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4 hours ago, jazzygeofferz said:

Roadmap is a generic industry term, the head of Dovetail is a former EA exec, and the incremental update/plentiful DLC model is straight out of their playbook.

EA? So it’s less Dr Beeching and more Dr Kerching. 
I accept my suspension. 

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The event was a massive success! The original target of £100 (we're all small streamers) was thrashed immediately, so we upped it to £200, then £300, then £500. The current amount is £1052.99

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I'm playing Death To The Megathread 2020 on the Xbox. I'm stuck on level 4 because it wont let you just cut and paste something and then not post your own personal opinion on anything. 

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I'm currently playing Horizon: Zero Dawn and it is a lovely, lovely game. I'm doing everything but the main quest at the moment, currently at level 15 with tons of crafting upgrades and I've only just taken over the first giant giraffe thing. It's a typical open-world game, but looks gorgeous and there's not much fucking around with resource management (as of yet). It's also the first game I've played since upgrading my 12 year old TV so everything looks extra eye-catching.

I'm playing little bits of Fall Guys too but, I have to admit, it's not as addictive or as fun as I thought it would be considering the hype for the last 18 months. I was hoping for some sort of party mode where you and your mates take on other teams, but it's just real threadbare right now. Hopefully it fleshes out a little.

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Any Dark Souls players on here? I think I’m finally getting my head around it after avoiding playing it for a year. At the moment I’m at the start doing loops in the Undead Burg. I’ve accidentally fell in to the boss fight with the big fuck off bastard and that twatting knight has had me off a few times too. 
 

Do all areas have the same sort of loop? Explore, collect, grind then kill some boss and move on?(whilst dying a thousand times)

Any handy tips that you don’t have to be a D&D nerd to understand would be appreciated. 

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There's definitely an optimum path through Dark Souls but, because so much of the world is interconnected, it's possible to find yourself in areas that you're not yet strong enough to cope with. Even if you can kill the standard enemies in an area, occasionally you'll come across stronger enemies that you aren't able to take down yet. If you're having trouble, chances are you're not "supposed" to be in that area yet. Go somewhere else, do a bit of exploring, level up a bit (grinding isn't necessary, but it does help), and try again later. 

Or get a bow and a bunch of arrows and shoot the tail off the dragon on the bridge. That'll give you one of the most powerful weapons in the game, which will make things much easier for you (although you'll need your strength to be at least level 16 to be able to use it). 

There's also a helpful estus flask upgrade you can get early on. Run down the stairs from Firelink Shrine and take the lift to New Londo Ruins, cross the bridge, turn right twice (so you're facing where you just came from) and you should see an item (a Fire Keeper Soul) in the distance. It's in the middle of some water, but there's a really (really really really) narrow path just under the surface. Run along it, grab the item, most likely get killed (you'll be swarmed by ghosts), return to Firelink Shrine, and go back down the stairs to the Fire Keeper. Give her the Fire Keeper Soul and she'll upgrade your flask. 

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That was really helpful thanks. I got the flask upgrade, killed the Taurus demon, made the Black Knight fall off a cliff and he dropped his huge sword and got as far as just past the armoured pig.
 

I think it’s got it’s hooks in to me now as the thing that always put me off was lack of pause button which made it impossible to play with the kids and missus always needing something the moment I’d put the switch on but the grinding aspect borrows itself to my pick up and play style and it’ll hopefully mean that when I do eventually get deeper in to it I’ll be sufficiently powered up enough.

Shield and parry seem a bit pointless though, is attack and move the best way to go?

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It's worth practising parrying (and also backstabs) on the weaker enemies early in the game, as they both become really useful later on. If you've got a Switch online subscription I'd be happy to jump in and lend a hand if you need assistance at any point!

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I'm currently recording a detailed walkthrough for Dark Souls. There are already plenty on YouTube as it is, however mine is for total beginners and covers how to complete the entire game, DLC and all, without ever levelling up, even if you aren't the best gamer out there. I find the Level 1 playthrough to be the definitive Dark Souls experience.

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You've got the Black Knight Sword already? Stick with that over the one from the dragon's tail, when upgraded it's far, far better as the other becomes pretty weak later on.

