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#1 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

So, inspired by Brad playing this game, I decided to pick up Demon's Souls, and it seems great so far. I took the same route Brad did, namely picking the Royal class like the pussy I am. In 4-1 I picked up the Crescent Falchion +1 and loved the sword along with my Soul Arrow.

But then I made an incredibly stupid mistake; I went to the grumpy blacksmith in 2-1 to upgrade my Crescent Falchion to +2, and so I did. Now, I should mention that I'm playing the game in Japanese because I'm in the process of learning to speak and read the language. I noticed there was a second upgrade available with the Falchion that upgraded my physical damage that, in retrospect, was simply called Falchion +1. In the mindset that any available upgrade would actually be a genuine upgrade, I clicked it. After that, I went and tested my fantastic new sword on those brown miner-dudes in the level and was horrified to find the damage I did had been heavily reduced. It was only then I realised my Crescent Falchion was now no longer Crescent, and thus apparently does not scale with my magic stat any more. I'm an idiot.

This, as you might imagine, upset me somewhat. So, my question is this; how do I deal with this? Is there another good weapon I might use in the meantime (preferably one that scales with magic) that can be found in one of the early levels? Also, I'm guessing I'll be able to restore my Falchion to its Crescent status with Darkmoonstone, right? If so, I might try farming it off of the Reaper in 4-2 (the internet tells me he has that stuff) though so far he's been offing me with one hit, so that's not going to be a walk in the park.

Any tips would be appreciated.

#2 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

As spam thread titles go, this has to be the best one I've yet seen.

#3 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

I still have all of my original controllers, though I bought a PS3 in 2010 or around there, so that doesn't mean all that much yet. My 360 controllers from back in 2007 were once wireless but I think the part of them that connects to the batteries has somehow stopped working. Neither a play-and-charge-set nor regular AA batteries work anymore, but I just plug them into the console and that keeps them going. When playing a game, they function quite perfectly, so I'm not about to replace them just yet.

#4 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

Those are all truly excellent games. Too bad I already have all of them.

#5 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

That's fantastic.

#6 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

Oh man, tied at 51% each, how does that even work?

#7 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

No one "should" be angry about anything if nobody's forcing it onto them. If you feel like this device a major corporation's trying to sell you for quite a bit of money is not worth it, then you should not buy it. That is the end of that story.

#8 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

I'm currently undertaking Japanese Studies at a university (now in my second year out of five, one of which will be spent studying abroad [i.e. in Japan]) so I've already come to have quite a good understanding of what makes Japanese tick, even though I'm still far from fluent. Now, these studies are obviously completely different in setup and intent from what you're going to be doing, seeing as we're supposed to basically become fluent in Japanese and attain a deep understanding of what constitutes "Japan" as quickly as possible. But I'll still offer any tips that I might be able to think up.

First off, as mentioned; forget kanji and katakana until you've become at least familiar with hiragana. Hiragana is the basis of everything in terms of written language. As the King has already explained, hiragana, katakana en kanji are used alongside one another in just about every Japanese sentence. However, theoretically, every Japanese sentence can be written in hiragana, though that'll make your eyes bleed once you've become familiar enough with kanji, for a couple or reasons. Still, it is futile to start with anything but hiragana; there will never be a moment when you won't have need of it.

At my university, they taught us the entirety of hiragana the first day, then had us spend about three weeks mastering it and learning some of the most basic kanji (the numbers etc.) before telling us to learn katakana. There are handy "games" for doing this ("Kana Invaders" and "Kana Attack" come to mind) though you should make sure that you know exactly how to write each character before doing so. They will make it all a bit more fun.

Now, as for the kanji; I imagine most those old NES/SNES games you want to play actually don't have any. This might seem like a stroke of good fortune, but in actuality it makes it all rather more difficult. You see, Japanese has an extremely limited amount of syllables available to it (it is a completely syllabic language) which makes it so that there are a lot of words which feature the same syllables and are differentiated in the written language by their kanji. かいじょう, for instance, can be written as 海上 or 会場 or in quite a few other ways, and they all have different meanings. Native speakers of the language can find this an annoyance, but they have plenty of context and experience, allowing them to decipher an all-hiragana text with relative ease compared to someone learning the language. This poses considerable problems; you might encounter かいじょう in a piece of dialogue, look up it and get multiple responses to your query. This barely helps you.

This all sounds pretty pessimistic, I know. Japanese isn't exactly an easy language in terms of grammar to learn for native speakers of Indo-European languages (English in your case, I assume, Dutch in mine) but the writing system in particular is a real bitch (though I adore it); it is one of the most complicated ones in existence. Given persistence, you can do this, but you'll cry blood many a time along the way without the help of a tutor, I think.

In practice, I would attempt to attain the following learning materials;

  1. A decent textbook. For our first year, we used the first two volumes of Nagoya Daigaku's "A Course in Modern Japanese", which were pretty excellent for attaining a basic level. It explains just about all the grammar you need to have for a foundation (all big grammatical concepts you need for Japanese are explained over the course of 20 lessons) though you'll need to work on your personal attainment of vocabulary by yourself; the series doesn't give you too much to work with there. On top of that, it is very much aimed at learning to deal with everyday life in Japan as an exchange student or something. In that sense, it is perhaps less useful to you in your quest to play SNES games.

    I also hear good things about the Genki textbooks, though I've no firsthand experience with them.
  2. 暗記, or "Anki". The best flashcard program I've used, bar none. It's the best way to study vocabulary, and the open nature of the decks makes it so that you can already download thousands of them from other people for Japanese learning.
  3. A good dictionary, like jisho.org or romajidesu.com. Also, Tatoeba.org is a good site for example sentences.

頑張って。 :)

#9 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -

I think given Michael's knowledge and abilities combined with the vague nature of the situation there's enough room for Rockstar to be able to explain it away if you asked them. I don't think it's some Nolan Batman level of "That looked cool but makes no sense whatsoever."

I think it's exactly that level of "This makes no sense at all." But whatever, it's a really cool way to bring these two together and to make clear to the player that Michael is not to be fucked with despite his supposed retirement.

#10 Posted by Dudacles (1445 posts) -
PS1Metal Gear Solid
PS2ペルソナ4 (and Metal Gear Solid 3 and GTA: SA seeing as I have 3 PS2s.)
XBOX 360Skyrim
PCJedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

I'm pretty sure you can tell I'm a fairly young gamer.