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Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« Last post by Johnstantine on Today at 10:21:52 AM »
My boss deaths were way, WAY worse. It was the first soulsesque game I played, so I had no idea what I was doing :magni:
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Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« Last post by VladimirPutin on July 16, 2018, 10:57:29 PM »
That's pretty impressive  :ubik: On my first playthrough I was struggling more than you. In general I had x3 or x4 ( or even x10 ) of your number of attempts. Now, on BL4, after 9 playthroughs ( till NG+8 ), I've beat some bosses on my first try! Like Rom, Amygdala, Micolash, Darkbeast Paarl, Blood Starved Beast, Vicar Amelia, Witch of Hemwick, Cleric Beast or Father Gascoigne. With others I had tougher battles. Especially with Shadows of Yharnam and Ebrietas ( 7 attempts ). Now that I've beat Ebrietas I'm fighting with Logarius and I consider him easier than Ebrietas, but still tough. Gehrman is a whole different level, I think it will take more than 30 attempts.

I don't want to talk about DLC for now  :ganishka:
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Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« Last post by Griffith on July 16, 2018, 07:40:30 PM »
I know a lot of people are probably disappointed that it's not Bloodborne 2, but frankly, I'm relieved. I loved Bloodborne, but it has the same issue Dark Souls 1 had; it pretty much revealed all there was to the setting. Sure, there are still tons of unanswered questions, but what worked so well about it was the gradual (or, depending on how you played, outright sudden) reveal of the Lovecraftian elements behind everything. You can't rehash that plot again, and going all-in with them in future sequels just runs the risk of diluting them and make them not feel as impactful as they're supposed to be.

Sorry to bring this back up so late, but I've been thinking about this since playing through the game and I pretty much agree, except part of me wishes they WOULD go all in on the weirder, Lovecraftian elements in a sequel and do it justice, like basically make it as off the wall, weird and surreal as possible from the get go and all the way through. Unfortunately, based on From/Miayazaki's history with sequels, I don't think it's likely they would, so you're right.

Griffith, after you achieve platinum trophy and clear the hardest dungeons on your main character, I would recommend you to play with "Waste of Skin" character without leveling up. So basically Blood Level 4 challenge. I'm doing one myself now and I've beat ( in order of beating them ) bosses such as: Cleric Beast, Father Gascoigne, Blood Starved Beast, Vicar Amelia, Shadows of Yharnam, Rom the Vacuous Spider, One Reborn, Micolash, Witch of Hemwick, Mergo's Wet Nurse, Celestial Emissary, Amygdala, Darkbeast Paarl. So basically 13 bosses. Now I'm struggling with Ebrietas and after her I'll be going for Logarius. Then probably proceed to DLC which is the hardest.

BL4 challenge really teaches you about gameplay mechanics and how to manage to beat bosses on such a low level with use of different items and combat tricks.

Damn, this sent me on a BL4 youtube dive that kept me up later than I'd planned, including one of a guy doing all the base game bosses without dying, one that beat the game without even visiting the fucking Hunter's Dream(!!), and one video of a dude doing a BL4 NG+6 Kos fight! :ganishka: I didn't see one with every DLC boss included, but I'm sure it's out there.

Man, that's crazy, you basically have to master the game to the point you don't get hit (though I saw even some late boss strikes were survivable). I don't know, it's tempting. I sort of want to start a new character because after a lot of Chalice Dungeons my guy is in the 200s and kind of boring (NG+ is way easier than NG at this point), but then I'd just do the same build over going Vit, End, Skl with Cane, Spear, and Ludwig's (I can't think of a better one unless you're doing a completely different playstyle). Watching those vids actually reinforced a theory I had that for the high NG pluses that you'd eventually want to run a glass cannon using beast pellets because your defenses will become pretty flat by then even if you keep putting points in Vit after 50, so your best bet after that is a better offense if you're going to get one-shotted anyway (in the vids they also cheesed out on the 2nd part of the Micolash fight like I did in NG+; glad to see even these guys don't want to deal with his uninterruptible A Call Beyond spamming =).

Interesting that SL1/BL4 runs are also basically what Sekiro is doing by eliminating the RPG elements; it's completely game mechanics and human skill across the board at that point, no grinding to win, so you just gotta git gud (NG+ in that game could be crazy). An interesting proposition if I get bored once I get that platinum trophy (just need the other two endings methinks).

