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Posted by Smileygiant

I would be willing to pay for membership again just to see Ryan play more of this game. Of course, Vinny would have to be there too(matt or will would be an extra special treat).

Posted by Cornman89

YOU DEFEATED!

Posted by caska

Dark Souls Endurance Run?

This has really made me want to go back to Dark Souls but I need to study....

Posted by kerse

@mithical said:

@Nizzleworth: My friend beat the Taurus Demon by going over the side with him. =)

Ryan took to Dark Souls very well. Those rolls were perfectly timed, even right off the bat with the Asylum Demon. The only skill he lacks is knowing when to drop his shield to regenerate some stamina. Sometimes even a quarter second of faster stamina regeneration will get you enough to block the next hit in a chain of attacks.

Getting the same flickering video thing between ~35:00 and ~50:00. I actually started to sort of "tune it out".

Yeah besides learning getting the stamina regen down he did pretty well, it always kinda bothered me the stance he took on these games I hope he keeps going.

Posted by TopCat

Thats it this video inspire me to buy and play dark souls

Posted by shlimmy

I've never rewatched content, but Ryan's Taurus Demon run was PRICELESS! Great theater!

Posted by weslash

got to earn that ms check using the 360 version all the time even when it's not as good

Edited by CptBedlam

@weslash: It's just as good. Both have framerate problems in certain areas and the 360 even performs slightly better overall:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-dark-souls-face-off?page=1

GRAPHICS: TIE

Image quality on both platforms is ostensibly identical, while performance is an apples and pears situation. Neither the 360 or PS3 version can definitively claim to have an absolute edge here.

It appears a post-processing filter running on the PS3 version is affecting the clarity of certain text elements, such as the Estus Flask notification in the bottom-left of the screen. As with most filters working indiscriminately across the whole frame, text and HUD elements often get caught in the line of fire, although it really only seems to have affected the text in this case. On very close zoom, this filter is also the likely cause of a very subtle softening to the definition of distant textures not evident on 360. These are nitpicks more than anything, and are only evident when closely scrutinized next to images of the rival version.

PERFORMANCE: 360

Interestingly, destroying multiple crates or urns – a physics-based task which should favour the PS3′s more powerful CPU – incurs frame-rate drops down to 25FPS, while, the 360 version typically gets away unscathed.

During the boss fight demonstrated in the video below, however, destruction physics on the asylum columns have a dramatic impact on both consoles, with the PS3 version even nose-diving down to 10FPS for a spell. On the flip-side, Microsoft’s console appears to have its own specific issue with the volumetric fog used in the doorway barriers, which is unusual given that this should be handled by its more proficient GPU.

Dark Souls’ liability to drop frames in this fashion is made evident much earlier on, with the combination of multiple assailing enemies and a fire-breathing wyvern in one sequence consistently causing drops to under 10FPS on both consoles. Also considerable is the way each version takes a jarring hit during actions involving particle effects, such as lighting bonfires, exploding fire bombs, and bleeding out from a series of arrow strikes, with the PS3 shedding a few more frames in like-for-like cases.

Posted by FCKSNAP

I watched this whole thing from the native player and in HD. :)

Posted by McGhee

@CodeFire said:

That was great! It makes me want to see Ryan play more Dark Souls. C-can we make this happen? Please? I want to see how far he goes. I got up to the point of the boss fight in Anor Londo, then proceeded to stop playing it. It's just too much, when there are other games out there right now.

You can do it man. I spent the last two days and maybe 20 tries but I finally beat those two mother fuckers. Don't quit now because as soon as you beat those guys you get the ability to warp between bonfires.

Posted by toddster
@weslash

got to earn that ms check using the 360 version all the time even when it's not as good

They've mentioned multiple times that for some reason, their streaming setup works better with the 360 than it does with the PS3. So whenever they show a multiplatform title they do so on the Xbox for the sake of the stream. If you pay attention to the couch chatter you hear a couple of them mention that they prefer the PS3 version. So no platform bias to be found here.
Posted by Nekroskop

@Wholemeal said:

Said this before, but the compression on these HD videos are horrible about 36 minutes in just REALLY shitty jitter. It's REALLY annoying especially when i spent the bandwidth downloading the video. It's so incredibly distracting. Just warning to those who want to watch it in HD and another note to the people to whiskey media that it realllllly sucks.

It disappears after a while.

Posted by thepotatoman

Ryan Defeated!

Posted by tiara

haha, love will smith and ryan being snarky to eachother! really enjoyed this video - gonna try picking up dark souls now.

Posted by Tebbit

@Snapstacle said:

I watched this whole thing from the native player and in HD. :)

1 billion gigs well spent.

Posted by rjayb89

DELICIOUS BANDWIDTH

Posted by LegendaryChopChop

@tiara said:

haha, love will smith and ryan being snarky to eachother! really enjoyed this video - gonna try picking up dark souls now.

Ryan wins these hands down.

Posted by samhead5

Great look at darksouls. Over 2 hours to kill the first boss. man.

Because skyrim comes out on the 11th in Australia ill be playing it before the skyrim live stream starts, awesome.

Posted by evilrazer

More Whiskey crew!

Posted by FlipperDesert

I was literally yelling encouragements at my screen when Ryan was fighting the Taurus Demon, that was fucking awesome.

