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The Chalice Dungeons are a great idea on paper, but Souls games are all about intricate environments you get lost in! Not one-room-after-another repetition. It shows that beautifully refined combat will only take you so far.

 

That being said, when i finally cleared the Chalices (maybe a year or two later), i did kinda enjoy them, because they're very straightforward (no wondering "where was i?"). But a lot of that enjoyment was due to the DLC adding so many other build options, which is why i play these games.

 

So yeah. Don't rush to clear 'em thinking you're missing out. Finish the game. Complete the DLC. Take a break. Then come back...whenever. It worked out well for me.  :)

 

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8 hours ago, mansizerooster said:

I'm amazed that people even try the bosses without beckoning another player. Makes it much, much easier and in my opinion much more fun.

Too broke for PS+ so I played the whole thing, plus the DLC, offline. I found it a lot easier than Dark Souls because it's more streamlined. There are fewer stats, grinding for blood echoes doesn't take that long, and there's loads of extra buffs and upgrades (papers, gems, runes, blood stones) to make life a lot easier. I did the DLC on NG+ and it wasn't even that bad apart from Laurence's second form. I figure I must've been levelled up pretty high.

 

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2 hours ago, Keyboard Koala said:

Level 102.

You’re ready. Obvs you’re not ACTUALLY ready but your level is fine for it, I think.

 

If you need a summon, shout up in here. Always happy to get back in.

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33 minutes ago, DC said:

You’re ready. Obvs you’re not ACTUALLY ready but your level is fine for it, I think.

 

If you need a summon, shout up in here. Always happy to get back in.

Oh - can you actually summon people you know to help you out?!

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45 minutes ago, Keyboard Koala said:

 

You seem to suggest

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Maria's hunter form isn't her final form? freeza.gif

 

No, sorry I didn’t realise you were there. Thought you hadn’t started the DLC at all. You can’t go back there after completing the main game.

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22 hours ago, GamesGamesGames said:

Chalice dungeons. Marmite for many but I love them.

 

They were good for when everything else has been cleaned up but you wanted more. I think I got a bit of mileage from them whilst waiting for The Old Hunters...

 

18 hours ago, Curtis said:

The Chalice Dungeons are a great idea on paper, but Souls games are all about intricate environments you get lost in!

 

Maybe, but I think it'd be interesting to see a whole game with semi-randomised environments as its foundation, if only to find out if they could pull it off!

(It doesn't even have to exist within the SoulsbornekiroRing family, as long as the spirit of challenge and discovery is still there...)

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On 12/02/2020 at 14:23, Keyboard Koala said:

Yeah. Got it instantly with a bell summon.

 

But another boss straight after?? FFS  :(

 

And I don't mind the fight in itself but it's the endless vial farming you have to go through each and every effin time that really sours my mood.

 

Seems like it's probably a bit late to say it given where you are in the game, but the trick is to always put spare blood echoes into purchasing vials (and bullets) after you've bought whatever weapon or other item you want. You'll soon build up those echoes again, and you'll quickly find you're ahead of the curve on vials.

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12 minutes ago, Parappa said:

I don't mind this. Is it not the same with bonfires in Souls games? 

 

In Dark Souls, levelling up is done at bonfires, no loading a hub then warping back out. You just cash in your souls and move on. In Dark Souls 3 you have to return to the hub to level up. Not sure why they changed it, maybe it's for technical reasons.

 

Now I want to play Dark Souls again. I just thought about being sat at that damp, claustrophobic bonfire in the Depths and need to get back down there.

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I suppose this has been mentioned before, but for people who love all things Miyazaki, they should check out the anime Angel's Egg from 1985. This was apparently a big source of inspiration for Miyazaki - alongside other stuff like the Berserk series and H.P. Lovecraft lore - and is more or less directly mentioned through the character of Filianore in DS III.

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22 hours ago, Uncle Nasty said:

In Dark Souls 3 you have to return to the hub to level up. Not sure why they changed it, maybe it's for technical reasons.

 

No I believe it's more that the Firekeeper is integral to the story and you need to talk to her

 

And indeed one of the endings is dependent on certain interactions with the Firekeeper

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12 hours ago, Keyboard Koala said:

I suppose this has been mentioned before, but for people who love all things Miyazaki, they should check out the anime Angel's Egg from 1985. This was apparently a big source of inspiration for Miyazaki - alongside other stuff like the Berserk series and H.P. Lovecraft lore - and is more or less directly mentioned through the character of Filianore in DS III.

 

A quick search suggests that - to my surprise - Angel's Egg has hardly been mentioned on this forum at all, and never in connection with Miyazaki's work.

So, another shout out to all Miyazaki fans: watch Angels' Egg.

The entire movie is free in hd on youtube anyway. But like Miyazaki's games be prepared to not being able to make heads nor tails from the story. Weirdly fascinating and hauntingly beautiful though. Art direction by Y. Amano.

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1 hour ago, amorenod said:

Afaik, that only happens if you're being invaded. Are you in one of the Nightmare locations?

Hmm I was in forbidden forest? There was a bell ringing when I was near the lamp if that helps? I then decided to go back into the forest and died losing my echos. Thankfully got them back and returned to the lamp and it worked. And no bells ringing so perhaps you are right. 

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I've investigated this because I'm pretty sure I've never heard a bell outside the Nightmare dreams.

 

Did you summon for help? Turns out the bell maidens that allow invasions appear anywhere in the game after that. I wasn't aware of this because I never summon players or NPCs in any Soulsborne game.

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On 18/02/2020 at 01:17, Keyboard Koala said:

 

A quick search suggests that - to my surprise - Angel's Egg has hardly been mentioned on this forum at all, and never in connection with Miyazaki's work.

So, another shout out to all Miyazaki fans: watch Angels' Egg.

The entire movie is free in hd on youtube anyway. But like Miyazaki's games be prepared to not being able to make heads nor tails from the story. Weirdly fascinating and hauntingly beautiful though. Art direction by Y. Amano.

I watched this last night, and can definitely see the connection. Visually and thematically there's a real similarity between the film and the games. It's a very atmospheric and haunting film, and beautifully made. No narrative to speak of, but a visual and aural feast. It's the sort of film (like the games) that sticks in the mind long after you've watched it.

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