We still consider Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition PC as one of the worst console ports ever. Yes, the vanilla version is awful. However, its modding community has managed to fix and address most of its issues, while the talented modder Durante has unlocked both the game’s internal resolution and its framerate, making it a bit of a more pleasant gaming experience. And here comes today a new promising mod that allows immediate summons between friends. Hell bloody yeah.
As this mod’s description reads, DSCfix aims to improve the online experience when attempting to engage in jolly cooperation with friends. It is an interception DLL intended to be used with DSfix and functions by adding any online GFWL friends to your P2P connection pool before searching for random peers. This means that direct connections to friends are established right away, whereas in vanilla Dark Souls this only happens after the first successful summon or invasion (if you were even lucky to get that far).
Basically, with this mod you and your friends will be able to play co-op immediately and whenever you want to. No queue lines, no waiting, no cursing random dudes for ‘invading’ your game. In case it wasn’t clear, DSCfix must be installed in both your own and your friends’ PCs, otherwise you won’t be able to immediately play with them.
And let us say it again: it’s ironic that the modding community is fixing FromSoftware’s mess. I mean, the game has been out for a couple of months, right? Instead of releasing a proper update for it, FromSoftware decided to completely abandon it. Okay, we’ll be getting Dark Souls 2 from the get-go but if it’s as awful as DS, we pray to God that it will be at least as open to modders as its predecessor.
1) Install DSfix if you haven’t done so already: http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/?tag=dsfix
2) Next, place DSCfix.dll and DSCfix.ini in your Dark Souls DATA directory (where DARKSOULS.exe is – for example: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition\DATA”)
3) Open up DSfix.ini and search for the following line:
Replace it with:
4) ** If you’re using DSMfix or another DInput hook (otherwise skip this step) **
Open up DSCfix.ini and search for the following line:
;dInput8Chain = dsmfix.dll
Replace it with:
dInput8Chain = dsmfix.dll (or whatever dll you want to load)
5) Boot up Dark Souls, have a friend also using DSCfix place a sign, and behold. 😉
(Note: Normal rules for summoning apply)
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards."