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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 24, 2015, 06:53:16 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 24, 2015, 06:10:11 PM

I've played for several hours now, but I have hardly touched the crafting and haven't done any alchemy or other stuff. 

Maybe it's just me, but it feels like the game would be better off without these peripheral aspects.  Too much inventory juggling, and paying for crafting materials or paying for dismantling, trying to find the right person..it seems like a level of complication beyond what I want to deal with. 

Alchemy is pretty central to the Witcher lore as I understand it, and they make more gameplay concessions this time around with being able to use potions in combat.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 21, 2015, 07:21:00 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 21, 2015, 04:58:52 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Oh yeah and what happened to UNDEAD CATELYN!!?!??!?!  I demand zombies!!!!


They nixed Lady Stoneheart along with Cold Hands.   Also it looks like Jorah is taking the place of Jon Connington, which sort of sucks for Jorah.  Also Mance's role drastically changed post capture it seems and I think Brienne ends up in his plotline instead as the Bard.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 12:31:22 PM
Off the top of my head and not mentioned above.

Castor's keep became rape central when the rogue Nights watch took over.  And I believe that was a show invention as well.

Jamie just barely managed to avert a gang rape of Brienne when they were captured.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 03:52:08 AM

Quote from: Lee on May 20, 2015, 03:39:56 AM

I understand your point, but I disagree with a couple of things. I thought the Cersi/Jamie thing looked very consensual. I also get the feeling from the show no one is safe. My first thought Subday night was someone was going to die soon between the various plots. Too much stuff is building up. Maybe I am the exception in those 2 things?

The prior things Ramsey had done in the show have been FAR worse to Theon. I can't believe someone could continue watching after its very much implied that Theon had his penis cut off, but then a rape of a woman was over the line. Every time they show Theon I still wince.

Well the "reveling in doing bad things to main chracters" implies "no one is safe" but not vice versa.  The show is becoming misery porn in a way the books were not.

And with your Theon point, look at it this way, imagine every time a male character got into danger they were castrated or nearly castrated, that's sort of what's started going on with the show with rape.  If next week Jon Snow got violently castrated, then Tyrion a few weeks later you'd probably start to think, hey WTF?
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: May 20, 2015, 03:24:09 AM

Quote from: Lee on May 20, 2015, 03:12:43 AM

Seems there is some internet outrage over this. Rape is horrible, but so are many things that happen in real life and TV shows, why should it not be covered? Plus, they didn't show it.

I am not sure it is rape though, at least not by today's standards. An arranged marriage in medieval times would be similar and was probably very normal. It was the wife's job to provide children and from my very limited understanding, servants would often be around. Of course it was a little different in this case.

People are always going to find things to get outraged about, just surprised people who like the TV show are somehow think this crossed the line compared to all the other horrible things that have happened.

The problem is the show is excessively rapey and continues to use it as a goto with female characters, this is exacerbated where this is not the case so much in the books,  the Cersei/Jamie chapel scene came off as consensual in the books as opposed to rape in the show, and the Sansa specific incident does not occur in the books at all.   The Sansa/Ramsay wedding is a TV show fabrication.
A key difference from the books, is that in the books you grew to feel no one was safe, whereas the show now feels like it is just reveling in doing bad things to the main characters, these two things are not the same.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: May 13, 2015, 08:09:04 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 13, 2015, 08:00:31 PM

Yeah.  Mad Max is totally feminist propaganda.   Totally.  Roll Eyes

This is the bit that cracks me up "a piece of American culture"

You know that movie filmed in Australia, that was written and directed by an Australian, and starred Australian actors.  Real American.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: May 12, 2015, 02:57:59 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 12, 2015, 01:56:35 AM

A trailer for the new movie motivated me to look up the originals, which I never saw. They look like protracted car chases and explosions and gunplay and whatnot. Is that accurate?

There's more to them than that.  While I liked Mad Max, and Beyond Thunderdome (in parts) I'd say Road Warrior is really the only one you should definitely watch.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Castlevania successor) on: May 11, 2015, 07:12:28 PM
Kickstarter and early access are far more risky than any pre-order, that's for certain. At worst with a pre-order you get a bad game, with kickstarter you might not even get that.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Castlevania successor) on: May 11, 2015, 06:39:53 PM
Isn't backing a kickstarter kind of like pre-ordering ninja
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 11, 2015, 05:16:00 PM
The games is also 10% off if you pre-order on PSN.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: May 08, 2015, 06:15:40 PM
New objectives and new environment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVYvoKSAs7E
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/Wii U/Ps4] Project CARS on: May 06, 2015, 09:53:16 PM
Digital Foundry do their thing
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2015-project-cars-launch-performance-analysis

Results pretty much as expected these days.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yooka-Laylee (colorful 3D platformer, spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie) on: May 02, 2015, 04:00:51 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 02, 2015, 07:57:50 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2015, 09:41:09 PM

A bunch of ex-Rare developers have launched their Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to the old school 3D platforming of Banjo-Kazooie. 

They just launched today and are already over 300% of their goal, so I think this one will make it.  slywink

I'm not as fond of these characters as I was of the bear and bird (or at least the bear), but I could definitely go for some of that platforming action that has been missing the last few years.  I think bringing back their old composers also really helps, that music set the mood for the old games.

Most titles in my gaming library are dark and violent. Every so often it's nice to pick up a title that is more lighthearted. For some reason I detest most of the Nintendo franchises, so I don't have those to fall back on. This looks great.

It also makes me really wish another Ratchet and Clank was on the horizon.



There's a PS4 re-imagining of the first game in the works.  Probably see it at E3, it's been known about since last June or so but no media or anything.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: May 02, 2015, 03:16:08 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 02, 2015, 01:41:37 AM

I wish I would get invited for this weekend!  I love soccer anyway, and this just looks awesome.

If you don't get in this weekend the rumor is there is going to be another beta in a couple of weeks.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: May 01, 2015, 11:22:41 PM
It really elicits that "ok just one more match" too.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Avenger's - Age of Ultron Edition on: May 01, 2015, 06:09:51 PM
Rocket League beta on PS4.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: May 01, 2015, 12:46:10 AM
A goal I was pretty happy with.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOzThSnWHkI&feature=youtu.be

And here's a pretty epic full match I had earlier.  I make some good plays, some terrible ones, and some really lucky ones.  Game goes to overtime.  I tend to play with ballcam on, you can also toggle it off so the camera stays behind the car but I find it harder to keep track of the ball that way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuuAzeuZdyw&feature=youtu.be
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Rocket League on: April 30, 2015, 07:50:17 PM
This is a sequel to a PS3 game I'd never heard of (Supersonic Rocket Powered Battle Cars) coming to PS4 and PC this summer.
It's presently in a public closed beta on the PS4, which will be running until May 3rd and you can still sign up for http://psyonix.com/BC2/Invite/RocketLeagueSignupPS4.php?Keyword=PSBlog

Basically it's 3v3 soccer played with RC cars with jumpjet boosters.   From my limited time with the beta it's pretty fun, but some games resemble soccer as played by 3 year olds, with everyone just chasing madly after the ball.  Your teammates also can cause you more problems than your opponent, whether by bumping you or the ball as you are lining up a perfect shot in their zest to just hit it.

Some highlights from someone far more skilled than I am at the game, though I have pulled off an epic save and scored some cool goals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdVmqssa5v4&hd=1

I'm not sold on the name, as I was expecting something quite different from that alone.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: April 27, 2015, 05:39:44 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 27, 2015, 03:09:18 PM

This seems like a rather silly decision considering have much excitement the demo created.



Well it looks like the creative team left/was fired by Konami so...

I think Konami may be going mobile only.

Also grab P.T. while you can, getting pulled on 4/29.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 25, 2015, 12:22:13 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 25, 2015, 12:13:05 AM

You can also spend some of those Insight to make it a bit easier again, I think.  Not sure what on, other than ringing the bell.

You can always dump them on blood shards.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 24, 2015, 09:41:55 PM
15 is the marker for a lot of enemy changes.  40, 50, and 60 are for visual/audio changes.   So with 50 I'm guessing you just had the memory bug going and had effectively been playing the game on easy mode.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 24, 2015, 05:33:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 24, 2015, 05:12:15 PM

Hmm everything seems more difficult since patch.  Monsters and bosses are even doing new moves I didn't see before update.

