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Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: July 02, 2018, 08:29:10 PM »
I tried finding if someone announced this yet, but didn't find anything. Amazon leaked a few games today I'm reading, Bloodborne 2 for PS4 and Xbox1 being among them. Flipping A man!

Potentially a Dec 2019 release date as well.
Is this true though? From Software is working on three titles and none of them is Bloodborne. I can't believe that Bloodborne II can exist without From Software and Miyazaki.

It looks like a crock of shit. It's Amazon Italy (Italians are saying so? As a fellow paesano take it with a healthy dose of Alfredo sauce =), December of a year is just code for no release date and Bloodborne is Sony published, so it ain't coming to X-Box, and as Vladdy points out From Soft is busy right now. I mean, it might still be coming some day, but this is no more solid than all the other Bloodborne 2 rumors that haven't panned out.

Now, back to the real news; MY Bloodborne playthrough!

The Orphan of Kos is no más! This was a great "final fight," maybe the most exhilarating and "high level" in the game, it was like Guts vs. Zodd on the Hill of Swords intensity the whole time; just constant attacking, dodging, movement, action or you'll be creamed (truly skirting the edge of death at every moment =). :guts: :zodd:

Part of that was how I approached it from the beginning too. I really wanted to make a go of it on the first attempt so went in loaded with bolt paper (fire would turn out to be better I realized) and all sorts of other would-be useful things and a serious mindset. But I had to settle for just seeing the second phase the first time out because I was combo'd to death after dancing with him like that for a while, but I already felt like I could hang with him.

The next time was more of the same, I didn't have the same urgency but started getting his timing down better. Third try I got experimental in the beginning, tried some Moonlight Greatsword Arcane stuff to little use and took some necessary punishment that cost me in the end; I basically ran out of vials on this attempt. BUT, that was the turning point battle because I spent the rest of that fight with my 10% remaining life just surviving and taking safe shots, experimenting with projectiles, throwing Molotovs and knives, everything I could to dodge and kite and chip away until he got me with a charging attack I didn't recognize until it was too late to back away from (which sounds dumb, but constant back dodging worked for all his other melee attacks).

By that point I'd pretty much learned how to avoid everything and knew his openings so the next time I was ready. I even timed a charge attack just right on his second phase transformation to score a visceral and basically started phase two with him at 25% life (I knew I had to close the deal at that point or risk regressing badly afterward =). So, I kept dodging around, like two away at least to avoid his attacks and one or two back to counter, and then back out again (except his lightning attack scream when it was safe to punish). I eventually reached that point where I got him from about an inch of life left to a quarter inch and then I backed out and finished him off with two motolovs from just out of his range, so no missteps/mistakes at the end, and that was that!

Got the Kos Parasite and now I'm tempted to do an arcane Kin build with Kos Parasite, Milkweed Rune and the Holy Moonlight Sword. That'd be fun for NG+, but quite the project, which is half the appeal I guess. :void:

Before that I want to check out the Chalice Dungeons, especially the original bosses down there. I'll need to read up how to approach that and what order, etc but I'm on my way.

Meanwhile, Gehrman is still waiting under that tree, as the Doll reminds me every time I level up. :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:01:23 PM »
Friday night:

Living Failures - Lived up to the second part of their name.
Maria - Lived up to her reputation.
Laurence - Lived for only one fight.

Had to break off the hunt to travel for a wedding Saturday, but I'll be back at it in the Fishing Hamlet tonight (cleared the town, but not done with the caves). Maria reminded me of a lot of tough fights from precursers like Allant to offshoots like Friede, Gael (those really ripped off everybody =) and the tougher human bosses from Nioh (particularly Date Masamune and their own lady Maria, who is still like cheapest ever).

Sadly, no. Maybe FROM should consider adding in a boss replay feature for future games...

Yeah, it's a funny thing that as soon as you git gud and enjoy the fight it's basically over. Maybe that's part of the charm and why they only have you replay them in NG+.

Never used it myself, so I can't comment. It's designed for a specific build I have yet to try (Strength + Arcane) and likely requires a certain playstyle to get the most out of it, whereas Ludwig's Holy blade is good for, well...just about every build (Strength, Skill, Strength PLUS Skill, and Arcane) and is as straightforward as it gets.

I can see it becoming more useful as a deep end game NG++ weapon since it scales well with strength, skill, AND arcane and has that crazy moveset and mechanics. With high arcane and the right gems it could really be insane, but with a high cost, degree of difficulty and learning curve. Ludwig's is the far more utilitarian choice.

That thing is an abomination and it makes your journey to Mergo's Loft a pain in the ass, but I can't help but feel a bit sorry for it. It has to have some sort of intelligence, I mean, it's a big brain and all. If only there was a way to communicate with it... :???:

I did "Make Contact" and got a Moon rune out of it. =)

Those FIENDS! :beast: Guess you're going to have to go get some special medicine to cure that illness. I hear there's this city that, while it's not the most welcoming place, has physicians that can treat just about every ailment under the moon. Try asking around for Paleblood, I'm sure that'll do the trick. :carcus:

Luckily I recovered enough by Saturday to make the drive (and play some productive Bloodborne the night before =).

Getting close to the end now I assume. Once I'm done with the Fishing Hamlet (perhaps it was called Innsmouth?), if there's nowhere left to conquer, I'll try some Chalice Dungeons and then Gehrman and on to NG+.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 29, 2018, 12:06:34 AM »
I finished Ludwig last night, and you two weren't kidding about health and diagnosing his every move, respectively. I upped my vial count to 27 and learned to heal every opportunity unless at full HP.

