This. I still remember launching DS 1 and being horrified by graphics. Everything, from textures, to draw distance was either mediocre or terrible. The game came out the same year as Witcher 2, Skyrim and Crysis motherducking 2 - and yet, at some places, it looked worse than Gothic 3 from 2006.An example of this in terms of fidelity - Fromsoft games, most of which I adore, appear as a previous gen title at release in terms of visuals. No exception. This isn't simply 'da engine is bad', the programmers simply lack the time or skill to make wowy graffix work efficiently.