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  • RedSwirl 3:07 pm on August 21, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone The FUUUUCK?! I honestly had never heard of the Source mod until now but looks like something I’d always thought of – answering the question of how to make a medieval first person war game.

    Personally I still think melee combat is still an advantage of the Japanese, but that’s arcadey beat-em-up combat. It’s nice that more people are trying to not imitate that route and go with something that at least vaguely resembles operating both a sword and shield. Ironically, the one game to do this the best in my eyes has been Demon’s Souls.

    Other games did something similar earlier like the original Chivalry mod (which I will try out soon) and even Dark Messiah (which both run on Source actually), but Demon’s Souls was the first game I played that did it with precision. It took me less than 30 seconds to grasp that game’s combat system, and soon after I could appreciate the precise timing involved in the system. The best fights in that game are “human-shaped” bosses and invasions probably. I really hope Team Chivalry are looking at that game for reference.

    It would be kinda badass if I could go viking in this joint though. The video says raid objectives are basically just that – raiding shit. Recently I’ve been reading comics – both western and Japanese, about vikings and just how fucked-up they were. Why the fuck can’t I roll up in a long-ass boat with some berserkers and just start tearing up saxony?!

    The other thing I’m liking a lot right now is the move towards more realistic, or at least more authentic-looking medieval armor. To be perfectly honest the kind of armor you see in games like Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age are precisely what kept me away from western fantasy for so long – the art design just doesn’t look very interesting and is honestly a bit laughable, even in Skyrim. I know most Bethesda game mods basically amount to anime porn, but I’m seriously considering downloading this particular set of Skyrim armor: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/21228 I just love that look of having plates on top of plates on top of plates. I’d take medieval Iron Man over the Dragon Bone armor any day. At least Dark Souls takes just enough artistic influence from Kentaro Mirua to look unique, yet still tries to make armor and weapons look plausible, if a bit stylish at times.

    Lastly though, the reason I’m into Arx right now is purely for the dungeon-crawling, which I got back into for a bit. Maybe to get myself back in the mood for Dark Souls if some modder can fix the PC port. Either way I’ve already got Grimrock on deck. On the subject, is Ultima Underworld really that big a deal? People talk about it like it’s the greatest action dungeon crawler of all time. I think even Japanese RPG developers talk about that game. The screens on GOG look old as fuck though.

  • Mohammad AlHuraiz 10:11 am on August 18, 2012 Permalink
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    Hello friends,

    I know have been MIA for a while, busy times and I just recieved a 5 day holiday (it’s the last day of Ramadan today and Eid follows) so I got a good chunk to do the things I wanna do. Lately I’ve been playing Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey on the DS but keep going and coming back on Valhalla Knights on PSP (actually, playing it on the Vita, found it for like $6 on a sale, which I think is still going on), VK didn’t get much praise critically, being it is kinda unpolished. It is a proper dungeon crawler with a more traditional RPG approach, the way it presents itself however sort of gave me a flashback to something missing in games nowadays.

    I wonder if any of you played any of the Tobal series, Ehregeiz or a Japan-only title known as Abala Burn. I don’t predates it, but there was a handful roguelike side modes in some PS1 fighting games coming from RPG developers (Square-Enix, Tamsoft, etc.), these modes probably could have been my earliest experience with roguelikes as a kid.

    (gameplay starts at 2:00)

    I’ve been kinda wondering, why don’t they make these anymore? Or at least, has there been any notable ones in recent date? I would sure love to play one if there are any. I guess Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls could be a fair candidate as a full game of that kind of thing, but I’m thinking of something more randomly generated.

  • RedSwirl 7:56 pm on July 16, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo I never talked much here about my own experience with Dark Souls. I don’t even think I ever mentioned here that I beat Demon’s Souls.

    Getting the PC version of the second game would actually be a double dip for me as I forayed a bit into the 360 version. I kinda stopped at the Gaping Dragon though and intend to re-roll one way or another, ideally on the PC version.

  • ckim 5:09 pm on April 23, 2012 Permalink
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    My copy of Demon’s Souls came. I played it for a couple of hours. It is very hard.

    More thoughts as I come up with them.

  • ckim 2:53 am on April 13, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo That all sounds cool. Hopefully the game comes in the next few days so that I can experience a bit of that before it’s shut down forever. I’m looking forward to experiencing the agony and the ecstasy that so many of you have discussed.

