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Dark Souls

Nickdog8891 —  05/06/2014 — Leave a comment

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Prepare to die

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.

Seriously, I'd think about a new profession

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.

Parrying a Knight is oh so satisfying

Catch a Knight recoiling to put him out of his misery

 Verdict

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.

Play

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
Seriously, it's gonna hurt

Get used to seeing this. A lot.

Written by Taylor Tomlinson

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Fire Emblem: Awakening is a painfully customizable team RPG with literally thousands of different ways to play. Now, needless to say, when I picked up this game the only strategical bone in my body came from knowing which Pokemon type is super effective against my foes. That all changed after I got into this game.
The game starts off with your cliché character creation station. Only this time, it’s a bit more in depth than eye color and hairstyle choices. when making a character, you have to pick a strength and weakness and seeing this, I groaned aloud, “There’s no way I can beat this…”, praying I could survive this game. I’m absolutely awful with building strong and tactful characters, and guess what, YOU’RE the team tactician. It is literally your job to be tactful. I sucked it up, and begin playing the story.
The game graphics are absolutely beautiful and the cutscenes are very well made and well voiced. Further and further into the game you’ll grow bonds with your characters and actually become upset when they die. I know I did.
Without giving away any major plot points, the main point of the game is to save your kingdom by joining up with different kinds of characters in building the perfect team. Characters can get married and have children, becoming better teammates as such bonds occur.
I had an amazing time building up my team and watching the story grow. Play this game, and play in classic mode. You won’t be sorry. The Fire Emblem characters you know and love are back, but not as you would think..
and a little tip from me, Marry a thief. You’ll never get hit! 😉

Rating: 9/10
(flaw: online play can become a bit confusing.)
Replay Value: High 🙂