Mention Games for Windows Live to a PC gamer and chances are that they are going to cringe. Microsoft’s online gaming service has caused many issues for the games it has been attached to and, upon the news that Microsoft would do away with it, some publishers have been making the effort to remove GFWL from their games. Today, From Software announced a new update for Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition that replaces GFWL with Steamworks and joins other developers who have made the transition.
I’m fighting against a skeleton wielding a large greatsword. I roll out of its way to dodge its first attack and immediately parry a second one with my shield. With my enemy off balance, I quickly get in a couple of slashes with my broadsword and get his health down significantly. At this point, I’m feeling confident that the fight is almost over as I roll out of the way of the skeleton’s next attack. But, to my horror, I anticlimactically fall off a cliff and die which forces me to lose all the souls I've collected.
It took forever and a day (actually, just a year, it only feels longer), but From Software's popular console title, Dark Souls, is now available on the PC. The console version of the Japanese hit was generally lauded by reviewers and game critics, and for better or worse, PC gamers finally get to see what all the fuss is about in a faithful port of the title to Windows.