If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the Forum Rules. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
Welcome to RPGamer's new forums running under Vanilla Forums! If you're run into any odd or strange issues after our software migration please see this thread for details

2016 - A Year of Themes - April - From Software

redwing42redwing42 Just MonikaFull Members
With the upcoming release of Dark Souls 3, I've chosen to celebrate the catalog of From Software this month. Most commonly known these days for the Souls games (and Bloodborne), they have been in business since 1994, when they released the original King's Field. There were four numbered King's Field games, and they very much inform the Souls games, though the King's Field games are played from the first person view. They have also released the Armored Core series and various one-offs like Enchanted Arms, Chromehounds and The Adventures of Cookies and Cream. They also occasionally act as a publisher for other developers as well, but primarily in Japan.

All From Software RPGs are up for grabs this month, though I suspect most will be playing games from the Souls series. I have played the first Dark Souls a bit, ringing the first bell, but got a bit stuck from there. The addition of this game to XBOne backwards comparability means that I will have the opportunity to give it another chance. Enjoy!

Comments

  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    I might sit down and give EM Enchant Arms (Enchanted Arms) another whirl
    sig.gif

    28 years of gaming and still going strong
    and now a mostly annoyed Father with first son. And now a father again to a second son :D

    Winner of the 2015-2016 Fantasy gaming Pool
  • ClixClix Listmaster Full Members
    I might sit down and give EM Enchant Arms (Enchanted Arms) another whirl

    If you do, switch the voice acting over to Japanese. It actually does improve the overall experience.
    ClixPsi.png
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    Bad dubbing doesn't bother me since I tend to play games muted anyways
    sig.gif

    28 years of gaming and still going strong
    and now a mostly annoyed Father with first son. And now a father again to a second son :D

    Winner of the 2015-2016 Fantasy gaming Pool
  • PimpaliciousPimpalicious Member Full Members
    I have been playing Bloodborne on newgame+ and also tackling The Old Hunters DLC. I'm getting towards the end of both but have a ways to go. Right now making my way through the Fishing Hamlet which might just be one of my favorite areas of the game, really like the setting and it also has a nice variety of enemies.
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • PimpaliciousPimpalicious Member Full Members
    With Dark Souls III out today maybe some more people will chime in.
    I took down Micolash(might have spelled that wrong) in Bloodborne, forgot how the enemies in the area chasing him can sometimes be more deadly than he is.
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • TheAnimeManTheAnimeMan Member Full Members
    And another overnight for me whci means more of me not playing any console games T_T
    sig.gif

    28 years of gaming and still going strong
    and now a mostly annoyed Father with first son. And now a father again to a second son :D

    Winner of the 2015-2016 Fantasy gaming Pool
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    I cannot seem to find my copy of Demon Souls for this. I remember that I let my brother borrow some games, so they may be with him...they BETTER be with him.
    "Yes, because apparently blindly jumping headfirst into a firefight without a grasp on the situation or any combat experience is a sign of genius these days."
  • TGBarighmTGBarighm Member Full Members
    redwing42 wrote: »
    I have played the first Dark Souls a bit, ringing the first bell, but got a bit stuck from there. The addition of this game to XBOne backwards comparability means that I will have the opportunity to give it another chance. Enjoy!

    I'd offer to help you with that, but, in what I consider to be the Souls series biggest failing, the coop mechanics are a pain in the butt. It's very difficult to group with people you want to group with, and you need humanity which is in very short supply if you're new to the game.
  • redwing42redwing42 Just Monika Full Members
    Finally put a bit of time in this evening. Decided to start over, using a cleric. Got to the first bonfire in the Undead Burg, and I'm remembering the dread that comes with not knowing if you are heading the right direction or getting ready to walk in circles for an hour.
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    Started up Demon's Souls, and after much pain today, I managed to clear 1-1, 1-2, and 2-1. Dear god the amount of deaths and time it's taking to recover from them is terrifying. I died so much in 1-2 to that stupid dragon that I finally had enough and spent 30 minutes on top of the first guard tower just to kill the blasted thing so it would never come back. The boss of 2-1 was just as annoying, with its flame breath.