  • bowlisimo 10:34 pm on April 12, 2012 Permalink
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    @cgrajko With the servers off you won’t see player messages on the ground, you won’t see the “ghosts” of other players that are in the same part of the level you are, and you won’t see other player’s bloodstains (which show you the last 10 seconds of their life). World tendency will only change depending on what you do, and won’t be an average of the entire community (this is actually a plus).

    As far as direct co-op with other players, you won’t be invaded by black phantoms (red glowing players) that try to kill you, and you won’t be able to summon blue phantoms (blue colored players) to protect you from black phantoms and help you complete levels and defeat bosses.

    So basically, everything that is in place to help you and/or hinder you, the community aspect, will be absent.

  • ckim 10:08 pm on April 12, 2012 Permalink
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    Oddly enough, I just discovered that I am getting a copy of Demon’s Souls from Goozex, a service I previously assumed had slowed to a crawl and wouldn’t be getting anything from.

    Does anyone know how the game will play without active servers? I’m hoping to jump in headfirst once I get it, but, like @redswir1, I probably won’t finish it before the servers go down.

  • RedSwirl 6:41 pm on April 12, 2012 Permalink
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    @bluesforbuddha @bowlisimo Maybe It’s just me because I never actually made it past the Gaping Dragon, sort of regret buying the 360 version of the game, and may have fucked up my equipment so bad I was planning to re-roll.

    Plus, I’m STILL stuck in Demon’s Souls, and probably won’t finish it before the servers don’t go down. I don’t know how I would’ve made it as far as I did without the occasional help from co-op partners and messages.

  • bowlisimo 5:03 pm on April 12, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 I’d like to go to Blight town and spin the camera in 60 frames per second with my middle finger out, and I like the idea of new locations and bosses, but I have to agree with @beige, I finished that journey. Maybe I’ll give it a second thought if DLC is released for consoles. I also kind of feel like standard co-op not with strangers detracts from the experience that game was so good at providing. Still, awesome that it’s coming to PC. More people should play that game.

    Actually, yeah, more people should play Demon’s Souls before multiplayer dies, that game is just as good, if not better in some ways. I don’t hear its name evoked enough in Dark Souls conversations.

  • bowlisimo 5:03 pm on October 29, 2011 Permalink
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    Well, the wonderful adventure that was Demon’s/Dark Souls is now over. As it tends to be with video games, where one journey ends, another begins, but those were two games I’m not likely to forget.

    For those that are still on the Dark Souls path, prepare yourselves for a final battle with an enemy that brooks no respite, none. @Beige, as far as I’m concerned, except for his soul level draining, King Allant doesn’t hold a candle to this guy in difficulty. Though Allant was just better overall, and more climactic.

    There isn’t any fanfare, and the only build up is all the shit you’ve overcome to get there. He doesn’t even look like much, but that is a bad assumption! After stubbornly crashing against the rocks I had to retreat with my tail tucked between my legs, go back to the drawing board and upgrade a new shield, practice parrying, and learn his attacks and timings. One training montage later, I confidently walked down there and put up a fight.

    Really impressed by their choice of music for that duel by the way, as for the actual ending itself…ummm, so that happened (???).

  • meeco777 8:09 pm on October 21, 2011 Permalink
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    @feenwager & @unmanneddrone thank you guys for the welcome, I can tell this is a community that I will really enjoy being a part of.

    @beige *Raises Hand* I am 100% fine with hearing you talk for 2 hours about the souls games. A couple people playing off of each other would be nice, but I always enjoy your opinion and I just cannot get enough of hearing talk about these games right now so I say go for it =)

  • RedSwirl 2:59 pm on October 21, 2011 Permalink
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    By the way, it sucks having most of Dark Souls already spoiled to you (like most of the bosses and other demons) while you’re still in the first area of the game. Is it my fault that I got into Demon’s Souls so late and now have to play catch up?

  • bowlisimo 3:45 am on October 19, 2011 Permalink
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    @redswirl Armor didn’t seem to do much in Demon’s Souls, you could roll around naked and win. The more junk you’ve got piled on you, the shittier your stam regen is, which is kind of a big deal if you want to take multiple big hits with a shield. That said, I wore the fluted breast plate and a mix of black leather (to be <50% equip) on and off throughout the entire game until I killed Old King Doran, at which point I took his set (it's really light). The game was basically over by then.

