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charley farley

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  1. @jonamok @Jamie John No idea what you mean by the bridge/bridge tower. It appears I’m not actually near the door if Biome 3 after all. Jesus.
  2. I’ve hit a wall in this like no other game. I’ve done the whole ‘Demon’s Souls looks interesting’ and then 2 days later ‘this is fucking impossible’ then completed it and then clocked DaS, Bloodborne etc. So I totally get the whole gut gud thing and getting over the humps, but man. I cannot get to the end of Biome 3. I thought it was too hard and I’d never beat Phrike, but a bit of adjustment and fine, Biome 2 boss as soon as I saw it I could see it was doable. But I’ve been trying to get to the Biome 3 boss for 3 weeks now and I’m just not good enough to do it. I’m not brilliant but I can comfortably work my way through B1 and B2 and get myself some decent upgrades and the first half of B3 is generally ok, but I just cannot seem to do the last bit before the boss. I can only normally get in an hour or so at the end of the day and I suspect I need to be hammering it for a lot more than that while I’m a bit more alert to make further progress. I think this is the first time I’ll have to give up on a game I like because I can’t hack it rather than it being shit, or unfair. Gutted.
  3. I fear being unable to best Ixiom after about 14 hours doesn't bode well for me being of much use.
  4. My apologies - I thought you meant the chests as they glow blue. I can't see any benefit to not collecting the calibrators as you go along.
  5. As far as I can work out, if you clear the biome first your proficiency will be much higher and therefore as you head to the boss you pick up whichever weapon type you prefer and it will be a much better level than it would have been had you grabbed it near the start.
  6. i) Personally I used 3 Ether in there once and never bothered after that. I save it for other stuff. You should be able to see off Phrike with a decent amount of health, a refill and an Astronaut. ii) I assume it's something that you can use later on once additional abilities are gained. I'm up to the boss of biome 2 and still haven't got anything that would make use of it.
  7. Don't. It might be useful to you. My point is for my build DEX=damage output. END=rate of damage output. STR@18=Ability to use the Uchi to maximize DEX damage output. VIT@21=nothing can 1 shot me. Everything else is just faff for this build.
  8. Discussion on difficulty on this page is well fascinating. These above I think capture the essence of Soulsbourne games and what makes them so good. You have to learn their system. There are variants of it across all 5 games (I'll not mention DS2) and yes, unless you're a ninja, like in real life, who's also super observant and careful when playing video games then, yes, you are gonna get done over. But it never cheats, it never changes things. So, as no-one's that good first time, it's totally trial and error, but it's not random. It's obtuse in it's methods but it does always try and teach you lessons. I'm personally too ignorant to learn them first time. It teaches you loads and loads of little tiny things that when combined make you into a badass. Get 3 arrows in the face on 4-1 once shame on you, get 3 arrows in the face on 4-1 twice... Remember it the next 6 times and then forget it it the 9th? Shame on you. I guarantee you won't forget it the 10th time. For all these games a little knowledge goes a really long way. Over the years the number of comments along the lines of 'it took me 25 hours to ring the first bell, started again and did it in 4 hours' are, like.. fucking lots. First time I did all the usual, like putting points into faith or luck or some shit, thinking it'll be useful. It's so easy to get into a dead end character and turn it into a war of attrition as @Wiper very succinctly put. I certainly did this my first play of DeS & DaS. This playthrough of DeS, I put STR up to what I needed for the Uchi, put VIT up just enough to make me un-1-shottable and the rest went into END and DEX. I ate the boss souls I didn't need to get more DEX and END. It was efficient. Knowing or learning all the spots to hang out between baddies that are safe. Not just strolling across the bridge. All the little tricks. The games teach you all these things by smacking your knuckles with a fucking razorblade. But you do learn. And even a mediocre player like myself can best the game, because it's got very little to do with skill. It's all about knowledge.
