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MardiganX

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  1. Hello I’ve wandered in here off the back of completing and absolutely loving Sekiro but being traumatised by every other From game. I’ve never went past about half way in other Soulsborne stuff but Sekiro has been a special experience. I love a difficult game that requires skill and lots of practice to get the best out of, but I can’t fucking stand the oppressive slogs that every other From game forces you to endure as part of the gameplay cycle. Sekiro cut through all that nonsense by streamlining the world and more importantly making every single encounter with any enemy fun. How does Elden Ring compare? I appreciate the combat and character building is more like Dark Souls but does the more open world make it less of a life sucking experience whenever you have to restart a cycle? I want to play it and Sekiro has given me hope it could be a great game and really work for me but my past experiences with every other From game still loom large. Help me lowly Tarnished.
  2. Ah right, cheers @dug so does that mean the rest of the game pans out differently after those fights or does it slot back into what happens after the path I took?
  3. I've looked at a few vids now the main story is done and have seen things that make no sense. I mean, have I actually missed huge chunks of the game because of a certain choice or is this NG+ stuff I have to look forward to? Keep in mind my traumatic past with Dark / Demon Souls and Bloodborne when I ask this guys. Should I move onto Elden Ring or is it going to eventually depress me like other From games have?
  4. IMMORTALITY SEVERED I don’t really know how to describe the last few hours I’ve had playing Sekiro. It’s been the most intense and rewarding gaming experience I might have ever had. In the end I finished the final boss without using any resurrections. I don’t really know how I did that, but even a few minutes before beating his final form I knew I was going to do it. It didn’t matter what he used I knew how to deal with it, what was coming next and what to follow up with. I’ve made a big thing about my dislike of From games and part of me hates them more now because it’s clear they can produce a game with insane difficulty but make every part of it fun and exhilarating. No other action game I’ve ever played has made defending the core mechanic of its system, no doubt because it’s a very difficult thing to get right, but even harder to make enjoyable. Sekiro has redefined action games for me and I’m now worried I’m not going to enjoy other games as much as I would have had I not (finally) played Sekiro. I suppose it’s straight into #2 then? Is that NG+ so all your gear, attack / defence upgrades and the difficulty ramped up to ‘FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU!!!’?
  5. They had to force it for the difficulty I think. But instead it detracts from the otherwise incredible gameplay. I didn’t find the final one too tough but the one earlier that requires you to fly inside tentacles or something that were closing as you went in and do it multiple times was a fucking joke. Everything else though makes it one of the best space shooters ever made.
  6. Done! In the end I limited my attack windows to a couple of very clear openings, baited him into his big swing, swing, slam attack every chance I got and beat his final phase the first time I got to it. I’m glad it’s done, but unlike every other boss fight in the game I will never go back to it. Onto the finale now and ready to switch back to that version of Wolf that remembers he is actually a Shinobi Death Dealer.
  7. Yeah, even without the Sake Express side mission it should be fairly obvious who becomes the fiery wanker! The path to him is a brilliantly challenging and visually stunning redux of previously explored sections, which makes the actual encounter with him all the more ffffffffucking frustrating. What annoys me the most is I have earned every single Shinobi Execution through a lot of practice and I’m not afraid to say it, skill. Only to be met with a battle that requires none of that beautiful die, learn, do that a lot, become amazing, win, mechanic. I’m not doing anything else until he is beaten no matter how slowly and boringly I need to do it as I refuse to let this terribly judged section detract from one of the greatest games of all time.
  8. It’s more than possible to be aggressive, it’s absolutely essential but your incredible armoury of defensive abilities are useless so it becomes an exercise in circle strafing and hoping to get lucky with the draw on its move choices Its a terrible part of what is otherwise a masterpiece, but the fact it’s right at the end emphasises that it’s simply unnecessary. Yes it’s optional but it feels too important as part of the journey and the characters to ignore. The only saving grace is you can immediately go back into frying pan every time you get smashed. Ooooooh what fun!
  9. I’m not even joking when I say DoH really has tainted my overwhelming enjoyment of the game as a whole. It’s just so fucking boring and awful compared to the thrilling and rewarding experience of every single other battle in the game.
  10. Decided to go back and deal with DoH before the end game and I take back everything positive I’ve ever said. It’s like a boss from Dark Souls that they put in their to remind me how awful they can make playing their games feel
  11. If it is that Hirata Estate section @carlospie then that was real hurdle for me too. There were lots of enemies and sections where my flowing, care free progress smashed into a wall and this was an early one. The key for that bit is getting the spear hunter on his own, so as @Talvalinsays get the stealth deathblow by sneaking up the left hand side then quickly try to take out the 'standard' enemy near him. The enemies slightly further ahead should only get involved if you hang around that path so get back to the bridge and use the tree above the bridge to take a breather you can then jump down to deal with the mini-boss at your leisure as he cant hit you then get back to the tree if you need a moment. Of course, having Mikiri counter and just taking the piss out of him is what you should really be doing, but at that stage of the game at the least honour can go fuck itself
  12. There is no doubt there are some bosses that are much easier with the use of certain prosthetics but I've never felt that anything other than a really good knowledge of each enemies attacks and how to defend against them was what I needed. Its that 'defend against them' that is the biggest thing for me. No action game has ever embraced that art of defence like Sekiro and its a masterpiece for it, which sadly wont ever get the attention it deserves. It took me a long time to realise and then even longer to implement it but that defending and being great at it is more important than actually attacking. If you cant learn to live in that little pocket where death is a single missed deflection away then just stay at home
