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    @invinciblem, totally enjoying it, I'm in the camp that doesn't think the game is unfair, tough, but not gill from street fighter 3 levels of unfair

    @twentythoughts, I've been gladly accepting help from people along the way with the bosses, I like the co-op model of the game
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      CommentAuthorchiaslut
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2014
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    @Vorn - Your "nostalgia" piece made me nostalgic! I also loved (still love) the Shadowrun and Gamma World settings. I still have my orginal GW books and I bought the newest versions when they were released. I backed the Shadowrun Kickstarter and it has been, by far, the best video game released via Kickstarter that I've back. Can't wait to play the Berlin setting. Just need to carve out some time!
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    I just played Dark Souls 2 for six and a half hours straight, only taking breaks for refilling my glass, going to the bathroom, and eating.

    Suffice to say, it's also very good. I won't spoil anything. I'll shout loudly at anyone who tries to spoil anything. Discovery and careful exploration is a huge part of the pleasure of the Souls games, and so going in as blind as possible is the best way (at least if you're somewhat familiar with the Souls systems).

    If you've never played a Souls game before, I'd honestly recommend getting the first Dark Souls instead. From what I can tell it does a far better job of teaching you what you need to know. The games' stories have very little to do with each other, though, so at least storywise you won't miss anything if you pick up DS2.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2014
     (11234.184)
    Though that said, the story in Dark Souls 1 is just beautiful. I haven't played too much of it, more out of lack of time and space than disinterest, but the story is a beautiful one.

    On that note, I'm looking at getting a cheap, $190 32" television screen for my room. The plan is to move my PS3 in to my room and build my own steam machine so I can game more.
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    Also, because DS2 just annoyed me with how it hid an essential item, I'm going to come with some VERY general, NON-SPOILERY advice. Hidden because I know I was really adamant about going in as blind as possible.

    Talk to EVERYONE at least twice more after you THINK you've exhausted their dialogue. And then twice more after you think you've exhausted their new dialogue after you've done something that seems to affect them.
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    So, The Banner Saga is basically scratching my Game of Thrones itch until Game of Thrones comes back. But damn does it kill people as casually as GRR Martin does.
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    Yeah, Banner Saga is a really fantastic game. I haven't tackled the full game but I really loved the art style and the gameplay back when I tried the free to play version.
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    @twentythoughts, i think i know what your refering to
    sitting by a one way route?
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    @vandalhandle: Slight spoiler for an early area in the game (the first one you're likely to get through):

    There's a guy sitting near a gate, warning you that it'll close behind you if you go in. If you talk to him a couple of times once you're out of the trap, he'll seem to have gotten back to the same lines he was saying before you went in. But if you THEN talk to him one more time, he will, completely out of the blue, without having even mentioned having something like it, give you the thing you need to do co-op stuff.
  8.  (11234.190)
    Re: DS2:

    Death to all filthy humans
    who enter the Rat King's domain.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2014 edited
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    ARGH YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY I CAN'T AFFORD A MONITOR RIGHT NOW AND WANT TO AT LEAST GET A CHUNK OF THE FIRST ONE DONE
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    Ok, so, the Banner Saga also ends rather... suddenly.
    And I revise my earlier impression of it. It's not Game of Thrones, it's Battlestar Galactica on foot, but that's no bad thing either.
  10.  (11234.193)
    @twentythoughts i'm currently
    a blue sentinel
    and
    outside the sinners rise boss fog door
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2014
     (11234.194)
    Alright, so...I guess a bit of context. I don't game on my PS3 anywhere near as much as I'd like to. It's in the living room, so it's usually always invaded by the parents during the evenings and if I do get in there, they seem to take it as an invitation to sit down and talk with me (which leads me to just put the controller down out of frustration). Weekends are a crapshoot normally reserved for sleep.

    So I've been stuck in the same part in Dark Souls 1 for a few months. Undead Burg. Basically,
    I didn't realize there was a fucking firepit near the castle, so I kept getting killed due to lack of health and respawned back in the burg. I also had a pretty weak weapon.


    Doesn't sound like much, but I can only do about one round and then have to shut the console off after I die and restart. But last night, despite being completely exhausted, I decided I wouldn't let it beat me.

    Took some time to get the motherfucking DRAKE SWORD and started destroying. Found the new firepit, beat the miniboss that would kill me at the end before, got through a swarm of undead and...got killed by the Gargoyles. But I have an idea for the strategy. Individually they're pretty weak so I just have to kill the first one before the second one arrives.


    So I just felt like the game opened up for me. So much love.
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    @oldhat: Don't be afraid to go human occasionally. In DS1, while it opens you up to invasion, it also gives you access to getting help from other players. Dark Souls bosses can be REALLY FREAKING HARD when you're alone.

    If you want a quick not-very-spoilery tip for the boss you mentioned,
    if you've talked to Solaire (the I WISH I COULD BE SO GLORIOUSLY INCANDESCENT guy before the dragon bridge) and accepted his help, he has a summon sign right in front of the boss's entrance when you're human. This basically lets you summon him as a friendly, fighting NPC. So even if you can't find (or connect to) a human partner, you can get some help.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2014
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    @twentythoughts

    Yeah, I just got reminded about going human and getting help. My plan is to try a couple of times on my own first. Cut the tail off and get that sweet, sweet helmet. If I still end up dying a lot, I'll get Solaire to help me out. But as it is, individually the gargoyles are pretty weak...if I can take the first one out before the second one steps in...
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    Yep... I generally try to do bosses on my own in Souls games. All the bosses I've defeated so far in DS2, I've also done on my own. It does feel really good when you pull it off.
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    The only boss I called in a summon for was the big knight in the castle world of Demon's Souls. I called in Biorr of the Twin Fangs, just to keep him distracted.

    @twentythoughts, how would you rank the difficulty compared to the two other games? I found Demon's Souls generally more challenging than Dark Souls and I'm curious about Dark Souls II, though I'm staying as blind as possible until I can pick it up once I'm done with my schooling.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2014
     (11234.199)
    haha great, now I REALLY see summoning for help as a sign of weakness in the game. Perfect. :P
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2014
     (11234.200)
    CAN I GET A FUCK YEAH