The Official Dark Souls Thread
Chooka messaged me on Live about this so here's the 'skinny'.
I recently started playing Dark Souls. After reading the reviews on Amazon saying this game is not for the feint of heart I was intrigued.
Let me just say that you Die...a LOT! if that bothers you then definitely do not get this game.
You start out as a Hollow undead person. As you play you find shards of Humanity that can be used to reverse the undead state. You can only do certain things when your are Human (or not undead). Your discovery of items after killing stuff in increased when you are Human. You can also invade other peoples games as a wraith (if you have the proper item that gets used up in the process) and if you kill them, you get shards of Humanity and souls (I think). (Haven't tried invading anyone yet). I have been invaded once and they kicked my ass. :P
When killing things you get loot like weapons, armor, titanium shards (for upgrading stuff) etc, but you also get souls. Souls are your currency in this game. You use Souls to level your skills as well as buy stuff from the vendors when you find them. You can also get a shard of Humanity. They occasionally drop after killing stuff for a while. They also drop off preset bodies and also from tough enemies. Humanity Shards should be saved and used when you get back to your Bonfire. The Bonfires are were you recover health and save your progress.
If you die you leave a bloodstain on the ground. You revive at the last bonfire with any gear you found but none of your Souls or Humanity. If you can make it back to the bloodstain you can recover your souls and Humanity that you have been collecting. If you die a second time before getting back to the bloodstain you lose them. Also, all the things you killed (Minus any really tough enemies and Bosses) will respawn, so you need to fight your way through them again. It can get tedious but it means more souls to spend when (and if) you get back to the bloodstain.
So far I've got about 20 some odd hours into 2 different characters. I like a challenge and this is definitely challenging. If you like 'grinding' RPG goodness then this game will fit the bill. At the moment I'm grinding a section for souls to skill up my damage with my weapons. I recently got the Dragon Sword and it is an awesome damaging weapon. I finally have a good chance against some of the tougher knight enemies.
1. Talk to everyone that can be talked to until they basically tell you to shut up. I initially ignored the one guy that told me to begone, Later I found out that he can teach you stuff so i had to backtrack to him. He ended up teaching me a healing spell that would have come in handy a lot sooner had I known it.
2. Be sure to find the first vendor when you get into the undead berg. Buy his repair kit first and a bunch of fire bombs.
3. The first 2 really tough enemies can be tagged and led to a spot were you can firebomb them from above without getting squashed pretty quickly.
4. When you get to the dragon (that you won't be killing any time soon) be sure to read up on getting the Dragon Sword by attacking his tail.
That's it for now.
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Currently Playing: PC - WOW; WII - Pinball-Hall of Fame; DS - Etrian Odyssey II, 360 - Bayonetta, Borderlands; PS3 - Uncharted 2