Exilierating fight, and great feeling taking him down. For the first form I tried staying in front of and under him to attack and rally as much as possible, only stopping to recover health and stamina (which is something you can obviously do simultaneously with great efficiency in a fight like this). Specifically, to start I'd go right at him and roll under his initial jump attack and hit him two to three times, though he'd usually back out after two (the beginning of the fight was this almost every time). His close range bites and swipes are easier to dodge under and counter than his midrange swipes, thus why I'd stay close (sometimes he even retreated!). Same with his biting combo that's easy to avoid but hard to punish if you're being safe. The only attack that'd unpredictably nail me underneath him was his tramples, but it was low damage and offered opportunity to heal after so I just lived with it (maybe not NG+ viable). For his high/ceiling jumps I'd just start running and he'd never hit, went outside right or in for the water gun depending on position (great charge attack opportunity when you can get in, even starting late), and most critically you MUST safely avoid his charge by double rolling sideways (the giant warthogs were good practice for this), or make sure you're at full health and heal immediately if he tags you.

Once I mastered the first form I actually thought his second form was easier after you got over the intimidation factor just because he wasn't as fast or in your face and his attacks were relatively easy to dodge. I switched to one-handed Ludwig's then to trade reach, power and stagger for more speed and stamina to go inside, dodge continuously, and punish him (it actually wasn't bad for staggering him either with the extra volume of hits). Once I realized to stay close and go behind him to deal with his super attack, starting with his sword in the air, it was over. For the coup de grace on that I actually missed the visceral when I staggered him but luckily he was low enough on life it didn't matter. Well, if he'd hammered me with his greatsword another time or two it might have, so I'm glad I kept my cool and didn't stop rolling.

That fight was a lot of fun and never frustrating despite the difficulty because you kept learning things and getting better, reminding me of the Sister Friede and Gael fights from the DS3 DLCs. Anyway, I want to fight him again so maybe before I move on I'll be ringing my bell in the area. Is there another way to consistently repeat boss fights besides NG+, like in Chalice Dungeons?

Oh, I also played around with the Holy Moonlight Sword/Moonlight Greatsword, hoping it was a possible upgrade to Ludwig's, but I have issues... As much as I love the claymore, it's not much of change up switching between a greatsword and essentially an ultra greatsword, especially considering the value the speed of longswords have in Bloodborne and DS3 alike. Also, I don't like the strong attack waves that cost bullets and seemimgly gimp it at close range, hitting with the sword rather than the blast is weaker, etc; the R2 jump of Ludwig's is half the point. I'm still leveling it (need more twin shards) but I don't know that whatever additional scaling it has will overcome these reservations, especially for my build. Will it really be worth it for me over a fire/bolt/arcane buffed Ludwig's? I have my doubts. Then again, if those L/R2's hit hard enough at a distance, they might make some tough encounters rudimentary.

Lastly, I found and dispatched that nasty Mensis Brain last night as well. Good riddance to horrifying rubbish.

P. S. Ludwig and the sinister forces of the Eldritch truth may have got the last laugh on me because I'm getting so little sleep my real life Frenzy resistance is vulnerably low and this morning I woke up with a horrible cold.  :mozgus: :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:59:25 PM »
They're not even the worst things! There's an enemy that's even more hated and feared than these guys down the road. :ganishka:

Well, speaking of bosses, I already ran into a familiar face after I killed that hunter in the blood cave, none other than the Bloodstarved Beast, just creeping around as a regular enemy now! I wonder who else I'll see just casually strolling around? :ganishka: :magni:

Also, cleared the Nightmare Frontier and Amygdala (I must have managed to skip EVERY optional area =). I think the environment was scarier than the boss though, especially considering how prominent and iconic it is throughout the game it was a disappointing fight. If they'd been able to hurt me when they jumped it'd have been a different story (can it? I rolled though it seemed like it didn't matter), but I basically had no incentive not to camp under their crotch and hack their legs to death.

Now Ludwig on the other hand... that's going to take some careful consideration. I actually think a similar strategy might be in order, going at, inside, or under, because I don't think he'll ever get tired of chasing. I was actually fending him off pretty good and doing decent damage in return, got him down to almost half life, but then he hit me with his charge in a corner and finished me with his damn squirt gun, which I'd previously found to be a preferable attack to avoid in order to heal/rally. That was disappointing because it was too late to continue, but I'll be back at it tonight hopefully! Lookin' like a great boss fight and I'm sure there's more wrinkles to it once I get him lower because he hasn't even used that sword I saw on his back yet.

Hmmm, you're right on both counts. They are intimidatingly confusing at first blush, but get pretty straightforward once you dive into them. There are effectively two types of chalices: "normal" and root. The normal chalices create pre-determined dungeons with set layouts, enemy arrangements, item placements, and bosses. Think of them as a kind of an old-school RPG superdungeon where you start at the top and work your way to the bottom, with each new chalice you acquire serving the purpose of a "door" that opens up a new level in the dungeon. Root chalices are the ones that create the randomized dungeons. They're more like "side areas" in the main dungeon; you don't need to set foot in them to reach the end, but they're typically where you go for more lucrative rewards. You can also add more ingredients to them when you open them up to increase their difficult, but which will in turn make the rewards even better.

One thing to note about the Chalice dungeons is that your progress in them is not reset on NG+ cycles. You keep all the chalices you acquired, and any dungeons you had active when you beat the game will still be active when you start NG+ and can be hopped into first thing. So don't feel too pressured to see all there is to them before you beat the game, because you can immediately pick up where you left off.

