BOSTON – Dark Souls is hard enough when conditions are absolutely ideal. What happens when you take the beloved (but punishing) action/RPG series and put it on the Nintendo Switch’s small screen? Well, surprisingly, it still works – for the most part. Dark Souls on the Switch’s handheld mode may not be the ideal way to experience the game, but it’s still an eminently (and compulsively) playable adventure.

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I went hands-on with Dark Souls: Remastered for the Switch at PAX East 2018, and after a small learning curve, I found that the game played just as smoothly as I remembered. The demo covered the first level in the game (the Undead Asylum), and for returning players, the only real difficulty will be getting used to a small screen. (For new players – good luck. You’ll need it.)

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