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

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release month announced!

new trailer!

other shit!

"11/10 - this game will own"!

deserves own thread!

now yall xboxers can play too!

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 12 May 2011 02:41 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYh8phZ4Dvw

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 12 May 2011 02:41 (eight years ago) link

kinda all over this, hope they didn't decide to be like "OH YOU LIKE IT HARD HUH WE'LL MAKE IT EXXXXXXXXXXXXTRA HARD" and now it sucks

beefaroni merchant, part-time fish tank bitch. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 12 May 2011 04:28 (eight years ago) link

I think that is a distinct possibility given From's spotty overall track record but as good as Demon's Souls was there is zero chance of me not getting this game day one

you penis-curling she-devils (jamescobo), Thursday, 12 May 2011 07:22 (eight years ago) link

I only just noticced this is from software -- good to know that they have another great game that they can make progressively shitter over iterations for the next 10-15 years #armoredcore

Alderaan Duran (Will M.), Thursday, 12 May 2011 08:27 (eight years ago) link

that said i was supremely jailhouse of my ps3 owning friends and now i can get a demon souls-ish game, NOW ALL I NEED IS VALKYRIA CHRONICLES!!!

Alderaan Duran (Will M.), Thursday, 12 May 2011 08:28 (eight years ago) link

http://www.destructoid.com/preview-dark-souls-200954.phtml

gddmn

oct 11th app

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 12 May 2011 23:09 (eight years ago) link

makes it sound like it's a "more of the same" sequel that takes into account the fact that you've played the first one and ramps up accordingly, more diverse color palette, more of the same but a lot more
i'm down with that IF THE PUZZLE CHOICES ARE GOOD AND FAIR because if this has enough cheap hits that i notice it, it is not demon souls
i don't mind dying if the game is honest.

beefaroni merchant, part-time fish tank bitch. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 12 May 2011 23:18 (eight years ago) link

i think the fact that it's open world - continuous, varied, full of secret shit to stumble upon - is a big change tbh, and i am psyched about it. i didn't want to hear about them fucking with the actual controls, combat mechanics, etc because all of that was gold in the first game, so i am doubly psyched about that. and a spit polish on the visuals is just gravy.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 12 May 2011 23:26 (eight years ago) link

somehow i missed the open world mechanics; not sure how that'll work, but willing to try
i need to just not work and only play games

beefaroni merchant, part-time fish tank bitch. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 12 May 2011 23:27 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

awwwwwesome new trailer at http://www.fromsoftware.jp/darksouls/contents/movie3_en.html

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 3 June 2011 12:24 (eight years ago) link

http://i54.tinypic.com/25ezpzo.png

forks, pls update thread title to show correct release month "octover"

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 3 June 2011 12:28 (eight years ago) link

gracias

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 3 June 2011 14:53 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

YOU WILL REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE AND FUN OF TRIAL AND ERROR

http://www.fromsoftware.jp/darksouls/contents/img/outline/img_outline_en.gif

YOU WILL ALSO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO ROLE-PLAY MUTUALLY IN THE GAME

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 4 August 2011 01:39 (eight years ago) link

i welcome these opportunities

I'm a nerd and nerdy things happened (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 August 2011 04:24 (eight years ago) link

I am going to buy this video game

nh (cozen), Thursday, 4 August 2011 06:48 (eight years ago) link

i already did.

I'm a nerd and nerdy things happened (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 August 2011 14:37 (eight years ago) link

owned

I AM JOHN MAUS (Lamp), Thursday, 4 August 2011 14:55 (eight years ago) link

The Deprived! Hardcorest of the hardcore!

I'm a nerd and nerdy things happened (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:18 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yopt1hJtzQU

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 16 September 2011 01:15 (eight years ago) link

really looking forward to disappearing into this.

A Fudgesicle is a frozen, ice cream-like snack. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 16 September 2011 12:32 (eight years ago) link

yeh i've been on complete media blackout about this ie not gonna watch that youtube!

zappi, Friday, 16 September 2011 13:58 (eight years ago) link

^

A Fudgesicle is a frozen, ice cream-like snack. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 16 September 2011 19:16 (eight years ago) link

I really want to play this but after Demon's Souls I have a strong suspicion that I am simply not good enough at video games to make any significant progress. :(

polyphonic, Friday, 16 September 2011 20:18 (eight years ago) link

lol

From Software, developers of Demon's Souls and it's upcoming 'spiritual successor' Dark Souls, are taking a characteristically uncompromising approach to players who have managed to get their hands on the game early.
Like Demon's Souls, Dark Souls comes packed with a mechanic that allows players to invade other's worlds. From Software are using this feature to send out maxed-out characters into the early-adopters games and systemically killing them off.

zappi, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:11 (eight years ago) link

haha

hardcore oatmeal (Jordan), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:15 (eight years ago) link

ok a+++ thats awesome

guh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:19 (eight years ago) link

holy fuck. i want that job!!

