BLOODBORNE given Feb '15 Euro/NA release date, deemed worthy of own thread by ilxor

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Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:30 (nine years ago) link


bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:32 (nine years ago) link

this is the goth Dark Souls, right?

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:33 (nine years ago) link


Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:38 (nine years ago) link

day after my birthday, seems like as good a time as any to buy a PS4.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:51 (nine years ago) link


💻 👀 (am0n), Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:24 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Anyone else playing the alpha?

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 3 October 2014 16:43 (nine years ago) link

no i watched some of the videos

am0n, Friday, 3 October 2014 17:01 (nine years ago) link

you got in?

am0n, Friday, 3 October 2014 17:03 (nine years ago) link

Yeah - only had a chance to play 30 minutes or so far, but first impressions are great. Feels like an interesting new avenue for the Souls series - not having a shield will take a bit of getting used to.

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 3 October 2014 18:09 (nine years ago) link

whats your impression of the a.i.? i was wondering if things respawn always in the same position or if next-gen allows them to randomize the interactions a bit

am0n, Friday, 3 October 2014 20:39 (nine years ago) link

Hard to say for sure cuz I haven't played much - hoping to get some more time on Sunday before the alpha ends. Didn't seem randomised in the time I played, though, just the traditional Souls repetition.

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:27 (nine years ago) link

thats what i got from the videos i saw, stationary dudes but there also seems to roving groups which is awesome. the message and bloodstain markers looked cool too, so much detail

kernel poo (am0n), Monday, 6 October 2014 16:47 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

The development team at From Software say there are about ten areas like Yharnam to survive, one of which is called the Chalice Dungeon; an underground catacomb that procedurally generates its pathways.


festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 8 December 2014 20:34 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

sooo, i'll be able to play this online without getting PS+, right?

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 18:31 (nine years ago) link

i think ps+ is now necessary for that. the days of free online w/ ps3 are over

ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ (am0n), Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:43 (nine years ago) link

if you need me i'll be in an induced coma so mvrch comes tomorrow

ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ (am0n), Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:43 (nine years ago) link


Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:48 (nine years ago) link

word, thanks. btw i believe my screen name is "Mr_Kitka".

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:51 (nine years ago) link

players who pre-order this from game stores in the uk get an exclusive lolfedora skin for their in-game messengers:

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:03 (nine years ago) link


ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ (am0n), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:26 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

have these fuckers finally figured out the killer app to get me to buy the goddamn system?
ahma wait for the first batch of reviews but if it's generally positive i guess i'm all in.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:33 (nine years ago) link

next edition of edge due out tomorrow calls it 'the first true next gen essential' apparently

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:36 (nine years ago) link

cannot wait. what's the ilg co-op password gonna be?

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:05 (nine years ago) link


bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:08 (nine years ago) link

i read that it needs to be 8 letters, so YALL DIED

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:28 (nine years ago) link


bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:32 (nine years ago) link

first post in this lolneogaf thread summarises the edge article for those interested:

key bullet point: "Bloodborne is Hidetaka Miyazaki's brutal riposte to the section of his playerbase that thinks it has seen it all before."


bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:33 (nine years ago) link

“Yes,” Miyazaki confirms. “There will be a New Game Plus mode.” He laughs. “We’re having trouble beating it, though.”

Infostealer.Steamfishi (am0n), Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:43 (nine years ago) link

am0n, can we be PS4 friends?

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:31 (nine years ago) link

yes psn is online7845789547

Infostealer.Steamfishi (am0n), Friday, 13 March 2015 01:31 (nine years ago) link

The Souls games are about dying - every feeble creature and majestically grotesque monster and crumbling castle in those games is a manifestation of death in its many scary and sometimes beautiful forms. But Bloodborne? Bloodborne’s more about killing.

The rhythm and style of the combat is different, you see, even if it might look broadly similar. In Souls you’re usually on the defensive - you walk into a room with your shield up and can take a few hits before reacting. That just does not happen in Bloodborne. You don’t even have a shield. When something hits you, you have to hit back, and quickly, to regain health.

