Dark Souls Catch-All

So, I'm setting up DSFix. It seems to work pretty well. I can do a nice 2560x1440 resolution with the antialiasing and it looks pretty decent. SLI doesn't seem to be working from what I can tell, unfortunately. I tried rendering at 5120x2880 and downsampling it. I could probably do it if the other GPU would get used. I was getting like 15 fps, so that's a no go. Whatever I end up running it at to get 30 FPS will be great. I'm relatively happy with the initial results. I can't believe how huge of a difference it makes. I got rid of the weapon HUD and downsized both. It looks much better.

Does everyone get a few black lines during the opening logos and at the start screen? I think it has something to do with the rendering. I don't see any issues when you are actually in the game. I was wondering if there was a way to fix that.

I've had similar things happen with emulators like Dolphin before.

Yes, I get the lines during the splash screens. I think DSfix has a way to get rid of them but I haven't looked around to figure out how to get rid of them.

Gimpy_Butzke wrote:
Yes, I get the lines during the splash screens. I think DSfix has a way to get rid of them but I haven't looked around to figure out how to get rid of them.

Cool. Yeah, you can turn off the intro splash screens at least, but I haven't because it looked like it might cause some stability issues. Anyways, I can deal with it.

Ok wow, Four Kings was straight up easy with Havel's Armor equipped. You just literally run up and slash the hell out of each one with a 2-hander and maybe heal when they do the purple AOE attack and bam. That turned the hardest fight in the game into the easiest fight in the game. I actually had to wait a bit for the next one to respawn. Crazy.

I think the Dragonslayer Bow and the right build would do the trick if the Hellkite does not regenerate health when you drop down the stairs. I do not remember how much HP it has, but it is a large number.

Demon weapons upgraded would probably work for a Tank?

Dyni wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Edit: Nevermind. I had to unplug the bluetooth dongle for my Wiimote to get it working. I have another quick question. When doing graphics mods, I just have to make sure that I run it at 30 FPS to keep from getting banned? Should I just not do any multiplayer to avoid this?

Don't avoid multiplayer, just leave the FPS at 30. You don't want to miss out on the multiplayer aspects of this game. 30 FPS is perfectly fine.

And yes, as long as the framerate is intact, you won't get banned.

With my aversion to competitive multiplayer, I blocked the game with my firewall after my third or fourth invader. I don't remember getting steamrolled as badly when I started this on the PS3, though I am still very rusty with my limited play time I know I could run around hollow, but bleh. I really like the idea of playing cooperatively, and the notes are also great. I just wish I could disable invasions without gimping my progress!

You can stay hollow and do as much co-op as you want, as the helper. Only revive to kindle fires or if you really want to summon someone. That's basically how my first character has gone. My second character has been human most of the time because I've already played the game and just don't die much. He's only been invaded twice, and is at the end of Depths. I beat the normal player, died to the PvP pro.

So, I think I've got DSfix where I want it. I can internally render it at 3840x2160 and downscale it to 2560x1440. I even threw in some FXAA to boot. Apparently, downscaling messes up the HUD size and opacity options which was disappointing. I love that right control on the keyboard disables the hud, though. That way, I can turn it off for screenshots at least.

This isn't any interesting screenshot, but it shows how decent everything looks:

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Just going to check a few mods on Nexus Mods, and then it's on to the game.

Edit: I hope that Nvidia gets SLI working at some point. That would be awesome.

The game is beautiful at a high resolution. The art underneath it all is stunning.

I remember staring at the medals on the Adventurer set.

Got my mods pretty much set. All the high res text and whatnot is great. The game is absolutely gorgeous. I love my new monitor because the black levels are just really freaking great. It's perfect for this game. The combat is freaking terrific. I finally get it. Now I just need to figure out how to kill that first demon. Unfortunately, I have to go for the evening. Tomorrow, I'll get back to it. So far, I don't have any questions about the gameplay, but I'm sure I will very soon.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Don't worry, I had a pretty humbling night of Demon's Souls last night. We're all in this together. ;)

Do tell! Other thread! I still love hearing about that game too

heavyfeul wrote:
I think the Dragonslayer Bow and the right build would do the trick if the Hellkite does not regenerate health when you drop down the stairs. I do not remember how much HP it has, but it is a large number.

Demon weapons upgraded would probably work for a Tank?


Maybe? I think the Dragonslayer Bow might take too long to actually set up to shoot, but worth a shot.

I've killed him twice. First time was with the crazy melee method. It took forever, but it worked.

The 2nd time was with arrows and lightning bolts. I had fairly high dexterity and a very highly upgraded bow. I had to chip away at him with the bow until he got down to 40% or so life, and then when he covered himself with his wings to regenerate, I sprinted below him, locked on, and was able to outdamage his healing with the lightning magic spam. I would imagine a heavy magic class would be able to do the same, unless they've somehow nerfed this approach also.

Dyni: What does "below him" mean in terms of casting magic? My main is a heavy magic class, and I'd love to off this mutha.

Also, I'll post about last night in the other thread, just for you.

Regarding the art: Even on 360, it's obvious the art of this game is amazing. That's why I hope DS2 is next-gen and gets to look and play like it.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Dyni: What does "below him" mean in terms of casting magic? My main is a heavy magic class, and I'd love to off this mutha.