Thanks for all the info, I'll probably dip my toes into the prefabbed ones first and then check out the root dungeons, like you said it seems pretty intimidating until you dive into it. Ludwig also has me questioning if I diversified too much already and should have just put my vit higher (the arcane stuff is fun and useful sometimes... but I could sure use those points elsewhere now =).

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 26, 2018, 07:39:01 PM »
Holy binging Batman, you just about ran through the whole game and nearly completed it over the weekend?! Including most of the optional places? :schnoz:
Good lord, Griffith! I was hoping to catch up to where you were, but you blew me out of the water (I’m at the Nightmare).

Please allow me to sit at the feet of the master. How did you go so fast? Did you grind/farm at all? What level are you now that you’re at the end of the game?

Not to mention while attending a Quinceañera and "raising" an infant! :carcus:

I guess I didn't think much of it at the time, thus why I momentarily felt the game was a bit short, but I played A LOT this weekend, even getting extra sleep Thursday to facilitate late night gaming sessions Friday and Saturday. Then I basically got to play all day Sunday too while my wife and baby napped to the soothing song of the Carrion Crow, and even though it was way too late for it I just couldn't go to sleep until I beat Ebrietas.

Anyway, besides weapon upgrades and vials I actually didn't grind save for grabbing a few extra echos when I was close to leveling, and most importantly, almost never losing echoes. As soon as I could level, back I went, and whenever I discovered a boss, I'd teleport out, level, and spend the rest on vials so I had nothing to lose. Though I noticed the latter part of the Nightmare of Mensis is excellent for racking up echoes and vials and I'll be grinding there when necessary if I don't find something better in The Old Hunters. I think I'm in the high 80's or early 90's right now, but I'd have to check. Maybe I'm way off on that (I don't really look at my level, just stats, and they're pretty high across the board now save for Bloodtinge, which I have at 9 for Ludwig's rifle).

Well, at least you still got the Old Hunters to do, which'll give you more of that Lovecraftian goodness.

I began The Old Hunters last night and could immediately see what everyone was talking about; the lowlife village enemies are basically all Hunters now! :daiba: And that Cthulhu-looking axman... he's one of those regular enemies that's more intimidating than most bosses. Anyway, I got to this literally bloody cave a little down the way with something akin to those Cainhurst blood bugs running around and got wasted by a Hunter in there, so I've got another bunch of echoes in the wind to collect tonight. Also, that one Man-Beast in the other direction was tough! I still need to check what his patch gets me...

BTW, I don't know yet if it's supposed to take place before or after the current events in Yharnam, or another dimension, plain or Nightmare altogether (probably some combination of the latter outside time), but I love that it appears to be morning following dusk, night, and the bloodmoon phases. =)

And the Chalice Dungeons, if that's your cup of tea.

The Chalice Dungeons are actually one of the things I find most intriguing about the game, but also seemingly impenetrably complicated (I'm sure it's simpler than it looks)? I see all the graves, chalices, and ingredients along with these codes people share and it makes my head hurt, but seems like there's some rhyme or reason to it in addition to the random generation element I've heard so much about. Looking forward to that as sort of an end game for my character, though maybe it would benefit me to explore some now because I hear they contain some pretty enticing stuff? Again though, no idea how they work yet.

Sounds like you killed them too fast, because they are snake-related. After a certain point, they sprout snakes out of their robes and get more stretchy attacks, and really late into the fight (typically when there's only one left), they start to summon big honking snakes that erupt from the ground and eat you.

Oh shit, they did have super long reach on their attacks! :ganishka: Otherwise I didn't notice any tentacles coming out like the regular snake dudes and yeah I killed the last one, the caster, very quickly after taking out his melee counterparts so didn't see any summons.

And that's why Bloodborne is the best Soulsborne game ever: because it's the only one where you can give the rat bastard his just desserts without consequence.

Yeah, no regrets, and so perfect it was an unprovoked back attack! :guts: I guess I missed out on a pretty good stamina rune, but can get a better one in a Chalice Dungeon. Another reason for me to figure out how/where!

Since Micolash is, in a way, the main antagonist of the game, it's only fitting he nearly destroyed your marriage. The evil of those who delve too far into the eldritch truth runs deep. :femto:

Yeah, it was the old "well, you were talking to me!" excuse and it didn't go over well. =) Micolash is more interesting the more I think/read about him, especially his reference to Kos... or Kosm, and the implications of his body, his consciousness and the Nightmare. Speaking of Mensis, you remind me I need to go back there to see what happened to that blob I dropped in a pit. I was so happy to get the Blood Rock I left and never went back to see if I could follow it further down the hole.

That wasn't a a strange awkward ending, that's a feature normal. It always takes upwards of about half a minute for the game to acknowledge the Wet Nurse's death. First time I killed her, I was similarly paranoid her double was going to appear out of nowhere and disembowel me.

That is so weird, but somehow makes perfect sense for this game and Miyazaki in general. :magni:

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:15:42 PM »
I think I'm coming back a little to Bloodborne. I'm excited to hear about your game progress as well Griffith! I hope you're loving it so far and truth is that it's only getting better with time and DLC of course.

