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Author: Ben
Posted: February 24, 2014 (02:59 PM)
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A fascinating read - nice job. I can't believe Dark Souls (sort of) won you over.

I'm not sure if I can be bothered picking up where I left off after the Capra Demon (it's a huge time commitment for a game I don't find enjoyable), but I do feel like I'm missing out by not seeing the other 40 or so hours of the game.


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Author: wolfqueen001
Posted: February 24, 2014 (05:20 PM)
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Great review, dude. I guess I missed your old review before you deleted it, but I may have rad it when you first posted it anyway. What you write here is a very interesting personal dilemma for yourself, but you explain it beautifully, and your score feels justified despite all the scathing criticism in the beginning of the review. It's amazing a game can achieve such a pull as this one appears to have. Most people would give up, as you did at first, and never return. I consider myself a patient person, but I don't even think I'd be able to tackle this. (I'm going to try Demon's Souls soon and find out if I can even stand a chance.)

I did notice one tiny typo, so I'll include that here.

I knew that whatever was hidden at its based would surely be breathtaking.


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Author: Ben
Posted: February 24, 2014 (07:45 PM)
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Here's another one:

If dying is a part of the learning process, than setbacks like these are just a waste of time.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: February 24, 2014 (10:58 PM)
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Thanks to both of you for catching those, and for reading. I'm glad you both enjoyed it!

Ben: I kinda can't believe it, either. And it sounds like you gave up at exactly the point when I originally did. Did you fight the Bell Gargoyles?

WQ: Demon's Souls would be better for testing the waters, yeah. It's actually even harsher in certain ways, but like I said, the hub-based structure makes the whole experience more welcoming once you get into the swing of it. It's also probably around half the length of Dark Souls, honestly.


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Author: Ben
Posted: February 25, 2014 (03:23 AM)
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Yeah, I defeated the Bell Gargoyles. I think I did it on my third try - though I had a lot of luck, if I recall correctly.

The Capra Demon was the last straw for me. Took me 15 tries to beat it, but I knew what I wanted to do after my third go. Felt a very unfair fight, with the terrible camera and being immediately crowded by the two dogs.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: February 25, 2014 (03:31 AM)
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Ha. I would've loved to see your reaction to a later level in which both he and Taurus Demon are common enemies. There's this one hallway where you have to fight, like, six Capra Demons in a row.

I agree about the camera, though. There's this one late-game boss called Centipede Demon that you fight in an arena covered almost entirely with lava, meaning you have to actually engage him on the extremely narrow strips of land surrounding the pit, and both he and the walls frequently interfere with the camera's stability. One player even left a tip before the fight: "Beware of locking on." Heh.

Edit: Just put together an accompanying blog entry, if anyone's interested.


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: February 25, 2014 (12:24 PM)
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You know, I never had any trouble with the Capra Demon. I know it didn't take me more than 2 or 3 attempts to beat, and I had it pretty easy with the gargoyles, too. The boss I had trouble with was the duo at the end of Anor Lando, which I had to attempt many times before I was finally successful. Throughout the game, I'd say the part that gave me the most trouble was actually getting to the bosses...


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"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto


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Author: Suskie
Posted: February 25, 2014 (04:39 PM)
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I remember having problems with Capra on my first play, but oddly, I actually beat him on my first attempt this time. One of only, I believe, two bosses in the game that I did that with. (The other being Pinwheel.)


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