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Elden Ring (George RR Martin and From Software)



  • Registered Users Posts: 29,823 ✭✭✭✭Zero-Cool

    Never heard of a divorce party but actually sounds like it could be great craic.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,157 ✭✭✭Markitron

    Celebrating failure seems a very British thing to do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,622 ✭✭✭✭Penn

    He definitely has a f*cked up rhythm to most of his attacks, and his attack chains can be quite long. Then he will heavily punish any attempts to get distance and heal.

    The Twin Princes in DS3 may have been my toughest ones to beat in Souls games. Even with help, I just could never get into any sort of zone with them. Other bosses (especially in Sekiro) I may have died to more often, but I was always improving, learning, and finally beat them. Twin Princes f*cked me up every single time and only for one very good player summoned to help I might not have bothered trying to continue.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,930 ✭✭✭✭Jordan 199

    I never played a Dark Souls game or Bloodborne, so this is something new to me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,823 ✭✭✭✭Zero-Cool

    I remember my first encounter with the Nameless King. Recorded a video as it left me a bit speechless. As tough as he was, it was **** euphoric when I finally beat him.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,593 ✭✭✭theteal

    I want to be interested in this but I just can't seem to be bothered. I've tried a soul's game once briefly and just didn't like the environment and trudgery of it. Maybe I'm wrong but that's my lasting memory. Now Sekiro, I 100% it back in December, that's possibly my favourite game of all time. This looks like it's going back to the controls and movement that I didn't like but in much prettier setting....

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,356 ✭✭✭seraphimvc

    the biggest struggle of my soul bourne career is that Orphan... for the life of me I couldn't manage him solo lol. I still think it must be my build at that time, so ya some nice rando answered my call and we killed kos with his long range build. I really want to challenge him again in 4k lol.

    (skipped so many optional bosses in Sekiro so ye...)

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 51,317 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    The worst for me were Orphan of Kos who is so hard to nail down and his random balls of shite in the last phase that nuke your health and Genichiro at the top of the Pagoda in Sekiro.

    Genichiro took so much out of me because I didn't know how to play the game properly and it was that boss fight that taught me how to play. After that I didn't really feel much pressure as I knew I had the tools to deal with anything. Even the demon of hatred wasn't too bad (although for that one the difficulty was more about forgetting how to play sekiro and going back to playing a Dark Souls type boss.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 51,317 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    Might be worth going back to try Souls type games. With Sekiro you probably know what to expect from the games now. The toughest part of from games is being thrown in the deep end at the start and persevering.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,000 ✭✭✭Stone Deaf 4evr

    Id seen people fight them on streams so I knew the idea was to kinda keep pillars between you and them, it was luck more than anything else. I had a really weird build going, again purely by accident as I didnt know any better, I was using a black knight halberd +5, but had put loads of points into strength so that I could wield it one handed with a shield. It hits hard, has a very useable moveset and keeps you well out of reach to make up for the shortcomings in your roll speed. I'd love to say it was intentional, but the complete opposite.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,215 ✭✭✭Markus Antonius

    I think this is the best thing about the souls games - no matter how good you think you are, there will always be that feeling of isolation, a dark low-point you feel from a seemingly insurmountable challenge that turns you off the game.

    But it always draws you back in somehow...

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    Oh here, I had sos calls in the form of looking for group posts on Xbox when playing the Dark Souls 2 DLC last year , amazing the amount of help there still.

    I missed that from Sekiro vs previous From games, that shared joy of teaming up and beating the odds and helping others when you beat a boss and put your sign down afterwards.

    It was also social and an accessibility mode of sorts as they call it these days. I've still people on my friends list I picked up playing Dark Souls on 360

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,823 ✭✭✭✭Zero-Cool

    That's both hilarious and soul crushing to read at the same time.

    “But when making the game I rediscovered my love for making poison swamps. I know how people feel about them, but you know, suddenly I realize I'm in the middle of making one and I just can't help myself. It just happens.”

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,157 ✭✭✭Markitron

    I hated valley of defilement in Demon's Souls, and that was at 60 fps/1440p on PS5. I can't imagine how horrible that must have been at 720p/10 FPS on PS3.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,622 ✭✭✭✭Penn

    The poison swamps I can deal with. It's the rarer mechanics that come out of nowhere and kill you almost instantly that I hate far more; Curse (Dark Souls 3), Frenzy (Bloodborne), Terror (Sekiro), Plague (Demons Souls, though it's more of an extreme version of poison).

    I'm expecting the equivalent Elden Ring mechanic to just be called "F*ck You"

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 51,317 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    Is it really a souls game without a poison swamp?

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,166 ✭✭✭✭J. Marston

    Finally they get hair right. There were some dodgy as fúck barbers in Lordran, Drangleic, Lothric and Yharnam.

  • Registered Users Posts: 663 ✭✭✭SomeSayKos

    I hear ya, although i feel like that boss fight made me really feel like I mastered the game.

    I was looking at my save files and my first playthrough took me 70 hours. My most recent playthrough was 4 and a half hours.

    I am so darn excited about Elden Ring!

  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 32,251 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Mickeroo

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,593 ✭✭✭theteal

    I made the mistake of having a quick search on HUKD and it showed up on Eneba with a cracking price (~£27). Pre-ordered this morning but I can't shake off the meh feeling though. . . . hopefully I'm wrong

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,495 ✭✭✭Dave0301

    Absolute bargain. I've yet to play a Soulsborne game that I haven't loved so I'm definitely more optimistic than you.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 51,317 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    9 more days lads

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,157 ✭✭✭Markitron

    This, Horizon and Cyberpunk all within 9 days. 3 Games I waited years for.

    Seriously could just 1 of them have not made it out at the end of last year when there was nothing of interest being released.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 51,317 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer

    Why would you even care about any other game when elden ring is out. I mean choosing Horizon over a From game. Oh you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,823 ✭✭✭✭Zero-Cool

    And then you have Sifu which is already top contender for GOTY. My Dying Light hasn't gotten a look in since Sifu and i need to clear Sifu before Elden Ring arrives.

    Elden Ring is gonna be special yall.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 29,421 CMod ✭✭✭✭johnny_ultimate

    Don’t worry, Cyberpunk didn’t suddenly become an actually good game with the next-gen patch - just a more stable game. Another few weeks after 14 months of waiting ain’t a big deal. Elden Ring trumps all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 894 ✭✭✭FlubberJones

    Looking forward to this one and expect it to be a proper challenge... I played and completed the Souls games and they drove me barmy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,157 ✭✭✭Markitron

    I like lots of different types of games, I once put about 40 hours into a cheapo PS2 mario kart rip-off based on The Phantom Menace and I do not regret it one bit.

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 51,317 CMod ✭✭✭✭Retr0gamer