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I've got 6 escapes under my belt now: 2 each with Bow and Rail, and then one with the Fists and the Shield. All (except my first with the Rail) at 1 Heat. I've settled on the Heat that gives all the enemies a one-hit shield as being essentially free.

 

I had a big gap between Escape 3 and 4. Was worrying that I'd lost my mojo. I think it turned out to be one of those times where you're getting better at something (in this case, constructing a build over a run) and it temporarily makes you worse because you're focussing on it.

 

Hopefully, it's all progress from here! Love this game.

 

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On 11/11/2021 at 22:37, Polmon said:

 

I'm dreading doing a 32 heat run! No idea what kind of setup on the pacts will make it even close to manageable. 

I never managed it, it was the last 'thing' I had to do, but couldn't be bothered in the end.  I got my 200 hours worth of value from it :D

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7 hours ago, robdood said:

I never managed it, it was the last 'thing' I had to do, but couldn't be bothered in the end.  I got my 200 hours worth of value from it :D

I got to the final phase of EM4 on heat 32 with a zeus shield setup. Got done in by a trap (150 damage!) while dodging a flurry of things going on. I was hoping to get Sure footing from athena at some point but didn't get the chance :(

 

Honestly though, I didn't expect to get that far anyway, so quite chuffed with that. 

 

In other news, I ended up doing no boon runs with all the weapons:

 

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Aaaand that's the 32 heat run completed:

 

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I did an abortive hidden sword aspect run first, which saw me wipe in Elysium fighting some insane teleporting super speed spear guys that I couldn't even get a hit in against.

 

Next run I decided to try the shield, going with Zeus aspect for its room clearing / chip abilities. I took the eternal rose keepsake to start with, aiming to get Aphro attach, Zeus special, and Athena dash. Had pretty much the perfect start, got aphrodite attack boon out the door, then Charged Shot a few Chambers later which set up the whole run.

 

I was feeling confident, and decided to offset the Convenience Fee pact (+80% prices) by fighting Charon (which is quite easy with Charged shot and some patience). Managed to do it only losing 1 death defiance, and came out of Tartarus with only the Aphro boon (had to sell the second boon for Underworld Customs pact). 

 

I switched keepsake to Zeus' for Asphodel, and managed to get his special, a few rooms later I got Athena but couldn't select the dash due to approval process, so took sure footing instead. 

 

I sailed through Asphodel, got Strong Drink (plus an extra fountain), got the special and attack boons rarity increased by Euridice. Sold a random hermes boon I didn't want after the boss (I think it was hyper sprint?). 

 

For Elysium I switched keepsake to Athena aiming for her dash and hopefully one of the boons that restores a death defiance (I wanted to keep Partoclus' gift for the damage buff, and didn't want to buy the kiss of styx as it was 288 Obol). I got the Athenas dash early on, got a second hammer with the attack buff on block (sweet!), then Zeus cast, and Side hustle from hermes. Ended up buying a kiss of styx,but avoided all the shops aiming to get a hermes boon in Styx (which would cost about 700 Obol). Beat the champions without issue, and purged Side hustle (hoping this would force a hermes boon). I switched trinket to the pom blossom expecting that I would be running some extra Chambers. 

 

Styx had what I needed, hermes boon, health up, and cheap boon. I had to run all but one of Chambers to get the money needed, but got the hermes boon which gave me an epic Greater Reflex (+3 dash), jackpot! I also snagged some bonus Aphro boons (dmg bonus vs weak and greater weak effect), which set things up perfectly. Ended up going into the redacted fight with 3 death defiances, and just under full health of 300.

 

The fight was a mess, I dealt with the first phase well until the mini bosses appeared, which let to a mad benny hill situation of me dodging all over the place avoiding a Soul Catcher, Wretched Sneak and Skull Crusher, and trying to keep an eye on redacted while still throwing out the shield and some shots. It took a while, and 1 DD but I put all the mini bosses down then finished phase 1. Phase 2 was easy peasy, got hit a couple of times, but nothing major and didn't lose a DD. Only having to track 1 enemy made a huge difference. I mostly used the shield to take out the exploding skulls if they didn't hit my shield (and disappear), and just focus fired on redacted. 

 

Phase 3 was a real pain, I kept losing track of redacted, and got hit in the back when they repositioned. Lost 2 DD, and was on the verge of panic but managed to regain my composure and stuck close to him, concentrated on blocking and dodging, then attacking in the openings, and whittled him down. It was super satisfying when I landed the final hit. 

 

As a bonus, I bagged a Sturgeon from the fishing spot too! 

 

This only stuff left now is to get the spear and exagryph up to 20 heat for the remaining bounties, then unlock the last couple of themes, and I'm completely done. Oh, and get the anvil a few more times for the complete entry in the codex. I still haven't figured out the trick to getting it to spawn. 

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I've now escaped sufficient times to get to an ending and see the credits. I've escaped at least once with every weapon.

 

I'm up to about 3 Heat now, and slowly working my way up (which is obviously what you're supposed to do - turn the Heat up in single increments - given the bounty system?)

 

Is there another ending somewhere down the line as well?

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On 21/11/2021 at 09:17, Uncle Mike said:

I've now escaped sufficient times to get to an ending and see the credits. I've escaped at least once with every weapon.

 

I'm up to about 3 Heat now, and slowly working my way up (which is obviously what you're supposed to do - turn the Heat up in single increments - given the bounty system?)

 

Is there another ending somewhere down the line as well?

