Dark Souls Impressions - The FINAL Update

 
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This thread has inspired me to give this game another shot.

So I'm downloading it on my 360 now. I'm surprised it's only 3GB, I'd expect it to be a lot more.
Apparently, I've inspired at least four or five other people, too. So many DaS threads on the front page right now.


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This thread has inspired me to give this game another shot.

So I'm downloading it on my 360 now. I'm surprised it's only 3GB, I'd expect it to be a lot more.
Apparently, I've inspired at least four or five other people, too. So many DaS threads on the front page right now.

Yeah. Seeing more people who actually give advice on the game rather than being total pricks has been part of why I'm giving it another shot.

Plus,I want to understand what people are talking about in this thread.


 
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Have you ever been literally two pixels away from recovering your souls, and you just die?

Thankfully I didn't lose that much. Still, fuck this mechanic.


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Have you ever been literally two pixels away from recovering your souls, and you just die?

Thankfully I didn't lose that much. Still, fuck this mechanic.
Recovery is pretty forgiving really.
Except when you lose it in a boss area.


 
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Have you ever been literally two pixels away from recovering your souls, and you just die?

Thankfully I didn't lose that much. Still, fuck this mechanic.
Recovery is pretty forgiving really.
Except when you lose it in a boss area.
If souls weren't as important as they are, I wouldn't consider it an issue. But they're everything.


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Have you ever been literally two pixels away from recovering your souls, and you just die?

Thankfully I didn't lose that much. Still, fuck this mechanic.
Recovery is pretty forgiving really.
Except when you lose it in a boss area.
If souls weren't as important as they are, I wouldn't consider it an issue. But they're everything.
As long as you don't die prior to the furthest you got before, you can keep trying until you survive. Usually the biggest payouts from boss kills are immediately followed by a fire. Everything else can just be farmed again. Game gives the player fair chance to get it again. (Except for boss areas, but even then you know the risk you take when you move through fog)

Gotta disagree on this one. Dark Souls isn't all too punishing for death if you don't take risks upon yourself. It's not like Isaac or Nuclear Throne where you can lose a run to RNG spawning a car on top of you.

There ARE some instances of losing stuff to weird AI cheese or some poorly designed areas.
Last Edit: January 24, 2016, 04:46:56 PM by eggsalad


 
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With my primary weapon broken, I wondered how exactly I was supposed to get out of this. I could consume a couple more of my itemized souls, buy some repair powder, and be done with it--except the merchant's place is still guarded by a couple spear-wielders. I have to figure out some other way.

Then I remembered Big Boss telling me about the dexterity weapon in the graveyard--I was sure I picked everything that was to pick up there, but he was courteous enough to put the weapon's name in a spoiler tag in case I haven't found it yet.

I looked through my inventory, making sure to look closely at the requirement parameters for each weapon.

Weapons
- Broken Straight Sword (I should probably just get rid of this.)
- Straight Sword Hilt (Same here.)
- Zweihander (Requires me to forgo my shield--that's a no-go for me.)
- Scimitar (Broken.)
- Morning Star (Two-handed until I level up my strength, which requires souls. Not worth it right now.)
- Winged Spear (Yep, this is probably what Big Boss was talking about.)
- Talisman (What the fuck even is this? Don't answer that. I need lots of Faith to wield it properly...)

I also found this Wooden Shield that actually has more stability than my Caduceus Round Shield--it's not as good at resisting magic damage, but I haven't met any magic-wielders yet, so... All right, I guess.

So, I have two options--Morning Star, or Winged Spear--both of which require both my hands, until I get stronger. Turns out, the Morning Star requires of me less effort than the Winged Spear would--so that's what I opted for.

My equipment
Right Hand: Morning Star
Left Hand: Wooden Shield (not in use)
Usable Item: Estus Flask, Fire Bomb (4), Homeward Bone (5), Binoculars, Black Firebomb (5)
Arrow: None
Bolt: None
Ring: Tiny Being's Ring

Still wearing all my Wanderer garb.

I realize I could've put one of my Homeward Bones to use earlier. I didn't because I panicked and forgot about them. Oh well.

As soon as I boost my strength, I'll be able to wield the Morning Star properly, so... Back to grinding, I suppose.

*presses triangle*



HOLY SHIT
this thing DEMOLISHES

>striking enemies to death while they're trying to heal themselves


YEAH, EAT SHIT

It's really slow, of course, but that only makes it all the more satisfying when you land a blow. Fuckers drop in a matter of two or three hits. SO satisfying. I don't even need a shield--this thing blocks well enough on its own. On top of that, I'm also learning more and more how the combat system works.

