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Sounds like I’ve not hit the first big boss yet then. Must just be a couple of mini bosses or something. No doubt I’ll get smashed to bits. Now just stealthing around and exploring. Still getting loads of appraisals which really is a game changer had a few tight battles now and received health from a message just as I was about to go down. :)

 

Agree with what someone posted earlier in the thread though, the music is too constant. It would have been better if it often dropped out completely and let the ambient sounds come through more.

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23 minutes ago, kempstar said:


Some are hard. Margit is hard. Yes, he follows patterns, like they all do, but some of his combos are really fast, and it is hard to get the timing nailed, especially with the low endurance you are likely to have.

 

I know what you are trying to say though, they are generally punishing, but predictable. Margit is a twat. Especially as its likely to be the first boss people face (assuming most noped out of the Tree Sentinel to begin with).


After my explore of the world I decided to give the Tree Sentinel at go. Found him much tougher than Margit. That feeling when he fell as I got that last hit in, out of healing and with 5 hp left. 😅

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9 minutes ago, spanx said:

Hrmm worried I’m not really up to the challenge here. Basic enemies are easy but the boss fights… I can’t cope. I’ve been banging away at Margit for two hours but I can’t do the timing. I think maybe this might be too hard for me. I really love it though, it’s bloody glorious


What @Kempstar said.  Fuck it off for the time being. Do something else, get some levels under your belt. 
 

Pretty sure it’s a rite of passage for every From game to be brick walled by at least one boss. 

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36 minutes ago, Minion said:

 

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I take it you've got the horse? You need to go to the church place where the vendor is behind the Tree Sentinel at night I think, try warping to and from it if it doesn't trigger, you'll know when it does.

 

Thanks, just spent a whole night there and nothing so perhaps that's not the trigger? 

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2 minutes ago, Banjaxed said:


After my explore of the world I decided to give the Tree Sentinel at go. Found him much tougher than Margit. That feeling when he fell as I got that last hit in, out of healing and with 5 hp left. 😅


Really? I found him way easier, he was just annoying, as he can be hard to hit on his horsey.

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As someone that only finished the first boss on PS5 Demon Souls and only tried a few of the other dungeons - I am finding this game bewildering. I advent got a clue what the fuck Im supposed to do.

 

Its pretty good, but it AIN'T Breathe Of The Wild. That game felt genuinely new. This just feels like what I played of Demon Souls (i.e. stressful and hard!) in an open world. 

 

What am I missing?

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10 minutes ago, Colonel Panic said:

Is parry timing different in this? I suspect I’ve just got shit!!


I’m useless at parrying, I usually default to dodge. Shield counter seems really good though. RT after u block an attack with a shield, must try to use it more. 

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Oh yeah, the final straw that got me ejecting the disc. When I crouched down the other side of a wall of some ruins that had three or soldiers in it to decide my strategy, I got stabbed twice right through the thick stone wall.

 

Compounded my frustration I'm afraid. 

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3 minutes ago, Pug said:

Oh yeah, the final straw that got me ejecting the disc. When I crouched down the other side of a wall of some ruins that had three or soldiers in it to decide my strategy, I got stabbed twice right through the thick stone wall.

 

Compounded my frustration I'm afraid. 

 

Ah yeah. Enemies being able to attack through walls is a long time From Software 'tradition,' I'm afraid. And yes, it is fucking bullshit.

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20 minutes ago, robdood said:

Thanks, just spent a whole night there and nothing so perhaps that's not the trigger? 

I think it is, but I missed the window for that encounter too. You can still buy the things you'd have been given once you reach the 'hub' area (which I was personally whisked off to at a random bonfire), though. :)

 

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You need a 'Spirit Calling Bell' which costs 100 runes. You can also buy a wolf-summoning spell there too.

 

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37 minutes ago, spanx said:

Hrmm worried I’m not really up to the challenge here. Basic enemies are easy but the boss fights… I can’t cope. I’ve been banging away at Margit for two hours but I can’t do the timing. I think maybe this might be too hard for me. I really love it though, it’s bloody glorious

Have you tried summoning? It's the traditional remedy to high difficulty in From games. And a lot of fun in its own right. 

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2 hours ago, Jackson said:

Go onto your equip screen (where you choose your armour and stuff) and you can equip items on there for use in gameplay. You can cycle through the items you've equipped by pressing down on D pad.

 

I honestly couldnt see an option to equip it anywhere. 

 

Will check later when I have time. 

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2 minutes ago, Anne Summers said:

Have you tried summoning? It's the traditional remedy to high difficulty in From games. And a lot of fun in its own right. 


Yeah, tried summoning both AI and humans and everybody dies :)

 

I’ll get there, just rampaged through a fort of the eastern edge of the opening area and got another couple of levels under my belt. Level 20 now. 

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17 minutes ago, Klatrymadon said:

I think it is, but I missed the window for that encounter too. You can still buy the things you'd have been given once you reach the 'hub' area (which I was personally whisked off to at a random bonfire), though. :)

 

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You need a 'Spirit Calling Bell' which costs 100 runes. You can also buy a wolf-summoning spell there too.

 

Thanks! That's good enough for me, I can't be arsed doing that other thing as I'd likely never have done it by accident! 

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24 minutes ago, Dirty Harry Potter said:

As someone that only finished the first boss on PS5 Demon Souls and only tried a few of the other dungeons - I am finding this game bewildering. I advent got a clue what the fuck Im supposed to do.

 

Its pretty good, but it AIN'T Breathe Of The Wild. That game felt genuinely new. This just feels like what I played of Demon Souls (i.e. stressful and hard!) in an open world. 

 

What am I missing?


You’re not missing anything. It’s an open world Souls game. If you’re a huge Souls fan then I imagine this is the best game ever. To me it’s really good but it doesn’t feel like any kind of advancement on other open world games so far. I don’t think the BOTW comparisons have done it any favours. I personally think BOTW is levels above this, but then Zelda is more my kind of game.

 

I’ve played and finished Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls. Played all the others bar Sekiro and I’m also finding this overwhelming in terms of its systems and how you do certain stuff. It seems like you need to read up on stuff or ask others for explanations of how stuff works, which I guess could be seen as a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.

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2 minutes ago, spanx said:

Hrm, so I may have been sodding my chances up by being overloaded. Just thinned out my weapons and armour and my dodge is much faster 😬


Have you played the other games much? First thing I always do is put points into Endurance so you can fast roll, carry more, do more attacks etc.

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17 hours ago, amc said:

Man, I'd love to find that little shit down a hole somewhere in this.

 

I recently played DS for the first time ever,  having played 2,3 & Bloodborne. Stuff the plot or talking to him I hacked the slimey fucker a new arsehole.

 

Felt good. So good.

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IGN have done a deep dive on performance across PS5, XSX and XSS. 
 

In summary:

 

- ps5 is best across both quality and frame rate modes, but only by about 5fps most of the time, a difference they think people won’t notice

 

- XSX is better after the patch, but still not as good as PS5 (although again, they think the difference is imperceptible)

 

- XSS can be pretty rough, even post patch. 

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9 minutes ago, CrichStand said:


Have you played the other games much? First thing I always do is put points into Endurance so you can fast roll, carry more, do more attacks etc.


Not so much. Played a lot of Bloodborne but never got in to Souls. 
 

I think I have a plan

 

Just fell to him again but for the first time started getting some blocks, dodges and hits together. Felt good

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