Dark Souls Catch-All

bombsfall wrote:
ahrezmendi wrote:

I had some really amazing duels in Demon's Souls

Two of my three playthroughs were as battlemage builds, so I knew offensive magic and carried a decent sword/shield. But BPs would show up with armor and weapons I had never seen anywhere. Massive weird helmets and massive weird swords, or people who only used a spear and throwing knives. Awesome.

I encountered a lot of BPs who would run high magic and try to hide around a corner then Firestorm you. Trouble was if you lived, which I frequently did, or if you dodged it, they were completely screwed. The "one-hit kill" strategy only works up to a certain point.

The best approach I found was high mobility with a polearm held in both hands. The attack pattern of a polearm is 3 hits, and once the first hit connects the other two are guaranteed. Once I got this, my duels became very duel like - Both of us circling, poking at each other, dodging, and waiting for the opening to get our combo off. Intense stuff.

ahrezmendi wrote:

I encountered a lot of BPs who would run high magic and try to hide around a corner then Firestorm you.

Yeah, my strategy was (and still is) Firestorm when near then immediately melee with whatever sword+2 I had until my stamina bar drains out. Then dodge to a safe distance and pop an old spice. Repeat. I am sure it was very annoying for some people.

Well, despite my trepidation I am taking the leap, and have my pre-order ready. I've played enough rogue-likes to be used to frequent and humbling deaths in games.

As much as I prefer the Xbox controller, I'm going PS3 as judging by the Amazon sales lists that is where the action is going to be.

Yeah I went ahead and pre-ordered PS3 version with some gift card money I have. Sad that there's no credit deal at Amazon, but what the hell. Collector's edition for regular price is a pretty good deal still I think.

Stele wrote:

Yeah I went ahead and pre-ordered PS3 version with some gift card money I have. Sad that there's no credit deal at Amazon, but what the hell. Collector's edition for regular price is a pretty good deal still I think.

That's exactly my thoughts. Other publishers should take note: this is how you make your product worth full price. Not retailer specific DLC that doesn't matter anyway.

Yeah, and not the DA2 way where you cut off the collector's edition arbitrarily 2 months before release.

I have the PS3 and 360 versions preordered atm. I was waiting to see what system the majority here jumped on before I cancelled one. And yes, collectors edition as a preorder bonus is a fantastic incentive for me. I hope other publishers take notice.

Have seen a couple articles talking about compression to fit on one 360 disc, so by default the PS3 one is better? But also that From Software developed the PS3 version and then a 3rd party ported it to 360. Seems like PS3 is the safest bet.

Do we know if the online is the same as the first where it's more random? Cause I can't see the 360's online features really helping if that's the case.

I ordered PS3, for the record.

gregrampage wrote:

I ordered PS3, for the record.

I did the opposite. Waiting through the load screens on PS3 got tiresome after 400+ deaths, so the ability to install to the hard drive wins. That and XBL > PSN.

I'm thinking 360 because then at least there's a possibility of playing with friends. My PS3 friends list is really small, and I have no real desire to put in the effort to populate it. Also, I hate the PS3 controller.

Aw, I'll be your PS3 friend, Chaz.

I only own the superior piece of hardware, so I ordered the PS3 version.

AndrewA wrote:

I only own the superior piece of hardware, so I ordered the PS3 version. ;)

But how are you going to play that PS3 copy on your 360?

ClockworkHouse wrote:
AndrewA wrote:

I only own the superior piece of hardware, so I ordered the PS3 version. ;)

But how are you going to play that PS3 copy on your 360?

Oh snap!

Taggage. Watched with envy people's experiences with Demon's Souls, so I'm very excited for this. That game almost got me to buy a PS3.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
AndrewA wrote:

I only own the superior piece of hardware, so I ordered the PS3 version. ;)

But how are you going to play that PS3 copy on your 360?

The same way I watch my blue rays, I guess - by firing up the PS3.

ahrezmendi wrote:
gregrampage wrote:

I ordered PS3, for the record.

I did the opposite. Waiting through the load screens on PS3 got tiresome after 400+ deaths, so the ability to install to the hard drive wins. That and XBL > PSN.

Is there information that states the PS3 version doesn't install like the 360 version? Also, I haven't read any details on Dark Souls online functions, so I'm not sure how much of an advantage better network software will be. I'll probably pre-order it for the PS3, but I hope we get some good pre-release info from the press shortly.

cyrax wrote:
ahrezmendi wrote:
gregrampage wrote:

I ordered PS3, for the record.

I did the opposite. Waiting through the load screens on PS3 got tiresome after 400+ deaths, so the ability to install to the hard drive wins. That and XBL > PSN.

Is there information that states the PS3 version doesn't install like the 360 version? Also, I haven't read any details on Dark Souls online functions, so I'm not sure how much of an advantage better network software will be. I'll probably pre-order it for the PS3, but I hope we get some good pre-release info from the press shortly.

Even if the PS3 version has a data install option, I've yet to see a PS3 game with an install option that even came close to an installed 360 game in terms of load times. Regarding the online, it's not about the network, it's about the friends list. All my friends are on 360, where as only 1 of them is on PS3.

Case in point regarding the load times:

Brilliant.

Kind of. I didn't read carefully. Punishing players because retailers broke street dates is...not great. I get the motivation but they're not doing anything wrong. It's also not much of a punishment.

AndrewA wrote:

I only own the superior piece of hardware, so I ordered the PS3 version. ;)

Ooh! I didn't know the PS3 version was playable on the PC!

On-topic, I preordered mine today with the $20 off credit from Gears 3 via Amazon. 360 edition for me since I have no PS3; thus this will be my first foray into this gaming franchise, and Demon Souls was the game I was most envious of PS3 owners for. Totally stoked to get into this in October! We'll have to try to make sure all of us on the 360 get each other on our friends lists for this game.

I preordered the PS3 version. Amazon gave me a $10 promo credit, and Prime gives me free release-day shipping.

ENABLED!

Did you choose the collector's edition? I didn't get a promo credit...

Or did you mean you used a $10 credit on it?

I also see no promo credits (and it's a good thing, too).

Yeah I went to re-check because sometimes they add those in late. But don't see one anywhere.

If they had the credit and the collector's edition I wouldn't have even thought twice about it. As it was, I had to wait until I had some gift card money to push me over the edge.

gregrampage wrote:

Brilliant.

Kind of. I didn't read carefully. Punishing players because retailers broke street dates is...not great. I get the motivation but they're not doing anything wrong. It's also not much of a punishment.

I just saw this on joystiq and thought i'd come here to see what you guys thought of this.

Personally, i hope they remove them after the release date... cause otherwise, punishing your paying players directly for playing the game is even worse than DRM, IMO.

Mind you... maybe the types of masochistic players that are attracted to Dark Souls might get some fetishistic pleasure out of it

Damn, Demons Souls was the only game that pushed me slowly towards buying a console.
And now Dark Souls comes around at a time where I don't have the spare money to buy one.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I also see no promo credits (and it's a good thing, too).

It didn't show up until I was checking out. Not sure where it would have come from, I don't recall buying anything else recently that would have given me any amazon credit... Hm.

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The invoice just shows "Promotional Credit -$10.00"

Not sure why it doesn't show on the item itself, though.

Tyrian wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I also see no promo credits (and it's a good thing, too).

It didn't show up until I was checking out. Not sure where it would have come from, I don't recall buying anything else recently that would have given me any amazon credit... Hm.

[edit]

The invoice just shows "Promotional Credit -$10.00"

Not sure why it doesn't show on the item itself, though.

Nope, no credit here.