Yeah, I was really loving it until I almost screwed it up! But now I'm back and looking forward to the DLC. The latest rundown of my playthrough so far:

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:14:27 PM »
Especially since there's no real reason to kill him. You were just exploring this creepy place you got dumped in by a guy with a sack because why the hell not, bumped into this big skeletal dog, woke him up and made him cranky, and instead of just respecting his boundaries and getting back on your way (which he is most definitely not in), you slew him merely for ticking you off. The blood really is its own reward for a Hunter. :zodd:

Heh heh, he basically was just chillin' in his spot and I came and blew it up, though I'm finding that more and more to be the case where they're passive or outright ignoring me until I start shoving a sword in their ass.

A number of interesting thing happens when you boost your insight, though having it too high can also make things potentially more difficult. Some enemies get access to new attacks for one thing, and the more insight you have, the more vulnerable to Frenzy you become, something you might have experienced at the hands of those two staff-wielding assholes guarding the entrance to the Grand Cathedral. It's your call.

I tried keeping it artificially low for a while since I didn't see the tradeoff, but even without using the Madmen's Knowledge you just gain too much of it and the Yharnam went even more to Hell anyway so fuck it! I think I've got like 50 something now.

So, I had to take Thursday off for my anniversary, but I more than made up for it this weekend. Here's the rundown:

Got through the Forbidden Woods of endless snakes to pretty easily defeat the three guys that inexplicably weren't snake-related (I used the whip instead of Ludwig's and forgot I could parry again with my other hand until halfway through).

Got past all the freaky shit at Byrgenwerth and beat Rom. That actually ended up being one of my most unique Souls encounters because as I killed him on the run and got the PREY SLAUGHTERED sign the baby spiders dive-bombed me to death and I died, not knowing if I got the credit or not. Well, when I went back Rom was indeed gone but then the blood moon cut-scene started and I reawakened elsewhere, went back again, and my echos were there, Rom's and all! Definitely a weird ending to that fight.

Next I did a lot of running from those nasty re-spawning townsfolk and took on The One Reborn, which I knew to keep close because he was constantly spitting blood at me otherwise. After that I accidentally backstab-killed Patches thinking he was an enemy and don't feel bad about it. Probably the best thing I've ever done in one of these games. :guts:

I naturally hated the Mensis Nightmare and that cage-headed bastard's marathon fight, which even caused marital strife when my wife distracted me and I died (totally her fault, can't even count it as a loss really :iva:). I also had my first invasion/PvP experiences and came out .500, though the wins weren't pretty and the losses BAD. Then I took down Mengo's Wetnurse sight unseen with another awkward ending because I killed it just as it was casting that weird fog and had to wait for that to dissipate before the nightmare ended (I was half scared it's double would still be in there).

Then I accidentally almost ended the game(!!) but luckily refused Gehrman's offer knowing such casually presented questions tend to have more consequences in Souls game (and yeesh, I think I'd quit if I had gone right to NG+). Knowing how close I came to fucking up I lifted my secrets embargo, got the umbilical cords I still needed (lucky I didn't screw that up), and went for the areas I missed, which were quite a lot! Like how about the entire fucking Hemwick Charnel Lane!? I basically beat the game without figuring out how to use runes (I just kept waiting for that feature to be unlocked =). Anyway, that was too easy since I was way overleveled.

Cainhurst was another matter. Pretty tricky with those ghosts etc, and so much like the Royal Archives it was just another reminder, along with Hemwick and Yharnam itself, that DS3 is basically just re-purposed Bloodborne assets. =) Anyway, Martyr Logarius was probably the hardest boss yet until I figured out how to prevent his buff and parry him properly, then he went down good (reminded me of the Sister Friede fight in that way, though in this fight I had a close call before just by brute forcing it with Ludwig's Greatsword, but alas choked right at the finish; probably better this way).

Then it was off to the Upper Cathedral Ward since I never went back with the key (I actually thought that door might be DLC related). Now this place was hard, and I lost more echos here than anywhere else, 30,000 in one shot, thanks to a couple Brainsuckers, which I'd never had trouble with previously. I had no idea how dangerous they were. The Celestial Emissary, on the other hand, was a total joke with an electrified whip, and probably with anything, but seemingly intended as such because then I found the real deal: Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos! Now this was more like it! I was a bit disappointed when I realized how close I came to ending the game and thought, "That's it on the Lovecraftian stuff? I thought we were just beginning!" so was relieved to see I just need to keep looking. Fun fight, especially with a +10 electrified Ludwig's (I don't know that I'd have enjoyed it quite so much otherwise :ganishka:). After a few failed attempts I settled on a strategy that resulted in me charge attack comboing her to death after her lunges so I didn't even realize I beat her until the PREY SLAUGHTERED sign appeared. That was a pleasant surprise because I did experience her third phase before that and needless to say it wasn't fun dodging, let alone finding an opening against, a giant, pissed off, and hyperactive Great One.

So, after that it was past time for bed last night and I'll keep exploring tonight and think about starting the DLC if I can't find anymore base game secrets to explore. I'm sure there's plenty out there, and either way I'll be leveling up for The Old Hunters in the meantime.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:37:15 PM »
:ubik: Congrats on killing the Bloodstarved Beast on your first try! I'm one of those poor bastards who still has nightmares of the first encounter with him, so hearing someone turn him into a bloody little bitch brings a smile to my face.

Thank you! :guts: Vicar Amelia and Darkbeast Paarl have been slaughtered as well. Amelia got me a few times but wasn't bad once I stopped fucking around trying to be cute with items and shit and just dodged and countered her to death, the exception to that being the use of Numbing Mists when she went for her big heal spell, which then became charge attack/visceral punishment time. For me it was one of those fights where after you've wasted all your resources and are probably gonna die you buckle down and actually "git gud" fighting them with nothing to lose and know you'll win next time.

