Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Dark Souls III is HARD.

I know, the above title needn't even be written. You all know it already. 
But fuuuuck me.

I got the game a little bit early, in order to review it. I've been playing it every day, and I'm still barely into it. As some of you may know, I love games, but I'm not the greatest at them. I do have my strong suits, but Dark Souls is not one of them, as much as I really love the style. I am a panicker. I start shrieking at the screen at the tiniest of things, and don't really think my plan of attack through, thoroughly enough.

Take Iudex Gundyr for example. The dude is basically your tutorial boss.
Took me 6+ hours (over a period of a few very infuriating days) to beat him. THE TUTORIAL BOSS. Since reaching Firelink Shrine (which is directly afterwards), I've been progressively getting a bit better, grinding a little to get souls to level myself up. Defeated Vordt of the Boreal Valley in a couple of very frustrating hours, did the Curse-Rotted Greatwood on my third or fourth try. 

Currently on the Abyss Watchers, and holy fuck I don't think I can do it.
First few attempts, I was like "I'm getting nowhere", like, getting killed within seconds, kinda thing. Then I lasted a bit longer to discover that a third one appears, who will semi-help you. Changed my strategy a little and voila, defeated the Abyss Wat- WAIT. Why are you coming back to life? And why are you ON FIRE!?


I'm probably on Day Four now of my quest to defeat the Abyss Watchers. Still nowhere near ready. Just can't seem to devise a plan to defeat the one that comes back to life all fiery and shit. HE IS THE BANE OF MY LIFE. At least when it comes to Dark Souls.

It's a cruel, punishing, infuriating, stressful, hair-tearing-out monstrosity of a game. But it's addictive as hell. The sense of achievement and pride you get when you finally defeat a boss that's been brutally kicking the crap out of you for days is part super-satisfying, and part exhausting. You just want to relax after you defeat them, like "I'm out, done for the day", but then it calls you back in, and you're then stuck on another boss for another few days, repeating the cycle all over again. Adding to the sheer addictive-ness is it's beautiful art style, and genius character design. Part of what I love about Dark Souls is all the cool, creepy and some downright terrifying enemy designs.

A full review will come eventually, but I fear that it may end up being waaaay in the future. Like Futurama future. Possibly.

I also plan on doing some Let's Plays/Twitch Streams soon, if that would interest you all. It may be a little frustrating to watch me stuck in the same bit for 72 hours, but hey, at least you can laugh at me, right?

How are you finding Dark Souls III?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

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