    It reached the point to where I ended up taking a side route to some treasure that dragon had been guarding on 1-1...and his twin was surprisingly absent. Ended up getting the Purple Flame Shield, which is apparently one of the best shields in the game, and the Ring of Flame Resistance. I barely managed to get the shield to +3, but it and the ring were enough to turn the tables on the spider boss, though I went through multiple healing items during that one. I hope to get a little further on this later.
    "Yes, because apparently blindly jumping headfirst into a firefight without a grasp on the situation or any combat experience is a sign of genius these days."
  • ClixClix Listmaster Full Members
    smacd wrote: »
    I finished 5-2, 5-3 and I think 1-3 on tuesday night. And then my wife's water broke. I don't know when or if I will manage to make it back to finish the game.

    This isn't exactly the place for this, but congratulations for you and your wife. Though, sort of keeping with this thread, your life just got a lot harder, but the rewards should be worth more than every trial you two will now face.
    ClixPsi.png
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    smacd wrote: »
    IIRC the dragon in 1-1 moves to 1-2 once you go there, so its the same dragon. I also had a hard time with the armored spider in 2-1, but it seemed like bows (or maybe magic) were the key. I just sat at the fog gate and shot him with arrows till he died. Good luck with it. Do you know where you plan to go next, and what type of build are you running?
    I sadly do not have much in the way of arrows, so I ended up throwing spells at him until he died. I chose Royalty as my starting class, and so far I'm mostly just putting points into str, vit, and mag, with points going into dex if I need it for a shiny new weapon. Basically, spell swording it up. Hasn't failed me just yet, though I'm starting to see the need to up end so I can deal with the constant heavy hits from enemies with more stamina.
    "Yes, because apparently blindly jumping headfirst into a firefight without a grasp on the situation or any combat experience is a sign of genius these days."
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • TGBarighmTGBarighm Member Full Members
    edited April 2016
    redwing42 wrote: »
    Finally put a bit of time in this evening. Decided to start over, using a cleric. Got to the first bonfire in the Undead Burg, and I'm remembering the dread that comes with not knowing if you are heading the right direction or getting ready to walk in circles for an hour.

    Unless you're attempting New Londo or the crypts, heading into the Burg will lead you in the right direction. Aside from a few side paths, they all lead back to the firebomber's bridge outside that bonfire you mentioned. Just proceed from there. The only part that will throw you off after that is remembering that key you picked up in the Parish is used on a locked door right before the drake's bridge. Unless you started with the master key, then you can forget that, head to the locked grate door in New Londo just besides the elevator, and follow that to the cavern that leads to the elevators down to the swamp. That step skips a lot of suffering, but you do need a certain item in the sewers.

