FGWG 6/1- 6/15
Prepare to die
By now, most of you have heard about Xbox Live’s Free Games With Gold (or FGWG, for short). Basically, Microsoft gives you two free games a month, one retail title and one XBLA title, for free, as in, 0 cost. With many gamers very wary of whether they should play or even download these games(seeing as how they take up SO MUCH precious hard drive space), I’m creating a new segment aimed at giving a little bit of insight and advice towards that end. At the end, I’ll give a verdict on whether you should play, download, or simply save your space, as well as giving a few tips and tricks to help you guys (and gals) out.
First up, a game that you will not enjoy, Dark Souls. Now, by no means and I saying its a bad game, or that it lacks entertainment, but it’s not fun. Dark Souls is hard, unforgiving, and cruel. In an age of unlimited health and infinite respawns, Dark Souls sticks out with. It takes a very patient and determined person to take on this challenge, not to mentioned skilled. Any and every enemy is a potential threat, and in groups, they are almost certain death. And don’t get me started on boss battles. You will die multiple times before you can figure out a sound strategy, and countless more before you can execute your plan.
Abandon All Hope
Learning is the name of the game. The only way to make progress is to learn from your mistakes and deaths, and come back with a better strategy next time. When you die (and you will die, a lot), you lose all your souls, and if you are human, you will revert back to your Hollow, undead state. You don’t lose any equipment, items, just souls. Not all is lost however, because if you can reach the spot where you died, you can retrieve your lost souls. Just don’t die on the way there, or those souls will vanish. The key is approaching Dark Souls a different way than normal. Death sucks, but it’s not the end. Simply start over, and do better.
Patience is key in any battle. Study your opponent, learn his movements, and strike when the time is right. Some enemies you can simply hack to death, but many require blocking, dodging, and parrying. Hollow Knights are a death sentence for the aggressive player, or the too timid, as they carry shields, and block most incoming attacks. Enemies are not the only danger however. Cliffs, nature, and countless walkways and bridges can easily lead to an unexpected demise.
Catch a Knight recoiling to put him out of his misery
Dark Souls isnt for the faint of heart, or the impatent. But it can be a very rewarding game, if you can approach it from a distance, and enjoy the little things.
Tips and Tricks
- Dont get attached to your souls. If you have the chance to buy a weapon or a piece of equipment, go ahead and get it. You will need it
- Approach every encounter cautiously. move slow, block, and if possible, only engage one on one.
- Try to find a weapon you are comfortable with. Each style has it’s advantages, but you neeed to be comfortable wielding your weapon to be successful.
- Unless you died with tons of souls, don’t make a mad dash to retrieve them. You will almost certainly die
Get used to seeing this. A lot.