  13. I'm sorry, WHAT?!?!!
  14. @Talvalin on the resurrections, the thinking being I keep one for each phase since you cant access resurrections without a deathblow following your last one (unless I use a Jizu statue)? My wife said to me the other day "There's something wrong with your pad" to which I replied "There's a dead guy holding it" I promise that's me done on the references!
  15. Well, I guess this it it. I've encountered and not only beaten but demolished all manner of ridiculous enemies, tooled myself up to the best of my knowledge and have arrived at what appears to be the final set piece / boss. Its been an absolutely thrilling, empowering and rewarding experience, which is no doubt all about to be undone by the fucking madness that I still have to face But like every other battle that started with me saying out loud "Eh... NOPE!", I will succeed. I've never completed a From game. I dont think I've ever even reached the mid-point in any of them for the reasons I have shared lots of times, but Sekiro is different. Souls games have always felt to me like your combat abilities are constrained to make it more difficult, forcing you to max out a particular character type at the expense of providing a really enjoyable and deep system that rewards practice. Sekiro does exactly that. Its still not for everyone of course, because it does require practice and lots of it, but it gives you everything you need to be absolutely deadly. For me I had to unlearn so many things that have been deeply rooted in my action game habits and when I eventually got my head around it I was in love. I'm not sure if Sekiro 2 is even a thing but if it is then it is one of my most anticipated games of all time alongside the inevitable sequels to Returnal and Death Stranding
  16. Watched this twice at home now following the cinema trip and each time I've appreciated something different about it. It is an absolutely incredible piece of movie making and what they have achieved with it I dont think will ever get the appreciation it deserves. An old mate of mine and I used to always debate the difference between movies and films, because there is a difference. Maverick is a decent film... but it is also one of the greatest movies ever made. There are so many great moments but Coffin Corner has to be one of the most incredibly shot, scored and executed scenes in action movie history. The fact its just a beat in a much bigger and more visually stunning set piece says everything about the movie.
  17. Sunken Valley boss done. Palace of Illusion boss done. Several mini bosses done. Not sure where I am meant to go now as the paths open to me don’t seem very clear but every bit of it has been incredible. it’s crazy how something or someone that has been leathering you for hours is a completely different prospect when you take a little break from it to try something different.
  18. Because they have a service that is designed specifically to give its customers premium access to content within these timescales, but are holding it back so they get the further income of people buying it digital. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 still isn't on the UK platform, so the only reason for this must be to keep milking the digital income. I have P+ through Sky Cinema so get it basically for free, but Maverick feels like the kind of thing that could have really propelled the platform forward if it was handled correctly. Anyway, this is more of a P+ chat so will leave it there. Back on track... Maverick is the movie of the year for so many reasons. It would have been the movie of the year if it was released when it was originally intended and it was even more so being released this year.
  19. Lady fucking bastard spam spam Butterfly done. Amazingly, on 2 occasions I got her to the 2nd deathblow but then got wiped out just as I was trying to execute the deathblow that was a whole new level of but, she fell in the end. Working on the Sunken Valley boss now and when I purchase some more spirit emblems (because I've recently used about 300 shurikens) he shouldnt be too much trouble.
  20. Can we talk about why Paramount Plus hold up releasing movies on their platform but Disney have an excellent and consistent approach which makes me feel very valued as a customer? I LOVE Maverick and I would have rented it a few weeks ago to watch again if the way its being managed wasn't so obviously designed to bleed every penny out of consumers.
  21. I couldn’t even explain to you how I got there I remember more or less running through what seemed like a sewer / dungeon type area and then getting to a section that I think led to the start of Mount Kongo. That was all before I even went anywhere near the Sunken Valley.
  22. 3 more mini-bosses down but not able to close the shutters on either GA or LB. Both of their 2nd forms are skelping me but LB has been very close a couple of times. Also ventured up Mount Kongo a bit but after a few painful ambushes by the locals I went another way, haha. I want to complete Hirata Estate before I press on with anything else so when I get back on LB is the focus. Her 2nd form is reminding me of everything I ended up hating in previous From games but I’m hoping it’s just a momentary dip.
  23. Kuro - “How many times have you died and come back for my sake? Two, three times?” Mate!
  24. I currently have 3 skills points banked progressing toward a certain 5 point skill that seems absolutely essential, so will do that farming you mention for a little bit. It’s not a issue or a complaint but Wolf’s ability to deflect everything and be so aggressive at the same time makes so many of the skill and prosthetic options seem redundant.
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