Yes, the story continues. You should get some new prophecies around it. 

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Recently notched my 100th successful escape attempt. Every run is still fun, challenging, fraught, manic, fantastic. Ohh it's the best game. (Might actually be the best game?)

 

Nice work @Polmon! Loved the account, I could feel the panic you described in my very bones 😅

 

Hoping to join you soonish:

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I'm up to at least 15 heat with every weapon, pretty consistent clears if I'm using my fave aspects/builds. Once I've ticked off all the bounties I'm planning to try for 20 heat with every aspect, to get me out of my comfort zone a bit... and then maybe 32 heat with every aspect? I read this very good blog by someone who'd done that. It's a fun aspirational target but might be utterly impossible, I'll have to see how I go!

 

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31 minutes ago, deKay said:

Hello I started this last week and have put about 12 hours in so far and it is great.

 

Why did you not tell me to get it before.

 

We like to have a steady stream of people playing for the first time so we can enjoy their journey vicariously. You're merely the latest victim participant in the love-in.

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9 minutes ago, cassidy said:

Are you going to try again. If yes. I’ll ask for your opinion of it after 100hrs. 


Of course I am! I did two more runs after that, although didn’t even make it to Elysium in those :(

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Up to run 124 or something, slowing down on this now as I’ve done most of the things I wanted too. Just trying to clear up a few achievements

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Struggling with Thanatos butterfly getting up to 30% , failed with long range weapons so think I will go with the shield next, also trying to do heat 16, pretty sure redacted will give me a good kicking when I make it to him!

 

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Finally collected all the bounties, and have made the jump up to 32 heat. Holy moly it's quite a thing. Nearly cracked it on fourth or fifth attempt, but fell at the final hurdle:

 

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Using Zag fists, I got Drunken Strike and Mistral Dash early on, so had consistent Privileged Status going on. Got Exclusive Access too, so other boons were tasty (+20% dodge from Hermes, Strong Drink) and the ones I had to purge were worth a bit more.

I've switched over to Stubborn Defiance (better on this heat, I think) and I got Kiss of Styx Dark from Patty. Champions went down pretty easily and I ventured into my first 32-heat Styx. Then had to go down 4 tunnels, so my Kiss of Styx ran out :( Finally got ganked with Redacted down to about 20% health on his second phase, so that extra 30% health for me would have likely been the difference. Blood and pissing darkness!

 

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Grabbed this in the end of year sale on PSN last week and I haven’t been able to stop playing it.

 

Finally beat Redacted for the first time after 22hrs and 27 runs, not normally keen on playing games for 50+ hrs however I might make an exception as can’t see me stopping anytime soon and definitely want to see credits before I stop playing.

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Another two runs and another completion, was looking at platinum but might take me to long so think I’ll say I’ve ‘finished’ the game after seeing the credits.

 

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Completed this time with a Pact of Punishment condition enabled.

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10 hours ago, DarkCrisis said:

Another two runs and another completion, was looking at platinum but might take me to long so think I’ll say I’ve ‘finished’ the game after seeing the credits.

 

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Completed this time with a Pact of Punishment condition enabled.

 

I gave up on the xbox equivalent of a platinum tbh. Got to 70 odd hours played and was missing several prophecies, do plan to go back to it at some point but was very much burnt out trying to grind runs to get the right criteria I needed to finish it. 

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I think the game does encourage you to finish where you feel happy to, really. The later unlocks and upgrades are subtle rather than game-changing, so you don't miss out on big chunks of enjoyment.

 

That said, I still haven't got bored, and I did the thing.

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Thirty. Two. Heat.

 

After two truly horrible runs where I died to the Furies (the indignity!), it would only be logical to go all the way next time. Hades Spear, the best spear (fight me). Aphrodite Special (with Exploding Launcher) and Demeter Attack before the end of Asphodel, so basically all damage I did was buffed by Privileged Status and my aspect. Then I just kept getting the right boons, so having to sell a few didn't ding the build. Zeus's Aid with Smoldering Air and a buff, Stubborn Roots...

 

Certainly a few hairy moments along the way, and was lucky to get Patroclus (feels like he's absolutely required for this heat, whichever version of Defiance you're using). Still, once I realised during [REDACTED]'s second phase that I was definitely going to do it this time, it was pretty bloody euphoric.

 

I should probably stop now. I want to get back into Stardew Valley, and reduce my average resting heart rate. But I haven't unlocked all the Resource Manger ranks yet, and if I'm farming darkness, there's always the joy of self-imposed challenge. That records screen that shows you the best heat you've achieved with each weapon, and aspect, and boon, and upgrade, and companion... you could have some completist fun with that, right? 😈🤓

 

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33hrs in and now managed 3 escapes in a row with 5 in total, hopefully should see ending with credits by end of week then I’ll decide if I want to continue playing.
 

Still enjoying each run and am starting to experiment with casting and other none weapon based boons which are definitely helping me progress through my runs easier, fighting redacted still feels pretty tough though and was close to dying on my last two escapes.

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On 08/01/2022 at 00:20, ZOK said:

I escaped once and then stopped playing…as much as I loved it the endless dash attacking was crippling my hand.

Tried the game via Gamepass this evening, and this is the main reason I'm stopping. I could feel my right hand getting worse as I was playing this. The other reason is that I'm just not that fussed on it anyway. I got up to the Meg boss fight, but these retro style games have never been my thing. Can see why many people rate it though, what little writing I saw was actually really good, and despite it being retro in style, the visual design is quite striking.

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