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Posted 22 September 2011 - 07:54 PM

I love how the Dragon God-- the most colossal boss in the game unless you count the Old One-- doesn't even have a fancy cinematic intro when you enter his chamber in world 2. It's basically: "Hello, player. Meet Dragon God. What's that? You don't want to fight a god? Well, tough sh:)t, return to the Nexus and come back when you grow a pair. By the way, you can't go through that thick fog in the Boletarian Palace until you kill an Archdemon, and this guy is the easiest Archdemon in the game... once you get his pattern down. Problem?"

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 12:52 AM

It's never going to be Tuesday. ;_;
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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:00 AM

Self torture makes it way this Tuesday. Target is offering up $10 GC's with the purchase.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 12:10 AM

I'm a few hours in, and it's excellent so far. From Software has done it again.

Edit: A few more hours in, and even the masochist in me is weeping... x_x But... I can't help but keep going back for more...

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 07:33 AM

Oh the cruel nature of this game. I hope people leave LOTS of messages. Seen plenty of bloodstains so far. :wacko:

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 08:53 AM

So, do you guys recommend playing through Demon's Souls first?
Cause I started playing it this weekend cause a friend brought it by, but now i'm like thinking if I should even bother with it or just get Dark Souls...
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Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:25 AM

View PostDave_the_Vagrant, on 05 October 2011 - 08:53 AM, said:

So, do you guys recommend playing through Demon's Souls first?
Cause I started playing it this weekend cause a friend brought it by, but now i'm like thinking if I should even bother with it or just get Dark Souls...


Well, I'd say go with both eventually and they are both excellent titles. Though I do find Dark Souls a bit more brutal.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:20 PM

View Postrondo, on 05 October 2011 - 10:25 AM, said:

Well, I'd say go with both eventually and they are both excellent titles. Though I do find Dark Souls a bit more brutal.

Seconding this. They're both excellent. If you want the best Dark Souls experience, I would recommend getting it ASAP, because it's more active now than it ever will be, and you'll be more in the dark (no pun intended) in terms of being surprised by traps or epic bosses than you will be if you happen to wander into a spoileriffic thread.

Demon's Souls, however, is still a wonderful game, and while I do love the morose world of Dark Souls, there's still a certain "feel" to Demon's Souls' morose, bleak, and broken world. (Dark Souls' world looks more "alive" despite the undead themes. Not necessarily a bad thing, lush environments are LUSH.) It's also only $20, and while it may not be quite as active now (due to people migrating over to Dark Souls), I'd still recommend it if you want a good taste of what's in store for you in its spiritual successor.

Bear in mind that neither of the games will hold your hand, at all, and Dark Souls is the harder of the two. If you're interested in Dark Souls, check out the Gamestops in your area on Friday. If nobody has picked up their Dark Souls preorder yet, you should be able to buy the Collector's Edition for the same $60. I'd recommend playing through both of them at some point in your lifetime. If you play Dark Souls first, Demon's Souls should be a cakewalk. ...Never thought I'd use the word "cakewalk" in the same sentence as "Demon's Souls"...
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:58 AM

View PostSir Viver, on 05 October 2011 - 10:20 PM, said:

If you play Dark Souls first, Demon's Souls should be a cakewalk. ...Never thought I'd use the word "cakewalk" in the same sentence as "Demon's Souls"...


The thing is, I completely agree that Demon's Souls will feel easier.

Dark Souls is so much more wide open; you're kind of left wandering around and figuring out your path on your own. Whereas with Demons, it was a bit more linear. This alone for me makes it quite a bit more difficult.

I only just got past the Taurus Demon and that was because the fool fell off the edge. Think I might grind a little bit at the bridge o' flames.

Started initially with a warrior but have been running a thief for the most part.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 11:36 AM

I went with Pyromancer. Level 19 at the moment.
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 01:24 PM

Just picked this game up last night and started it today for a little bit. Got to first boss and... ;___;
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 03:45 PM

View PostHiroEcks, on 06 October 2011 - 01:24 PM, said:

Just picked this game up last night and started it today for a little bit. Got to first boss and... ;___;



I'm sure that sentence ends "died." and i'm pretty sure that that same ending will follow many times in the future.
"Got to this skeleton and...."
"fell into a hole in the ground and...."
"walked up to a bush and..."
"took a breath of fresh air and ..."

I'm getting it tonight. :D
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 07:05 PM

Lol pretty much. Shortly after I discovered an axe which made killing the monster far easier than with the hilt of a sword. Then I ran into that other boss...
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 07:02 AM

lvl 19ish hunter right now. Enjoying my sniping though I really need to find a longbow. Going with my Demon's Souls Winged Spear/bow combo and working well enough so far. Got the first boss of undead burg down, omw to the next.

Enjoying the game so far. I do kinda agree with liking the feel of Demon's Souls a bit more right now, but I'm certainly not disliking Dark Souls. There are a couple changed elements I don't necessarily agree with, namely things like how you seem to be able to carry an infinite amount of items now and I haven't found a storage guy yet, but its not a huge deal. I mostly enjoyed the storage, first, because it made the game feel more real that carrying capacity was just a thing you had to deal with and 2, I don't have to scroll so much in my inventory screen when I want to find something.
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 08:14 AM

I heard tell of storage/selling opportunities later so I am using my worm hole of a storage bag for now.

