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I just completed Dark Souls today, and I've got a lot of thoughts about it. I'm gonna split this off into sections, with spoilers clearly marked. What is Dark Souls? A better question is what isn't Dark Souls? Dark Souls is an action-adventure Metroidvania-style dark fantasy RPG that also has PvP and Co-Op elements. It was made by From Software and published by Namco Bandai, a kinda-but-not-really sequel to Demon's Souls, a game that I haven't played. Due to Demon's Souls being published by Atlus, not Namco, this game technically has no connection to it narrative-wise, but gameplay is very similar and there are plenty of thematic and aesthetic elements that have carried over, or so I hear from visiting the Wiki enough times. The game is about a created character called "The Chosen Undead" who is either a zombie or a victim of extreme anorexia. The game starts with an opening cinematic that gives an intro to an unclear and vague view into history. Nothing existed before except dragons and grayness, but then suddenly a fire appeared and humans and gods popped up. They slayed the dragons, but now the fire is dying. Only a chosen undead, you (or maybe not) can the link the fire and stop the oncoming darkness and curse of undead. You explore a vast world filled with monsters, demons, undead, giants and spooky scary skeletons. There are tons of labrynth like dungeons, castles and caves to explore that are all inter-connected and guarded by dangerous enemies and bosses. There are NPCs to meet (and/or kill), items around every corner, and lots of lore to discover. Also, this game is hard, really hard. Though it gets better. It doesn't get much easier, but it does get better. Gameplay Mechanics (great wall of text, no actual story spoilers) Some general tips: -Pay attention to which stat your weapon scales with, whether it's Dex or Strength -You can choose a starting gift at the beginning of the game, pretty much all of them are useless except the Master Key. One of the items is an outright lie, it doesn't give you regenerating health -Don't be ashamed to check the wiki, this is a game with very vague hints as to where things are. It's not impossible to complete the game without a guide, but some quality of life things like reading the page on Knight Lautrec will really help you out -You will die, a lot. Learn from every fight, find out enemy moves and strike at the openings -Your starting class only determines your beginning equipment and statspread. From there, you can level up and focus in whatever way you wish -That being said, specialize, don't go for a jack-of-all-stats build. The Artorias Greatsword is a lie, no matter how attractive that stat scaling would have you believe -Get the stats you need early, as leveling up in the late-game is hard. Most builds benefit from having good endurance and vitality. -Resistance is pointless -Praise the Sun! -Seath's an asshole This review is already a big wall of text, I'm gonna do other parts later. World and Level design tomorrow, story and lore later. I just wanted to get my thoughts down on this game, if you stuck around to read the whole thing so far, you were probably really bored and needed something unproductive to do.
I'm back!!! Planned LPs and streams in the future: Hyrule Warriors, Smash 4, more FE content, and some XCOM Long War. Streaming more often now, link and more information below. ============================================= So I know I've been MIA for quite some time now on YT and Twitch. Well, now I'm getting a capture card for my Wii U, so i'll be able to finally stream some Hyrule Warriors, and I'll be able to stream some Smash 4 for Wii U as well!!! So expect a lot more content from me in the future! I'll also be recording/streaming more FE content more in the future as well, so keep an eye out for that! Here's my twitch link if you guys don't already have it http://www.twitch.tv/n7_average_azn And my YT link as well! http://tinyurl.com/n7averageazn ====================================================== (Streaming) Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - For Glory, Link (mainly) You can find the stream using the links above, or in my sig. See you all there! [spoiler=Old information] *Updated Stream Schedule as of 2/20/2014* *All times are EST relative (-4 GMT/UTC) and are possible to go at least 2-3 hours long.* Fire Emblem themed Dark Souls - Monday + Saturday 6 - 9 PM EST Starting December 29th, 2013, I will be replaying my FE Dark Souls stream with something else due to my recording of my next season of my FE Dark Souls LP. Be sure to check it out on my YT channel here! Also check out my completed Fire Emblem Dark Souls Season 1 - Lyn LP. Feel free to request any game that you wish for me to replace my Monday and Saturday stream session with and I'll be happy to add it to my potential list! :D **Voting for next game ends on Sunday, January 12th, 2014!** I have thought about setting the stream times back because of college taking up much of my life nowadays. As of right now, I will try to start my streams around 7 PM EST instead of 6 PM EST to make up for that. Please bare with me and thanks for enjoying my shows. :) Also, if there is anything that I foresee happening in the future that will delay or cancel my streams, I will do my best to let you all know through my Twitter, FB and here. *Update 2* Since my college life has been getting to me, I'm sure you all have noticed that my streaming schedule is a bit out of wack. I still stream quite often, but they tend to be more erratic and unconstant, having different games being played at different times. If you want to be always updated on when I start streaming, best thing to do is just to look for post updates from this thread, or even better, my Facebook or Twitter accounts. Thanks you all for your support and I hope you all continue to enjoy my future streams! :D *Update 2 End* Agarest: Generations of War - Mondays and Saturdays from 7 - 10 PM EST XCOM: Enemy Within - Wednesday 7 - 10 PM EST Fire Emblem series (currently playing Rekka no Ken, LH/HHM Ironman Attempt 3) - Tuesdays + Thursdays 7 - 10 PM EST Link to the FE Streams thread If you have any other games you would like me to stream and/or LP or comments in general, feel free to send me a PM about it and I will be more than happy to reply! :) Also, I will try to stick to the schedule as much as possible. However, that does not mean that I will not stream games earlier than planned. I am merely going to be streaming during these hours as much as possible for me. I will always announce on my Twitter, FB page (both found in my signature also), or this thread whenever I delay, start early, or anything else related to my streams. So make sure to follow me to stay updated! Hope you enjoy the streams! :D *Update End* Hello there everyone! I'm sure that by now most of you all know that I love streaming and recording my gameplay whenever I play. So i figured that I'm going to start casually streaming gameplay of whatever I'm playing on my PC, ranging from FE, XCOM, to anything else that I may have the ability to play at the time on my Twitch channel, since it doesn't take up any hard drive space on my computer! Feel free to jump in anytime whenever I am live! You can find out when I'm streaming by following me on Twitter, and my Facebook accounts using the links here. I'll always announce right before I play so that you can jump in on all the fun that I'm having! :D My YT Channel My Twitch Channel Facebook Friend Page Facebook YT Page My Twitter Feel free to leave any PM or comments if you have any requests of what games you'd like me to LP/Stream. I'll be more than happy to fulfill your request if it is possible! I hope you guys enjoy my content! See you all soon~