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Thread: Dark Souls III: Scholar of the First Spoiler Filled Dark Souls III Thread

  1. #351
    Hmm, maybe my break from the Souls games wasn't long enough, because while new graphics is amazing, I see recycled content like everywhere. Everything I've seen so far is a labirynth of corridors with pieces from DS2 and DS1 mashed together. Lothric Wall is basically Undead Burg, Undead Settlement is Cove Tseldora with some Resident Evil 4 vibes, etc. etc. With first two games, I was always excited to see what new environment comes next. In DS3, not so much.

  2. #352
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    Hmm, maybe my break from the Souls games wasn't long enough, because while new graphics is amazing, I see recycled content like everywhere. Everything I've seen so far is a labirynth of corridors with pieces from DS2 and DS1 mashed together. Lothric Wall is basically Undead Burg, Undead Settlement is Cove Tseldora with some Resident Evil 4 vibes, etc. etc. With first two games, I was always excited to see what new environment comes next. In DS3, not so much.
    May be it was supposed to be like that, hmm? Just wait until you get to the Ringed City DLC or Anor Londo. But even without it, the intro tells a story of converged lands...

    Anyway, I must say I had similar feeling up until about 1/3 of the game. And then I found a lot of new memorable locations (and also the game appeared MUCH bigger than I had previously thought), so in the end it didn't feel like the installment was based on recycled design at all.
    Last edited by 242; 11th Sep 2017 at 18:59.

  3. #353
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Well, there are a lot of cathedrals in this one. Just about everywhere you go, you're in someone's church.

  4. #354
    I know, the name itself gives it away, Lordran + Drangleic = Lothric, super inventive That said, I'm making slow but steady progress. I don't like the undead settlement, but I feel like the game rewards caution more than the other two. I rarely lose my progress unless I'm careless or stupid, and I usually spend my souls to level up before any boss, so I can die as many times I need to learn its moves and phases. Next up is Road of Sacrifices.

  5. #355
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    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    The undead settlement was one of my favourite areas in DS3 -- lots of hidden areas, some interesting enemies and quite beautiful once you get passed the first gate.

  6. #356
    I'm kind of confused by the hollowing mechanic, I mean in the beginning you can't go hollow, you just loose your ember glow, but at some point you can look like z zombie and you get "hollowing points"?

  7. #357
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    That's more story related than anything. To keep this as vague as possible for the sake of spoilers, if you're going for the secret third ending, you have to talk to a certain NPC in the Firelink Shrine, and accept his offer to take the Darksign onto yourself before you reach a certain point in the game. That's when hollowing points start coming into play.

    Though the whole process is entirely superficial. Other than effecting how you look, the gameplay mechanics remain exactly the same.

  8. #358
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    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Quote Originally Posted by Renzatic View Post
    Other than effecting how you look, the gameplay mechanics remain exactly the same.
    Hollowing also provides a bonus to luck if a player wields an upgraded hollow weapon, and also provides a quest and some dialogues.

  9. #359
    Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. I already rescued a certain monk, and he persuaded me to "make use of my full power", so I kind of have no choice now.

  10. #360
    Southquarter.com/fms
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: The Akkala Highlands
    Just started playing this recently. The knights in the first area after Firelink Shrine are just killing me badly. They are relentless and never seems to run out of stamina.

    Is this how it's going to be? And here I thought I was starting to be a DS vet.

  11. #361
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Those knights are particularly evil, yeah, but you don't have to face their equivalent throughout the entire game. Don't fret it.

  12. #362
    Southquarter.com/fms
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: The Akkala Highlands
    Don't get me wrong, they're a fun challenge, I just didn't expect something so punishing this soon. But you know, Dark Souls. There's no such thing as training wheels I guess.

    My best strategy so far on the Knights seems to be to not put them on target lock, then dive roll past them and inflict damage behind or to their side. An occasional backstab is a bonus.

  13. #363
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I think From overcompensated for the criticisms they received over the easy introduction back during the DS2 release, and made DS3's intro scenes just outright brutal. My first run through Lothric was pretty much one extended session of me getting my ass kicked nonstop, with the occasional victory to keep me spurred on.