Paarl was surprisingly fun for how scary it looked, I didn't even go back to buy Henryk's gear, because I realized early it was a "get under them" boss and Ludwig's was powerful enough to almost always stagger them before they could perform their lightning explosion to counter. I felt like a Hunter rather than the hunted for once because it's a boss that's actually trying to get away and create distance from you. :ganishka:

Actually, all these bosses are fun, even the hard and intense ones are a lot of fun. Bloodborne emphases the fun of Souls-style combat quite a bit. I also like some other subtle tweaks they make to the formula. Simple stuff like not making the Lamposts warp-anywhere devices and encouraging you to get around the world via through-ways and shortcuts. It definitely adds a level of immersion that hadn't been a feature since the first half of Dark Souls. Right now I'm exploring the Forbidden Woods and a little village of traps I found there (the first one on the bridge got me too, thought I'd make it =).

The Old Hunters doesn't change or add anything to the base game. All the new stuff is accessed via the new areas. You won't be losing or missing anything if you put off buying it for the time being. Well, technically, they did add a few new things to the base game when it was released (a new NPC, a new "covenant" of sorts, and a bunch of new phantoms to summon), but those were all implemented via a patch and can be used without the DLC.

Ah, good to know. I've done very little online besides Old Yharnam because I don't seem to get summoned with my bell elsewhere (which is annoying because the fucking message about it keeps perpetually appearing and taking up like 15% of the screen =), and I don't really want the help on my end, especially at the cost of Insight (so I don't get invaded either). Speaking of which and missing out, I know that things change partly based on events, like it got dark after I beat Amelia, and also depending on my Insight, which I've been keeping around 10 or so via the Insight Messenger shop. Should I just pump up my Insight and see what happens? I have like a dozen or so Madmen's Knowledge and I'd like to see whatever those black hole/beasts are that grab me in certain areas and don't know if I'm sparing myself unnecessary hardship or more fun sights to see/beasts to hunt? :carcus:

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 20, 2018, 02:58:09 PM »
I made the Bloodstarved Beast into a bloodspilling beyoch on the first try! :guts: Ok, full disclosure, while it technically was MY first try, I did scope him out a couple times as a phantom, just to get a peek (after hearing how scary he was and visiting Old Yharnam, I really didn't want to get bogged down fighting him over and over). It's not like I learned much that I used in my more methodical solo approach, anyway. My instincts were actually good in this fight for once: continually backing up gave me enough distance to keep him largely de-aggro'd so I could size him up, switch items and bomb him in the face with Molotovs (I even had to go into the proper menu because for all my prep I forgot oil jars on my quick select :puck:), and simply walking backwards was effective for avoiding many of his forward attacks, even when he went right past/through me. Once I got him down to about a third/quarter life I figured I'd blow it like always (I'm the best first try Souls player you've ever seen... at initially taking 75% of a bosses' life then regressing terribly in subsequent attempts =), but that's when I felt comfortable enough with his moves to switch to Blunderbuss parries and nailed him with a couple Visceral attacks to put him on his last legs. I even stayed disciplined when he was just one hit away; that's usually when I panic, go "Fuck it!," charge in to blindly attack and die, but this time I kept playing defensively and waited for the right opportunity and the deed was done. Good feeling!

Do you have Game of the Year Edition? DLC is great in this one. I highly recommend it, but only when you have high enough level ( 70 )
The Old Hunter's DLC is an fantastic addition to the main game, but I think it's cruel of FromSoft to allow the player to enter those areas at level 70; you should be at least around level 100 - 110, with a +9 weapon if you're to have a good shot of making it through them without your t.v ending up halfway out the window.   :mozgus:
It's not a bad idea to go into it early though, if only to suicide rush to all the new weapons and attires in the first area. Love me that Beasthunter Saif...and that Whirlgig Saw...and that Bowblade (though you have to be an asshole to get that particular item early). :slan:

I got the regular edition bundled with my used PS4 (along with Horizon Zero Dawn!), but I'm planning on just buying the DLC electronically. I wasn't quite sure when the right time or best opportunity to start the DLC was though. Obviously before I beat the game, but I don't know if I'm missing out on other changes along the way besides the new areas/items? From what you guys are saying the later the better, but I'm not potentially missing a window on some event or quest in the interim, right (I'd look it up but am trying to avoid spoilers)? I want to experience as much of the game as possible in this playthrough...

Which is why I semi-abandoned my pure Skill build to get enough strength to wield Ludwig's sword when I unexpectedly got his patch! Worth it though, my new main, the charge attack is a game changer, and I put it to +5 so the Threaded Cane +3 (4 when I get 1 more Twin Shard) is indeed my change of pace weapon now. Also happy to see that Ludwig's scaling is identical to the Saw Spear, so I really didn't have to break my build to use it effectively either. Skill is already at 25 so I'm going to focus on endurance again now that I need to swing that greatsword around.

Other odds and ends: I've been exploring the Unseen Village, which was pretty intimidating before I got Ludwig's Sword (it also didn't help that to get there I had to leave over 10,000 souls echos out in the wind), but may have seen all there is to see there for now. I discovered a couple of bosses I've got on the docket for tonight: Darksomething Paarl I think, and some praying woman that turned into sort of a white werewolf with antlers (I bought the damn handkerchief =) whose name I didn't even catch. It was late and I wasn't feeling it when I found them, and I was again running five figures in Blood Echoes, so I didn't want to try my luck.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:43:42 PM »
I love that cane\whip. It was my third favorite weapon, even in the Old Hunters dlc. Second was the Chikage paired with the Blades of Mercy which was my favorite weapon in the entire game.

