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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: October 15, 2013, 02:13:47 PM
I took a break from my Dark Soul game when I hit Anor Lando.
The difficulty sure spiked there.

Playing an agi + katana character doesn't do much against the stone giants either =/
Feels like I'm pricking them with a needle while (if they hit me) I get crushed in 3 hits.

I feel cheap for using magic against the stone giants. Their Shield blocks 100% magic so you have to time your magic attacks during their own attacks. Still, its easier and a lot safer to use magic to kill them then melee. If you try to go through the game as pure melee, your going to have the hardest time possible. This is why Pyromancy requires not stat investment, anyone can use it effective. Magic makes a significant difference. Doing a pure Melee run of Dark Souls as akin to a challenge mode to enhance the difficulty of the game.

Unfortunately the Sentinel Giants in Anor Lando are only weak to Occult weapons. That said, they are very slow so equip light armor so you can have a fast roll speed. That said most of the Sentinel Giants in Anor Lando will not agro you as long as your not close so you can just run past them. Only the ones in front of the main gate and the Royal Sentinels in front of the boss room will actively attack you. They are slow enough to run past though.

If you have to fight them then 2h your weapon (since blocking is mostly useless vs them) and use a weapon that can bleed. A katana might not do much damage to them but the bleed effect will still be very effective. Make sure to try to get in 3 rapid hits in at once - when you see a splash of blood come off the enemy then you know the bleed effect was activated.

True is, Elemental weapons are superior to stat scaling weapons unless you have at least 40 in an A or S scaling weapon and a magic buff on your weapon.
Note: the stone giants in the Darkroot Garden are different, they are weak to Fire and Strike weapons. As you might expect, a Katana (which does slashing damage) does little damage while a strike weapon (like a Mace or Hammer) is a lot better at smashing stone apart.

17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: October 15, 2013, 12:53:41 PM
This might sound strange but I found Dark Souls pretty easy. Despite how much hate it gets, Blighttown is rather short and linear. It looks like you can get lost there but its sense of size is an illusion. Then you just have to learn that the spider shield blocks poison attacks (as per item description) and get the Rusty Iron ring and your set for an easy conquest. Of course, playing sorcerers = easy mode. All it takes is slowly inching your way through every area so you can notice any traps in time. Despite claims of being cheap, Dark Souls telegraphs nearly all its traps and pitfalls.

I found the game didn't even get hard till Anor Lando (the boss fight is still a pain for me). After that, the games not much of a challenge except for the DLC bosses. That said, I do prefer to play this game off-line because I hate being interrupted by invaders. Its an annoyance I can do without.

So my point is that I am excited to hear they are making the game harder. More aggressive enemies and larger adds in boss fights sounds great. Sorcerers seem to be gaining a lot more flexibility in their spell casting/types of spells which sounds exciting. While healing seems to be in abundance with the minor healing items, it seems more difficult to heal in combat which is when you most want to heal. An interesting design choice but its too soon to know what effect this will have on the games difficulty. After all, if your constantly going to be out numbered or facing enemies that can 2 shot you then easy healing out side of combat is not going to make the game any easier for you. It could just mean you spend less time having to run back to a bonfire to replenish your flasks.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls 2 on: April 22, 2013, 09:02:44 PM
Well, I'm sold. Whatever differences their will be will likely be as minor as those between Dark Souls and Demon Souls. So minor everyone forgot about them pretty quickly.
19  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: New Devil May Cry, bitches. on: March 19, 2013, 05:26:58 AM
Angry Joe said it best in his review. DMC is a good beat them up game but it ruins what fans loved about the character which ultimately is why so many fans hate the game. If they had kept Dantes look and a similar attitude, this new DMC would have been a hit. Whether the combat is diluted or not would have been overlooked.

Much hate out there for whiny Emo Punks, as the new Dante is often mocked as.
20  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Forget everything you knew about Tomb Raider! on: March 19, 2013, 04:26:39 AM
I just got the game and only got to the M O U N T A I N   V I L L A G E  (apparently the first really large open area). AND DAMN, this game is *bleeping* amazing. The "tutorial" sets the tone for the game. Its intense and keeps you tense with suspense all throughout the game. And the game is SO brutal to poor Lara. I really like how her visuals change based on the beating she takes in each area.

And man does Lara Croft know how to take a beating. I wonder how many times I'm going to ask, how did I live through that? And forget dual pistol, the bow has just become Lara's iconic weapon.

Also, I like how you see Lara go from panicking, to building up her courage, to kicking ass. It makes her seem more real than the standard fearless protagonist we typically see in action video games.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: January 15, 2013, 10:09:25 PM
do monsters respawn when you die?

Generally mini-boss don't respawn. Late in the game you will encounter earlier mini-boss that now respawn.....because the game hates you. Of course, look at the bright side, you can now farm them.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: January 06, 2013, 04:42:07 PM
I couldn't figure out how to get between his legs so I just ran past him ANYWAY BEAT THAT BOSS and lost all my humanity to the thumper dude in the basement.

Anyway I think I need to do something with the dragon next although the flame effects are murder on my... graphics non-card.

Right when hes about to swing he opens his stance up which allows you to roll through his legs. So literally you have to man up and roll towards him while hes attacking you. lol

The dragon breathing fire on the bridge. Don't bother trying to kill it yet. Run under the bridge through the stairs half way down the bridge. Stay on the right side as you run down and you should survive at least 1 fire breath if it hits you at all.

Make sure to kick the ladder down to open up a shortcut back to a bonfire.
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: January 04, 2013, 05:08:41 AM
Can't figure out how to get around the tauros demon after I land on its head. ffff


Oh wait you can run in this.

