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Re: Bloodborne
« Reply #150 on: July 05, 2018, 01:52:26 AM »
So, by the time I got everything in order, or so I thought, last night I was pretty tired but decided to take down Gehrman anyway. He had some pretty good moves and combos if you're not careful, but after the DLC he wasn't anything one couldn't manage, and unfortunately for him he was very susceptible to a jumping R2 with Ludwig's as he passed from mid to close range.

Anyway, I was so focused on beating him going in that it wasn't until the PREY SLAUGHTERED message flashed on the screen that I realized I DIDN'T CONSUME THE UMBILICAL CORDS!! I frantically tried to open my inventory and consume them, bumbled a bit, and wondered if it's too late and I'd just waste them then? Too late either way, the Moon Presense descended as I was freaking out at the prospect that I blew it all, I pause wondering if just having them was enough because I don't know if the Presence shows itself either way, and I'm so new to the PS4 I don't even know how to reset the damn thing quickly. I look on transfixed as The Moon Presense takes me in its arms, starts putting me to what most closely resembles a mouth, and... I finally shut it off!

Oh man! So, I blew it!? These games auto save all the time. Gehrman was dead, I consumed no cords and the ending started. I wasn't even sure if the game wouldn't start me directly in NG+ when I restarted it, or if it was even possible to change the outcome at this point if it didn't.

I couldn't just run right to it again in NG+, it's literally the last thing you do, and I wouldn't want to. So, I restart the game, fully expecting to be fucked, and I reawaken in the Hunter's Dream outside the literal iron gate outside the Gehrman fight. Doesn't look like a new game, hopefully not how NG+ starts. There's no fog, so Gehrman's still dead. I go to the Doll and level up with the Echoes I got from him (heh), consume the umbilical cords, and head back in. The cutscene begins again, it's all the same, the Presence grabs me, puts me to it's mouth, and... is repelled! The fight is on! YES! Goddamn that was close and I'm an idiot. Wheeeeew. So, the Moon Presense! His movements weren't too much to handle, and he didn't hit especially hard, but he was sneaky and unorthodox in a couple of ways. Particularly, he had a lot of ways of damaging you without it being obvious you got hit, which is more disorienting than you'd think because you don't recognize the threat (you're being hit!) or your health situation right away. Suddenly, I'm at half life. I have no life! I'm dead! He seemingly got me with a one shot attack in our first fight, but I realized during the second he must have drained all my life and then damaged me again. I was disappointed but got him the next time, though not without some drama as it hit me again with its life drain and also numbing mist type attack that prevented healing for far too long. It made me glad tougher bosses didn't employ such tactics, and made this one fittingly unique. On to NG+!

Oh wait, what the hell with that ending? Am I the squid or helped make it or what? I liked the other endings I looked up after better. :guts:

I couldn't quite get into the Kos Parasite weapon myself, but it's not a bad idea to stat up for it; Arcane builds get stupidly overpowered with all those beautiful hunters tools you can now use that were just gathering dust in your inventory before.

Yeah, I put 20 into arcane to try most of the tools, but at they level they really don't do enough to justify the investment, except Beast Roar which can be a life saver or make some of the tougher human encounters simple. Considering the rate I'm leveling in NG+ I should be able to invest more in it but right now my priority is capping strength and then I'll decide between more skill or arcane.

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Yup, those are the guys I was talking about. Those two are hands-down the most hated non-boss enemies in the game, with many citing them as being tougher than most bosses. But there's a very good reason why players go through the pain of hunting them down. They drop a really kickass weapon.

Got 'em, was almost a cakewalk but I let my guard down after killing the ceiling one and getting the other down to like 5% life... :mozgus: Then I HAD to beat them or lose like 60,000+ echoes.

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The only thing I would recommend to make sure you do before starting NG+ is get the two Red Jellies from the Lecture Building if you haven't gotten them already. You need 4 of those total to reach the deepest layers of the Chalice dungeons, and frankly, just grabbing the ones from the Lecture Building on two NG cycles is the most painless way to acquire them all.

I made sure to get those too, I already experienced the pain of ritual material shortage just getting to the lower Chalice Dungeons. Beat Rom and now I'm at the Beast that's even below him. The labyrinth is starting to get more interesting! :zodd:
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Re: Bloodborne
« Reply #151 on: July 06, 2018, 01:20:02 AM »
 :ganishka: BA-HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, man, that was a close one Griffith. Good thing you were able to cheat the system, or else that probably would have soured your opinion of Bloodborne forever. Thanks for th eongoing commentary in any case, it was very entertaining to hear about your progress.

Oh wait, what the hell with that ending? Am I the squid or helped make it or what? I liked the other endings I looked up after better. :guts:

Yup, that's you. Consuming the umbilical cords and slaying the Moon Presence turned you into an Infant Great One who will presumably grow up to continue guiding Hunters on future hunts for the beasts, and likely other Great Ones. Or maybe you'll just be a god who does you're own thing. I think, anyway. But until then, you're just a squid. Who's a kid. You're a squid-kid. You're...

Oh my god...Splatoon has been the sequel to Bloodborne all this time! :isidro:

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Yeah, I put 20 into arcane to try most of the tools, but at they level they really don't do enough to justify the investment, except Beast Roar which can be a life saver or make some of the tougher human encounters simple. Considering the rate I'm leveling in NG+ I should be able to invest more in it but right now my priority is capping strength and then I'll decide between more skill or arcane.

Most tools aren't particularly useful until you get to about 40 Arcane. After that, they get real nasty, and they only get nastier from there, continuing to scale in damage all the way up to 99.

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Got 'em, was almost a cakewalk but I let my guard down after killing the ceiling one and getting the other down to like 5% life... :mozgus: Then I HAD to beat them or lose like 60,000+ echoes.

They're one of the funner opportunities to try the Shaman Bone Blades on.

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Re: Bloodborne
« Reply #152 on: July 08, 2018, 07:15:42 AM »
:ganishka: BA-HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, man, that was a close one Griffith. Good thing you were able to cheat the system, or else that probably would have soured your opinion of Bloodborne forever. Thanks for th eongoing commentary in any case, it was very entertaining to hear about your progress.

My pleasure, but yeah, loved it even though I had so many close calls where I would have completely screwed myself and resented the game! This is precisely what happened with Demon's Souls when I could no longer level at the end (I didn't even mean to accept any end game scenario, I was just clicking through the last of the demon boss I beat for item pickup and thought I activated the arc stone... ugh).

Most tools aren't particularly useful until you get to about 40 Arcane. After that, they get real nasty, and they only get nastier from there, continuing to scale in damage all the way up to 99.

I'm finding out, I completed the Great Pthumeru Ihyll Chalice and got the Yharnam Stone, and man with Moon runes and heir I'm leveling like a motherfucker. I have 50 strength and skill respectively and now I'm just leveling arcane which I think I've already got to 36. Still, I'm finding the Chalice's, especially the layer 5, cursed and defiled ones, to still be quite challenging and rewarding, at least moreso than NG+, which is way too weak for my level after the labyrinth. I was happy how quickly I could get the Red Jelly I needed though, basically going right after Amelia.