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52 minutes ago, Doctor Shark said:


Gotcha, thanks. I’ve been reluctant to play this since the first day as reading through the thread I could see people losing hours of progress after game resume crapped out etc. 

 

Yeah, I was the same and put it off until they added the save option. Had a few goes, started to get my head round it, then Elden Ring came out..... I will play this properly one day.

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I've waited and waited and waited for the price to drop on this because I really didn't want to pay $124 AUD for it. What bloody luck I did wait, because I upgraded my PS Plus to the new top tier and this is included! 

 

Really just did not know what to make of it for the first 2-3 hours. I just kept dying at the same spot (relatively speaking) as it would usually spawn 2 of the tougher creatures together and my weapon just didn't seem to have enough oomph to help me. I also wasn't finding certain items (eg house key, melee blade) even though I was exploring the level as much as I could. 

 

Then on one cycle I seemed to just get a bit lucky with drops, and found the blade weapon, the house key, then got to the boss and was within a whisker of beating him. So - I guess my question is, did I improve, or was it purely because the game decided to help me out a bit more with a lucky run? 🤔

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I'm not aware of the game doing any behind the scenes balancing, so I'd hazard a guess you're just getting a bit better.  By the time you're able to finish the game you'll be able to go back and blast through the early levels hardly ever being hit.  I'd still get the odd cycle where I'd screw up and die really quickly mind you.  It's a beautiful example of pure game mechanics and your improvement is pure skill rather than 'levelling up'.

 

My top-tip is to turn on 'Always Sprint' and then spend the whole time running around like a maniac - this game is not a cover shooter!

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Loving the gameplay, whilst accepting that for 'git gud' games I usually beat a few bosses then the motivation just fades away. I'll have fun up to that point though!

Question though, what should I be prioritising here? Should I be saving ether for the chests? Is there anything I can level up to help me over runs apart from ether?

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14 minutes ago, SozzlyJoe said:

Loving the gameplay, whilst accepting that for 'git gud' games I usually beat a few bosses then the motivation just fades away. I'll have fun up to that point though!

Question though, what should I be prioritising here? Should I be saving ether for the chests? Is there anything I can level up to help me over runs apart from ether?


Traits. Starts unlocking different traits for weapons instead of switching to every new one you come across. And use Ether at the device near the crashed ship to permanently unlock consumables

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This is a harsh mistress to come back to. I decided to come back to mop up the final ending, and keep getting wrecked by the biome 4 boss. One problem with having all the weapons unlocked is that some of the trait combos are really useless for bosses, so you're left with the choice of downswapping for a lower damage, earlier weapon or soldiering on with what you have. Really though its getting caught by random blobs that are out of camera in the boss that's getting me killed, going to need to start saving up for those extra lifesavers!

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On 01/07/2022 at 05:10, CheekyMonkey said:

I've waited and waited and waited for the price to drop on this because I really didn't want to pay $124 AUD for it. What bloody luck I did wait, because I upgraded my PS Plus to the new top tier and this is included! 

 

Really just did not know what to make of it for the first 2-3 hours. I just kept dying at the same spot (relatively speaking) as it would usually spawn 2 of the tougher creatures together and my weapon just didn't seem to have enough oomph to help me. I also wasn't finding certain items (eg house key, melee blade) even though I was exploring the level as much as I could. 

 

Then on one cycle I seemed to just get a bit lucky with drops, and found the blade weapon, the house key, then got to the boss and was within a whisker of beating him. So - I guess my question is, did I improve, or was it purely because the game decided to help me out a bit more with a lucky run? 🤔

The game can swing quite quickly in your favour if you play well. You can go from feeling overwhelmed to overpowered in just a few rooms. There are lots of game mechanics that reward good/perfect play: adrenaline; silphium - > resin; picking up more obolites. 

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On 01/07/2022 at 05:10, CheekyMonkey said:

Then on one cycle I seemed to just get a bit lucky with drops, and found the blade weapon, the house key, then got to the boss and was within a whisker of beating him. So - I guess my question is, did I improve, or was it purely because the game decided to help me out a bit more with a lucky run? 🤔

 

I had a run like that where after 8hrs of failing to beat the first boss it felt like the game was taking pity on me and saying if you don't do it now you never will. So I got to the boss with a great weapon, large and full health bar and a few healing consumables feeling great about it, dropped down and the bugger didn't spawn. I was really starting wonder if I'd made a mistake getting Returnal then. Took me another hour to finally beat it, but then I went and beat biome 2 on my first run, makes no sense.

 

Glad I was stubborn and persisted though as I absolutely love it, should have known my enjoyment of anything Housemarque would be greater than my aversion to the mention of roguelike. Might have to go back to it this weekend and carry on up the tower.

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Just started playing this again for the faintly ridiculous reason that it’s included in the new PS+ thingie and I can play it without digging out the disc…

 

Had my arse handed to me a few times, but went on to beat Phrike after a couple of goes (it all came flooding back) and then had my first co-op game with a random, which was really good. We both seemed to be keeping an eye on each other and saving guns and health for each other etc. I bet it’s a nightmare if you get paired with an idiot :)  We got through to the 3rd boss (as far as I’d got previously) and…. died horribly. Nice change though. 

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Got to 13m in the tower. Tricked out dreadbound made mincemeat of everything. 

 

I still jump on this when i want a quick blast on something. Even if it's just to make progress at unlocking traits etc.

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Back to the game for fun. Restarting it I thought “great, they’ve got rid of the tedious need to burst all the pods to maximise oblites”. Lovely time in the first act, then I got to the second. 

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Just played some co-op for the first time and it took a few rooms to get into the rhythm and work together but it was great fun. 
 

Jumped into a Tower run and beat the first boss for the first time. 
 

This game. So glad I bought it even though it’s be free to me on Extra now. 

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