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 16 March 2015 11:50 (nine years ago) link

Giv dit blud!
I would do this in a second

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:19 (nine years ago) link

i don't actually want to know anything more before i play, but i can't look away:

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:35 (nine years ago) link

i want a positive critical consensus and two freaked out ILXor reviews
and then i'm buying the fucking system god help me

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:36 (nine years ago) link

i can't remember the last time i was so hyped for a game, honestly

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:42 (nine years ago) link

argh i refuse to watch videos!

Infostealer.Steamfishi (am0n), Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:57 (nine years ago) link

Downloading now, it's gonna take days. No more videos or links for me until Thursday (the first chance I'll get to dig in).

lil urbane (Jordan), Sunday, 22 March 2015 19:55 (nine years ago) link

glowing reviews so far

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:28 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, it's looking good. Common complaint seems to be loading times. 40 seconds after dying? Jeez.

Anyway, psyched.

circa1916, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:36 (nine years ago) link

early reviews obsessively positive:
i'm hoping the long loading time complaint is addressed by the patch?
Jordan, you are gonna be the guy who determines how my bank account looks in April.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:41 (nine years ago) link

downloading now!

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:34 (nine years ago) link

so ready for this

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:05 (nine years ago) link

Jordan, you are gonna be the guy who determines how my bank account looks in April.

ha, that's a big responsibility but i will let you know.

it took massive willpower not to start this before work today, there should be some sort of award.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:19 (nine years ago) link

i'm hoping the long loading time complaint is addressed by the patch?

apparently not yet, but soon:

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:20 (nine years ago) link

hm, will def wait for that to come to fruition

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:43 (nine years ago) link

played the first hour. as good as I hoped. one of the character classes is "waste of skin" and has terrible stats haha.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:20 (nine years ago) link

Hmm this sword is okay but it seems a bit slow and not quite powerful enough to defeat the beasts I'm fighting right now. Think I need to level it up a bit more!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 21:29 (two years ago) link

Nice! Those are two of the hardest bosses. You've still got some serious dlc content left.

Yeah I would only bother with the chalice dungeons if you're done with everything else and you still want a few more bosses, or you want to do pvp in the nightmare areas and want to get fully gem-ed up.


change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 21:41 (two years ago) link

I managed to cheese the NPC Hunters by leading each one to a wall near the lamp and hit them through the wall. That's how to do it right?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 22:17 (two years ago) link

Any time these games throw more than one invader-style npc at you at a time, anything goes imo

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 22:21 (two years ago) link

I cheesed the Hunter trio. Led them to the basement and shut myself in the prison. The correct cheese is to poke at them with a stick, but I don’t use sticks, so I attempted a number of things before settling on bolt paper on my Saw Cleaver and then a runny R2 roll-away. Beat the last one with zero vials remaining. Dirty tricks!

I did not struggle with the Martyr in the least, at all. Ebeiritis or whatever is a serious problem. I’ve left her for now and I’m dueling a swordy hunter in the *cough* Nightmare Of Menses. Society does need a jizz-phobic game with cocks as bosses and vaginas as tools of justice

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 22 December 2021 23:21 (two years ago) link

I hope From’s next horror game has a super weapon called The Crumbling Anus and you battle The Great Semenis in The Vast Deferens

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 22 December 2021 23:23 (two years ago) link

I killed Darkbeast Paarl but from what I understand, you can do this much earlier back when it's the Hypogean Jail. Hadn't come across it before now. Fairly easy to merk and I got a bunch of Blood Echoes for it which was nice.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 23 December 2021 00:01 (two years ago) link

genuinely didn't remember if i even beat this one! prob due for a replay.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 23 December 2021 22:07 (two years ago) link

lol fgti. Maybe this is what 'Elden Ring' refers to.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 23 December 2021 22:21 (two years ago) link

God those Lecture Building levels scare the crap out of me for some reason. Horrible corridors

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 23 December 2021 22:46 (two years ago) link

I am relying on far too many jolly friends to murder bosses. I am way overlevelled than is required, approaching level 100 and hacking through the DLC. 50 strength and 40 vitality, some of the other things, now working up my Arcane to 15 because I'm only using my gun for a rare parry and I wanna use some of these fun objects I've accumulated

I +10'd my Saw Blade and my Whirligig Saw. I don't use insight much for anything so I used all my hard insight for an extra rock. Ebieritis was murdered with blade to the bottom while she was distracted with a jolly friend. Ludwig, oddly, was no problem, his attack patterns melded well with my pre-existing tendencies, I beat him solo.

