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  1. I've finally started playing DE (GOTY version) for the first time ever. I'll try this mod sometime but gonna play it straight first. Be interested if they tweak the AI cuz I've had several instances when enemies have been utterly, incredibly, unbelievably dumb. Also several times when they've totally pwned me (I'm still adjusting to line-of-sight stealth) but I won't mention those. No.
  2. At some point maybe I'll grow the cojones to buy and play this but man it looks grimdark intense.
  3. Only four I can think of: - Homeworld Battlefield 1942 Riven (what I played of it. Loved loved loved the atmosphere, hate switching puzzles) Dark Souls Just started playing Deus Ex for the first time ever though, so that should make up the quota once I get into it. EDIT: Miasmata. Only one of the most amazing games I've ever played and I completely forgot about it.
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    Dark Souls

    Looks cool, especially as at first I thought she was holding a hammer. But on a second look, I don't think she is. Broken link?
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    Dark Souls

    Yeah, I don't think my host was interested in being polite (no waving from him). The invader took me on first, then my host joined in, the invader started whacking on him, and well. You've been summoned. You got a job to do. I know there's loads of PvP etiquette, but really, if I was invading, I'd expect the invadee to assume the worst and do whatever they needed to do to kill me. If I wanted an honourable duel, I'd get the red soapstone and get invited.
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    Dark Souls

    It happened again with another host with Seath, and a few times with the bell gargoyles. I think it is actually under the host's control as nothing I press makes any difference, so I'm wondering if the fight actually starts while the cutscene's taking place. (A quick google later: found this, which doesn't mention about when the fight starts, but it sounds like everyone on-line needs to press 'skip' to avoid the cutscene.) Oh I wish. Running past enemies hasn't been an option in any JC sessions so far. I always very carefully took out the clams one-by-one on my own runs, now I'm having to lea
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    Dark Souls

    That sounds great! Gotta say, putting a summons down has been fun on the whole. Just had another really good jolly co-op session in the Crystal Cave - in about 5 summons, I had 3 deaths in the Seath fight (in one, he was down about 5% health when I got killed; the host had another summons with him, so I hope they finished him off), one death from falling off the bridge fighting the golem, and one victory. No invasions either, which was a bonus. There was one host who hadn't got to Seath before, and when we got there it triggered the boss cut scene. Being the JC noob that I am, I assumed thi
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    Dark Souls

    Yay! Tomb of the Giants!!! No, really!!!!!! Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!etc Anyway, discovered I do have the shrug gesture (it was hidden away under the 'switch' command). 150± hours into the game and I'm still learning the basics. Oh oh and sir sir please sir - I've finally done some proper backstabs. Proper ones with the animation and kicking the bodies off the sword and everything. Only done em when creeping up on unaware peeps from behind, mind, and even then I'm on about 25% success rate. Didn't realise I needed to hit R1 (I've been R2'
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    Dark Souls

    Aww...thanks. And thanks for the offer of help too (especially given your lack of fondness for online play). At the moment I'm not that bothered about beating Seath, but if that changes and I'm struggling, I may come begging for assistance. The main thing bothering me right now is that I don't seem to have the shrug gesture. No, really. If I keep hanging out at Duke's (which I wouldn't mind doing) and someone else calls on me who hasn't opened the shortcut or wants to go blue titanite slab hunting, I need that gesture. Went back to Petrus but he was too crippled with grief over his preci
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    Dark Souls

    Er - is that an offer of jolly co-op?
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    Dark Souls

    When I was playing my sorceror build in Anor Londo last night I got invaded. Fortunately, as I was descending into my usual panic, I noticed he bowed to me. I just about had it together enough to remember to bow back, and a minute later he bowed again as my screen faded to black. Which was, genuinely, cool. (To be fair, some of my previous invaders may have offered civilities before attacking but I would have been so busy soiling myself I may not have noticed.) Just done another summons from the Duke's bonfire where the shortcut hadn't been opened. I had absolutely no idea where to go, and
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    Dark Souls

    And once more my Dark Souls world is turned on its head. After watching James from Gamefront's , I thought "Ah what the heck", went back to my original build and, blow me down, I fairly quickly got to the stage where it was taking me about two minutes to get from the bonfire to the clam's cave. (Getting past the first bridge golem was a pain, but after three deaths I lucked out on discovering how to cheese it)(I love it when you find out how to cheese a foe by running away from it). Had a spell of farming the clams and then getting killed by Seath, and I now have more twinkling titanite and
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    Dark Souls

    As I've got enough work pressure on in RL at the mo, I've given up on the joyless trudge of the Crystal Caves and gone back to a new sorceror build that I started in a moment of utter frustration earlier during the Duke's Archives. Killed the Asylum Demon first time (with a dagger!), but physically I'm much weaker than I was on the previous playthrough and it's fun learning how to do more ranged attacks/cheesing, e.g. went back to Undead Asylum for the Rusted Iron Ring, and only got past the first black knight by luring him up to the main hall and going out to the bonfire area; the poor guy ju
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    Dark Souls

    ??????? **types dukeskip into google** **watches two videos** Ah. OK. Yeah, 'finicky' seems apt. The guy's commentary on one of the videos said it took him two hours to nail it, so it'd probably take me longer to do it right than it would to go through the whole area anyway. I really didn't mind the prison area, but once you're back in the library you need flies' eyes to see where the next attack's coming from. I could spend a minute - a whole minute - trying to check out where everyone was, then go three steps up a staircase and find myself getting hammered from three directions at once
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    Dark Souls