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Is the black knight the one in the Undead Burg where you get that ring from? He chased me up some stairs and I dropped on to a ledge and he fell down after me but went straight down and died and dropped his sword. I can just about wield it two handedly but it’s very slow.

I also forgot to mention I killed the undead merchant to get the chumbawumba sword and key but now I have no way of stocking up on projectiles. Are the merchants spread out? 
 

@neil is brill link me to your video when it’s up and I’ll deffo check it out. I find I’ve been spending as much time researching the game as I have playing it.

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That's the one and it's pretty damn rare that he drops it, guides say there's a 20% chance but it's likely far lower and people spend hours farming for one. It'll take some stats to wield it one handed and yeah it's not speedy but it'll cut through bosses like butter and it reasonably easy to upgrade early as you can get Twinkling Titanite from Snuggly the crow.

But really, the best weapon is whatever you click with. For me I played the entire game first with the Greatsword, it just felt right (and looked like it's from Berserk).

I think you're screwed on fire bombs.. but you can buy better, more expensive versions later from other people.

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My other half got me Train Sim World 2 on my XBone at the weekend, and it's pretty good. London Underground is difficult because they'restill working a few bugs out of the timing and atuff. You always seem to be running atleast  minute and a half behind  schedule because it makes you setup and start the whole train before you set off, so  you tend to be setting off when you're supposed to be arriving at the first station.

Sand Patch Grade has some gorgeous scenery, and looks like it'll be a lot of fun to be hauling some huge trains of up to 40 trucks up some vicious gradients.

The German route looks like it'll be fun to run along in the ICE, but the line is only about 30 miles long, so there's not going to be a lot of chance to run particularly fast.

The old routes that were carried over from TSW2020 (East Coastway and Peninsula Corridor) have had significant graphical updates, and look really nice.

The new controls are good, it's quicker and easier to open doors, the reverser control is now on the d-pad, and from the exernal cameras you drive the train AND move the camera at the same time.

The real cherry on top of the cake is the scenario editor where you can set a route on any of the routes you own, choose your stops and run any train you want along them. I've run the London Underground train along the East Coastway line, and I've set up to run the East Coastway passenger train (Class 377) along thePeninsula Corridor. You don't have to worry about timetabling, so it's a good way to practice your stopping to get the hang of how the tains' brakes work.

There's also a livery editor, but from my experience of it it's really clunky at the moment. I've seen some really good ones online that people have made, but it's just not sitting right with me at the moment.

It's worth picking up if you've played the other ones. There are a couple of bugs they'll hopefully be patching out at some point. Some of the upcoming routes look like they could be good as well, and they're going to be bringing in  a lot more of the older stuff to play with as well. You might want to give it a few months though if you've still got plenty to do in TSW 2020.

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I guess they put the real main boss as an Easter egg in Dark Souls because there’s no way there’s a harder fucking boss than the Stray Demon. What a fucking bastard. Luckily I had ascended my Uchigatana Sword and that bonfire was right by the boss because it took me many, many attempts. Looked online and it says I’m only 15%-20% in to it (I’m just about to go to Blight Town ) Not sure my Switch will survive the entire game.

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3 hours ago, Mr_Danger said:

I guess they put the real main boss as an Easter egg in Dark Souls because there’s no way there’s a harder fucking boss than the Stray Demon. What a fucking bastard. Luckily I had ascended my Uchigatana Sword and that bonfire was right by the boss because it took me many, many attempts. Looked online and it says I’m only 15%-20% in to it (I’m just about to go to Blight Town ) Not sure my Switch will survive the entire game.

The Stray Demon is entirely optional. You are able to return to the Undead Asylum, collect all the items and leave without ever fighting him. Defeating him has no effect on the outcome of the game and the only useful thing he drops is the Titanite Slab which can be used to upgrade a single weapon from +14 to +15.

He's weak to bleed damage and if you stay behind him, you can bait out the attack where he slams the ground and does his AOE attack. Once the red glow has dissipated, you can attack him once, back away to mid-range and he'll often do the AOE attack again, keeping him in a combat loop. Keep this in mind if you are intending to go into a NG+ cycle as the enemies have more health and they deal more damage.

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