The hardest challenge so far was weirdly the wet nurse but I realized it was just because she was so scary looking that I was keeping my distance. I started hugging her bladey form and it was not-a-problem

This game is still really hard. I did some Chalice Dungeons out of spite and they are extremely challenging for some reason... I think it's just the buffed-up entry-level-enemies don't jive well with my late-game confidence. I also am feeling unrewarded when the bulk of the pickups there are... tools for more Chalice Dungeons! Spare me

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 24 December 2021 00:30 (two years ago) link

Merked The One Reborn with absolutely no issues last night. Once you kill all the bellringers, it's a fairly easy fight.

Now I'm at a castle that's crawling with giant spiders. It's not an easy match. There are some absolutely hardcore beasties outside too

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Friday, 24 December 2021 12:07 (two years ago) link

Those spiders hit ridiculously hard. I cheesed that room. Killed the bellringer, murdered the overpass spiders, shot the rest down one by one and attended to them one by one, then took out the big one with jumping-down-attacks.

I’m in the habit of clearing a section unspoiled, then reading spoilers before I leave, so I don’t miss anything. It really is working for me. I discovered the lantern waste on my own and it was so satisfying.

My bf calls Amygdala “Amy” and Laurence The Vicar “Larry”

Larry is so difficult wow. I fucked up the Eileen plot and she attacked me and she was super tough also. Idk if I should bother finishing the DLC, I feel like the final boss will just make me hate myself. I think I’m ready to take these lessons I’ve learned over to DS3, I’ll probably just win this thing today and leave it

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 24 December 2021 14:39 (two years ago) link

I dunno, I recall all the Bloodborne DLC, bosses included, as great. DS3, too, though I think I skipped the final DLC boss in that one, lol.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 December 2021 16:25 (two years ago) link

I mostly like the last DLC boss for the setting, the beach + endless ocean next to the carcass of its cosmic horror alien mother. I remember being very pleased with myself for figuring out a strategy, when it jumps high into air (offscreen), it will almost always land near you if you don't move, so you can time a fully-charged R2 and take out big chunks of its health.

Also the Well in the dlc with the two shark giants (where you get the rakuyo weapon) may be the actual toughest room in the game.

I also am feeling unrewarded when the bulk of the pickups there are... tools for more Chalice Dungeons! Spare me

The real prizes are the friends gems we found along the way. But yeah, there are the official 'quest' chalice dungeons that end in Queen Yharnam, then there are the randomly generated ones. I think the random ones are where the truly serious gems and weapon variants are? Looking forward to the DS3 thread revive though!

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 December 2021 16:27 (two years ago) link

So I've just given myself a Covid Christmas present of a PS Plus account. So now I can play online! Not sure about all these red puddles everywhere and phantom hunters showing up everywhere - it's a bit off-putting tbh.
I saw a thing that said to go to Oedon Chapel and I'll be whisked off to participate in the Hunters Nightmare or something, but I did what it said and nothing really happened. Am I doing it wrong?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Friday, 24 December 2021 17:25 (two years ago) link

You mean to get into the DLC? Try going into that area that's to the left (?) where you get grabbed by an invisible (if you have low insight?) Amy.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 December 2021 17:31 (two years ago) link

Totally forgot about the shark well! But good loot in there, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 December 2021 17:42 (two years ago) link

XP oh I see! I'd downloaded the DLC at the same time as subscribing to PS+ and assumed that was something to do with multiplayer

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Friday, 24 December 2021 20:44 (two years ago) link

I think I was moving too quickly through this game to really get good at it, and after Maria slaughtered me some ten times hopelessly I started to feel stressed out about trying again

So I started DS3 and after five hours on it over the past couple days I feel soothed by the environment and design and the rhythms of the combat. Already totally hooked

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 27 December 2021 02:36 (two years ago) link

FYI, Iron Pineapple's soulslike reviews are super interesting. Don't miss the Vincent Van Gogh fighter!

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 28 December 2021 04:52 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 16:58 (two years ago) link

When you accidentally click on the New York Times crossword puzzle thread thinking it is the Bloodborne thread and for 30 seconds wonder what the fuck you've missed...