Yeah, the Threaded Cane/Whip started out as my "change up" weapon for special situations but those situations expanded to the point it's my main and the Saw Spear is the one I pull out when I just need to back attack or bash someone. I've upgraded and scaled the cane to the point that it does as much damage as any weapon I have but faster, with more range, and using less stamina! It's perfect. I actually WANT to fight multiple enemies at once with it. :ganishka:

I did like the cleaver move set as well though, better than the spear's anyway save for the strong thrust, and the R1 horizontal swipe has it's uses, but it's just a tad bit slow for the return in damage. I'm looking forward to trying out the Blades of Mercy when I get them, maybe they'll be what I end up pairing with the whip and the description reminds me of the dual katanas I preferred in Nioh along with a greatsword.

What do you think of the level design so far ?

Already contending for best in the Souls series. Exploring Yharnam has that same feeling as Lordran, but it's more cohesive thus far. Gorgeous too, I'd be even more impressed by the Victorian architecture and art design if I hadn't already seen it recycled in DS3; the reputation of which is taking a big hit as I continue to play Bloodborne, which is what happened to DS1 when I finally played Demon's Souls and realized it wasn't a "precursor" at all but the finished product DS1 was a generic knockoff of. =)

Ludwig's Holy Blade coupled with the pistol. Simple, but worked for me.

Heard/read a ton about this one, to the point I thought maybe I shouldn't invest in Skill because I assume that's Strength-based being a greatsword? Anyway, I usually like the simple Souls approach as well, sword and roll baby, which is why Bloodborne cutting out all the other fat to specialize in and enhance that experience is so great ("Shields are good, unless they breed passivity" =).

BTW, at first I was annoyed they switched the "heal" button (I've accidentally consumed vials more than once trying to switch weapon stance via the triangle button =), but I do appreciate having it completely separate from other items because I tended to do that in DS anyway at the exclusion of those other items. This removes that penalty and opens up item use a bit more, at least for me.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 19, 2018, 07:54:14 AM »
Actually, Bloodstarved Beast only MIGHT be the third boss you fight. The paths kind of diverge at this point in the game, and depending on where you go, you might fight something else instead.

Well, I'm in Old Yharnam, killed the obnoxious Hunters there, and have a feeling the Blood Starved Beast is one "wrong" turn away since this seems like a place a beast would be starving for new blood. I decided to save my 10,000 Blood Echoes to see if I can advance past the big gate without the Hunter Chief Symbol.

Also, I started leveling Skill and upgrading the Cane and Saw Spear to great effect; made Goscoigne much simpler and I can pretty much manage, if not melt, mobs with the whip already. Just as effective bitch smacking back big bads before they can get me in range.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:38:21 AM »
Hm, the game has a huge population still, so it's weird you were having trouble.

Hmmm, now you're making me think I might have set something too high in my online friend settings or something and it's blocking the other players. I'll look into it.

I can hop onto my new game and help you out if you need it.

Pffff, them's fighten' words; INVADE my game* and see how much help I need!

*Preferably in Dark Souls 3. =)

The next boss for you after FG is the Blood Starved Beast. It's the boss that made me almost quit the game out of frustration.

Sounds... infuriating! Here beasty beasty beasty, I'm coming! :guts: :chomp:

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:20:28 PM »

It's worse; I tried summoning Gascoigne again to fight the Cleric Beast but was trying to protect his health on the way and got myself killed by the stupid giant wolves. Then when I went back I couldn't summon him anymore and realized it consumed Insight to do so! What a waste (of whatever)! :magni: So I think I'm done with that, though I still want to see how summoning/multiplayer works in the game. I haven't even been invaded yet (I wonder if anyone is on; I know it was like free to play a while back so I was expecting some activity).

BB is far more forgiving, but at the same time about the same level of challenge=)

Yeah, like I said I was kind of holding myself back trying to conserve resources I really didn't need to against the risk of getting ganked or boss combo'd to death at half life while holding 17 Blood Vials. :ganishka: Once I started cutting loose, as the game intends, things got better. Though trying to chase healing via aggressive attacking is sometimes like throwing good money after bad, and doubly so when you get in the mindset of doing it at the expense of traditional healing in general. I've already learned you're often better off just backing out and quickly using a vial while it still counts ON TOP of your latest damage, unless the enemy is a chump (sometimes that sucks too because they'll die before I can get much life back =). I'm sure the game is going to take more advantage of this later when the initial hit is just to entice you in for the real death blow. :zodd:

Speculation Nation / Re: Casca's Role in the Future
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:52:54 PM »
My guess is Casca is eventually going to be the straw that stirs the drink; a frontline fighter/leader, strategist, and matriarch for "the family." I mean, she was already the reason the gang was together in the first place, so this is all owed to her.

Yass...he's real cute too, Silat <3. It's just that she's always under her worst condition before a fight. Before his attack, Casca literally passed out from fatigue but she still managed to keep up a good fight. Im hoping for a really strong come back of her.

I do think it would be a cool moment for her to do well against him in a rematch, especially if it's the "friendly" sparring of allies. :daiba: But I doubt she could beat him handily as things stand just because he's already proven more than a match, and, though it was under bad circumstances for Casca, it's not like things are much better or she's had a chance to practice since then. Would be a great symbolic triumph to eventually show him what she can really do though. :casca:

I'm sure Guts would be a great coach/cheerleader too, "C'mon, you can beat that circus performer!" :guts:
You should check out our podcast. 100+ hours of Berserk chat  :badbone:

Maybe you've actually added the times (I wouldn't be surprised =), but by my crude estimation it's gotta be around 150 hours at least, if not 200, considering how long most of them are. And sure, there's some sub-60 minute ones in there, but also more than a few over two hours to compensate!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:30:14 PM »
Continuing my first Bloodborne run...

