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    Dark Souls

    OK, yeah, Dark Souls is an old game now. But to me it's one of those timeless classics. It's on my top 5 games list. I still play it with some regularity. Once every month or two I'll binge it for a week or so, or longer if I have someone to play with. I LOVE co-op. Who else still plays? What do you play on? What are your favorite builds? Have you yet to try Dark Souls or are you an iron-willed veteran? Any questions about builds or gameplay? Feel free to post!

    I usually play Remastered on the Switch, but I started on the 360 version maybe 2 or 3 years ago (got to the party pretty late, lol). Took me about 4 tries to REALLY get into it, but it was an incredible feeling when all my thoughts & things I learned coalesced in my mind & the light bulb came on. I hadn't felt a rush of excitement like that since I first set foot onto Route 1 in Pokemon Red/Blue over 20 years ago.

    I do also play Dark Souls 3 on XB1, though I'm not very good. Everything is faster & my reflexes aren't what they used to be. I usually play some sort of bulky offensive role, & DkS3 gameplay doesn't lend itself well to that. I like playing it co-op though & I tend to learn something new almost every time I do. I do have DkS2 but I've only played that one for a few hours. I should pick that one up again.
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    I’ve played on both 360 and PC. I’ve even unlocked all achievements on both platforms. I’m currently in the process of playing through DSR on PC again with an SL1 pyromancer build. In fact, I’m about to take on the real challenge for SL1 players, the four kings.
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      I've never done a SL1 build. Thought about it a while back, but decided to start a themed build instead. Hollow build- hollow soldier armor (no wrist/gauntlets), hollow shield and sticking with the basic swords (short, long, claymore) and a bow. I may open it up to the other starting weapons but I'm going to try it with the basic swords, despite how much I actually dislike them.

      Good luck w/the Four Kings. I've honestly never had much trouble with the Four Kings, but I've also never done a SL1 build. I'm more worried about O&S because I'm not using the Eagle Shield (or any GS for that matter) for my hollow build. Gotta love that 75% lightning block.
      What rings would/should you use for a SL1 build? I'm assuming the Wolf ring would be a good pick? I tend to block a lot. I suck at parrying.
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        The FAP ring is almost a requirement since it's your only real way to increase your HP and stamina without leveling up. Besides that, it depends on the situation. I used the Hornet ring to back stab enemies like Havel, Havel's ring to tank in heavy armor, the Bellowing Dragoncrest ring to boost my pyromancy when extra firepower is needed, and so on. As for the four kings, They're a DPS fight, but damage output is low at SL1. I'll need to boost my pyromancy damage or rely on items to even stand a chance.
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          Ah, didn't know the Bellowing Dragoncrest ring boosted pyromancies. Thought that was just for sorceries. Good to know.

          EDIT: I almost always forget about the FAP ring. I like playing out the Firekeeper's storyline, so I don't get it 'til later in the game.

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        I really want to like Dark Souls but I do not have the patience. The games are great, but I suck at them. 😒

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          Originally posted by cellophane View Post
          I really want to like Dark Souls but I do not have the patience. The games are great, but I suck at them. 😒
          Yeah, patience is a required thing. The game rewards learning & perseverance. Taking the time to observe everything (enemy locations, attack cues, what works/doesn't work, etc.) is the most important thing when learning Dark Souls. The game seemed very constraining to me at first but when I started realizing things as I learned/observed/played the game it really opened the gameplay up in a big way.
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            Originally posted by cellophane View Post
            I really want to like Dark Souls but I do not have the patience. The games are great, but I suck at them. 😒
            With enough practice and experience, you can eventually get to the point where you know every item location, every boss strategy, every enemy placement, and so on. In time, the game gets to the point where you can play certain areas completely out of order to get the gear you need for specific character builds or even try your hand at speed runs. Dark Souls has a kind of rhythm to it that eventually becomes second nature. In fact, I actually struggled with the mechanics of the sequels a bit at first simply because I had gotten so accustomed to how DS1 played.

            If the game interests you, I say give it another try. You wouldn't be the first person to return after a long time. I actually bought the game many years ago on Xbox 360, got frustrated, and put it away for a very long time. I eventually returned to the game when DSR was released and it finally clicked for me to where I had to go back and finish the original version too. If you do decide to give it another go, just be patient and don't go hollow, skeleton.

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              Originally posted by glaman5266 View Post
              Yeah, patience is a required thing. The game rewards learning & perseverance. Taking the time to observe everything (enemy locations, attack cues, what works/doesn't work, etc.) is the most important thing when learning Dark Souls. The game seemed very constraining to me at first but when I started realizing things as I learned/observed/played the game it really opened the gameplay up in a big way.
              I'm way to prone to charging in and hitting mobs over the head, then standing there and trying to beat them to death. I guess that's why I was a decent tank in WoW- I liked not having to run around like an idiot. Stand there, hit the boss, get healed, move occasionally, win. Coincidentally, I'm really bad about that when I play paintball too. I want to run up and shoot people in the face, and I'm way too big (read: tall & not flexible/able to get small) to play up front.

              That said- I just started NieR: Automata. Once I finish that up I might give it another go. Although I suck at the split-second button mashing, which is probably part of why I hate platformers...

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