I rerolled again recently and am running with the pyromancer as well. The undead burg makes for a nice little grind spot once you kindle the bonfire.

After that, I should be able to nuke the Taurus demon and go after the dragon's tail.

Did anyone already beat Halek the Rock? Also, what gift did you start with. I had to start with the Master Key. Was there any other choice?

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 01:09 PM

I started twin humanities, though apparently the best gift if you like lore is the pendant. Kinda wish I'd gone that route now. Maybe when I roll Haen which is typically the name I use for my mage characters.

Apparently from what I've read, the master key is the only gift you can't find in the game world though.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 04:10 AM

View PostFlyingElf, on 07 October 2011 - 01:09 PM, said:

Apparently from what I've read, the master key is the only gift you can't find in the game world though.

Yep. Every other gift can be found.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 05:20 PM

Malkozaine's now setting up his character (just picked up the game yesterday) - Female Pyromancer, average build...and apparently he forgot to pick out a gift.

Let's see how he does!
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 11:46 PM

View PostValkyrie, on 09 October 2011 - 05:20 PM, said:

apparently he forgot to pick out a gift
That's hardcore.
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Posted 10 October 2011 - 05:44 PM

These guys sum up the experience pretty well.

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Posted 10 October 2011 - 07:42 PM

View PostSir Viver, on 09 October 2011 - 11:46 PM, said:

That's hardcore.


Oh, that's hardcore, alright. He learned just hardcore it was. Went through the fog door to meet the Asylum Demon, tried to turn around (as a joke), and almost immediately found himself getting smashed into the ground twenty feet below.

That was just within the first twenty minutes.

He then got to learn just how mean the ghosts and skeletons are. Finally, he figured out how to avoid them...though it took a few extra deaths for him to do that.

Later on, against the Taurus Demon (albeit on the third shot against him), he decided to try a new tactic against him. He tried lobbing potshots at the demon from way up top on the entrance tower. The look of shock on his face when he saw WHEEEE TAURUS CAN JUMP was absolutely priceless...he tried getting away, but wasn't quite fast enough. It took him another three or so tries to beat him after that.

Fast forward another few hours, he's having the time of his life (by that I mean just about ready to try breaking the controller in frustration) because certain rats keep poisoning him, and he's trying to make his way toward that big red dragon. Finally, he tosses down the controller, and says: "&%@# this, I'm gonna play some Deus Ex for a while - at least that's something I CAN play."

Of course, now that he's finished that game, he doesn't have much choice but to come back to Dark Souls :3
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 06:42 AM

First time invaded tonight, first kill in pvp. While halfway through a new area at that. Took that suckers weapons and humanity. Don't ever invade when I'm online.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 01:20 PM

I'm currently a lvl 23 Theif. I dont even remember the names of the boss monsters i've killed so far...There was the Ayslum one, the Taurus, some crazy dude with 2 giant swords, and I just recently died to a giant moth/butterfly thing. This game is ridiculous. =/
Thank god for my Theive's Knife. Upgraded it to +5 and I get some awesome backstab and randomly some really sweet critical hit damage.
Oh, i also came across some giant, initially dead/sleeping looking, dragon chillin' on a cliff. Ofcourse he has items between his claws you want to get...
he doesnt mind when you get the 1st one...but the second one, he wakes up and swipes you dead. Then when you go back by him, he pukes up purple poison crap on the floor...or if you try to run by, he might get you with his wing and pull you off the cliff. -sigh-

OH! cant forget the random Hydra creature in the distance of one of the forests that sprays crazy water beams at you and kills anything in its path....-double sigh-

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 10:28 AM

Stupid Sen's Fortress. God that place sucks. I also choose pyro and now am at lvl. 60.
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:28 PM

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 08:30 PM

Watching the fight against the Great Wolf Sif made me realize a few things.

1) I want to get a malamute (or a husky, at the very least) and name it Sif.

2) Sif is quite possibly the most awesome boss EVER. He's a freaking WOLF that carries a freaking GIANT SWORD in his freaking MOUTH.

3) That battle made us feel horrible. Once we saw him limping and struggling to move without falling (and then having to get back up), Malkozaine actually started wondering aloud if there was any way to simply let the poor wolf live. Apparently not, though. And then it occurred to us that Sif, thus far, has been the ONLY boss to actually show any form of limping/indication of low health.

I think the only other time we've felt bad about killing off a boss was when we found out the story behind Quelaag and her sister. Yeah.
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Posted 10 November 2011 - 02:02 PM

View PostValkyrie, on 01 November 2011 - 08:30 PM, said:

I think the only other time we've felt bad about killing off a boss was when we found out the story behind Quelaag and her sister. Yeah.


Spoiler


It made me sad, kind of like the Maiden Astrea fight in Demon's Souls.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 01:40 AM

The tomb of the giants has me stopped playing. It's just...not fun.
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Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:52 AM

Tomb of Giants is definitely anti-fun. Though you can just get the hang of fighting things in there a bit, and luckily there are multiple bonfires on the way to the boss. Though the first is kinda hidden. Its probably just the most frustrating area in the whole game.
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