After getting lost a few times but eventually finding my way (Yharnam makes the Undead Burg seem like sensible city planning =), I beat the Cleric Beast on my second try. Then after some backtracking I took on Father Gascoigne, which was looking like a walk-in first try victory until he transformed and I was literally and figuratively out of bullets. Like the Beast, I'll see how he likes Motolov Cocktails to the face and some oil plus torch action (all of which I find WAAAY more effective than the firebombs from Souls ever were).

As for my build, I've put everything so far into Life and Stamina while I figure what weapon path(s) I'd like to go down. I've been maining the Saw Cleaver but I'm leaning towards a Skill build because it'll let me use the versatile Threaded Cane and the Saw Spear (a greatsword, really =) as a serrated, rangier and pokier Cleaver alternative while also leveling my Visceral attacks because they're clearly important as I learned with the Cleric Beast (hit the guy like a million times my first try and it all felt largely futile save for the Visceral counters). The most bang for my early game buck I figure, and I can diversify later when I hit the soft caps on the above stats. Mainly I need to know which weapons to upgrade since that's going to be my main mode of increasing DPS until I get my life and stamina bars where I want them. Already fun to obsess on this shit, and oh so nice not to worry about carry weight!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:30:49 PM »
I hope these movies start a new trend in horror by going back to the slow-burn, more mature themed movies like Rosemary's Baby or The Exorcist, skipping what the 80's did to the genre (even though kid me loved Freddy).

I think were largely already there the past few years with an uptick in more "prestige" high concept suspense/horror movies with more emphasis on dread/terror that baser scares. I mean, Get Out won an Oscar. It's now the trend, fortunately.

On the other hand, how about that Halloween requel!? Jaime Lee Solo will help the new generation take on Darth Myers! I'm just bitter they excised Halloween II, which was a worthy and influential sequel in its own right. It's certainly better than whatever they're going to be doing with the material now.

Some people find ghosts scary, others find monsters scary (that's me!), so having watched the film, I've been reading comments that either say it's great or it's a snooze fest.

I always question those loudly proclaiming how bored and unscared they were, suspecting they were actually the most uncomfortable with the proceedings. Anyway, agree with you on ghosts vs. monsters, monsters FTW because they're where you find them, and have a better balance of supernatural and natural elements.

Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:34:11 PM »
My contract was officialized and I'm finally a Hunter! :guts: (I'm a Lone Survivor with the saw and blunderbuss =)

First impressions:
It was a little awkward for me at first because of the ways it's different from Souls, even though I can clearly see how DS3's engine was retrofitted from it, but once I started getting used it I could see why people are so into it. Combat, done effectively, is faster but well nuanced, particularly how you manage the timing of attacks, gun blasts and stamina. You can't play defensive, but you have to constantly engage and withdraw effectively. If you just try to R1 them to death you're going to end up a sitting duck (removing this fearure from DS3 was a step back that made it easier). Basically, it looks like this game is the evolution people that only had the opportunity to play DS3 were looking for.

Yharnam is great do far too, I haven't even fought a boss yet but I've been up and down the city and it reminds of the exploration previously unique to DS1, that trapped behind enemy lines feeling where you feel surrounded and really have to decide when it's better to push forward or fall back. I've already lost thousands of Blood Echos because of the different mode of retrieval, having to clear the area of enemies or even a particular enemy that posseses them (no smash and grab cheating =).

I also summoned another Hunter to help and it was a relief to take on some patrols with backup. Despite my previous Souls experience I'm still probably overly intimidated bybthe bigger enemies. I'm also not healing enough because blood vials seem plentiful, so I think I'll hit my stride once I unlearn some of my ingrained Souls tactics and adapt more to what's efficient in Bloodborne. I already bellowed, "No, NO! It's not faaaair!!" once today, so that's a good sign the game is working as intended. :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:01:36 PM »
And it's highly possible that Nioh 2 is actually going for the same era, the exact same characters :ganishka:

Really? I did get the impression from the trailer that you'd maybe be a new character with some Oni powers of their own, which would be a good addition. William didn't do much for me anyway. It'd be hilarious if Sekiro and Nioh ended up featuring the same main character.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 17, 2018, 04:14:53 AM »
So after some readings... if it's set during the late 1500, during Sengoku, this Shinobi could be a interpretation of Hattori Oni Hanzo. With or whitout even naming him basically.

Talking about Tokugawa Ieyasu :

So Sekiro is actually a prequel to Nioh. :carcus:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 16, 2018, 12:41:35 PM »
Hereditary was a trip. A cinema experience like I haven't had in ages. Go watch it. It deserves the hype. I can't wait to go back.

People love or hate this one, so sounds pretty good! I've heard favorable comparisons to The VVitch.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 16, 2018, 12:33:46 PM »
ryOtoha, the point, at least mine, is that Sucker Punch studio is not necessarily to game making what Akira Kurasawa is to film making, therefore such comparisons are largely meaningless or superficial at best (and hugely favorable to Ghost of Tsushima of course =). They could be directly adapting Seven Samurai into a video game and it wouldn't mean the game is of the quality of Seven Samurai or Akira Kurasawa. So while these homages are cool, it doesn't really tell me if the game will ultimately do them justice.