    I've got about a week left in Xbox Live subscription. Let me know if you want a hand.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    Thanks for the knowledge on that. The sword helped with my spellcasting, and I managed to complete world 2 in its entirety. 2-2 was a pain, with my deaths counting up due to the caterpillars and their unholy HP amounts. The last 2 bosses...were surprisingly underwhelming. I managed to kill them with little problems, due to me looking up the Dragon God's boss fight, and the fire guy just had no range, so after noticing his attacks, I figured out quickly how to dodge them. Managed to get the Lava Bow unlocked, and I fell in love with it easily, it wrecks things.
    "Yes, because apparently blindly jumping headfirst into a firefight without a grasp on the situation or any combat experience is a sign of genius these days."
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    Continuing in Demon's Souls, I managed to beat World 1 and get the Demonbrandt...albeit barely. I died numerous times at the boss of 1-4, before I started getting into the groove and dodging all his attacks while firing with the bow. The Blue Dragon here was also a pain, with me using all the arrows I had just to kill it. I'm hoping the later bosses are not this hard, it was a total pain to pull off. I'll have to put some more points in to equip that shiny new sword, because it seems to be one of the better weapons in the game.
    "Yes, because apparently blindly jumping headfirst into a firefight without a grasp on the situation or any combat experience is a sign of genius these days."
  • lolwhoopslolwhoops happy accident HalifaxRPGamer Staff
    i was watching my friend play dark souls 3 through the ps4 share play thing. it looks amazing. i wish i could play it an enjoy it the way he does. i just like dressing up and using cool weapons.
    lolwhoops: a Gamer's Blog
    ^^is my blog! Updates whenever I feel like it! :D which happens a lot more often now!
    this is my twitter! come twit with me
  • smacdsmacd Full Members
    edited April 1
    deleted.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    smacd wrote: »
    Yeah, I'm hearing that 1-3 and 1-4 are usually recommended for later in the playthrough, given the difficulty. I was reading several analyses of orders people tended to use when I was trying to figure out what I would do, and the vast majority of people did 1-4 last (the other common one was 5-3 being last). Having just finished the game myself, I can definitely say that the False King Allant was the most challenging of the final world bosses, he was able to inflict far more damage on me than any of the others, especially that dumb soul suck. I was going to just bow him from the fog gate, but I was running low on arrows from taking out the blue dragon on the same run. I got him down to 1/3 health before taking him on melee, and he still almost got me a few times. So yeah, I mean if you can take him, I think most of the rest of the bosses should be much easier. 3-2's boss might be the biggest problem (I'd say use the fog gate exploit to make the fight easier, but if you like the challenge, its all good).
    That would explain it. I'm aiming for world 5 to be my final world.

    I finished up world 3, but dear god this was the most painful one to date. Too many places to die at, a ton of flying enemies, enclosed spaces where you either fall to your doom or kill the enemy coming at you, and THE ACCURSED MANEATER AND MINDFLAYERS. I spent hours getting through 3-2 because of all the BS thrown my way. 3-1 was easier, yet still dicey due to the mindflayers. But 3-2...the gargoyles coming out of nowhere to knock me off platforms, mindflayers on a circular staircase without railing, dying multiple times to the maneaters due to their fast attack speed and pouncing...the final boss of world 3 was way easier in comparison.

    I also managed to clear 4-1, and I didn't have too much problems with the boss since I have the Homing Soul Arrows. Here's hoping the rest of the world will be easy to complete. But knowing how the game has been so far, it won't be. :/
    "Yes, because apparently blindly jumping headfirst into a firefight without a grasp on the situation or any combat experience is a sign of genius these days."
  • PimpaliciousPimpalicious Member Full Members
    I was playing some Armored Core 3 and that game is harder than I remembered. Partly because I'm not always sure on where to go in some missions, still a good game though and the PSP port seems fine so far. After AC5 didn't do so well I wonder if they might be done with this series, I hope not.
  • DarkRPGMasterDarkRPGMaster A Witness to Destruction Moderators
    Forgot to log this, but I've been playing Dark Souls after beating Demon's Souls. This game is easier yet harder than Demon's Souls at the same time. It's easier to parry and counter than it was in Demon's Souls, and backstabs are easier too. The environments and placements of enemies however, make this harder than Demon's Souls. Over the past week, I've made it to where I must defeat the 4 Lords. Of which I've defeated Nito.

    A warning for those who have not played the game before but plan on going after him...get a Divine weapon and level it up ASAP just for this area. Enemies are all skeletons and cannot stay down unless you kill them with a Divine weapon, with the exception of the boss. It made the place way more annoying than it should have, especially considering Divine weapons are not too powerful, yet these enemies have a ton of health.
    "Yes, because apparently blindly jumping headfirst into a firefight without a grasp on the situation or any combat experience is a sign of genius these days."
Sign In or Register to comment.