  9. @BitterToad I agree 4-2 is far and away the hardest individual Archstone. I'd definitely recommend @Stevens recommendation to see if a Bow can take a lot of the hassle out of it. Finished this last thursday. Loved it just as much second time round. Spoilering my thoughts below:
  10. That's so interesting. I was shitting myself on my first run of DeS, turtled up to the max. As DaS adapted to more agile combat I found myself going lighter and lighter, tried DeS again and realized that shit won't work in the OG. Then with Bloodborne I got the mental adjustment to not have a shield and the muscle memory of the agility and on my next DaS run I carried that on. Now in this I'm totally lightweight, fast rolling, glass dex cannon. Edit: Clearly read just the reply and not the original post. Yes, I did the same as @Calashnikov though I'm not currently in a sleep deprivation hole like he is.
  11. Always found it very interesting how varied the roadblocks in all From games are for different people. I can beat Kalameet and Artorias with little problem. Never beaten Taurus first try on any DaS game I panic, at this point I've built it up too much. I was forced to have almost 60 goes at Amelia. First time on PS3 I struggled terribly with Penetrator, man that run back to him I reckon I did that 30 times. This go, I'd got clocked on 3-1 a couple of times before even making the shortcut through stupid mistakes, so wandered off and did 3-1 and 4-1. Latria, jesus what a terrifically upsetting and scary horror movie it is. Just wonderful. Had a quick look about 5-1, confirmed with extra graphical detail, Raytracing and 19 billion teraflops it's still the most awful shithole, just lit a bit more realistically. Ran off. Decided to have one more go to see if I could open the shortcut on 3-1, did it and trekked onwards, made it to the gate with 23.000 souls in the wallet. After literally five minutes of running backwards and forwards procrastinating I thought, fuck it, lets have a go. FIrst time, no problem man! Couldn't believe it. Also from reading the last 2 pages I've realized I'm totally subconsciously avoiding 3-2 because of Maneater.
  12. Cinematic is more graphics and 30FPS, performance is slightly less graphics and 60FPS I think. Eurogamer highlighted tessellation as the one biggest diff. But in motion there's not much noticeable between the two, hence most folk preferring performance.
  13. Totally agree, it’s genuinely ludicrous. Random and obtuse for the sake of it. Brilliant.
  14. Have a look about up the stairs right to the top of the Nexus. There’s more bald kids than you would ever expect to see in one place at the same time. Proper coincidence. One of them looks a bit diff from the crowd.
  15. Not the stairs with the stones that warp you to the other areas, the other stairs
  16. And don’t forget you can always go human and get a helpful phantom into your game. Spot of farming and buy a Stone of Ephemeral Eyes. Even if you don’t clock the whole area then you may well observe many useful tips from the phantom on how better to play.
  17. If you can beat the Tower Knight then you can beat the game. Without knowing what the hell you're specifically up to I'd suggest using a shield in general as otherwise you're extreme glass cannoning, and trying out some different weapons on different areas.
  18. I tried it for literally 6 seconds in the Nexus and then switched back.
  19. 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 4-1 done and dusted. Got my favourite weapon in all From games, the DeS Uchi. I'd forgotten how much more swish and brutal it is than the slowarse clunky DaS version. The ching from clashing weapons from the DS5 speaker is so sweet and the little flourish with the backstab animation is not getting old in the slightest, no mater how many times I see it, piercing R2 attach, great reach. What more could one want. The only think I'm slightly miffed about is the weather on 1-4. In the original it was a fucking gale force 10 storm going on whereas now it's a slightly moody rainy tuesday in april.
  20. I think all your points are fair. But there's another side to it, in that if you have 3 estus and you're struggling with a boss that's all you have. In this you can (yes, by farming) stock up on 50 health items giving you much more health in reserve. I'm mediocre at the game, but after I 'got' the rhythm of the game I was never having to farm for health items. Although on my first play until I got the rhythm and became decent at the combat I was totally having to farm the shit out of 1-1. Mild game structure spoilers: And with the health, it's best to think of half health as normal health and human form as a bonus. Unless you want to spend all your time with co-op or being invaded then just knock about in soul form. I tend to use the Cling ring all the time, but swap in and out the other ring as per the situation.
  21. You can only 'cash in' your souls once the first boss is beaten. You're not being a baby, it terrifies everyone first time. Embrace it. Soon you'll be charging into unknown areas with 10,000 souls on the clock without batting an eyelid.
  22. I'm so delighted my use of StockpileT is taking off. Every time he says 'you have a heart of gold, don't let them take it from you', I hear it in this voice
  23. Wouldn't worry - it needs a different type of material to upgrade. I think.
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