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 16, 2018, 03:55:11 AM »
For those looking for more RE2, here's some in-game footage:

Man that takes me back. It's crazy because unlike most games of its time that one's background environments were iconic and detailed enough to still be recognizable here, but it's relatively like they've come to life and you're really there... I don't know if I like that, or if I'll be able to play this with the lights off. :griffnotevil:

If they recreate this moment to that effect I'll jump out the window:

Video Games / Re: E3 2018 Reactions
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:27:09 PM »
- Ghost of Tsushima :  Apparently Sucker Punch's vision is close to an Akira Kurosawa movie ?  sign me up again !

That game does look gorgeous, but whether it's "close to an Akira Kurosawa movie" remains to be seen. Pretty lofty expectation!

They are indeed throwing out more Fallout Scrolls the form of endless Skyrim ports and another one of those lazy survival games that never get finished that's likely going to be made up of recycled Fallout 4 assets. I think on some level, Bethesda's aware they're in danger of falling into irrelevance. They used to be able to coast by with their big open worlds, but everyone makes those now, and they do so with better graphics, better animations, more onscreen characters, and considerably fewer loading screens. Bethesda's behind the times, relying on the same outdated technology and development techniques for almost 20 years that just won't cut it anymore, and if they want to do anything comparable to what Ubisoft shits out on a yearly basis, they pretty much have to start from zero. That's my theory for why Elder Scrolls VI: Fallout in Spaaaaaaace is taking so long, anyway.

Everything you say about their games and technique could be true, but Skyrim and Fallout 4 sold a gazillion units each, so I don't know that they're experiencing any consumer pressure other than, "Take our money again SOON!" Which they seem to be ready to do with this half-assed Fallout survival game ripoff.

Anyway, I finally got around to watching the Death Stranding trailer. That's a game that I've largely tuned out because the way the news has been drip-fed has been very eye-rolling. It was revealed...what? Two years ago? And we still barely know anything about it. Selling a game entirely on the basis that it's being made by Hideo Kojima always rubbed me the wrong way, and showing nothing but a bunch of pre-rendered "weird for the sake of weird" stuff didn't help matters. And while it's nice to finally see some actual gameplay footage, I can't say it looks all that captivating so far.

Tactical Ambulatory Operations! Cutting edge walking simulator; ooof, watch out for those loose toenails, gross! It does look like an upscale MGSV with all the enemies removed except for semi-invisible flying ones, apparently (BTW, it is a nasty twist to make the guys you're hiding from invisible =). I'm interested though, and don't mind them promoting it based on being a Kojima game alone because he's earned his reputation for better or worse (I mean, that last bit of the trailer with the flashing light on the embryonic space suit revealing the umbilical ghost monsters... you just don't see that every day =). I wish more game creators were regarded or carried themselves that way (basically like a film director or auteur, whether you buy what they're selling) and dared to be weird. Whatever Death Stranding is doing looks much more fresh and intriguing than another Samurai game. Anyway, there's something familiar about your acerbic grumbling... can't quite put my finger on it...

Oh yeah, you make me look like Mr. Brightside! :ganishka:

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:39:25 AM »
I'm much more interested in the details of this article:

Death is no longer a barrier which must be overcome. It's no longer simply a "learning experience." Death and immediate resurrection is now a mechanic. From Software says you can use death to your advantage--fooling your enemies into a false sense of security before coming back to life and sneaking up on them using the game's light stealth mechanics.
From is staying coy, however, on the exact mechanics of the resurrection ability. It says you'll only be able to use it a limited number of times, and that "in no way does [resurrection] make the game easy."

So now we have a better idea how that will work. I wonder if it will use a similar mechanic to being human/embered vs. phantom/hollow/unkindled to determine if you can come back or not. Perhaps more intriguing is this:

Miyazaki, the game's director, says he wanted the theme of Sekiro to be "a clashing of swords," and that clash is featured prominently in the game's reveal trailer. It's more than just a cool visual effect however: successfully parry your opponent's attack and you'll reduce what From is currently calling their Posture. Reduce your enemy's Posture enough and you'll open them up to a Shinobi Death Blow, which can deal huge amounts of damage. If they block enough of your attacks on the other hand, and they can deal critical hits to you.

It's a good point that the "swordplay" in Souls is largely a trading and exchange of successful or unsuccessful full body attacks, which you can dodge, block or parry, but not so much a real clashing of weapons. You either hit them or not or vice versa, and parrying is basically decisive, either ending that exchange or the encounter altogether. I mean, when you kill a player and especially an enemy in a Souls game you're more the first to hack them to death than having a proper swordfight. So, if that's the distinction in the combat, and they pull it off and it's more fun than frustrating, this could be really cool!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:46:42 AM »
Great answers on Fortnite, and very constructive given I wasn't exactly being open minded. Sounds like it's indeed not for me though because I don't like multiplayer like that much at all. I think the last thing remotely like that I enjoyed was the ME3 multiplayer. The Souls series passive aggressive approach has really grown on me though, too bad Sekiro is apparently scrapping it.

Bit the bullet and bought the deluxe edition of Dark Souls 3 on PSN for $20(my physical copy was destroyed the day after I started it), so now I'm working my way through it (again). Clunkier than Bloodborne, but way beefier.

Welcome back to the ultimate Souls game! The epic and comprehensive finale of Miyazaki's Souls trilogy, preceded by equal prequels Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls, Demon's Souls, and made in the Bloodborne engine. I'm going to write a manifesto about it on here someday (I already half have to Aaz =).

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