One of two things, either you had experienced the memory leak bug, or you just got insight to a gameplay altering level, though that only effects normal enemy abilities and not bosses.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 23, 2015, 02:42:02 PM

Quote from: frost on April 23, 2015, 02:15:15 PM

yeah, I don't want to sound crotchety or old, but teens of today make online gaming a bit more difficult to enjoy.  I get horsing around and having fun being a bit goofy, but I can't stand straight up trolls who only play for the sole purpose of griefing anyone and everyone they can. 

I also like to be methodical and calculating, so these fast twitch FPS games like CoD or even Battlefield just don't really do it for me anymore.

Trolls and griefing have existed since the dawn of online gaming, heck I'd argue before then in the arcades.   FPS games are actually a bit slower these days thanks to consoles than they were 15 years ago, Quake/UT (especially instagib) are faster/twitchier than CoD etc.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 23, 2015, 04:46:20 AM

Quote from: Glycerine on April 23, 2015, 02:29:38 AM

Wow, that's not encouraging.  The build I was looking at relied on a certain weapon locked behind a particularly nasty boss.  Congrats on the platinum!  I'd like to get there myself, but I'm hearing some of the Chalice bosses are really hard.  How would you rate the difficulty?

Some of the bosses I'd say are the hardest in the game but not insurmountable.  The defiled chalice is old fashioned Souls hard as you have to run it at half health, and one of the bosses has a move that can pretty much one shot you if you get careless.  Thankfully you only need to do one defiled chalice to progress.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 22, 2015, 09:55:07 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 22, 2015, 09:39:28 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 21, 2015, 10:51:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2015, 08:49:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:51:50 PM

Bit of a grammar issue.

I do not suck IN games, I simply suck AT them.

The title of this thread implies something entirely different (nsfw). Tongue

I suck both IN online games AND AT them  nod nod nod

But yeah, if anyone deserved the award for suckitude at an FPS, it would be me.  As I've mentioned before in other threads, I often can't even make it out of the tutorial in some of the games, which can be incredibly humiliating and annoying.

Of course that isn't all "online" games, obviously I'm super awesome at some online games like LoL - right Forge?!?!??!  eek icon_twisted

I can say this, of our group of regulars you were not the worst ninja

I'm going to screenshot and immortalize this!  It's my greatest triumph as an online gamer and shall be carved on my gravestone:

"Here Lies Rittchard: of his online group, he was not the worst."

What can I say, I'm good with compliments.  icon_wink
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 22, 2015, 02:31:11 AM

Quote from: Glycerine on April 22, 2015, 02:15:44 AM

I'm getting close to the end, only three bosses left outside of Chalices.  Just hit 81 with an Arcane build, if I play again I think I will go Skill/Bloodtinge.  Arcane is pretty powerful though, especially with the right gear.

That's what I've just started as well,  got to BSB and called it a night.  Running cain and riflespear for the moment.  I platinumed the game with sort of a STR/SKL build (Ludwigs).
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Who else sucks in online games? on: April 21, 2015, 10:51:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2015, 08:49:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:51:50 PM

Bit of a grammar issue.

I do not suck IN games, I simply suck AT them.

The title of this thread implies something entirely different (nsfw). Tongue

I suck both IN online games AND AT them  nod nod nod

But yeah, if anyone deserved the award for suckitude at an FPS, it would be me.  As I've mentioned before in other threads, I often can't even make it out of the tutorial in some of the games, which can be incredibly humiliating and annoying.

Of course that isn't all "online" games, obviously I'm super awesome at some online games like LoL - right Forge?!?!??!  eek icon_twisted

I can say this, of our group of regulars you were not the worst ninja
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/21) on: April 21, 2015, 01:24:32 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 20, 2015, 08:32:04 PM

As for me, I'm keeping my eye on Assassinís Creed Chronicles: China, but I'm hesitant for sure.

Trailers for that make me wonder if we'll ever get another Mark of the Ninja.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: April 21, 2015, 12:34:44 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on April 21, 2015, 01:05:22 AM

So given the feedback - is this one a yea or a nea? I'm definitely interested, but if they're going to make it obnoxious to play with people I want to, and the community at large is now either made of griefers or just unforgiving to new players, this sounds like a miss.

It was super easy to play with friends, assuming all on the same platform, it only got messy when trying to do PS4 to PS3 to Vita.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 15, 2015, 08:33:43 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 15, 2015, 08:23:42 PM

No, the alleged intricacies of Bloodborne are mostly overblown by people who aren't familiar with game.  It's perfectly intuitive for gamers who pay attention.