By the way, this reminded me that before I completely forget I wanted to catalog my boss fights, specifically the number of tries. I may not remember them all exactly (in which case some of my past posts might be more accurate) but these should all at least be in the ballpark:

Regular bosses:

Cleric Beast 2
Father Gasciogne 4
BloodStarved Beast 1
Vicar Amelia 5
Darkbeast Paarl - 2
Shadow of Yharnam - 1
Rom - 2
The One Reborn - 2
Micolash - 5
Mergo's Wet Nurse - 1
Witch of Hemwick - 1
Martyr Logarius - 9
Amygdala - 1
Celestial Emissary - 1
Ebrietas - 5
Ludwig - 12
Living Failures - 2
Maria - 7
Laurence - 1
Orphan of Kos - 4
Gerhman - 1
Moon Presence - 2

Chalice Bosses:

Undead Giant - 1
Merciless Watcher - 1
Watchdog of the Old Lords - 1
Beast-possessed Soul - 1
Keeper of the Old Lords - 2 (ugh, was fucking around with weapons/not healing up)
Pthumerian Descendant - 1
Bloodletting Beast - 2
Cursed Keeper of the Old Lords - 4 (Holy Sword FTW!)
Cursed Watch Dog of the Old Lords - 7 (en fuego with only half life =)
Cursed Amygdala - 6 (maybe fighting his base form more would have helped; was embarrassingly easy one figured out)
Depth 5 Pthumerian Descendant - 8 (fuck this wall clipping cheater, but 1 handed Holy Sword proved itself)
Headless Bloodletting Beast -1 (probably dumb luck)
Abhorrent Beast - 3 (dude sticks to you worse than Kid Kos)
Queen Yharnam - 1
Maneater Boar - 1
Brainsucker - 1
Forgotten Madman - 1
Pthumerian Elder - 1
Loran Silverbeast - 1
Depth 5 Abhorrent Beast - 5 (Whirligig FTW, and the fun!)
Loran Darkbeast - 4 (now that I'm counting I regret not taking this one more seriously; it's basically Paarl but his electricity blast will 1 shot you at the end if you're fucking around and being lazy/stupid/me and not healing up to max or even wearing lightning gear. I was also Whjirligigging when I already knew Ludwig's wrecks him; I don't know why this one's so stuck in my craw other than this boss was lame and shouldn't have killed me so much near the end =)

I don't want to think about how many tries each of these bosses would take at BL4. :magni:
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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« Last post by Walter on July 16, 2018, 04:18:30 PM »
I don't know what fans are supposed to feel about this stuff. Is it basically an unofficial co-marketing thing?

"Like Berserk? We do too! Now buy our music... "
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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« Last post by Rhombaad on July 16, 2018, 02:34:12 PM »
Have you played Wizardry: Forsaken Lands on the PS2?

I haven't. Is it worth playing?

I finished The Revenge of Shinobi yesterday morning. I had a great time playing it. For an early 16-bit side-scroller, it was pretty cool.

Next up is Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse!
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Video Games / Re: Bloodborne
« Last post by VladimirPutin on July 16, 2018, 12:13:50 AM »
Griffith, after you achieve platinum trophy and clear the hardest dungeons on your main character, I would recommend you to play with "Waste of Skin" character without leveling up. So basically Blood Level 4 challenge. I'm doing one myself now and I've beat ( in order of beating them ) bosses such as: Cleric Beast, Father Gascoigne, Blood Starved Beast, Vicar Amelia, Shadows of Yharnam, Rom the Vacuous Spider, One Reborn, Micolash, Witch of Hemwick, Mergo's Wet Nurse, Celestial Emissary, Amygdala, Darkbeast Paarl. So basically 13 bosses. Now I'm struggling with Ebrietas and after her I'll be going for Logarius. Then probably proceed to DLC which is the hardest.

BL4 challenge really teaches you about gameplay mechanics and how to manage to beat bosses on such a low level with use of different items and combat tricks.
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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« Last post by Grail on July 14, 2018, 06:00:45 PM »
If a single volume in Berserk's publication history deserves to have Casca on the cover, it's this one. I think seeing her as she opens her eyes, lucid at last, would be amazing. Having her in her elfin princess dress would also be great.

Very much agreed! And it makes sense from the sales perspective as well. Any casual Berserk fan would see that on the shelf and just have to pick it up! :ubik:
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Manga Mausoleum / Re: Volume 40 release
« Last post by jackson_hurley on July 14, 2018, 02:40:08 PM »
I think seeing her as she opens her eyes, lucid at last, would be amazing.

That. I haven't even thought of that scene but oh yes, that'd be very very fine with me.
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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« Last post by IncantatioN on July 14, 2018, 01:07:28 PM »
So you're saying it's a Netflix show then?  :ganishka:

Yeeep. It drags on and on ... I felt like I was watching it for a whole month.

Big fan of Matt Berry, so I'm rewatching Toast Of London and switching on and off from Regular Show.  I needed a bit of a break from serious and (boring) stuff.
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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« Last post by IncantatioN on July 14, 2018, 12:56:54 PM »
New Gunship album cover



Isn't the first time they feature Berserk ... and on the new album they reference it in their new song with the brand on the guitar and a quick shot of Guts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ruvzfXQoE&frags=pl%2Cwn) along with other series like Street Fighter, Mad Max, Blade, Predator.
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