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:24 (eight years ago) link

U DIED

Dudley Daigle: Tugboat Captain (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 19:44 (eight years ago) link

basically i am going to play the fuck out of this game and not eat or sleep is kinda how i break it down to an extent

Dudley Daigle: Tugboat Captain (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 19:45 (eight years ago) link

these are those times where i wonder if i am just wired oddly as a gamer because punishingly difficult isnt a positive in my book

guh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 19:54 (eight years ago) link

no need to respond to that, i made a different thread to talk about how i am weak-willed and cowardly

guh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 20:05 (eight years ago) link

i never really found dark souls impossibly difficult. it's hard yeah, but i find it WAY easier and more rewarding than, say, halo. I'm just hardwired to deal well with this kind of shit i guess. I can't get past the first half hour of gears of war or handle bullet hell tho.

Dudley Daigle: Tugboat Captain (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 20:07 (eight years ago) link

wait, so do you have to play this online? p much not interested if that's the case.

original bgm, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 20:10 (eight years ago) link

don't think you HAVE to, just opens up some elements of bizarro multiplayer

Dudley Daigle: Tugboat Captain (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 20:15 (eight years ago) link

sick.

demon's souls seemed right up my alley but I don't have a ps3. I'm thinking that this might do nicely in its absence.

original bgm, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 20:34 (eight years ago) link

"You're already dead, and so is everything else, and all of it hates you."

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 3 October 2011 14:40 (eight years ago) link

hah is that from the eurogamer review?

strongly recommend. unless you're a bitch (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 3 October 2011 19:07 (eight years ago) link

Oh man, that reviiew was JUST what i wanted to hear

Dudley Daigle: Tugboat Captain (forksclovetofu), Monday, 3 October 2011 20:02 (eight years ago) link

WHICH CLASS DO I START WITH?>???

I might try thief at the outset but if I get brutally murdered I will explore other options..

strongly recommend. unless you're a bitch (mayor jingleberries), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 23:42 (eight years ago) link

We thought you'd like to know that the following item has been despatched and should be with you in a few days.

SO HYPED

zappi, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 23:59 (eight years ago) link

i died

Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 5 October 2011 00:06 (eight years ago) link

My characters name is YOUDIED

strongly recommend. unless you're a bitch (mayor jingleberries), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 02:30 (eight years ago) link

play as deprived or feel eternal shame

my other display name is my facebook status (Lamp), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 02:33 (eight years ago) link

EXACTLY
damn i gotta check amazon to see when they're shipping my KOLLEKTERS EDISHUN

loads of personality, loved to chase chickens (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 03:31 (eight years ago) link

Delivery Estimate: October 12, 2011 - October 17, 2011
boo

loads of personality, loved to chase chickens (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 5 October 2011 03:32 (eight years ago) link

Huh. How else do I get up to 20000 without grinding (or beating a bigger boss)? Should I focus on that before finishing (or at least furthering) the Lothric area?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 12 December 2019 22:26 (one month ago) link

Oh rly, I don't think the key is that important? Not worth grinding for imo, it can wait.

FP = used for magic spells and weapon arts (cool attacks that use L2).

The dlc is great, as usual.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 12 December 2019 22:37 (one month ago) link

Another classic Dark Souls moment here. I'm cruising my way through Lothric, beat the fat guy by the fire, discover the elevator shortcut, figure, OK, at least I know I've made it to this area's equivalent of a check point, so that's a load off. Sneak/murder my way a little further and see those three patrolling Lothric knights. I know I can take one, but three? Eh. So I sneak up and get one, then get sloppy and get killed by another. That's fine, I've got the elevator shortcut! Respawn at the fire, take the short cut, decide to take on the first knight. But in the middle of the fight I get the attention of the second knight, who goes all aggro. So I run away ... right into the third knight. At this point I have no more estus, so I run as fast as I can, in a panic, and do get away ... right before I bump into a *blue* Lothric knight with his back turned. Hm, ok. He turns, I attack, and somehow, against all odds, I manage to accidentally get in a backstab. Cool! Then a second later ... a second backstab! Super-cool! And then ... he immediately killed me. Urgh.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 December 2019 01:21 (one month ago) link

Anyway, since I know my way back, I might as well go backwards for a bit and do a suicide run past the fire breathing dragon to see what it's guarding.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 December 2019 02:14 (one month ago) link

my point is DON'T grind to get the key but when you are able to get to 14k souls or so, then consider grinding and capitalizing on the key rather than leveling
it's super helpful but not necessary

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 December 2019 04:36 (one month ago) link

Glad I ran by the dragon, there was a lot of swag to be had, including a claymore! Also reminded me of a doorway I missed when I was to busy running away from something later, and found a few things in there, too, like the cell key. In fact, I should probably take stock of my inventory.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 December 2019 12:43 (one month ago) link

I got this game packaged in with Witcher 3 when I got my PS4 but I've only given it a quick go. Does it matter which sort of character I pick? I didn't have a clue what I was doing, and the story seemed very obfuscated (although I later came to understand that's part of the point). Killed a few ghouls and then came across a larger baddy who smashed the living daylights out of me.