I've been watching through the 6-hour marathon livestream the folks at Game Informer did through the midnight release.  I just reached the part where they're unable to progress until they find the "bag man" who randomly spawns somewhere in the zone so they can intentionally let him kill their character.  He hasn't appeared yet as of my last viewing, but they think they can increase his spawn chance if they get their accrued blood echoes to a prime number.

-Autistic Angel

Lol, the Bag Men spawn after you kill a certain boss, and you don't actually need them to proceed in the game, they just open up a certain area earlier.

The games are sort of old school in their approach and are antithetical to what is currently popular in game design.  Very little is surfaced, there is a narrative but you aren't going to get it with lots of exposition or long cut scenes.  Mechanically there is no direction of what to do next in the world or where to go, these games shun conventions such as way points.  In some ways it harkens back to the original Legend of Zelda on the NES. 
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 15, 2015, 02:48:35 PM
That's a trick From pulls in all these games, so if you're familiar with the series you come to be prepared for it.  I think they put a tough optional enemy early for a couple of reasons.  One is to help train the player that they need to be careful exploring and to perhaps rethink the current path they are on as eventually the game opens up and you can tackle things in different orders (opened zones start ranging from 2-4 new ones unlocked at a time)   Also, it gives players an early challenge to practice combat mechanics against, this is why there is an unlockable shortcut right near that executioner behind the boxes.   In the past From has put a decent item behind them, but here there's no reason to tackle that guy outside of the challenge as he guards no items and it's just a dead end.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 15, 2015, 01:55:11 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 15, 2015, 01:11:49 AM

When am I supposed to fight...
Spoiler for Hiden:
the big guy banging on one side of a gate.  There's a trio of crow monsters in the courtyard near him.

With a brick?  Those guys are easy to parry/visceral, I think you can get a stagger off on him too from behind then visceral attack.  The only guy early on you probably shouldn't fight is the big guy with the axe near the gate behind some boxes.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 15, 2015, 12:24:43 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 15, 2015, 12:12:56 AM

Well, all this insanely good word of mouth got me to bite on the game even though I only tried one previous Souls game with limited success.  I'm still just in Central Yharnam, and I've explored a decent amount of the area, but I'm just feeling kind of aimless and powerless.  I get to some new big nasty looking enemy, give it a go, and die horribly, and I have no idea how to tell if I'm supposed to grind a bit more, if I can take him if I just get better at the combat, or if I'm not even supposed to be fighting him yet.

I really want to get what all the fuss is about this game, so before this heads over to eBay...
"Wait, pug!  Before you give up on the game, at least play until you get to _______ to make sure you've given it a fair shake."

Grinding is of limited use, while leveling isn't unimportant, it will only get you so far.  In fact there's already a run out there of someone beating the game without ever leveling up the character.   Really, you as a player are leveling up as much if not more as your character.  It's about learning the flow of the combat, the weapons, and the enemies and how to best approach them.  In regards to where to go, these games have very little hand holding, they are all about exploration and trying to suss that out.  

A few tips though.  Shortcuts are everywhere, if there's a spot that looks like it's a boss area or you know is definitely one and you haven't unlocked a shortcut yet, keep looking.  
You don't have to fight everything, many enemies can be avoided, don't feel compelled to fight them all every time on your way to the boss, you can probably run past them once you
know where you are going.  Read the item descriptions, they add lots of flavor and occasionally quest information.  Read all the messenger notes in the Dream,  they explain
some combat mechanics like charged attacks or backstabs.  Practice the gun parry/riposte, it's super strong if you get the hang of it.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 14, 2015, 06:55:45 PM
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/14) on: April 13, 2015, 01:08:25 PM
MKX on PS4.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 12, 2015, 04:39:51 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 12, 2015, 04:06:17 PM

Do you need to keep the badges in your bag to get the benefits from them, or can you bank them?

Do you have a limited amount of storage space on your person?  I haven't actually put anything into the bank and wondering if I need to start.