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 February 2022 17:29 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

I thought this game was “not for me” but now I realized I was dead wrong

After several years of From immersion I think this might be the pinnacle of their achievements in terms of streamlined combat brilliance and inventory inside baseball

I remember thinking the Chalice Dungeons were “an unfortunate misstep” insofar as they felt like a bland matzo ball occupying an enormous footprint of the game soup

But now that I realize that “they’re for farming” (and Elden Ring taught me that “farming is fun”) my entire outlook on them has changed

They’re far too obscurantist in their execution— even their nomenclature is ridiculously confusing. That said, the fact that “you can’t share items over PvP” means that instead, to hyper power your weapons, you have to spend a lot of time reading spreadsheets? and building random dungeons and rushing through them to murder an overpowered boss? It’s… amazing. This is so fun. It’s like the “boss rush” concept crossed with “the collector bug” and it is pushing all the right buttons for me, this week

lurching toward (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 7 March 2023 14:40 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Mad coming back to this now that I've beaten Elden Ring, Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.

No wonder I found it so tough as my introduction to the genre. Even for a Souls game it is extremely SCARY and ARCANE and STRESSFUL.

One thing it does, which Elden Ring doesn't, is that it assumes a lot of prior knowledge from the player, so I assume Miyazaki had experienced Souls fans in mind when he made it. As such I would never recommend it as a first Souls game

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Thursday, 7 March 2024 13:21 (four months ago) link

My order was (I think) DS1, DS3, BB, DS2, ER, Demons. Maybe I did BB second? I wonder what it would be like to go back after playing the two most recent and best optimized Souls/From fantasy games most recently. Would DS and BB seem too janky? Somehow I kind of doubt it, the jankiness has always been a feature, not a bug.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 March 2024 15:16 (four months ago) link

I went back to my early posts in this thread - there was so much ILG co-op happening!

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Thursday, 7 March 2024 15:25 (four months ago) link

My order was BB, ER, Demons, DS1.

I haven't fully completed BB but in retrospect I had no idea what I was doing. I was pretty much winging it and/or following a YouTube playthrough.

In fact I don't think I really fully clicked into the whoel logic and nature of these games until I watched a lore video about Magma Mansion in ER and then I was like: "AHAAaa! So you have to read the item descriptions and observe the environment, I see!!!" - also: learning about different builds took a long time to click.

I'd be forgiven: Bloodborne diverges from other Soulsborne games in that there are fewer items, fewer item descriptions, and the scenery is so dense with "cool scary shit" that the environmental storytelling and character-build aspects are far less obvious. It's not like you can really specialise in a class in Bloodborne in the same way as the other games; I mean, I know you COULD do a bloodtinge build, but why?

Demon's Souls seemed a lot better for all this, I felt. The story felt less obfuscated and it seemed easier to diversify into different classes. I really really love Demon's Souls Remake - it's easily my favourite after ER - just a joy.

Dark Souls 1 doesn't feel "jank" at all, but it has a patina of grime over it that the other games don't and some of the environments can suddenly grow really dark for some reason, like you're looking through a phone camera lense with a dodgy aperture. I enjoyed it to an extent, but in the same way as eating a very boney piece of fish is enjoyable - you have to know what you're doing to get "pleasure" out of it or else it's very annoying and tough.

I am very tempted by DS2. I hear such wildly mixed reviews of it, but I feel I should at least give it a fair trial. Having played maybe just an hour or two of it so far my impression is that it's a bit janky compared to all the others. Would be brilliant if they did a Bluepoint remake of it

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Thursday, 7 March 2024 15:47 (four months ago) link

I think I followed the EpicNameBro YouTube walkthrough, and it was illuminating. So many tiny details I would have missed, like slight story driven details that change in the background. His was a really good balance of gameplay and lore. Usually I don't care about the lore, but I really liked it in this particular game.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 March 2024 15:59 (four months ago) link

I would love to see a ground-up DS2 remake using the art style/animations/engine of more recent From games.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Thursday, 7 March 2024 16:00 (four months ago) link

I guess the catch is that game has more or less been remade once already, hasn't it? Sort of?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 March 2024 16:01 (four months ago) link

In 2011 I watched my neighbour play DS1 and was impressed. In 2019 I got the Switch version and played through and was perplexed and addicted.