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 13 December 2019 16:22 (one month ago) link

Doesn't really matter, since you build your character as you go, and starting class doesn't determine how it will end up (especially if you don't care about, like, really specific min/maxing for a pvp build).

I only said the knight is good because it starts with a shield that blocks 100% physical damage, a straight sword (which is a really good weapon class in this game), and heavier armor (which doesn't matter much, but will reduce some damage).

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 December 2019 16:29 (one month ago) link

I made it to the first real boss of Lothric, afaict. A big metal dog thing? Killed me. I think I'll make my way back and talk to the figure at the other end of the courtyard, though I assume they will kill me, too.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 December 2019 16:49 (one month ago) link

safe bet

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 December 2019 17:03 (one month ago) link

Only if you're not a nice person

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 December 2019 17:34 (one month ago) link

Didn't feel like fighting a boss, so did grind a little to get the 20k souls to get that key. I got the fire keeper's soul at the top of the building, but in true DS fashion, had I not looked it up there is literally no way I would have found the other stuff the key got me access to as well, gleaned from near death drops to fake walls. But now I got them. Though now I need to figure out what Picklepaws the bird (or whatever) does.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 December 2019 19:17 (one month ago) link

Same thing as in the first Dark Souls tbh

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 December 2019 19:19 (one month ago) link

FWIW i think that's the one thing you can and should absolutely check online guides for help with as there is NOTHING in the game and no hints as to what (or really even how) you should trade at the nest.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 December 2019 19:20 (one month ago) link

OK, killed the first real boss, the ice dog, on my second try. Not too bad, the good ol' strategy of stab it in the butt did the trick. Explored a bit of Spookeytown, too. Spooky! I could be wrong, but this game seems to want you to use ranged weapons more than the first one. I keep coming across lots of balconies overlooking crowds of baddies standing around. Got to remember to stay stocked up on arrows and firebombs.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 December 2019 21:37 (one month ago) link

Good job Josh.

The boss in the settlement is probably my least favorite, but it's optional! I do love the village itself and how the path to the next real area makes you think "is this really the way forward?"

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 13 December 2019 22:17 (one month ago) link

Not to be a stickler but... there’s a Dark Souls 3 thread.

circa1916, Saturday, 14 December 2019 00:55 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

Just got my Switch back from Nintendo after repair. Of course they wiped it & thats my Dark Souls save game gone.....

I was up to the (G)Ravelord so pretty far and not really in a place to start that trek again.

I fluked Smough & Ornstein when I beat them so even getting to that fight means months of work.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:40 (six days ago) link

that is rough. Josh's pick up of ds3 has me jonesin, but this is a daunting game to get back into.

Robert Corwen (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 11 January 2020 17:55 (six days ago) link

Oof, if I ever lost my save I don't know if I would start over again. As intriguing as it is to play these games a second time with a totally different build, a different way - I've never used magic, for example - my biggest feeling when they're done may honestly be one of relief. Forget tough, they're also just so bleak and gloomy

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 January 2020 19:20 (six days ago) link

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how much faster it goes the second me around!

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 11 January 2020 19:33 (six days ago) link

This would be my third time around after noping out at Queelag on the PS3.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:59 (five days ago) link

yeah, the upside is that all the muscle memory stuff sticks. You'll likely cruise through everything you remember and get back to where you were quickly.
For S+O, just summon help and you'll sneak by easily.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:52 (five days ago) link

If you're really stuck on a boss like that, try watching it on youtube or running in and out without attacking, to learn the moveset + tells + how to avoid them. Like for Queelag, learning when that big area blast is coming is the pretty much the whole fight.

You can also run past enemies once you know where they are and where you're going.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:00 (five days ago) link

Running past enemies was a key epiphany. Also understanding that the enemies are often cheesing *you*, especially bosses. They are overpowered, they have unlimited stamina, they can often hit you *through* objects, they gang up on you or enlist gangs to help. So if you're frustrated, there's no shame in an anything-goes approach.