  14. #364
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2004
    Don't forget though that most enemies have no poise (you don't either btw), so one of the most efficient ways to deal with the knights (and most enemies) is just to bumrush them and stunlock them until they die. They're not as tough as they seem.

  15. #365
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    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    I'm currently replaying DS3 and all expansions after picking them up for a song on the Christmas PS4 sales -- it was too good a deal to knock back as I always wanted to try it on the PS4. Overall, I'm finding it fairly straightforward after all this time and apart from a few exceptions have managed to get to the entrance of the Ithryll Valley without much trouble so far (compared to my first play-through anyway). The few exceptions include the steep difficulty increase from the High Wall until the Undead Village and the long section leading into The Cathedral .

  16. #366
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    Nobody's posting in this sub-forum anymore.
    So I thought I'd revive an old thread.

    Dark Souls III is on sale. At Steam.
    With both DLCs (Deluxe Edition). 70% Off. From 80 euros for 25.50 euros now.
    Offer ends Feb 11 (next monday).
    I think this is the first time I've seen DS3 at a serious discount.

    I assume this also means there will be a large influx of new players.
    And a lot of ganking going on on the High Wall of Lothric.

  17. #367
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    This thread will liven up a bit again when Sekiro comes out, I'm sure.

  18. #368
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    As much as I adore these games, I never actually got around to playing the last expansion pack. For all the hundreds of hours I've put into the series, it's still not easy to come back to after a break.

  19. #369
    Quote Originally Posted by Renzatic View Post
    This thread will liven up a bit again when Sekiro comes out, I'm sure.
    After watching gameplay videos I'm pretty sure that for most people here our shadows will die more than twice

  20. #370
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    After watching gameplay videos I'm pretty sure that for most people here our shadows will die more than twice
    Yeah, but "Shadows Die Twice" has a better ring to it than "Shadows Die, Like, A Whole Bunch Of Times." A little false advertising is justified here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aja
    As much as I adore these games, I never actually got around to playing the last expansion pack. For all the hundreds of hours I've put into the series, it's still not easy to come back to after a break.
    It also doesn't help that The Ringed City is probably the most brutal expansion in the entire series. To me, it was more difficult than Crown of the Old Iron King.

  21. #371
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2004
    During the holidays I decided to return to this game a bit, and continue my main character, who was at the beginning of ng+3. Beat the main game then, and recently the DLCs too. I used a subtle reshade mod to breathe some colors into the game ( https://www.nexusmods.com/darksouls3...ab=description ), and recorded some bossfights randomly:







    This was the first time I soloed Friede and Gael. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to learn these fights on NG+3, but I got 'em. This was my "build" by the end of it. Anyway, it's still my least favorite DS game, but now after 450 hours, I think I'm starting to warm up to it.

  22. #372
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    I enjoyed watching that Twin Princes fight ! You're heavily depending on your shield. As I do. Making the same mistakes as I do. I think we have very similar play-styles. It's good to know that that play-style can get you past NG+. (Now that I think of it, I think I did NG+ and NG++ once, in 2017 maybe, can't remember for sure). I find the Twin Princes one of the hardest bosses. Harder than the Nameless King for sure. I've soloed all bosses, except for Friede. I can't remember how I did Midir solo . It now seems impossible I have ever done that. Friede: after reaching phase 2 a few times, and getting smashes in the back by Father Ariandel, I always summoned Gael to help me.

    I started a new run yesterday. This time I'm gonna get all the achievements. Maybe it's time to solo Friede also .... I finally figured out how to do max dps (heavy Millwood Battle Axe). I've just entered the Cathedral. Not done Abyss Watchers yet, only Crystal Sage. And I got my heavy Millwood Battle Axe+5. It's doing more damage than anything I used in previous runs. (I used to love the Halberd. My last run I used a Deep Longsword, in combination with the a Dark Clutch Ring). High dps is the key to easily beating bosses, that's for sure.

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