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  1. Rogue One is already a great movie and after Andor it’s even better, but when they finish the full Andor story I expect that TV show with Rogue One as the big movie finale could well become the best and most beautifully handled story in the entire Star Wars universe. Just finished watching Rogue One after Wednesdays episode and forgot just how funny and exciting it all is. K2 is of course the MVP but Chirrut and the other characters are just amazing. Fucking Andor man, who knew!! ”Are you kidding me…. IM BLIND!!”
  2. Just yet another example of even the smallest details being handled beautifully.
  3. That was fantastic. As good as they could have ended it and the way they brought all the threads and key characters together was measured beautifully. Lovely touch with the post-credits too. Even if it wasn't Star Wars this would be incredible TV, which is a measure of how well every part of the show has been done. Season 2 now please and Rogue One ready for viewing tonight
  4. I love Andor. It’s an angle on Star Wars we’ve only seen mildly done before in Rogue One and now perfected in this show. But it hasn’t made any of the other good TV stuff poor by comparison for me, which seems to the suggestion here. The point about stuff feeling like it was made by fans for example, what’s wrong with that? As sad as it might be, the finale of Mandalorian Season 2 was a magical moment for me and it only worked so well because it was done by people who love the source material and handled it with care. Both perspectives on Star Wars can coexist and be equally brilliant. Cant wait for the finale tomorrow and will be rewatching last week to prepare
  5. This looks absolutely incredible. The trailer is pitch perfect with the action beats over the music and the hints of how the combat may well play out. With this and Ragnarok we really are seeing the quality that single player games can hit when they have the backing they deserve. 2022 has been one of, if not the, best year for gaming for me with Elden Ring and two legendary games (Death Stranding and Sekiro) being played for the first time, but this looks like it could slot into that company and really hold its own. Just need to get Ragnarok finished now so I can devote all my time to Callisto.
  6. Yeah, that should be the default technique at least to start and then you can loosen it a little so you become quicker at moving as things progress, since blocking almost brings your movement to a halt. The big thing for me in the final third was letting go of using evade as much as I was and just getting comfortable sitting in front of attacks and deflecting them. It’s not easy and it necessitates a lot of deaths but when you get used to that style of play then the game becomes something completely different.
  7. I wouldn’t worry about it. I finished it having done one of the huge side quests that apparently gives you a different ending and if anything it only confused me more. Looked lovely mind, but plot wise it was absolutely off it’s nut!
  8. But defending and defending really good is actually a better way to keep the posture damage increasing. The rhythm I adopted was to work out how to defend all of any enemies attack as that was my best way to increase posture and once I had that, figure out where I could be aggressive to deal health damage off the back of some solid defending. Then repeat that flow. The best way to defeat any enemy, and this is my favourite thing about the game because it completely flips the action game genre on its head, is for defending to be your best weapon Most of the time if you defend well, the only actual attack you need is the deathblow that the solid defending opens up for you. Of course its not as simple as that with stronger enemies and bosses, but the flow or the process is the same, just repeated or expanded depending on the enemy / boss.
  9. That's fairly standard for every action game though, especially where the combat is based on you learning certain techniques to make you more powerful. Plus with Sekiro its actually more understandable because most of the time you are working to reduce posture and so the majority of your attacks get blocked in some way.
  10. I never used it apart from that boss. Even later on where a particular fight allows you a healthy damage / posture bonus if you can use it, I ignored it. The windows and signposting for pulling it off are much kinder in that boss fight too.
  11. I don’t think the game really encourages you to be aggressive @squirtle it’s only something you can do when you learn how to defend / evade first. Being aggressive from the first time you encounter a new enemy or boss will get you very quickly smashed. Same with the boss you are up against. It’s not an overly difficult encounter but assumes you have learned a very specific technique by that point. Even going so far as to labour that point on the approach to the boss. There is only one boss in the entire game that wasn’t perfectly in line with everything Sekiro is trying to do. Luckily it’s optional. I still have nightmares about it.
  12. GOD SLAIN! It took me grinding a little to max level my Mimic Tear and then going back in but that definitely made the difference. To be honest the final bosses were pretty poor compared to some of the incredible encounters earlier in the game but delighted to say it’s done. Sekiro 2 now please guys
  13. NOW, I’m taking a break. The final boss rush bullshit can go fuck itself. Just as things were building back to an epic run and what looked like a thrilling finale the old tiresome and boring forced combat mechanics come back with a vengeance.