I read a recommendation once for boss encounters that a good strategy is just to spend the first few encounters avoiding them, keeping your distance, watching and learning. You can almost always just tumble around avoiding them, at least for a while. It's getting greedy with attacks that typically leads to a quick death.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:38 (five days ago) link

OK, I am back into it. The time away let me see how I was doing stupid things. I wasn't reinforcing my axe enough, so it took too many hits to beat the gargoyles. I got it to level 5. To get back into the fighting, i also did some exploring. Found another dude in a cell that I freed. Walked by the scorpion man to explore the garden. Ran away from the rock guys. Had much better luck with the gargoyles when I stopped rolling and focused on strafing with my shield up. Keeping my shield up is much easier than avoiding hits entirely. After about 20 tries, i was able to calmly pick my shots against the double gargoyles and create space for estus. And i finally rang the fucking bell. Contemplating blowing a bunch of souls on opening that garden door instead of getting the blood ring thing or leveling up like a responsible player.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 07:59 (three days ago) link

I want to say, from memory, that if you save up all those souls for that garden door this early you won't be ready for the stuff behind it.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:07 (three days ago) link

you can be sneaky and pick off some of the enemies behind the door one-by-one for big xp boosts in the early game, that's what i usually do, although if they start ganging up you can get rekt very quickly

que pasa picasso (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:09 (three days ago) link

you can also stand in a certain place near the door with shield up and your enemies all fall to their doom. there are youtube vids that show you where to stand

Animal Bitrate (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:19 (three days ago) link

Sounds interesting, but not the route i want to go for first playthrough. will spend the souls on leveling or maybe a talisman.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:06 (three days ago) link

I wonder if the forest is still an invasion hotspot in 2020...

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:17 (three days ago) link

I still have the nannyfinger or whatever it is called

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:40 (three days ago) link

wandered all over. Killed the big hammer knight at the bottom of the undead burg tower and got another ring. Was a good lesson in watching the stamina bar. Ran away from the dragon and found some thieves and another boss. Switched to a knight shield+5 and wearing black leather armor bc poison everywhere. Want to learn some magic and then fight this next boss. Also need to kill the other tower knight that drags and sweeps with his huge sword. The knight battles feel like a punchout! minigame.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:16 (two days ago) link

Havel's Ring (that you got at the bottom of the tower) is a huge help for lowering your weight. And if you beat him, you're doing OK! The other boss you found might have been ... Capra Demon? That one is a pain. Kill the dogs first.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 14:18 (two days ago) link

yes, I am around ~0.25 capacity for weight. Havel certainly took many strong right hand attacks. The knight at the top of the tower near the dragon seems harder because his moves set is more varied. I thought he'd be easier if I lured him out to open space, but he seemed to enjoy having so much space for activities even more than I did.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:05 (two days ago) link

I don't know where the dogs are. I kept getting poisoned in blight town. I need a cure for poison if the dogs are down there. I also started using the bow more, which should help with the poison dart flingers. There are probably more paths around the elevator. I just took the most obvious one and then eventually got distracted sweeping the burg for missed knights and loot.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:10 (two days ago) link

I started as a Warrior, but I have been leveling intelligence the last 8 or so times. I've become enamored with the idea of being more of a thief like character with lighter armor and some spells, but also with a battle axe. If I'm being honest, I just want to wear the black hood and force push dudes off mountains and towers.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:17 (two days ago) link

Or maybe the dogs are in the forest. I don't remember anything that was said to me at the shrine when this all started.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:29 (two days ago) link

He meant the dogs in the boss room with the goat demon who uses two swords, which you may have already gotten past?

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:38 (two days ago) link

I killed a bunch of dogs and thieves near a fire. But i didn't traverse the fog or whatever into the room.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:58 (two days ago) link

yeah, dogs are in the boss room. and you will be poisoned in blighttown, so buy a few cures first.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:59 (two days ago) link

Oh I see. I thought the dogs were another boss and i was to avoid the demon until finding the big dogs and telling them that i am actually the big dog and if they can't run with the big dog to get off big dog's porch. I had hoped i'd get some kind of big dog t-shirt armor in the drop.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:04 (two days ago) link

you're the chosen undead now, dog

que pasa picasso (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:06 (two days ago) link

you've found the big dog armor and joined the brother-in-law's dealership covenant

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:08 (two days ago) link

sell 3 toyotas to ascend

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:09 (two days ago) link

The real big dog comes later (eventually followed by the little dog <3)

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:49 (two days ago) link

got the force spell. Found the poison cure merchant. Killed the black knight. Decided to give the capra demon a shot and got him on the first try. jumping off stairs with an axe is where i'm a viking.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:06 (yesterday) link

because i wanted spells, i can't use any of these greatswords yet.

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:07 (yesterday) link

Capra Demon first try, you are the top dog!

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:10 (yesterday) link

I put on oakley wrap arounds before traversing the white light

if you're in the thread, keep on posting (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:17 (yesterday) link


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