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  • I'm a fairly casual gamer but lately I've been quite interested in the Souls games and Bloodborne. Do I have any chance whatsoever if I normally play games that aren't considered hard (RPGs like Skyrim or FPSs like Half-Life)? If yes, which game should I play? Are there any tips for complete noobs? Thanks!

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    • Start with dark souls 1. For most bosses staying behind them is the best bet. There is a plunge attack for the Taurus demon (the second boss). And good luck chosen undead. P.S. clerics rule.

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    • Are DS1's controls fluid enough (relatively, I mean, I know the games are unforgiving)? I keep reading that they were greatly improved by other games.

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    • The controls in Dark Souls are very fluent and user friendly. The main advice I can give is that if you try to play it the way you play Skyrim or most other RPGs, you're gonna get consistently REKT, the only game with remotely similar combat to Dark Souls is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The biggest mistake people make when fighting in Dark Souls is they run in and just try to kill the enemies quickly, which is a BIG NO NO. Combat in Dark Souls is all about timing, strategy, and patience. While the games are unforgiving, if you die in Dark Souls it is your fault. YOU did something wrong if you died. The best thing is to be patient, get to know the areas and enemies, and learn from your mistakes. If you play the game right, it will be one of the greatest games you've ever played.

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    • I actually like being patient in games and using strategy when I can (I prefer playing stealthy or ranged characters over mindlessly tanky ones). My main problem is that I don't have good reflexes when it comes to timing.

      It's just that, I've been wanting to play a game with an interesting character build system, but I've been avoiding DS due to hearing about its high difficulty. I played some games where build matters a lot, but the control scheme is easy (ex. Grim Dawn). If DS really is sufficiently user friendly as you say, I may really consider it.

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    • Olly of Duke wrote:
      The controls in Dark Souls are very fluent and user friendly. The main advice I can give is that if you try to play it the way you play Skyrim or most other RPGs, you're gonna get consistently REKT, the only game with remotely similar combat to Dark Souls is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The biggest mistake people make when fighting in Dark Souls is they run in and just try to kill the enemies quickly, which is a BIG NO NO. Combat in Dark Souls is all about timing, strategy, and patience. While the games are unforgiving, if you die in Dark Souls it is your fault. YOU did something wrong if you died. The best thing is to be patient, get to know the areas and enemies, and learn from your mistakes. If you play the game right, it will be one of the greatest games you've ever played.

      I agree with everything you said olly. if you die you've done something wrong. I'm great at it now and it is one of the greatest games ive ever played.

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    • Kiadony wrote:
      I actually like being patient in games and using strategy when I can (I prefer playing stealthy or ranged characters over mindlessly tanky ones). My main problem is that I don't have good reflexes when it comes to timing.

      It's just that, I've been wanting to play a game with an interesting character build system, but I've been avoiding DS due to hearing about its high difficulty. I played some games where build matters a lot, but the control scheme is easy (ex. Grim Dawn). If DS really is sufficiently user friendly as you say, I may really consider it.

      You would probably like the hunter or thief classes (the first one being ranged and the latter being stealthy). For maximum stealthyness you would like the rings: Ring of Fog and the Slumbering Dragoncrest. And, your build doesnt matter much, just play how you like it. But for example if i have a bulid with a big heavy weapon that staggers opponents and area control as opposed to a quick build with a short, fast, small weapon, in a room full of enemies, the first would make it easier. But different builds work better in different places. And the last build in my example would not make that room harder, you would just have to be more caustious and careful when fightning. And it would take longer to kill all the enemies (because of no long weapon), and you would therefore have a larger chance of dying. you have to be more careful in that situation.

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    • Kiadony wrote:
      I actually like being patient in games and using strategy when I can (I prefer playing stealthy or ranged characters over mindlessly tanky ones). My main problem is that I don't have good reflexes when it comes to timing.

      It's just that, I've been wanting to play a game with an interesting character build system, but I've been avoiding DS due to hearing about its high difficulty. I played some games where build matters a lot, but the control scheme is easy (ex. Grim Dawn). If DS really is sufficiently user friendly as you say, I may really consider it.

      The games are very difficult, you're gonna find yourself smashing your head against the wall for possible hours on end. But even with that, the game will provide you with a sense of wonder and achievement that I guarantee you have never experienced in all your years of gaming. Dark Souls itself is an experience unlike any other game, and no other game will provide the feeling that Dark Souls does.

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    • Hiya,

      Like you, I'm not great with reaction time and I can stand in fire. My video game background is as a healer in Warcraft where I stand at range and avoid danger. With that said, this game is a hoot and I can't stop playing it. The reason is that you will die frequenlty, accidentally, shockedly and hilariously. You may defeat a hard boss and then fall to some dogs you did not expect and are not equipped for.

      The reason it's fun is that there is not much penalty for death. You keep any gear you grab before dieing so suicide runs are effective. You do not pay repair cost, in fact, you revive repaired. You may lose your souls currency but you have a chance of grabbing it back and you can always keep little cash on hand by frequent upgrades or purchases.

      In all, you want to play this game.

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