    It seems to be a lot more useful in Dark Souls, the resist stats seem to make a difference this time for one thing, higher poise (less staggering when hit) for another. Add a shield with high stability, maybe 70+, and you'll be tough to topple, but also pretty immobile yourself. There's a giant iron golem boss on top of a tower that knocked me around (and off the tower frequently) while using a smaller shield, but switching to a great shield made a huge difference. All of a sudden my guy would get hit and skid backwards with the shield still up, instead of stagger and drop it.

    @beige Running around in upgraded elite knight + black/hard leather and an eagle shield. I have plenty of better armor, but it's all too heavy and requires "Hagen Das'" ring to not do a fat roll in, waste of a ring slot. All that special shit takes twinkling titanite to upgrade too, which has been rare so far. I'd rather save it for my weapons, like the black knight sword, or Astora's straight sword. Otherwise it's the kind of weak, but fun, +10 longsword with the great magic sword buff if I've got it.

    I love the Belmont build idea. Grab a bunch of throwing daggers too.

  • RedSwirl 1:06 am on October 19, 2011 Permalink
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    If anybody wants my updates, I’m still on Demon’s Souls until the permanent Black Tendency event ends after Halloween, but I’d like to say I’ve made some decent progress.

    The Flamelurker, Dragon God, and the 5-1 boss are dead, and I’m now well on my way to acquiring the Lava Bow. My current build started as a knight but has now been bouncing around between Schimitars, wands, and a surprising amount of archery. Not really many super-intense stories to tell – killed Miralda, killed Yurt, had to kill the 5-1 boss by outpacing his health regen with a broken sword, in a poison swamp. I’m going to be making the shot at 3-2 next.

    One thing I’d like to ask though is about armor. With the exception of Yurt’s torso armor, I’m actually still wearing starting armor 30 hours into the game. Is that normal? How about for Dark Souls? I’m not really digging the Roman centurion armor that warriors start with. Still stuck at the Taurus Demon tool, but seeing screenshots of shit like Gwenevere makes me want get back into that game.

  • cptcarnage 3:52 pm on October 17, 2011 Permalink
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    Ok this is nuts, some guy finished Demon’s Souls in just over an hour and Dark Souls in 1h26m…

    Spoiler alert but seriously that is messed up http://gamingbolt.com/dark-souls-beaten-in-1-hour-26-minutes-exemplary-display-of-skill-shown

  • bowlisimo 2:24 am on October 15, 2011 Permalink
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    @Shingro Dark Souls is more refined, but it’s an iteration and not a huge leap forward. The stats work a bit differently, there’s more weapons and items, some more combat moves, new locations enemies and bosses, broader color palette, death is handled differently (and if you ask me, a little less penalizing) and there are some different mechanics (e.g. humanity).

    The biggest difference is the level structure. I think Beige compared Demon’s Souls to Castlevania III and Dark Souls to Symphony of the Night, which is right on the money. Demon’s Souls has an easier to attack and understand hub world and level system (although you don’t necessarily go through them in a linear fashion), and Dark Souls has a more ambiguous interconnected world with no hub that you have to backtrack through and open up short cuts and what not through progression.

    I’d go with Dark Souls, since that’s what everyone is playing and figuring out right now. The problem is that it’s full price, which will suck if you don’t end up liking it. Demon’s Souls is super cheap in that regard, but most of the people playing it are experts (but avoidable). The servers shutting down in 2012 for Demon’s Souls is another thing to consider.

    Both are awesome games though… if you have the kind of personality that enjoys their unique, very deliberate, unflinching design.

  • Shingro 11:41 pm on October 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Alright! Back from work, my turn!

    Samishi Kunai Mon – UNDER17 / Shingro
    As far as the more denpa-kei music goes this is a sadder one then most, earnest and forthright, very much Lonely Boy Music. Though I recognize the irony of it being sung by someone standing in front of thousands of screaming fans. =P The lead singer of UNDER17 started idol-isms way back when dancing around akihabara with a Power Glove singing “Gura gura guradiasu” which is a song about Gradius =P pretty pro if you ask me, also: that is the voice of a 32 year old woman only slightly modified =P

    Sakuranbo Kiss – Kotoko / Shingro
    You’re My Treasure – Kotoko / Shingro

    You might have remembered my previous post, where I said “man I don’t want to just drop people down the madhouse rabbit hole with something like Kotoko right off the bat, this was followed very closely by a confused look on my face and the thought “Well why not?” skipping enthusiastically through my head… hence the Kotoko picks. I went for songs that really started with the sugar immediately and so strong they’d be distinctive regardless of what they followed. I wanted something with enough english sprinkled in to engage the ear since it’s pretty easy to just totally sign off all the lyrics to “can’t understand” and simple enough that even a little japanese could get you through most of it. It doesn’t hurt that the lyrics (all translated versions of which seems to have disappeared off the internet… :\) are that sort of encouraging, happy ‘ain’t life just grand?!’ lyrics that I really approve of, and You’re my Treasure does a solid portion of it in english, so I wanted to expose that particular element of this musical styling.

