I haven’t tried it in a long while. Just be aware of possible issues

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On PC the remaster no question. It’ll have the most active playerbase with a few quality of life changes that you’ll wish you had (like crushing stacks of souls).

As for playing Dark Souls 1 or 3, it’s up to you. Mechanically 3 will be more familiar, while 1 will feel clunkier and more dated but in my opinion has a certain charm that the later games miss.

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Agreed on this. I know people who prefer the original PC version but if you want any of the online experience of dark souls you should play the remaster

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