The best mods for Dark Souls PC | PCGamesN

Spooky Races: Project CARS gets a Halloween trailer

First blood in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship will be shed next week

Dark Souls 2 is the Golden Joystick Awards' Game of the Year

The best mods for Dark Souls PC

Dark Souls is a truly great game, but it’s also a shabby one. From Software, bless their hearts, gave us the PC port we were clamouring for even though (as they themselves admitted) they didn’t really know how to make one.

The final result was technically underwhelming, with low resolutions and poor framerates holding back an otherwise stunning game. Thankfully, this is PC gaming, which means when we don’t like something, we fix it ourselves.

Check inside for a collection of mods that will help turn Dark Souls into a port worthy of the PC.

DSFix

I cannot understate how essential this mod is. If you plan to play Dark Souls on PC, you simply must install it. DSFix is called so because it fixes Dark Souls, specifically it fixes the unfortunate graphical issues created by the clumsy porting process. By default Dark Souls doesn't render any higher than 1040x720, DSFix fixes that.

It also doesn't run at more than 30 FPS, DSFixes that too.

Plus it lets you scale the UI to better suit high resolution monitors, provides a structure for other modders to replace textures and adds some fancy new post processing effects. Get it, install it, love it.

Morten242s UI for DSFix

This neat little program allows you to edit every aspect of DSFix: things like resolution, SSAO, depth of field, and the HUD options, without having to tinker around with the ini files. Instead just boot up Morten242sUI, and all your changes can be made in a simple options window, without any fuss.


Neoshroomish high resolution textures

Despite Durante's sterling work with DSFix, Dark Souls’ visuals are still blurry and low resolution compared to high end PC games. This is why Neoshroomish has started the long process of replacing those textures with high resolution alternatives, beginning with the Blighttown and Sens Fortress areas. The result looks much sharper and cleaner, but loses something of Dark Souls' signature grime. You can decide which matters more to you. There’s a second pack available here.

High Res UI and subtitle fonts

While DSFix upscales Dark Souls neatly, one element that comes off badly in the transition is the text. Dark Souls' fonts are built for 720p, which means they look ugly and jagged on a decent size PC monitor. Thankfully Blackfoggen has produced a simple but effective mod that switches the fonts out for high resolution alternatives, leading to a much cleaner and simpler look.

Andres Cranial Ember

Dark Souls is a lonely, lonely world. So on the rare circumstances that you do actually see a friendly face, it would be nice if it wasn't the soulless visage of a glass eyed doll. Andres Cranial Ember improves the facial textures used by both the player character and all NPCs, making them just a little bit more convincing and realistic.

Flora Overhaul

Fans of Skyrim may recognise mod maker Vurt for his impressive foliage improvement mods, which is why it's great to see him bringing his talents to Dark Souls. His current Flora Overhaul mod is still a work in progress, so don't expect every tree and bush to be as gloriously lush as it could be, but if his Skyrim mod is anything to go by, the finished article will be a treat. Trust me, Vurt knows plants.

Beards

Fact: PC gamers love beards. No noble adventurer would be complete without a spot of manly chin fuzz, proudly proclaiming his determination to go boldly forth. Joking aside, this new extra hirsute version of the male face textures are a serious improvement over the originals. The addition of the new Riker style beard gives him an aura of rugged competence, which will last right up until the first ‘You Died’ message.

Login or Register
Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2: Tyria prepares for war with the return of the Living World Season 2

Spooky Races: Project CARS gets a Halloween trailer

Spooky Races: Project CARS gets a Halloween trailer

First blood in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship will be shed next week

First blood in the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship will be shed next week

Dark Souls 2 is the Golden Joystick Awards' Game of the Year

Dark Souls 2 is the Golden Joystick Awards' Game of the Year

League of Legends is close to making $1 billion from microtransactions this year

League of Legends is close to making $1 billion from microtransactions this year

Outlast 2 is in development; stock up on clean underwear

Outlast 2 is in development; stock up on clean underwear

Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

Those crazy system requirements for Assassin's Creed Unity have been confirmed by Ubisoft

Those crazy system requirements for Assassin's Creed Unity have been confirmed by Ubisoft

The Witcher 3's opening cinematic shows why you don't get into staring contests with crows

The Witcher 3's opening cinematic shows why you don't get into staring contests with crows

Football Manager 2014 has been played for 23,000 years, and that’s not including the pirates

Football Manager 2014 has been played for 23,000 years, and that’s not including the pirates

Phonopath turns you into an audio codebreaker

Phonopath turns you into an audio codebreaker

Shelter 2 trailer makes survival look gorgeous while being totally harrowing

Shelter 2 trailer makes survival look gorgeous while being totally harrowing

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization: Beyond Earth review

Flak in the USSR: World of Warplanes 1.6 introduces new Russian jets, more airspace

Flak in the USSR: World of Warplanes 1.6 introduces new Russian jets, more airspace

Codemasters' Toybox Turbos offers kitchen table careening in the mode of Micro Machines

Codemasters' Toybox Turbos offers kitchen table careening in the mode of Micro Machines

Riot chase down League of Legends hackers;

Riot chase down League of Legends hackers; "Every player to trigger this exploit will be punished"

Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard to deploy Australian servers for World of Warcraft ahead of Warlords of Draenor

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

What to do in Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris: Murder, stealing and a bit of detective work

Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Warframe

Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

Take a free weekend break in Arma 3

Take a free weekend break in Arma 3

WildStar's Carbine Studios loses over 60 staff in NCSoft

WildStar's Carbine Studios loses over 60 staff in NCSoft "restructuring"

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will come to PC

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will come to PC "as soon as possible", and a beta is being considered

Look at Dark Souls 2 through new eyes with the first-person mod

Look at Dark Souls 2 through new eyes with the first-person mod

3D Realms rises from the grave with a 32-game anthology

3D Realms rises from the grave with a 32-game anthology