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Darks Souls: Prepare To Die Edition Gets Trailer, Release Info

Having rage-thrown my controller for the second time in as many nights - it's something of a rite of passage among gamers - yet finally defeated that f**king butterfly, it goes without saying Dark Souls has been occupying a rather sizable chunk of my free time. With recent news that the game is set for a PC release in the form of the Prepare to Die Edition, there was much rejoicing amongst enthusiasts, as well as curiosity as to when the game would see the light of day. Sadly, the game is a few months off, with a confirmed release date of August 24th. Further, there was a particularly bitter morsel of news for some of my fellow gamers. While many undoubtedly hoped (or simply expected) that Namco-Bandai would use Steam for DRM, the cover art for Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition suggests that it will supported by Games For Windows Live.

Having in upwards of "no experience whatsoever" with the service, I can't offer any kind of personal response to the revelation. Nonetheless, reactions seem to be overwhelmingly negative, with descriptions of GFWL ranging from "unpopular" to "load of sh*t," with an extra helping of "Whhhhhhhy?" thrown in for good measure. While one wonders whether the game will also get a Steam release (if only subsequently), the news has generated a decent amount of controversy, going to far as to inspire a petition. Its content states that GFWL is "unpopular, difficult to use, inconvenient, has terrible online support (a key feature in Dark Souls), and is downright unpleasant." The author describes the decision as a "slap in the face," and while thanking Namco-Bandai for their work on the PC port, urges the company to either reconsider using the service, or have a parallel release over Steam.

With that, I defer to you, wise and gentle reader, to enlighten your humble and obedient servant. Is Games for Windows live a buggy, hopeless mess, or is this all so much needless fuss? Sound off in the comments section below!

7 Comments

aarion said:

*rubs hands together gleefully*
Excellent...

Bearfamiy said:

Actually of all the bosses the Moonlight Butterfly was my favourite visually.

John said:

Windows Live is alright. I think we've all learned not to believe anything these forum trolls complain about. There are Steam fanboys and anything that doesn't cater to their wishes they'll form petitions and protests and try to get changed to what they want. Enough of all this control being given to the people. Namco obviously has a business relationship with Microsoft and probably is obligated to use their service. It's not fair to put the company in the middle when they've already listened to the fans and are porting it to the PC. Get over it and just look forward to playing the game.

Jack said:

Steam just inspires better community.

If Steam didn't exist, people wouldn't bitch about Windows Live (more than the normal bitching and whining about everything). I'm going to sign the petition just in case it could actually get them to use Steam as the/a DRM, as it would be a good move for them, and the game. If it comes out with GFWL only, I will doubledip and buy it again nonetheless.

John said: "Namco obviously has a business relationship with Microsoft and probably is obligated to use their service."

This is true, but it's funny that when doing something to appease the "true hardcore PC gamer", Dark Souls is going on a rehashed XBox Live.

Shin Gallon said:

GfWL is only neat in that it actually ties with your Xbox account (I earn achievements on PC games and they show up on my Xbox profile, etc.). But otherwise, like Origin, it's a pale, pale imitation of Steam (hell, the actual Xbox Live is a pale imitation of Steam, to be totally honest).
I may play the game on PC, I heard too many horror stories about it on console. But it's harder to throw a keyboard and mouse in frustration/rage, so there's always that I guess.

AJ. said:

Even if on steam.. it still might require GFWL. I've downloaded games from steam before and had a total rage when said game forced me to also install and varify via GFWL, without steam telling me that it would be required.

I agree though that GFWL is a terrible platform.

baphomet said:

already bought the deluxe edition for ps3, and i have zero qualms with buying it again for PC.

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