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Dark Souls III stuff
Posted: Posted June 14th by Jet Presto

Figured I'd just make a post about it, since this is still an ongoing process for me. The latest boss I'm stuck on is the Dancer of the Boreal Valley. (Aldrich, Devourer of Gods went pretty well when I picked it up the next day. Not so bad.)

I'm noticing that, for me, DSIII feels like a lot more plateaus than the previous games. I can remember certain bosses in DSI that gave me fits, but I feel like there were plenty of bosses that killed me a few times, and then I got it. Other than, like, Capra Demon, the Dark Souls version of the Scoleri Brothers in Anor Londo, and Iron Golem, I did feel like I wound up beating bosses within one sitting. (Er, I should also through in Lord Gwyn in DSI. I never got good at parrying so that fight was fucking brutal.) In DSIII, however, I'm noticing a lot more often, I'll play for an hour, get to a boss, struggle for a while, and then have to put it down and return the next day.

Do many people find DSIII to be the most difficult of the bunch?

Something else that's kind of coming to my attention is that the last few bosses that I struggled against - Yhorm, Aldrich, Pontiff Sulyvahn, and now Dancer of the Boreal Valley - seem designed to make you play very differently than I had in DSI and DSII. I'm not a particularly good player (obviously), but I feel like a reason for that - for me - is that I played very differently in the first two games. I generally play like a tank: meticulously circling around enemies, shield ready to go, one-handing weapons, and waiting for the right opportunity to strike once or twice, then pull back and repeat. Not a super exciting style of play, I know, but it worked out well. I mean, I beat two Dark Souls games playing that way, so it is a functional strategy. But I've noticed those four bosses I've mentioned in particular are very roll-oriented. Stacked attacks, lots of magic, or big, sweeping attacks really seem to encourage you to roll a lot more. I think this has been a big reason why I've been slow to really adapt to DSIII; it's just been a different, faster-paced style that it seems to drive you to. (Which is good, I think, because it makes me feel like I'm somewhat re-learning the game, rather than just sticking to the same tried-and-true style tha t was effective in two prior games.)

Just curious if the general consensus is, indeed, that Dark Souls III is maybe the hardest? I'm finding, at about 60 hours in, I'm constantly rotating between wondering how I managed to get as far as I have, and whether I will ever actually finish it!

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Wouldn't say it was the hardest, personally. I remember clocking it under 60 hours. There's definitely challenging sections, and a few of the bosses gave me trouble - Abyss Watchers, Nameless King, Dancer - but nothing that stopped me dead in my tracks. I was a tank in DSII as well, but coming fresh off Bloodborne, I decided to roll a character focused on speed instead; and it definitely worked in my favour. Can't imagine running as a heavy in DSIII, the way some of those bosses operate.

It's without a doubt a tough game, but Dark Souls II: SotFS was a tad more difficult for me. Bloodborne even more so. I guess it kind of prepped me for DSIII in a way.

Are you still stuck on the Dancer?

Posted June 21st by Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
 

Huh I thought ds2 +dlc was easy lol. I only played 4 hours of D3 and thought the level of challenge was appropriate I'm hoping for a switch trilogy to revisit it again.

I will agree that blood borne was a lot more challenging.

Posted June 21st by S.o.h.
S.o.h.
 

Technically, yes, I'm still stuck on the Dancer. I recently moved, so have been unpacking (and am now on a business trip in Philadelphia), so I have maybe spent about 45 minutes total trying since I posted this. We'll see what happens if I ever get a dang minute this summer to play a game again.

It's funny that you say SotFS was harder. Other than the optional stuff, I don't think I had too much trouble with any of the bosses. Died plenty, of course, but I don't really remember any giving me fits like DSI or III.

Someday I will focus on Bloodbourne in earnest, but I tried for a week and just could *not* get a handle on it. I know it just takes getting used to, but it felt like just such a foreign way to play a game to me.

Posted June 21st by Jet Presto
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SotFS was my first foray into Dark Souls, and I generally don't play a tank in games (just figured that was the route to go with DS, and I wanted to challenge myself), so I had a harder time with it than I did DSIII. The bosses, not so much, but the landscape mobs really tested me.

Bloodborne is definitely more my pace.

Posted June 23rd by Orion Nebula
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