Dark Souls - A lesson in staying spoiler free.

I recently finished Dragon Age Inquisition and was at a lose as to what to play, the wife had the TV in the lounge so the Xbox One was out, there was nothing I fancied on PC....and I saw that Dark Souls Limited Edition still sealed staring me in the face.

So with trepidation I decided now was the time. I also recently bought an Elgato for Extra Life streaming which I hadn't tested with my PS3 so I thought why not hopefully so one would pop along and help me out. Thankfully 5 people were in there helping me and it was a massive help.

At this point I should rewind and explain what I knew about Dark Souls;

  • It's unforgiving, people say it's ridiculously hard but
  • Your not told what to do per say and you struggle...also that perhaps the game didn't have the best english.
  • It's slower paced than most usual "action" game.
  • When you die you lose progress (as souls) but then you can do something at camp fires.

That's about it really so not a whole lot else. I went in with much slow poking. Had a moment pretty early on where there was a ledge and I couldn't tell if I was going to die when I dropped off....I was delighted to find a plain where there were 4/5 chests.

My best moment was beating a boss. This came after around 3 and half hours and a lot of dying both here. I also witnessed what I'd call Souls Rage, where you are in such a rush to get your lost souls back that you end up rushing and just die as a result of not playing diligently enough. So I shook off went and got a diet pepsi (still containing aspartame thank god!) sat back down and finally beat that boss. You can watch it here (apologies for the video quality);

Some would call it skill, I'd say I was very lucky. I screwed up the falling attack and was lucky that I didn't get landed on. I'd say the camera really is a huge part of what makes these encounters hard. Now to me that's not acceptable in terms of well it's a Souls games, you'd like to think that they have worked on this for Dark Souls 2 and Bloodbourne (of course I'm staying spoiler free from those so I have no idea) This amazing boss encounter was only surpassed by my excitement at finding a short cut. I had no idea that such a feature was in there. I had assumed progression was maintained by finding new bonfires and exploring new areas but instead it's a case of finding shortcuts and then finding new routes and manipulating your way around.

I finished playing not long after this boss (well after around 5 hours) of little to no progress, beating a boar is the last meaningful thing I remember doing. I know I've barely scratched the surface and cannot wait to get cracking.

So yeah I'm going to stream some more stuff. You can join me over at twitch.tv/flameboy84

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GOTY 2014 Picks

GOTY 2014

1. Sunset Overdrive

2. Dragon Age Inquisition

3. Middle earth Shadow of Mordor

4. FIFA 15

5. Jackbox Party Pack

6. South Park Stick of Truth

7. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

8. Metal Gear Ground Zeroes

9. Jazzpunk

10. The Novelist

Will post more later in depth on each game.

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Podcast Cometh…

Before anyone (if anyone is indeed reading this) starts to wonder what happened to the podcast it’s coming!!! I’ve settled on the name A Gaming Life it defines what the show is but also leaves plenty of scope for what the show can evolve into. Here is a hint at some of the subjects that are coming up in Episode 1; Tetris, Gremlin Graphics, Balloon Fight and Repton.

Also in other news I’m going to try and review some games I’ve been playing in 2014 as well formulating some kind of GOTY list! People have said 2014 was disappointing but I’ve found plenty to keep myself occupied.

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It's podcast time!

Life is hectic, you sometimes never know where you be from one moment to the next, this is something I explained when ending my hosting stint on the Last Save Loaded podcast. I just didn’t have the consistent time slot I could commit to on a weekly basis. However I miss podcasting, I’ve ended up filling quite detached from a number of people who I interacted with consistently over the last year. With that in mind I’ve decided to work on a solo podcast project. It’s a personal project of sorts as well. I plan to produce a show that looks through my life in gaming through the years, I was born in 1984 and have recently (June) celebrated my 30th Birthday (there’s a story to be told there but that will have to wait till we reach 2014). Whilst yes I won’t be talking to people on a weekly basis my hope is that twitter will again be my friend and a community will form around the show. Not taking this for granted I’m just really hoping it happens.

The idea is that the podcast will go through 1 year at a time from 1984 to present day. My earliest gaming memory isn’t until much later but I will be still be recounting gaming moments that I’ve accessed since their heyday and I will also be relying on a few older friends to chip in. I’ll not only be discussing games but also where the world in general was during those years and personally of more importance where I was, along with any of my own stories/anecdotes about things that occurred during those years. I’m hoping I’m able to keep the show interesting to others and it doesn’t become too self indulgent again I’ll be relying on the community to let me know what’s good and what should be consigned to the waste bin.

I will be attempting to publish one podcast roughly every two-three weeks. With the intention being that it is heavily edited and fingers crossed have the production values to justify the slower turn around. Obviously the nature of the show means from the offset there will be a finite about of shows; 30.), however who knows where the show will go afterwards. There is obviously the potential for at least one show per year as a catch up if the audience is still there…granted getting people to keep their feeds live for a once yearly podcast is unlikely.

Now here is where I need YOU to be involved, yes YOU, put down that cup of tea/beverage of choice NOW! What should I call the show? Here are a few ideals I have floating around my head;

A Life in Gaming

A Life through Gaming

A Gaming Life

My Gaming Life

1984-2014 A Gaming Life

3 Decades of Gaming

Lifestyle of the Geek and Gamer

Lifestyle of a Geek and Gamer

Lifestyle of a Geeky Gamer

Lifestyles of the Geeks and the Gamers

A Journey through Games

A Personal Journey through Games

The Reflective Gamer

I’m not sure which I prefer if any, I’m not even sure if the name should come from this list as none of them have been that eureka moment as of yet…if anyone out there has a better name then please get in touch either via twitter @flameboy84 or send me a PM on here!

Once the name is decided I will set up a new blog to supplement the podcast and hopefully some small bits of video content.

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