Ok so I do actually want to play Dark Souls 3 but I needed to find a way to have it not make me incredibly angry all the time. So last night I channeled all my complaining into something productive, and installed ReShade. It’s honestly a last resort, most games are better played how they’re released, but I’ve played all of DS3 already, given it plenty of chances, and I still think it needs work. There do exist ReShade presets on Nexus Mods for this sort of thing, but the ones I’ve seen always look like the bad photoshop you did when you were a teenager to make a photo look cool and artsy. So, starting from scratch (and by “scratch” I mean relying on the work of a dozen other people who were kind enough to provide this program and write its shaders for free!).
So, most important thing to do was to TRY and bring out more natural colors from the blue/yellow soup that is this game. Obviously doing this from an image that’s already heavily desaturated and washed in color gradients is not ideal. It’s working backwards from a ruined product instead of starting from a blank slate. But that’s ok, I think I did alright. Besides the color changes, the other things I added were ambient occlusion, some bloom (a lot of bloom), a fog shader to help scenes have more depth, a slight levels adjustment to have black be closer to true black and vice versa, and finally anti-aliasing.
I’m pretty happy with the result, so far. Might keep tweaking with the colors a bit, but it’s nice to have some proper green in the game now. (originals first, modified second)
I’m really happy that the grass, moss, and ivy actually stand out from their surroundings in those two areas ^
Props to the ReShade folks for making this super easy-to-use tool available to everyone.