The spear-wielders were giving me trouble earlier, but now I understand their attack patterns: They're slimy bastards who only attack you if you don't have your weapon readied. Once they see an opening, they strike--from there, swerve to the left and punish. They can't take a fierce hit from the Morning Star.

Picked up two more weapons: a regular spear, and a short sword. Not bad at all--I need all the weapons I can get.

As well as this grinding session has been going, I still have an issue with the lock-on system. The game still has trouble switching targets when I ask it to. It hasn't put me in a bad situation yet, but I feel as though it may bite me in the ass in the future.

Still, bashing people around with the Morning Star has been the most fun I've had in this game so far.

I'll have enough souls for everything I want in no time.



With 750 souls, I earned just enough to level up and raise my strength stat. Now I can use my shield along with my mace. My next goal, of course, is for 3500 souls. I'm shooting for both the powder and the box this time--but I'm not worried. I'm much stronger now. No more reckless deaths for me.

I wish I could at least take screenshots of this game, so I could show you my character and stuff... Oh well.



Phew. Did it. Got a little bit powder. AND a repairbox as well. I used the powder, and...

...it doesn't even repair it all the way

son of a bitch

Oh well, that's fine. At least I can use it now--but, honestly? I like using the Morning Star a lot better. I think I might stick with it--or at least, I'll keep both of them equipped. I think I can equip two weapons in one hand, anyway.

Right now, I'm gonna try and see if I can take out the black knight. If I can't, I won't worry about it--but I really really wanna kill him. I think that would make this update complete if I did.



All right... All right... This isn't going too well. :P But it's okay--clearly, the black knight is completely out of my way for a reason. I can probably just go back and fight him when I'm stronger. I know that makes me a casualina, but I don't really care. I'm getting bored of trying.

Next time, I'll see what I can do about the Taurus Demon (finally).



This was my first "live" update--I'm experimenting a little bit.
Last Edit: January 24, 2016, 05:00:54 PM by Fuddy Duddy II


 
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As long as you don't die prior to the furthest you got before, you can keep trying until you survive. Usually the biggest payouts from boss kills are immediately followed by a fire. Everything else can just be farmed again. Game gives the player fair chance to get it again. (Except for boss areas, but even then you know the risk you take when you move through fog)
No, it's fair. Completely. That's not what I mean.

It just wastes your time--and that's just not cool with me.

The game doesn't respect that you don't have a finite time on this planet, and I just take umbrage with that.


 
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guys, i had fun this time


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Jacob Potila was actually a Jacob Flotilla of lies.- WarTurkey
I'd maybe reccommend putting off fighting the Black Knight until you get more humanity saved up, because it boosts your item discovery when you've consumed it, and they drop some good stuff.

Yeah the Winged Spear was what I meant, and its good for combat in tight corridors where a bunch of guys are coming at you and you can poke them to death one by one, while keeping a safe distance.


 
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The game doesn't respect that you don't have a finite time on this planet, and I just take umbrage with that.
Neither does Fallout annoyingly enough. Any big open world games don't.


 
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I DONT GIVE A SINGLE -blam!- MOTHER -blam!-ER ITS A MOTHER -blam!-ING FORUM, OH WOW, YOU HAVE THE WORD NINJA BELOW YOUR NAME, HOW MOTHER -blam!-ING COOL, NOT, YOUR ARE NOTHING TO ME BUT A BRAINWASHED PIECE OF SHIT BLOGGER, PEOPLE ONLY LIKE YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE NINJA BELOW YOUR NAME, SO PLEASE PUNCH YOURAELF IN THE FACE AND STAB YOUR EYE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A PIECE OF SHIT OF SOCIETY
There is a way to kill the Black Knight without having to actually fight him.


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>tfw cooping boss for people
>tfw they see me one shot the boss


 
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I feel like diving in again, but I dunno.

I suppose now would be a good time to record my stats, so you guys can see what I got going on.


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I feel like diving in again, but I dunno.

I suppose now would be a good time to record my stats, so you guys can see what I got going on.
See Verb. All these years and you're having fun with Dark Souls, did you really think such a miracle would ever bestow this planet?


 
 
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This was my first "live" update--I'm experimenting a little bit.
I liked it, you're doing very well. You've got a wide array of weapons and have a repairbox. My first real playthrough I went with a class that had a more durable starting weapon. Like you, I was unaware that weapons break in this game, which it didn't do until I made it to a certain town of blight, which is quite possibly the single worst place in the game to have that happen to you as backtracking is such a pain and because it's far enough into the game that you can't just swap out for another weapon that isn't upgraded.