  14. From where I ended up last night to this… God bless the god of Two-handed swordplay!
  15. “The mystery of your former triumphs have been vanquished. I can sleep peacefully now” Just the right amount of humour as always.
  16. This. I've just, for the first time in the entire playthrough I must add, switched out my shield, went two-handed with Grafted, buffed my medallions full aggro and that turned into one of the easiest encounters yet. Last nights pain was all to lead me to this point of revelation It sounds like you are similair to me with me leaning more toward strength than balance with endurance. I think my issue is I fight very aggressively but have never actually equipped myself to align with that approach. Fuck me. I do want to take a break still but... shit!
  17. I literally have no words for what just happened. I just took out his Phase 2 within 30 seconds of it appearing. What the actual fuck with this game man!
  18. Hold on a minute and I appreciate asking this at this stage in my adventure is grounds for banishment to the mines of Caelid, but... is it possible for me to make my attack power higher if I double-hand the Grafted Greatsword and if so... please accept my sincere apologies for this next bit..... seriously.... how do I hold a weapon two-handed?
  19. Thanks for this. My mind is a lot clearer this morning but I'm still going to take a short break from it... may be back on tonight Phase 1 is a piece of piss, apart from the opening of the battle being this horrible little bridge where I need to spunk my Mimic and try to recover health before the deadly brown paper bag rushes me I had runs at Phase 2 last night where he got stunned almost instantly and so I was able to rip into his health, but then others where he goes full Goku on me before I've had a chance to figure out where I should be rolling to. Why is it always rolling?!
  20. I think I need to take a break from this. I’m up against Malakeith and each attempt is making me like the game less and less. Once again it’s an exercise in constant fucking rolling until that single window opens up to attack. It’s no fun whatsoever and makes all the brilliant progress and development up to this point feel meaningless as you have almost no options as to how you approach the battle. Sure you can change weapons, ashes, spells, etc. but it all boils down down ‘dodge roll until you can do X attack’. Looking at what I still have to battle through after him and I’m just exhausted putting so much time into gameplay I’m not actually enjoying. When ER embraces the openness and scale of its world it’s incredible, but every time From doubles down on their extremely well worn boss dynamic it loses a lot of its magic. I will come back when I’m less frustrated and see how it shapes up but right now every bad thing about the game is being thrown at me and I’m so bored of it.
  21. Delighted to see the thread alive again and not sure how I didn’t see it earlier. Anyway, as above Sekiro is the greatest action game ever made for me and echo the points about how your treat defence. It turns combat on its head because being really good at defending is the essence of it all. The biggest issue I always had @squirtle was not knowing what to do but what NOT to do. You have to get comfortable being essentially on your back foot deflecting and countering 90% of the time and be ready for those small moments where you can attack and as you build up you create more attack windows for yourself. The Corrupted Monk is a toughie, but there is a very easy way to get a instant death blow on his 2nd phase releasing the pressure a little so hopefully you’ve figured that out or progressed by another means I want Sekiro 2 more than I’ve ever wanted a sequel to any game!
  22. Are you spec’d to take advantage of the swords scaling @joemul I’m alternating between a maxed Longsworn and almost maxed Grafted Greatsword and the only trouble I am having around that area is if I let myself get overwhelmed. Boss type fellows are a different story of course. Watching what are meant to be top tier foot soldiers get endlessly staggered by the Grafted is glorious.
  23. It’s awful. After the initial visual “wow” moment it quickly descends into all the worst aspects of the game. The ‘difficulty’, the camera, the combat repetition really glad it’s over and at this point in the game I find it really disappointing that’s how it left me feeling. Dont get me wrong, in general Elden Ring is a masterpiece but it has its flaws. My current annoyance is the fact my ‘god-slayer’ level Longsworn+25 looks no different to its base version couldn’t even have made it glow or something. Shite!!
  24. Oh sweet Jesus no! I am well over the 100 mark, I just meant its been about 30 hours since the last time I felt the way the Fire Giant is making me feel correction, WAS making me feel. He toppled earlier this afternoon and I'm now back to enjoying the game at its very best.
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