    Oh, that and Kotoko does the craziest hyper digital sounding sugar-infused business under the sun or moon =D

    Also: tomorrow I’m considering picking up Dark Souls or Demon souls if I can, I figure I can bring a far different story then most of us do, but still, which should I pursue? I intend to start pretty much blind except the stories I’ve heard here and on misc gaming podcasts, and be extremely light on the internet part of it. How much more refined is Dark souls then demon souls?

  • bowlisimo 4:17 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink
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    I noticed that. Happy 2nd, D.Souls. Didn’t have to “bounce” the world tendency to free Lord Rydell, yay!

    A little disappointed. Got to the crazy Old Monk boss that pulls a player to fight for him, and I’m pretty sure there was no one around to pull from so I just got the shittiest A.I. ever. Also, Dirty Colossus, Storm King, Maneater(s) down. That last one was tense, I didn’t expect TWO bosses. Any more near-misses on getting blown off the edge and I don’t think my heart could’ve taken it.

    @rampant At least someone is paying attention. What’s it like to backseat drive a Souls game?

  • RedSwirl 4:07 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Those of you who own Demon’s Souls, the game on US servers has gone into permanent white tendency until October 17th, at which time it will go into permanent black. Guess I’ll be getting back on that game for the short term.

    Man, two-timing is hard.

  • bowlisimo 1:51 pm on October 7, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige Oh no… did you at least leave a DON’T ATTACK! message on the ground for future travelers? I almost made that mistake, but was saved by those who had been there before.

    Also, try getting homing soul arrowed by Sage Freke and his apprentice every time you go back to the Nexus…

  • RedSwirl 1:03 am on October 7, 2011 Permalink
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    Oh, and I don’t think I’m going to be specializing in either Demon’s or Dark. Went with knight in the former because it felt safe and I didn’t know what I was doing, and warrior in the latter because I wanted high dexterity but not at too much cost. I could still go back and re-roll a wanderer though. I just wanna be ready for any situation.

    The thing is though, I think I’ve found barely any new equipment in either game. I think I’m coming up on level 30 in Demon’s and for the most part am still using starting equipment with an upgraded shield and Scimitar. People have told me that buying new armor isn’t really worth it.

    On Demon’s’ bosses though, yeah I stupidly tried to go 1-2 after finishing 1-1 (didn’t even die on Phalanx). After Tower Knight one-hit me a couple times (on top of me failing to reach him probably 50 times) I just gave up and had a co-op partner basically kill him for me while I watched. Sort of did the same thing for 2-1 as well. Other than 1-1, 3-1 was the first boss I was actually able to man-up and kill. Surprisingly I only died once fighting 4-1. I think I might have this now after I’ve played enough of Dark this fall.

  • bowlisimo 4:48 pm on October 6, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige Hah, sounds like a good first (real) day, and enemies you can’t fight without a certain item. Why am I not surprised? That should be an interesting boss. Better start farming.

    Three bosses yesterday:

    Leechmonger (5-1) – I think I was way overleveled for this guy. If you remember, he’s a swamp blobby thing at the bottom of a circular spiraling wooden footpath. Player notes on the ground said use fire and pointed out sniper spots. I did this a few times, it hurt him, but he healed up faster than I had mana to kill him. A few of his projectile blobs hit me, but didn’t do any terrible damage, so I just ran down the spiral got into the swamp with him covered head to toe in his shit, and basically swiped at him with a +3 Dragon longsword until he died. Any hits he got on me I nonchalantly backed up and healed with grass. I died more to the big rat people with clubs than to him.

    Old Hero (4-2) – I can see how this guy would be a bitch, especially for melee which I mostly am. But after getting my body back from Leechmonger, I summoned a blue player for the 4-2 stretch, just in case anyone invaded. We made it all the way to Old Hero without incident and the boss fight turned out to be me dodging everywhere and trying to not die (since the boss only focused on me for some reason?), and the blue player doing 90% of all the damage. I got down to slivers of life multiple times while being directly under the boss, but we made it. These bosses that just run up to you and molest you are real rough on melee classes, thankfully I had a buddy this time. Props if you did this alone, I feel for you.

