- Jun 8, 2007
- Reaction score
- Gatineau, Quebec
That's not Rad of him at all, which is why I want him a-gone.
That's not Rad of him at all, which is why I want him a-gone.
Persona 3 has its hardcore fans, who still insist it's better than 4 or 5, largely on story alone. It does have a dark tone with nihilistic elements, hell, you summon your persona by pointing a gun to your head and pulling the trigger. Those fans are insane.
Made it to the credits. Frenzied Flame ending, 'cause I never managed to get past Malenia. I'm ok with it. I'm reasonably certain I saw the majority of the major things the game had to offer. Got the rest of the Great Runes other than that one. I've got some criticisms for sure, but overall it would be hard to argue that it wasn't deserving of its GOTY status. If I didn't have a backlog of stuff to play, I'd be tempted to start over with a character build that goes entirely the opposite direction - but that'll be some other time. Not today.
The thing with Elden Ring's plot is that those endings DO tie up threads and give a definite conclusion, but only if you've been paying attention to the plot through item descriptions and whatnot. It isn't something like a Mass Effect where the ending is a huge exposition/action dump that's satisfying the way a movie climax is satisfying, it's just sort of the logical conclusion of what's been going on in your game and whatever decision you make at the end.
I mean, I would wager that probably the large majority of people that finish the game don't even register what the Elden Ring is and thus don't have a clue what's going on with the last few bosses or what happened at the end in any of the endings. I only sort of get it.
I never have done the "read item descriptions" thing in any souls game but I've absorbed a bunch of it through a combination of Zullie the Witch videos and just having played the games enough times that I started to connect the scattered dialogue and limited current plot events. I'm mainly just interested in the gameplay. But ER does have a complex setup and all of the endings are thematically interesting even if they're all like 30 second cutscenes that are going to be totally inexplicable if you don't know what's going on.
The Frenzied Flame ending is the best one IMO. I like the Dung Eater and Goldmask ones too.
If you use a shield with "no skill" as its weapon art you don't need to 2H to do weapon arts. That's part of why I always used Brass Shield. Though you can buy the "no skill" weapon art from the guy in Volcano Manor and apply it to a shield that has parry or whatever on it. And get to 18 dex so you don't have to 'waste" a talisman!!Going through Altus Plateau clearing up some bosses, took down Godskin Apostle in the windmill areas, Black Knife in front of Sainted Hero's Grave, Wormface from the woods, and Dual Tree Sentinels at the bridge; forgot how much I absolutely hate those deathblight guys. Need to go back and kill the Bloody Finger Blaidd in the river well basin, he has much more reach than I remember and because MVK requires two handing for weapon art, that means no shield to block. I did bolt past him to the Lake of Rot and killed the other Dragonkin down there, and unlocked the Grand Cloister, not looking forward to all the bug dudes and their BS ranged attacks either.
So kind of stagnant with where I'm at at the moment, know where I NEED to go, just not looking forward to it.
100% this. I did it a lot. Kept two shields around - the brass shield for most of the time, and one of the heater shields for when I reaaaaally wanted the parry move.If you use a shield with "no skill" as its weapon art you don't need to 2H to do weapon arts. That's part of why I always used Brass Shield.
If you use a shield with "no skill" as its weapon art you don't need to 2H to do weapon arts. That's part of why I always used Brass Shield. Though you can buy the "no skill" weapon art from the guy in Volcano Manor and apply it to a shield that has parry or whatever on it. And get to 18 dex so you don't have to 'waste" a talisman!!
You can summon an ash in that corridor in lake of rot with all the bug dudes, I always just summon the mimic tear to kill the bug guys and the putrid tree guy that's behind the waterfall. Of course you'll probably want to reset after getting all the loot and just run straight to the astel teleporter without taking damage or using a summon after that.
In deeproot depths there's a runebear that drops a talisman called prince of death's cyst which greatly increases resistance to deathblight, I used that when clearing around those deathblight guys in altus and Farum Azula. That bear can easily be cheese via ranged attacks if you approach him from above (that big crater up on the ledge after climbing the tree in the main area of deeproot).
I ended up cheaping out near the end and google'd some decent farming spots. 200k wouldn't take too long to build up if you cheese the right areas. I can't remember if someone already mentioned the underground area where you can hit one bird that's visible from the grace spot with an arrow, it immediately runs off a cliff - boom 11k runes in one shot. Reload at grace, repeat forever. Inifite levels forever if you have time that you don't value very much.it would mean farming legitimately 200K worth of runes to do so
Shield stability upgrades every several levels. Stability makes a noticeable difference if you go up a few stability levels but it's pretty subtle (higher stability = less stamina used when you block an attack). I'd just use spare stones on shields so they'd always be wayyyy behind weapons.100% this. I did it a lot. Kept two shields around - the brass shield for most of the time, and one of the heater shields for when I reaaaaally wanted the parry move.
I had a thought at one point.... is there any real point in ever upgrading shields? 'Cause they seem to improve in attack, but not so much in defense.
Deeproot depths is not tied to fia, she just is there if you did her quest in Rountable hold (if you haven't, definitely do it asap). Deeproot depths is accessed early in the game if you take the coffin down the waterfall after the gargoyles boss. If you beat them and missed it, just go back to their grace point and run around till you find it in their arena. Or you can get to it much later if you go through the subterranean shunning grounds, kill that Mogh, and then do the jumps all the way down, but that's much later in the game and also a pain in the ass.I can't express just how little I care to get my dex the additional 4 pts higher, when it would mean farming legitimately 200K worth of runes to do so, I'm level 90 at this point, its not like points come cheap to me; and I already killed the dragon so that option is out too.
Guess i'll have to make the push for Volcano Manor then to buy the "no skill" since I never use the parry option at all, the timing is just off to me for DS parrying compared to Sekiro. I'm trying to remember if I've ever summoned mimic in the Cloister to just let him run wild, but you are right, I'd most definitely just make a dash for Astel's teleporter after resetting. I'll have to look up getting to Deeproot Depths, the first time I played I stumbled upon it and was like "woah, sick!" and I know it's tied to Fia who I didn't hug because I'm keeping my HP where it is (I know you can undo it but).