    That narrows it down to pretty much any enemy in the game (lol), but in the context (and from checking the wiki), I did guess who it was. Didn't notice much in the way of tentacles when we met, but getting stabbed by rivers of stabby crystals does that to a man's memory I find. So, Duke's Archives - how do I love thee? Let me count the ways - ***GREAT GAPING VOID OF SILENCE***(Batman) Definitely fell more into the tiresome grind category rather than enjoyable. I think I'm getting a touch of Dark Souls fatigue - got so fed up at one point I started a new game as a sorceror (largely inspire
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    Dark Souls

    This is confirming my suspicion that despite all the reading and watching I'm doing about this game, most of it's going in one lobe and out the other. I evidently have no idea who Duke is. (Suspect I'll find out soon enough though.)
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    Dark Souls

    A-ha! That's how you get the DLC. I knew it had something to do with killing the lake golem and freeing Dusk (which I had already done), but wasn't sure what to do after that. (I can - and do - watch any number of playthroughs of this game, and remember about 5% of them when it comes to actually playing.) Now in Duke's Archive after the boss 'fight' and questioning the layout of his book collection. It's impressive, certainly, but functional? I think not. Yeah - the thing is, though, I killed Super Smough with a light crossbow and wooden bolts. Super Smough. With a light crossbow. And woo
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    Dark Souls

    At my rate of play I'll be able to join in on the DS2 conversations in a couple of years' time, but main news from my time line is: scampered out of Painted World as quickly as I could (ended up cheesing the Undead Dragon first time round (again) but didn't feel sorry for him/her/it like I did for the one in Valley of the Drakes, as this one was spewing lakes of poison stuff at me that just failed to reach the position that I had panic-strickenly scampered to carefully chosen as a sniper's position). Then went back to Darkroot and Hydra down Sif down so I levelled up strength and endurance, we
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    Dark Souls

    Oh how true. Flew back to Undead Asylum, picked up the peculiar doll then went back to Anor Londo so I could subject myself to the Painted World. "Hey," I thought (hopefully) when I got there, "I'm still human from kindling up Firelink Shrine bonfire. Why not see if I can summon a couple of people and maybe get O&S out of the way?" Cleared all the enemies out from the area leading up to the fog gate. Summoned Solaire. Went back to the fog gate, saw a white summons sign, but thought (hopefully) "Better write a message indicating I want to take Beanpole out first. Just to make sure eve
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    Dark Souls

    After gearing up for some ranged battling, I ended up whacking MB three times with my BK greatsword when she came to rest on the bridge and that was that. All the green titanite I had farmed earlier then came into play and a short while later I was hacking my way through the catacombs with a Divine Greatsword (not the BK) +5 and now have the Rite of Kindling. I'm now wondering which bonfires would be strategically good to kindle up to 20-estus status. I'm guessing/hoping that once I get the Lordvessel (not that I'm getting ahead of myself or anything), I'll need only one or two as I can just
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    Dark Souls

    Haven't gone for the Hydra but done more exploring and found the Wolf Ring, some really cute frogs, and had my first encounter with Moonlight Butterfly - got her down to 15-20% health before I copped it, which I thought wasn't bad given I wasn't really geared up for range attacking, plus I haven't even seen any videos of her so had absolutely no idea how to fight her. (Not that seeing videos of boss fights ever helps when it comes to doing it for real. I find DS almost spoiler-proof in this regard. I watched about four different videos showing how to kill the Taurus Demon. Were any of them any
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    Dark Souls

    Yeah, you're right. Did one level up of INT and realised it'd take ages to get very far with it. But I can now cast soul arrows!!! Which may come in useful. For something. Ooh, look, a squirrel. Good video - I'm just not very good at being nimble, and I still suck at combat without target lock being on, both of which contribute to me getting killed about 95% of the time Super Smough does his EBS. But yeah, I'll carry on building up strength and equipment and hope I'll eventually be able to bludgeon SS into submission. Mind you, I could easily spend ages just exploring Darkroot. I finally man
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    Dark Souls

    OK - giving up on O&S to go and level up so I can get some soul arrow action going. After a dozen goes with Solaire, it fell into a pattern of: 1. Zippy goes down. 2. Solaire follows fairly soon after. 3. I circle Super Smurf around a pillar chipping away at his health until 4. I misjudge his distance and/or he gets me with his Electric Butt Stomp.Tried a few different ranged attacks, but couldn't get any to work - not even dragonslayer arrows seemed to penetrate (unless I was using the bow wrong). Even went to get some dung pies cuz the wiki said they could work, but I just ended up pois
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    Dark Souls

    And sold. Really got into Limbo a while back until the atmosphere of grinding hopeless horror overwhelmed the enjoyment of the gameplay. (I had a similar experience with Dishonored, and tbh it may yet happen with DS.) You should go into games marketing, AB. Heck, maybe you already are. Back in AL - did a Solaire summons for Zippy & Porkchop and got Zippy down in about a minute. Alas, Solaire got vanquished fairly soon after, and then I stupidly misjudged a hammer blow while having my HP only just over half-full and followed him into (temporary) oblivion. For the first time I went in in t
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    Dark Souls

    At the moment I'm at the stage where I'd prefer not to die within five seconds of landing a hit on Zippy-Snorlax-Oh-please-just-leave-me-alone-for-TWO-NANO-SECONDS-gordon-bennett, but haven't developed the skills to feel like I have much of a choice yet. In other news, I'm think of getting Trine/Trine 2 in the Steam sale to play as a break from Dark Souls. It looks a bit like DS, only nicer and kinder and gentler.
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