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Finally beat Dark Souls III
Posted: Posted November 13th, 2017 by Jet Presto

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. It's funny that in terms of total hours, I played Dark Souls III a little bit quicker than I did Dark Souls II and Dark Souls (although since I played these consecutively, it's possible that my skill starting point was higher in DSIII, which potentially made it go faster). But I also definitely got stuck on bosses more frequently. There were no Capra Demons that nearly got me to rage quit and never play it again, but there were plenty of bosses I struggled with for several days, or even weeks. I started playing this, what, in February? March? (To be fair, I did have to spend a couple months packing, moving, and settling into the house.)

I think without question, the Dancer of the Boreal Valley was my favorite fight. I struggled soooooo long with it, and then one day, I picked it up and knocked her out in my second attempt of the day. It was one of those boss fights that I felt like made me a better player. And even though it didn't feel that way at the time, I definitely noticed in the hour or so after that I hadn't died from common enemies, and it's because I had clearly improved my ability to spot attacks and appropriately time my dodges. I still admittedly use my shield, but I had definitely improved my dodging skills.

Plus, I just love her haunting design and her attacks.

So now the question is: do I go back and keep trying to beat the King of the Storm? Do I go back and replay Dark Souls to really notice how the franchise evolved? Do I finally try to commit to Bloodbourne (which I was aaaaaaaawful at?) Maybe go back to try and finish Demon's Souls?

Gonna take a break for a few days to finish a few other things, but I've been playing some form of Souls for, like, two years straight now.

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demon souls is the only option

Posted November 13th, 2017 by s.o.h.

Nice. Where would you rank it among the other Souls games?

King of the Storm

It's a fun fight, albeit a little frustrating at first when he's mounted because it obstructs the camera at times. Get an awesome lightning spear out of it though, which became my primary.

As for what to move onto, I'll always advocate for Bloodborne. It's tricky transitioning to that from Dark Souls, however there's satisfaction in having the combat finally "click". Although I reckon it's probably best you take a breather from those games for a while, anyway.

Posted November 14th, 2017 by Orion Nebula

It's hard to really know. I still think I slightly favor the first Dark Souls game. I know a big part of the design in Dark Souls III was to get players to stop using shields so much, but I actually kinda liked the slower, more methodical combat. It fit my general skill as a gamer a lot better. Then again, being able to roll and dodge massive attacks is really cool, too. The Two Princes was, I think, the first boss fight I ever went into without a shield at all. I think I want to go back and replay them, but I think I still maybe slightly favor Dark Souls, but think Dark Souls III is noticeably a better designed game.

Posted November 14th, 2017 by Jet Presto
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