#1 Posted by kaos_cracker (630 posts) -

so i purchased this yesterday after reading some reviews about it and learned that its a great game but crazy hard. But still having PSN down, could be kinda bad. Since PSN is down, should i wait for it to come back so i'll be able to read notes and things left by other players or should i just get started now?

#2 Posted by SMTDante89 (2599 posts) -

If you play online (when PSN is back online) people can invade your world to fight you (though they'll be within ten levels of your character's level).  Since you're new to the game, I would probably go ahead and start now to get used to the controls and gameplay.  However, people can't invade your world until you finish the first level (not the tutorial) so, it's your call.

#3 Posted by Enigma777 (6078 posts) -

Play as much as you can now before you start getting raped by black phantoms. 

#4 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -
@Enigma777 said:
" Play as much as you can now before you start getting raped by black phantoms.  "
I've never been invaded by a Black Phantom.

Ever.

I don't know why.
#5 Posted by AlexW00d (6305 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
" @Enigma777 said:
" Play as much as you can now before you start getting raped by black phantoms.  "
I've never been invaded by a Black Phantom.

Ever.

I don't know why.
"
I have, once, I won :D

But nah man, play it now as much as you can. I think a lot of people play offline anyway so they can do the World Tendency stuff, although I'd say don't do that on your first run through.
#6 Posted by Enigma777 (6078 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
" @Enigma777 said:
" Play as much as you can now before you start getting raped by black phantoms.  "
I've never been invaded by a Black Phantom.

Ever.

I don't know why.
"
They only invade cool people's games. :P
#7 Posted by ProfessorEss (7450 posts) -

Good luck brave adventurer.

#8 Posted by Yummylee (22062 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
" @Enigma777 said:
" Play as much as you can now before you start getting raped by black phantoms.  "
I've never been invaded by a Black Phantom.

Ever.

I don't know why.
"
It happens considerably more frequently in the New Game+'ssssss.
#9 Posted by kaos_cracker (630 posts) -

Is there still an online community with this game too? i just thought i'm really late for this game

#10 Posted by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

It's not a HUGE difference but playing online makes it a little bit easier your first time through since notes will guide you a bit.

Just take it easy and you should be fine offline.

#11 Posted by Soapy86 (2634 posts) -

Godspeed. 

#12 Posted by onarum (2151 posts) -

I think that for a new player the benefit of death marks and notes far surpass the danger of black phantoms.

Besides, you can only get invaded if you're alive, not in soul form, which is what you'll spend most of your time on I assure you ;)

You find pretty early in the game a ring which gives you more HP while in soul form, and you also do more damage in soul form by default.

#13 Posted by Stray (117 posts) -

Playing offline is still pretty solid. The only downside I see outside of playing with friends or asking for help is not getting messages from other players. Some are really helpful.
Usually I play offline anyway. I don't enjoy the PvP part of the game because my PvP loadout is different than my normal loadout. And since I dont want to carry tons of extra gear a weak char anyway, its just a headache having someone enter your game and every time you beat a boss.

#14 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

Now is the best time to level up, so you're better prepared when you're invaded.

#15 Posted by kaos_cracker (630 posts) -
@onarum: thanks for the tip
#16 Posted by luce (4045 posts) -

I play my first playthrough solo so you should be good.

#17 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
" @Enigma777 said:
" Play as much as you can now before you start getting raped by black phantoms.  "
I've never been invaded by a Black Phantom.

Ever.

I don't know why.
"
Were you playing most of the game dead? That's what I did, I got the ring that gave you the majority of your health when you were dead and just played like that, because nobody can invade you, plus I still get all of the blood spots and messages. Which are incredibly helpful.
#18 Posted by powerpc127 (99 posts) -

If you can play alright with PSN down, then you'll be able to dominate when PSN gets back. I'd say go for it. If you get angry, shelve it for a bit until PSN is back.

#19 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -
@CL60 said:
" @LordXavierBritish said:
" @Enigma777 said:
" Play as much as you can now before you start getting raped by black phantoms.  "
I've never been invaded by a Black Phantom.

Ever.

I don't know why.
"
Were you playing most of the game dead? That's what I did, I got the ring that gave you the majority of your health when you were dead and just played like that, because nobody can invade you, plus I still get all of the blood spots and messages. Which are incredibly helpful. "
I actually played a good deal of the game alive. The first time I got my body back I was extremely careful not to lose it again, and when I did lose it I took it as an opportunity to go help someone else rather than just going off and adventuring on my own. I actually beat most of the bosses encounters both as and with the aide of a Blue Phantom.

I haven't put that many hour in yet, but I spent a solid amount of time with it and was alive for at least half of that.
#20 Posted by Stray (117 posts) -

Playing through the game in soul form kinda sucks if you're a pure mage. You don't really want to use any rings besides the ring of magical sharpness, and thief's ring so you don't get OHKO'd constantly. The extra health really helps through the game until you get second chance and warding which is quite a while unless you're cheating.

#21 Posted by onarum (2151 posts) -
@Stray said:
" Playing through the game in soul form kinda sucks if you're a pure mage. You don't really want to use any rings besides the ring of magical sharpness, and thief's ring so you don't get OHKO'd constantly. The extra health really helps through the game until you get second chance and warding which is quite a while unless you're cheating. "
That's true, my play through was mainly in soul form because my character was pure melee, I did try to stay alive after beating the bosses for as long as I could though, but eventually you end up dying one way or the other, I just didn't bother to use the stones to live again since soul form worked quite ok for me anyway.
#22 Edited by Brackynews (4094 posts) -
@kaos_cracker said:

" Is there still an online community with this game too? i just thought i'm really late for this game "

People on the main DS wiki are still pretty serious about it. Like with a MMO you can just make a new character and start over fresh if you end up getting overpowered and bored.
I'm Level ~50 in my first playthrough, so give me a PM and maybe we can arrange some co-op time when PSN comes back. (I do have a headset.) I've been soloing it so far which is both satisfying and infuriating.
(For those that remember 1-3, tonight Penetrator killed Biorr and then me on my first attempt, more angry at myself than the game but I finally cooked him. :)

(edit: Level 70 now)
(edit: Level 80, holy shit I love 4-4!)
#23 Posted by PerryVandell (2106 posts) -

Just don't chuck your controller at your TV and you should do just fine.