In 2020 I got a PS4 and replayed DS1 and it made more sense the second time. Then I played BB and followed some recommendations and guides and basically hit a wall around Ludwig/Maria, I thought Chalice Dungeons were dumb and not what I liked about From games— the exposition of the environments and immense detail.

Then DS3, and thought it was “the best game I’ve ever played”. I played about four hours of DS2 and said “naw” and haven’t looked back.

Elden Ring came out and I lost a year of my life to it. (Sekiro is too hard for me). Then I came back to Bloodborne. The Chalice Dungeons made sense to me now. I got really into gem diving, I killed probably a hundred Pthumerian Descendents this time last year. Kitted out all my weapons with 20 level gems.

Aside from Baldur’s Gate this past fall for a couple weeks I am done with gaming, I think. Between the new Zelda and the forthcoming Elden Ring DLC I feel like I could lose another year to gaming. It’s too addictive!

a hyperlink to the past (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 7 March 2024 16:06 (four months ago) link

I guess the catch is that game has more or less been remade once already, hasn't it? Sort of?

Scholar of the First Sin is more of a remix - enemies and items in different places, lots of red phantom npcs invading you. Something to shake things up for people who played the original version. Although I've seen people complaining that SotFS is the only version that's easily available now, and has become the default definitive version even though it's sort of a riff on the initial release?

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Thursday, 7 March 2024 16:31 (four months ago) link

Fgti I admire your resolve (although no shame if we see you back for the ER dlc, lol). In my life routine I can't really binge games anyway, I just play when on the exercise bike. And if I'm really obsessed with a new From game I'll get up early before work, and play on weekend afternoons instead of working on music. So far they've been polite about not releasing new games when I'm in the throes of mixing a record.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Thursday, 7 March 2024 16:33 (four months ago) link

Arcane is a viable build in Bloodborne. You can do serious damage with some of those hunters’ tools like the Executioner Gloves etc. And the cap is 99 so you can keep pumping points into arcane and adding damage.

ColinO, Thursday, 7 March 2024 16:48 (four months ago) link

DS2 had Scholar of the First Sin but it wasn't a huge jump in quality or anything.

There are big calls to remake Bloodborne, mostly cos it's 30FPS, but I don't think it looks bad at all?
If I were in charge I'd maybe tone down some of the overall clutter, especially in places like Central Yarnham where the amount of coffins and other debris confuse my eyes a bit. It would be lovely to get some proper depth definition on that, really increase the atmosphere etc.

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Thursday, 7 March 2024 16:59 (four months ago) link

The fps discussion drives me insane. Sure, I can tell the difference now, but it doesn't matter once you start playing. Looks great, plays great.

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Thursday, 7 March 2024 17:02 (four months ago) link

I previously managed to get up to Micolash and Martyr Logarius in BB, both of which felt like walls, and then ER came out and it felt like a natural place to put it down.

I don't know whether to carry on with this playthrough and just beat it (I understand I'm fairly near the end game anyway); but I'm tempted to just start again from scratch, daunting as that is. I feel like I might gain a lot more from a second playthrough now that I know what I know.

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Thursday, 7 March 2024 17:03 (four months ago) link

yup, i don't get the FPS stuff either - I can barely tell

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Thursday, 7 March 2024 17:03 (four months ago) link

I could really do with mothballing my PS5 for a while. Gaming really has gone from being a casual hobby to a several-hours-a-week habit, and I find myself switching on the PS5 most nights by default as soon as I've finished dinner.

I shelled out for Ableton recently and I keep telling myself I need to get stuck into learning how to use it but Baldur's Gate beckoned every night and I haven't even used it yet!

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Thursday, 7 March 2024 17:06 (four months ago) link

Yeah, I got a Zoia. I have the same obsession going on that I had for games. Making synths that track with violin and guitar, making audio triggered synth drum sounds. I feel weirdly sheepish about how much of lockdown I spent playing From games. I’ll play Elden Ring DLC sometime but not this year I don’t think

a hyperlink to the past (flamboyant goon tie included), Thursday, 7 March 2024 17:52 (four months ago) link

I had a go at the Challice Dungeons last night in the hope I could get some upgrade materials and I'm afraid I don't really see the appeal. Maybe I don't really get what they're for other than grinding, which seems dull to me.