Posted by NathHaw

It was a joy watching Ryan's face while he was fighting the Taurus Demon the second time.

Posted by Castiel

I like the creepy anonymous rape guy voice they gave Jeff at the end.

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Posted by bunji

Does anyone else have issues running this video? It keeps stopping for me, like the download can't keep up.

Posted by eezo

annoyed the hell out of me when he picked up the new shield and didnt equip it... OCD y u so active

Posted by ThePelinal

Watching Ryan play Dark Souls makes me never want to play videogames ever again. Great video though!

Posted by TheHakku

I think something screwy happened with the encode....

Posted by DopeSkill

Ryan beating that boss and the crowd cheering reallllly makes me want to pick up Dark Souls. I feel like I need to go back and finish Demon's Souls first tho.

Posted by DoctorDr
Posted by NekuCTR

I still think it's crazy that people say that barely anything in this game is explained, when almost everything you need to know is told to you in item descriptions. It's like someone saying that Battlefield doesn't explain anything because there's not a tutorial for the M16.

Posted by BuzzBR

I never wanted to play Dark Souls. Now I totally want to play Dark Souls. Thanks, jerks.

Posted by JackSukeru

This was great! Infuriating at some parts (they tell you what souls do at the item description screen, and no one seemed to have found out that enemies sometimes give you humanity as well as souls), but great.

I dare not dream that I'll ever see more of this though.

Posted by buzz_clik

Guess who's got two thumbs and pissed that first shopkeeper off?

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Posted by CptBedlam

@buzz_clik said:

Guess who's got two thumbs and pissed that first shopkeeper off?

me!

Posted by buzz_clik

@CptBedlam: Ha! We're the worst! Up top! *hi5*

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Posted by DudeSupreme

Oh God YES

Please more voice modulation!!!!

Posted by NathHaw

@buzz_clik said:

@CptBedlam: Ha! We're the worst! Up top! *hi5*

I hope you guys bought the key off him first!

Posted by mrcraggle

Damn Ryan did exceptionally well. He didn't rush through, he picked up the timing with the combat really quickly and beat the Taurus Demon on his 2nd try. It took me far, far longer to get through the area and maybe 4 times to beat the boss.

Posted by SethMode

Ryan's level of disdain is something that is epic in this video. Particularly the "blah blah blah behind the wall blah blah blah" part. I love watching other people torture themselves with Dark Souls.

Posted by CJduke

I'm reading the message and trying it out will smith! hahahaha

Posted by Beomoose

Bye, Melissa, and thanks for helping keep these knuckleheads on time!

Posted by Nicholas

Clappy Klepek. Ugh.

Posted by Zaxex

Thoroughly impressed with Ryan's first try at Dark Souls, I really doubt I'd do as well, even following a guide.

With as clunky and deliberate as the combat in that game can be I really wouldn't have expected him to come to terms with it so quickly. Though, he might have been lucky with his heavy stamina use and the fearless ladder climbing.

Posted by thebigJ_A

Dark Souls totally has story. And pretty deep, interesting lore. It's just that you have to work for it, and pay attention. It's not given to you in sissy cutscenes like those little girl games everyone else makes!

Posted by CptBedlam

@thebigJ_A said:

Dark Souls totally has story. And pretty deep, interesting lore. It's just that you have to work for it, and pay attention. It's not given to you in sissy cutscenes like those little girl games everyone else makes!

Exactly. I love it and especially the ambiguity of everything. NPCs lie to you and you never know if you're doing good or evil with your actions. And then there's that whole Pygmy discussion on the net...

Fascinating stuff.

Edited by thebigJ_A

Lies, Will Smith!! If you are sitting at a fire, you CAN get invaded. The fire goes out and your character stands up, ready to die.

It's just at Firelink shrine you can't get invaded. That's because there's no boss. Any area you beat the boss in is safe from invasion.

So much bad advice!! "Don't go down" Oh, you mean where the zweihander, caduceus shield, winged spear, a bunch of souls, and the binoculars are just sitting there for the taking? No, no, don't go there. Fail.

Ryan, read the strategy guide if you ever do play it again. There's so much false info out there. You can't even trust the wiki.

Posted by North6

@bunji: No, but check your free hard drive space. I have that issue when I run low on my SSD with youtube videos.

Posted by Stubee

This HD video im payng for seems about as HD as an old banana.

Posted by Oranghe

I paid for access just for this :D

Edited by CptBedlam

@thebigJ_A said:

Ryan, read the strategy guide if you ever do play it again. There's so much false info out there. You can't even trust the wiki.

Whatever you do, Ryan... but if you keep playing DS, don't take this advice! Don't read a strategy guide for progression purposes. Just for stat explanation, crafting and things like that.

So many people think they are really playing this game when they are actually just repeating steps they read or saw somewhere on the net (see all the "get the drake sword" comments everywhere).

No, it's best to discover this game by yourself - even if you are missing stuff that way. I never used the Drake Sword once since I found it by myself really late in the game.

I also suggest to step down the couch advice a little bit since it takes out most of the fun when they explain every little thing that's around the next corner beforehand. This is not Dark Souls. Discovering Dark Souls by yourself is the real deal.

Posted by mutha3

@thebigJ_A said:

Ryan, read the strategy guide if you ever do play it again.

What a boring ass way to go through a game.

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