Dark Souls 2 will have a massive graphical overhaul which will be entirely different from what it looks like in its first alpha footages. This treatment happens with a lot of video games, but this one might be the ?biggest? one yet. Watch the video below to see the side-by-side comparison made.
Without the need to wait for any official report on this, the graphics have, indeed, been downgraded greatly. It looked worse even and it will with any gamer?s perspective. The lighting took the biggest change for the worse as it looked a bit lifeless compared to the first footage. Namco Bandai and From Software?s Dark Souls 2 took a nose dive in the graphics department especially in lighting and shadows.
While it may seem like Dark Souls 2?s graphics have been gutted, some speculations say that it was more about gameplay improvement and in fact, it must be. Given that this is not a next-gen game to be released for either PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, developers must have been looking out for framerate drops. The game might suffer from sluggish speeds if there are too much lighting, shadows and effects going on especially on boss battles. It might become too distracting as well, judging from what you can see with the video at around 3:05.
Darks Souls 2 is now available for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The graphics might have sucked for some, but it might get graphical boost on the PC port. It will probably not be like the first footage used to compare with the final product however. A PlayStation 4 or Xbox One port might be able to save it like the same way Metal Gear Ground Zero and Phantom Pain were like in previous generation consoles and the next generation ones.