    Penetrator (1-3) – He’s sexual, and he’s violent. Another in your face melee boss that, from the outset, looked like it was going to be a long night. However, they threw me a bone and had an NPC I freed from jail tank the boss with me stabbing him in the back and occasionally dodging those wide-ass swings of his. Easier than I expected. I saw a lot of bloodstains of people getting impaled, I guess they don’t explore much?

    My favorite fight so far is still Tower Knight, because it was a god damned ordeal that took me forever to figure out and get the timing down of when I could get around his enormous shield and actually get in and slash at his feet (thank you player messages). He didn’t run up into your face, so you had some time to think, but he could still chop you in half and stomp on you when you fucked up, as well as get you from range. Took the better part of an hour on that one.

    Armored Spider, False Idol, and Dragon God (God of War boss battle), were all interesting deviations from “run up and molest all your holes” bosses. Stonefang is the only area cleared at the moment.

  • bowlisimo 1:52 pm on October 6, 2011 Permalink
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    Howabout this reference?

    @Feen When you go to Lao Che to exchange the urn, and he hands you the diamond and a drink, just take the diamond and don’t drink the drink.

    @Beige I switched over to DVI to check the Demon’s Souls wiki while I was in front of Sage Freke, and I must have hit R1 because when I switched back I found him and his apprentice beating on me. Apparently I’m screwed and can never use those NPCs again, because every time I go back to the nexus they attack me. Thank god I had just unlocked Yuria.

    Don’t fuck with Demon’s Souls, kids.

    Also, how’s Dark Souls?

  • bowlisimo 7:05 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink
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    So… you’re saying I should jump ship this far in, or forever be griefed by this guy?

  • cptcarnage 5:53 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink
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    @bluesforbuddha your input has me even more intrigued.

    Should I shell out for Dark Souls now or pick up a used copy of Demon’s Souls first?

  • RedSwirl 4:58 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink
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    @bluesforbuddha Basically, Demon’s Souls was made the way people used to make games before all the focus testing and loading screen hints. I said it myself a while ago: it’s not really extremely HARD, just more punitive than most games are today. More importantly, the core gameplay is compelling enough to keep you coming back in most cases.

  • cptcarnage 3:57 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink
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    All this buzz has piqued my interest to say the least.

    All told though should a guy who likes a casual game once and a while, but still enjoys something a bit meatier and masochistic (IE Super Meat Boy) pony up for Dark Souls?

    It looks like something I’d enjoy but the difficulty factor is scaring me off, am I nuts for feeling like this?

  • bowlisimo 3:37 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige Yurt’s dead, baby, Yurt’s dead.

    Also, this.

    The fact that can happen and crucial npcs can die, is both awesome and fucked up.

    Anyway, the always losing at pvp thing hasn’t gotten me down, I’m still trucking along. Despite all of the craziness, this game hasn’t been frustrating. I’ve gotten frustrated at less significant, less difficult games. Not once has Demon’s Souls ever felt unfair or impossible. You just need to get kicked in the nuts, dust yourself off, and be better or do something different. Like you said, you only lose…30 min? an hour?

    The two spells I lost were Ignite and Warding, ignite would’ve been nice for pvp, warding for pve.

    With your TOB info, I’ve moved away from heavy armor knight guy (also due to stamina regen and not being able to roll the fuck out of the way), to a more balanced battlemage kind of build. I think I’m sitting at 20v/16i/19e/18s/14d/17m/17f/8L right now. At a tipping point where I could go more into magic or more melee.

  • bowlisimo 2:43 pm on October 4, 2011 Permalink
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    @Feen I don’t think I can jump directly from Demon’s to Dark Souls, going to need to recover in an iron lung for a few months first.

    Played that game for an unhealthy amount of time last weekend. It’s really an awesome, unique game, that people should try, if not actually play all the way through. The sense of exploration and discovery under constant life threatening peril is second to none. That “be careful, or die”, design is so ancient now, especially the pvp aspect, which harkens back to ~1998 during the wild west of MMOs (except you don’t get looted clean when you die or fail your corpse run). Demon’s Souls is superbly crafted dark, medieval fantasy with a weird Japanese edge, where all the monsters molest you, and all the npcs are depressed and tell you to fuck off.