But yeah, keep at it. I'd recommend you keep trying out some of the different weapons you find to discover the playstyle and weapon type you're most comfortable with. You're going to have start making some early choices soon when you run into blacksmiths and can start upgrading your weapons. At the start of the game, upgrades don't come cheap, so you definitely don't want to invest in a weapon you'll regret shortly afterwards.

Glad you're having fun. :)
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All right, here are my stats, as of this moment.

I spent too much time trying to make it look exactly as it appears in the menu...

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HP:
646/646
Poise:
0
Covenant:
None
Stamina:
91
Bleed Resist:
95
Level:
6
Equip Load:
16.1/44.0
Poison Resist:
97
Souls:
0
R Weapon 1:
90
Curse Resist:
30
Vitality:
12
R Weapon 2:
87
Item Discovery:
100
Attunement:
11
L Weapon 1:
55
Attunement Slots:
1
Endurance:
10
L Weapon 2:
20
Strength:
11
Physical Def.:
86(26)
Dexterity:
14
- VS strike:
90
Resistance:
12
- VS slash:
90
Intelligence:
11
- VS thrust:
86
Faith:
8
Magic DEF:
73(20)
Humanity:
0
Flame DEF:
94(28)
Lightning DEF:
82(24)

At the end of each update, I'll put in my current stats, as well.

Here's my equipment, too:

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Right Hand:Scimitar, Morning Star
Usable Item:Estus Flask (5), Firebomb (4), Homeward Bone (5), Binoculars (1), Black Firebomb (1)
Left Hand:Wooden Shield, Fists
Arrow:None
Bolt:None
Head:Wanderer Hood
Chest:Wanderer Coat
Hands:Wanderer Manchette
Legs:Wanderer Boots
Ring:Tiny Being's Ring

I'd rather just have it be a screencap from the game itself, but I don't have the ability to do that.


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wouldnt it be easier for you to take screen caps?

i mean, you formatted this nicely
but


 
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wouldnt it be easier for you to take screen caps?
i just saaaaaaaaaaaaid

I'm playing on PS3--there be no screencaps.


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wouldnt it be easier for you to take screen caps?
i just saaaaaaaaaaaaid

I'm playing on PS3--there be no screencaps.
oh shit fuck i am so sorry


 
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WOAH

i started smashing shit around and i found a shiny bug thing hiding inside a barrel

and like the graceful and diplomatic gent that i am, i killed it--which yielded some Twinkling Titanite, and a Titanite Chunk



i'm gonna go ahead and spend all of my souls before i enter this fucker's lair again
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MURDERER


that reminds me
whatre your thoughts on undertale


 
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that reminds me
whatre your thoughts on undertale
played the demo--seems cool, but i never bought the full game


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Jacob Potila was actually a Jacob Flotilla of lies.- WarTurkey
Are you planning on playing the Artorias of the Abyss further on down the line


 
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Are you planning on playing the Artorias of the Abyss further on down the line
idfk dude

i'm assuming that's DLC or something?

probably not, considering i never ended up bothering with the DLC for fallout 3


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Jacob Potila was actually a Jacob Flotilla of lies.- WarTurkey
Are you planning on playing the Artorias of the Abyss further on down the line
idfk dude

i'm assuming that's DLC or something?

probably not, considering i never ended up bothering with the DLC for fallout 3

Yeah it's DLC. Adds a few new bosses and areas to explore. Worth it if you want extra challenge and really get into the lore. There's a damn neat story in there that will hit you harder if you piece together the stuff you find throughout the game. I just watched videos on the story and thought it was really good, but you'll probably try and piece it together yourself.


 
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Yeah it's DLC. Adds a few new bosses and areas to explore. Worth it if you want extra challenge and really get into the lore. There's a damn neat story in there that will hit you harder if you piece together the stuff you find throughout the game. I just watched videos on the story and thought it was really good, but you'll probably try and piece it together yourself.
yeah, idk, we'll see

also, just boosted enough of my stats to wield the winged spear, and holy shit this thing is better than the morning sun

this is gonna be a fun update


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Have you defeated the Taurus Demon yet?


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Jacob Potila was actually a Jacob Flotilla of lies.- WarTurkey
Yeah it's DLC. Adds a few new bosses and areas to explore. Worth it if you want extra challenge and really get into the lore. There's a damn neat story in there that will hit you harder if you piece together the stuff you find throughout the game. I just watched videos on the story and thought it was really good, but you'll probably try and piece it together yourself.
yeah, idk, we'll see

also, just boosted enough of my stats to wield the winged spear, and holy shit this thing is better than the morning sun

this is gonna be a fun update

Poke. EVERYTHING.

Remember you can use it while your shield is raised, too.


 
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FUCK YES

Have you defeated the Taurus Demon yet?
I'm about to.