There's pretty much no reason to ever move anything to storage, other than you  don't want to scroll past so many things in your inventory when looking at armor/weapons. Game does away with weight mechanics.  Storage is really only for overflow of carryable item allotment.  They really should have auto refilled everything like they do with vials/bullets.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 12, 2015, 12:15:21 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 11, 2015, 10:58:50 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 11, 2015, 10:24:32 PM

I got the blood starved beast without much trouble at all, as the game allowed me to summon in a helper NPC.  One shotted him with the help!

I'm not so sure you can have NPC helpers, most likely it was another player who joined in to help you.  Nice to get past the BSB though, that took me awhile until I used the cocktails to distract him.

There are spots you can get NPC hunters, a messenger will say "ring bell for help"
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 10, 2015, 11:06:28 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 10, 2015, 11:01:40 PM

I am stuck in a rut after beating father gascione.  I got to vicar amelia and have died a couple times.  I'm level 35 and my weapons are ok I guess?  level 3 and filled with gems.  Do I just keep leveling and working on bosses?  So much repetition dying and then farming, etc.
you could go to old yarnham.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 10, 2015, 02:33:04 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on April 10, 2015, 01:56:52 PM

Still stuck on Gascoigne, though I downed Cleric Beast first try and at this point I can clear pretty much the entirety of Central Yarnham without breaking a sweat or using any consumables (though I have to cheap-kill the werewolves, getting into a running battle with them seems to be a recipe for a quick death). I've leveled up a bunch of times but I can still barely get him to half health.

I think I need to get better at using oil+molotovs, I always hoard consumables and end up struggling through fights I really shouldn't. Otherwise I guess I'll just eventually level to the point where I can either kick his ass or soak the damage.

You have the music box?  That helps.  Also he's easy to parry in his basic mode.  He goes down very quick if you summon a co-op partner.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 09, 2015, 01:50:41 PM

Quote from: Crabbs on April 09, 2015, 01:44:25 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on April 08, 2015, 11:55:35 PM

Quote from: Crabbs on April 08, 2015, 07:10:39 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 08, 2015, 06:07:41 PM

Quote from: Crabbs on April 08, 2015, 06:02:03 PM

Picked this up after becoming obsessed watching streams on Twitch.

Loving it so far - started last night- but I'm dying all the freaking time. I haven't even made it to the first boss w/o dying yet. I've managed to kill everyone around the first bonfire in the street and then proceeded to die to the beast beating on the gate past the bonfire... sigh. Now I don't have any blood vials left and hardly any are dropping. Obviously I've not mastered the basic mechanics of the game since I can't kill the 'normal' mobs, let alone mini-bosses.

Any advice on getting solo mobs pulled rather than 3-4 at a time? That's what kills me - getting mobbed.
Pebbles should pull one guy at a time.  Also watch for their patrol routes.

The big guys with the bricks are easy to gun parry, and usually drop 2 vials.  Try to get the shortcut to the lantern unlocked, and it's a quick run eventually to either boss in the starting area, as well as to two of those brick guys and a wheelchair guy that you can farm for vials and bullets. Early phase of the game is getting comfortable with the flow of combat, the gun parry, dodges, your weapon's moveset and range etc.

Spent a little more time over lunch and started using pebbles. Right now just farming for blood echoes & blood vials - return to Hunter's dream and purchase what I can. Almost back to 14 Blood vials. Hopefully I'll be able to push further tonight. Thanks for the tips.

In the beginning I found dodging the big beast's attack was easier for me vice trying to do the gun stagger.  He will swing and if you dodge you will have time to hit him a few times before he recovers.  Stick and move stick and move!

Finally managed to get the first shortcut opened up. What a sense of accomplishment that was smile I also managed to do a couple full circuits to the shortcut w/o dying. Leveled up a couple times & bought some armor. I can see why people have a love/hate relationship with this game. When you finally break through that next barrier it feels like you really accomplished something.

I've been practicing dodge a lot on the 'trash' mobs and am getting better. Locking onto target can be helpful, but really complicated dodge since you just hop & can't roll past your target. Even managed to get The Cleric Beast to half health. Managed to stagger and visceral a brick beast (once) and that was a rush, otherwise I just firebomb them.

Now that you have the shortcut open, I'd say go practice the gun stagger/visceral attack on those 2 brick ogres to the lower left of that lantern.  Also I find the lock on quick step dodge generally better than the roll, being able to parry will help you a lot in this game (though it's not a req, I run some areas with my weapon in two hand mode almost exclusively)
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