    Welcome to Demon’s Souls, Bowley – Weekend Highlights:

    Screwed myself out of two powerful spells by consuming two special souls dropped by bosses. There was nothing to indicate I had other options. Oh well!

    Lost 14,000 souls and two hours of level clearing, falling down a pit trying to get back to my previous bloodstain where I accidentally had one foot in magma while I was looking at my inventory. There is no pause.

    30+ minute blind first attempt at Tower Knight boss. I won. Apparently that was an easy boss.

    Got hunted down by a player who invaded my world with griefing gear on. While I was freaking out having never encountered any of this before, he poisoned me, broke all my weapons and armor with a weapon put in the game solely for griefing, killed me, jumped off a cliff, and then trolled me over PSN. 15,000 soul repair bill. Lesson learned, I don’t wear heavy armor any more. Optimized griefing = the downside of playing a two year old game. My reply message? “<3"

    Hid from an invading player, who got bored and killed all the enemies (they don't attack him) in my world and disconnected. Free souls.

    Invading player ran past me and started killing enemies. Beckoned me to follow. Yeah, right.

    Helped a guy beat a boss as a blue helper phantom, got my body back. Before I could go back to the hub world, got immediately invaded by a black phantom. Playstation button -> XMB -> quit game. Only way to get out. Eff off, I get invaded like every 5 minutes in world 4.

    Found an item out on a ledge over a void. There was no way to get back off the ledge. Message left by player there, "best of luck to you!"

    Player messages that tell you to step off cliffs, sometimes they're sincere, sometimes not so much. You can't always manipulate the camera to tell.

    Two player messages next to an NPC you come across in a level. "Liar" and "a good guy waits ahead".

    "The TRUE Demon's Souls starts here" player messages. You know you're in for some shit, even despite all the crap you went through to get to that point.

    Crystal geckos that you NEED to kill to get high weapon upgrades, but they run away immediately and disappear when they see you. After a while, they PERMANENTLY DON'T RESPAWN.

    And much more!

  • bowlisimo 7:54 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink
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    Yeah, haha, everyone laugh at the poor budding ludomasochist.

    It was really this that forced me to act. I didn’t want to miss the full experience. I’ll get around to the normal people games once this journey is over. Looking forward to Uncharted, never thought I’d say that so soon.

    @Beige Thanks for the tips, man. Got home early today and found the cling ring, thank god. This game is something else.

  • bowlisimo 5:10 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink
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    I won’t be that lucky. How often do other people invade your world and wreck your shit? I also need to figure out how to not have half health constantly.

    (sorry if this Demon’s souls stuff is boring everyone else)

  • bowlisimo 4:21 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink
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    Be proud of me when I finish. I’ll have to reference your post come December where I’m still butting heads with this game. Right now, I’m just worried about getting the controls down. Parry timing is a bitch, like disarming SWAT dudes in Mirror’s Edge was, but way worse. Got skewered by a knight with red eyes, weeee!

    I know heavy armor is probably a noob trap, but I picked the Knight. It just looks too cool.

  • bowlisimo 2:15 pm on September 30, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige A sudden, burning desire to play Demon’s Souls (due in part to your bullshit), combined with an epiphany, and a rapid chain of bad logic and rationalizations has led me to this: PC attached to monitor attached to PS3 attached to PC.

    Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.

  • bowlisimo 3:36 pm on September 28, 2011 Permalink
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    @Beige Did you know that you can hook a PS3 up to an HD monitor with little effort?…

  • RedSwirl 8:47 pm on September 23, 2011 Permalink
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    Guys. I would like you to buy Crysis when the console version comes out on October 4th if your PC wasn’t hard enough to run it back in 2007. I really do believe it to be THE underrated single player shooter of this generation. If you’ve played Crysis 2, this game will feel like a sequel from a gameplay standpoint.

    Oh, and @beige Demon’s Souls server extension into 2012 has convinced me to just stick with that game until I beat it or hit an absolutely insurmountable brick wall.

  • bowlisimo 5:51 pm on September 23, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige Post Super Meat Boy, I’m much more sympathetic to the Demon’s Souls players who relentlessly attack the difficult with that Everest mentality, just to see if they can.