It means sprinting directly underneath him when he's perched on the roof. There were a couple of dragons in Demon's Souls that were easiest to take out this way. Just get to the bonfire below and come back out a bit. You should be able to lock onto him while he's still sitting up there and cast your spells almost vertically.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Also, I'll post about last night in the other thread, just for you. ;)

Welp, took out Four Kings relatively easy--once I got my Iaito to +15 I also have created the Greatsword of Artorias, but no where near the stats to actually wield it. I suppose that's the next goal I have since the Greatsword is supposedly a pretty badass weapon. To be honest, rolling with my Thief's Mask +5, then Black Leather +4 has been fairly good for me--I've only really had to switch out armor to Havel's set if the attacks take a little too much damage from me. Other than that it's been just block and backstab as much as possible.

Not sure exactly how close I am to the end, but I at least found the end area. Just need to collect a few main boss souls first then I'm off to unlock the last stage

CptDomano wrote:
Welp, took out Four Kings relatively easy--once I got my Iaito to +15 I also have created the Greatsword of Artorias, but no where near the stats to actually wield it. I suppose that's the next goal I have since the Greatsword is supposedly a pretty badass weapon. To be honest, rolling with my Thief's Mask +5, then Black Leather +4 has been fairly good for me--I've only really had to switch out armor to Havel's set if the attacks take a little too much damage from me. Other than that it's been just block and backstab as much as possible.

Not sure exactly how close I am to the end, but I at least found the end area. Just need to collect a few main boss souls first then I'm off to unlock the last stage :D

I collected those souls and then did the DLC content, which I highly recommend. It's late game content, and once you finish the game you'd have to play through a significant portion of the game again before getting back to it.

Stuck in a hotel room in Ottawa with no PS3. Why didn't I just bring it? Fortunately, I do have a laptop (hello Civ5) and an original xbox (hello Burnout: Revenge). But no DeS or DaS for me

Well, got the Butterfly, that was a really fun fight with dodging those attacks. I ended up killing her in two landings, I think I might have had her in one but I whiffed on my first R2 attack. I'm actually finding the enemies in Darkroot garden easier than the ones I was hitting in Sen's.

Now that I have the basement key I can go deal with Havel.

Dakuna wrote:
Stuck in a hotel room in Ottawa with no PS3. Why didn't I just bring it? Fortunately, I do have a laptop (hello Civ5) and an original xbox (hello Burnout: Revenge). But no DeS or DaS for me :(

I've been known to take my 360 places just to keep playing Dark Souls.

And there is Havel down as well, wasn't that bad. Basically just circle strafed the whole time, then when he attacked I went in for an R2->R2 combo with my longsword which was chunking down about 150hp each time.

Might start progressing in Sen's again.

I kinda killed Havel in a cheap way lol. I approached him from outside the locked tower door and he aggro'd me. I could hit him through the door.

Omaha wrote:
I kinda killed Havel in a cheap way lol. I approached him from outside the locked tower door and he aggro'd me. I could hit him through the door. :P

Ha!

I think I used pyro spells and kept my distance.

Omaha wrote:
I kinda killed Havel in a cheap way lol. I approached him from outside the locked tower door and he aggro'd me. I could hit him through the door. :P

I would have done something similar given the chance. I feel like I am perhaps a bit over leveled a gear from the usual person at havel's, +10 Longsword, 28 STR level 44

Kamakazi010654 wrote:
Omaha wrote:
I kinda killed Havel in a cheap way lol. I approached him from outside the locked tower door and he aggro'd me. I could hit him through the door. :P

I would have done something similar given the chance. I feel like I am perhaps a bit over leveled a gear from the usual person at havel's, +10 Longsword, 28 STR level 44

I don't think that's over-levelled for him all, and given that he's both difficult and optional, I'd imagine there's a wide variety of levels that people get him at.

Capra Demon and Gaping Dragon down!

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Poison dart dudes in Blighttown!

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Okay, so, in the very beginning, I can't figure out how to get through the door to fight the demon. I got through somehow, once, on a different character, and I died. Is this something I just need to figure out? Will it be satisfying to do so? I just keep wandering around re-killing the enemies. I really don't want to have to go to a walkthrough 30 minutes into the game. I don't mind figuring out how to defeat the boss, I just don't like having to deal with this f***ing door.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Okay, so, in the very beginning, I can't figure out how to get through the door to fight the demon. I got through somehow, once, on a different character, and I died. Is this something I just need to figure out? Will it be satisfying to do so? I just keep wandering around re-killing the enemies. I really don't want to have to go to a walkthrough 30 minutes into the game. I don't mind figuring out how to defeat the boss, I just don't like having to deal with this f***ing door.

Can you be a bit more descriptive, where are you at and which door are you trying to open?

Kamakazi010654 wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Okay, so, in the very beginning, I can't figure out how to get through the door to fight the demon. I got through somehow, once, on a different character, and I died. Is this something I just need to figure out? Will it be satisfying to do so? I just keep wandering around re-killing the enemies. I really don't want to have to go to a walkthrough 30 minutes into the game. I don't mind figuring out how to defeat the boss, I just don't like having to deal with this f***ing door.

Can you be a bit more descriptive, where are you at and which door are you trying to open?

It's just the door to get to the very first demon. It says "locked by unknown contraption" or something. I don't want the answer, I just want to know if I need to start reading walkthroughs at this point or just keep going through everything. My pride will take a major hit at this point going to a walkthrough 30 minutes into the game. My hope is that it's just an interface issue.

Look around for alternate routes.

(Trying to be vague)

If this is a door in the very beginning of the game, as in while you're sill in prison, then I believe you are probably at the wrong door.

Omaha wrote:
Look around for alternate routes.

(Trying to be vague)

Will do, but how the hell did I get through the door the first time? I think I got the demon down to half health before dying.