Why run? You can kill him after the leap attack by 2h your weapon in a few swings with lighting pine. When he attacks you can roll through his legs easily.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age Three (3) on: January 02, 2013, 10:27:57 PM
By being more Skyrim like they mean having a more open world than the series of "tunnels" that Dragon Age Origins areas were. Bioware has said on its forums they are not planning on making Dragon Age into a sandbox game in anyway shape or form.

It other words, think of it as the difference between Demon Soul's Maps and Dark Soul's Open World. Dark Soul in no way turned into a sand box game but I do feel the level design was a lot better thanks to it being an open world. It gave that sense of "hey, thats where I have been or will be going next off in the distance" feeling which added to the epicness of the journey you travel in game.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: January 02, 2013, 10:11:40 PM
And I have done it! VICTORY! LoL, I should have done New Londo first (its surprisingly short) and left the DLC for last. Would have had a much easier time. But its ok, I have survived the hell that is this game. Oh beloved victory, how sweet you taste. :D

I feel badass for having killed every boss with Magic. Even all the DLC bosses which some people don't think is possible. As long as you  use powerful spells like Great Chaos Fireball or Crystal Soul Spear, and all the items you can get that boost spell damage, its not that hard. Just got to get the timing of the attacks right so you know when its safe to heal. Healing at the wrong time vs bosses is what got me killed the most in this game.

Ended the game at lvl 84 with 50 INT and a fully upgraded Ascended Flame that I never used. lol  Well, besides just once to protect myself from Chaos Witch Quelaag lava.

When I play this game again I think I'll make a Faith based Occult Claymore weilding DarkWraith and have fun draining all the NPCs of humanity. Got to make sure I get 20 Flasks at every bonfire. lol Since Faith magic is pvp focused I'll use Pyromancy for PvE. Though, I'll start as a Cleric, heal is really useful early on and I really don't need attack magic at all until I get to the depths to rescue the first pyro merchant. I also want to make Gwendolin's bow. It may not be technically the best bow but I just think its badass to kill a god and turn his soul into a weapon.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: January 01, 2013, 07:27:33 PM
I beat the DLC bosses (I was right that I needed Dark Sun Crown + Logan's Catalyst + Crystal Soul Spear) but released that I have missed the Crown of Dusk this walkthrough. Apparently, if you walk through the DLC portal before you get the Crown then you can never get the set that walkthough. THAT SUCKS, I AM PISSED. Then again the Dark Moon crown is safer to use anyway so. No matter, I shall be beating this game soon enough.

Nito was a push over, I am about to beat Sif, and then its the demon ruins and New Lando thats all that is left. Should beat this game soon.

Aww, the Sif fight was sad. Even looked like you were going to pet him. But OUT OF MY WAY. I'm so close to beat this damn nightmarish game that I can taste it.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: December 31, 2012, 07:29:05 PM

Sigh, make me wish I went Pyromancer. lol Then again, they don't get the boss killing soul spears nor the awesome dark spells. They are sweet.


This one is pure epic, bow before the master of dark souls! LoL, butt naked with only a club.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: December 31, 2012, 07:53:16 AM
Well, I have reached the final 2 bosses of the DLC. The Dragon and The abyss monster. These seem to be the hardest fights of the game and my magic is lacking. I feel like I could beat them but it will take a lot of trys. Rather than waste hours and endless frustration, I shall level up so more then return to finish these fights.

I really need crystal soul spear and Gwyndolin's helm to speed these fights up. So my plan now is to beat the catacombs and then Gwyndolin and perhaps a boss or two of the demon ruins. That should give me enough experience for 4 levels and Crystal Soul Spear.

Yes, it is my goal to slaughter all bosses with my magic. lol. I am a sorcerer after all. I might have to try using the power within as well.

And yes. I am playing completely offline so no help from other players. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. :P
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: December 30, 2012, 07:34:04 PM
Next boss after the Sanctuary Guardian is Artorias and his favorite food is players with low HP, low stamina and focus on Sorceries. Makes sure you have a shield with good stability.

I can consistantly get Artorias low but once I run out of soul spears I can't stop his power up. 2h handing my light weapons doesn't do enough damage fast enough unless I'm lucky. Then one mistake and I'm dead....Otherwise magic is doing swell.

If only I had more copies of Homing Crystal Soulmass and Soul Spear, I'd have beaten him already.

I finally beat him by going back to the barnfire and reequipping my normal Homing Soulmass and using it with Homing Crystal Soulmass for damage and Soul Spear and Heavy Soul Arrow to stop his power ups. At the end of the fight I just stabbed him with by BSS about 5 times and he died. I was getting low on health so I was very nervous I was going to die before finsishing him off, yet again. Lucky, he only got 2 failed power up attempt.

Hello 50,000 souls! :D

Thank God I decided it would be a good idea to boost my HP to 1000 HP. Never would have managed to beat this fight without heavy armor (especially high Poise so my spell casting isn't get stopped) and a good chunk of HP.

I also used the Blader Shield since it has the highest base stability out of all the shields I have.

I think I'm going to try to get to 44 int so I can get Crystal Soul Spear. Not sure I'll get it in time for the final boss but I'm not carrying around a bunch of souls here. No way. This will make my final level 78.
30  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: December 30, 2012, 04:06:52 PM
Sanctuary Guardian is proving impossible for me to beat....I can't even heal without being attacked. And I just can't dodge/block all its attacks. The only time I can attack safely is after a dive attack and those are few and far between.

Edit: I did it finally, I think it took 2 and half hours to do............................................................................................

I hate this game and yet can't stop. LOL. I will beat it. At least I'm level 70 now.
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