    The MMOs with older designs used to have that spirit, but “Get better, or get dead and lose all your stuff” at 10-15 dollars a month was beaten out of the system pretty quickly by angry paying customers. EVE (a remorseless, space trading MMO!) persists despite all rationale, maybe because it’s one of the few games left scratching that itch.

    Anyway, I’m anxious to hear about what kind of ordeal you’re put through this time. I really want to try my hand at the first game, but there’s that whole having to buy a PS3 thing in the way.

  • RedSwirl 9:20 pm on July 19, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Actually come to think of it, Demon’s Souls in a way is descended from Ultima. It’s the spiritual successor to an old franchise of PS1/PS2 dungeon crawlers called King’s Field which itself was heavily inspired by Ultima. Weird. The guy who directed FFXII, Vagrant Story, etc. also cited Ultima has an big influence and apparently still logs in once a year.

  • RedSwirl 3:34 am on July 19, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Yes. Demon’s Souls has often been called a Japanese WRPG.

    Honestly there’s something I like a lot about that concept whenever it actually happens. It’s like you get the craftsmanship and unique art approach of a Japanese game combined with the mechanical freedom of a Western game. Final Fantasy XII is the other great recent example.

  • RedSwirl 11:52 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink
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    After a search I realize that we have not yet discussed Demon’s Souls itself at length. Some kind of tremor in The Force tells me that @bluesforbuddha has been on it. I know of @feenwager‘s disdain.

    Let me just say that after dropping back into it for a little bit, I have a feeling that I will continue to play this game until the servers go down in October and Dark Souls comes out. If I’d have bought it earlier this game would have probably been a background thing for me for over a year. I can think of a handful of console games this generation that do this for me. Maybe TF2. Maybe Left 4 Dead. It’s kind of that caliber for me.

    Demon’s Souls has its hooks in me for the same reason Super Meat Boy got its hooks into a lot of people. It’s hard but there’s not that much hassle in actually playing the game.

    I could spend an hour just dying repeatedly, but like SMB, Demon’s Souls get’s you right back in there, and the controls feel very intuitive and very fluid. Just goes to show how important responsive controls can really be.

  • RedSwirl 6:42 pm on July 16, 2011 Permalink
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    @feenwager The fucked-up part is, whenever I get game fatigue, I just move on to other games.

    Maybe it’s not even full-on game fatigue, just fatigue of playing too many of the same kinds of games, or games that make me think too much (like RPGs), or games that feel too dumb (like shooters). I’ve devoted this past week to Dragon Age II and Top Spin 4 – two games where I gotta deal with a bunch of stat management and strategising from move-to-move and all that. Wanting to play something for a little bit that felt more direct, I decided to put in Demon’s Souls for a few hours last night.

    Yeah that reads out weird but for some reason I find DS to be one of the most “playable” games on consoles this gen… at least among RPGs. If DS were any other game it would be frustrating as shit – in three hours of playing that game last night I made absolutely zero progress until the last hour. The game works because the UI is so responsive and so intuitive that it’s easy to jump right back in there for the 150th time, even if you have to make it back across that fucking bridge with the dragons to reclaim the experience points/money you just lost.

  • RedSwirl 5:09 pm on April 17, 2011 Permalink
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    Okay, just killed my first demon in Demon’s Souls. The game doesn’t really seem to be excruciatingly hard like most people say, it’s just a bit punitive. It doesn’t needlessly hold your hand like most western console games have this generation. You put the disk in, spend about two minutes learning the core controls, and then the game throws you into the wild. When you fail, you fail (and even then the game let’s you jump trough some hoops to get your progress back).

    So far I think the art, localization, and gameplay are all great, and you really have to appreciate a game with really responsive controls. I just don’t know if I’ve bought into the RPG aspect yet – grinding souls to eventually get the best gear and all that.

    The servers remain up until October I believe and the game is dirt cheap at this point.

  • bowlisimo 4:38 pm on December 20, 2010 Permalink
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    @beige Yeah, you’d have to play super carefully and deliberately. There wouldn’t be much room for, you know, fun. I think that’s why I don’t mind stepping up to Super Meat Boy’s dark side, because other than warp zones where lives are limited and bandages are plentiful (100/100 baby!) you only ever lose a few minutes at most.

    I watched a guy play Demon’s Souls on justin.tv. He fought a fire boss for like 20 minutes and then died. I felt a sense of loss just watching it, I can only imagine how he felt.

    @squad Steam sale, bring it on! Just remember to not buy any of the regular sales until the last day when all the daily sales are done.

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