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 March 2024 10:17 (four months ago) link

I made the mistake of ignoring them when I played the game, so that when I finally dipped in out of curiosity it was pretty silly, beating bosses in one hit or whatever.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 March 2024 12:21 (four months ago) link

It seems at first to be tedious in comparison to the main game, and it is, but the repetitiousness of it starts to appeal like “many hands of bridge” or “many crossword puzzles”. The bosses escalate in difficulty precipitously and become challenging/fun, the rewards are worth it, and once you get into the gem farming part of it it becomes extremely addictive

In a sentence: cursed blood gems offer a big upgrade and a minor debuff. They scale to impossibly high levels of power, and if you get one with an “easy curse” (ATK vs Kin down, or the minor stamina debuff) then stacking these gems makes for wonderful results.

You can also acquire upgrade materials (incl blood stone chunks) so any weapon you desire is maxed out. It’s definitely more of the code-divey “enjoy your combat” kind of play, but very much worth delving into.

The basic progression to attempt to murder the Pthumerian Queen is a big challenge and worth pursuing. You’ll have to fight a much upgraded Amygdala again which sucks but aside from that it’s very pure gaming enjoyment

braaam.flac (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 12 March 2024 12:50 (four months ago) link

I was after the Blood Stone Chunks in fact. Im not entirely sure I understand how the various rituals work. I have loads of the materials but I can only seem to create certain types or altar(?) or something(?) Eh...

Anyway, I seem to be doing this because I'm bouncing off both Logarius and Micolash. I think I can probably cheese Micolash but Logarius is NAILS. The other tough fight I can't do is that Cainhurst Crow NPC.

Is it fair to say that Bloodborne is maybe the hardest of the Soulsborne games overall? I haven't played DS2 enough to find out

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 March 2024 13:01 (four months ago) link

DS2 has the annoying feature of tying iframes to a stat (adaptability), or at least it used to. So the early game was tough because you barely even have a functional roll, lol. But other than that I'm sure BB is tougher. But really it's just a question of getting used to the rhythms of each game, right?

I remember Logarius taking many tries. But Micolash is the gimmick boss who runs away from you, right?

Jordan s/t (Jordan), Tuesday, 12 March 2024 13:54 (four months ago) link

Yeah that's right. My sense of direction is appalling so I end up running around the labyrinth house and getting decked by skellingtons a lot

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 March 2024 13:56 (four months ago) link

It's worth learning about how Chalice Dungeon generation works so that you can generate any dungeon you desire. It is esoteric and confusing, I still don't fully understand it. Once you've unlocked the capacity to generate any possible dungeon, you can consult online databases of glyphs and find gems and items and armaments and anything you want. You'll also face some insanely hard enemies.

My last play through, I was focusing on an Arcane build. I had three weapons that I used. A fire-based Saw Spear, a bolt-based Saw-Cleaver, and a physical-based Church Pick. The best gems for these involved generating a cursed (you have half-health) 5-level root dungeon and descending down to the bottom and killing a Pthumerian Descendent. He would drop, usually, a level 19 or 20 gem; ideally, I wanted a level 20 "Cold Abyssal Cursed Blood Gem", one that paired maximum damage boost (either fire, bolt or physical) with a manageable curse (either stamina debuff, atk vs. kin down, or durability). There are many found glyphs that created optimal conditions for this endeavour, listed online. I would make it to the bottom, save outside the arena and killed him and save-scummed and reloaded and killed him again, over and over, until I got the gem I wanted. It was a highly enjoyable chore. I killed that Descendent 200 times at least. Immediately after getting my first useable Abyssal gem, my weapon went from flimsy to ironclad, and the game became much more manageable.

braaam.flac (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 12 March 2024 15:29 (four months ago) link

Cainhurst Crow NPC.

Oh shit, is this the one in the cathedral later? I don't think I ever bothered with him. Whatever guide I was following I think essentially warned that no matter how good or strong you are, it's basically a long slog of a fight.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 March 2024 16:03 (four months ago) link

Yeah, a crazy NPC who Eileen the Crow has trouble with (you meet her outside rather dishevelled). He heals constantly, has quickstep and I think has ranged attacks too

your mom goes to limgrave (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 March 2024 16:51 (four months ago) link

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