I'm starting to worry. Really worry. The more I play... the more I actively dislike the game. Allow me to whine about Dark Souls 2 for a second...that is what this thread is for after all.
I just died from two simple skeleton soldier doods. An all too familiar scenario for me. One enemy was behind the other as they charged me. I did my lunging attack knowing it would go through the first enemy and hit both of them. For whatever reason the game only allows it to hit the first enemy and the enemy behind him is fine even though it clearly went through both. That enemy winds up and hits me. I'm stunned. The front enemy recovers and hits me because I can't move or block. I'm stunned. The second enemy finishes me off. This didn't feel fair. This felt like a broken game.
And then there is this... I've taken damage from enemies that weren't attacking me. What the hell is that? I swung at an enemy playing possum. I hit him and followed up with 2 more strikes to kill him. He had no time to attack yet I took damage. Another time I got behind an enemy and attacked him before he knew what was coming and noticed I took damage. Little damage but my health bar is already so small that that little damage matters. Am I making this up? Why meeee?
And I really just can't get over the overall sluggish feeling of every movement. Topped off by really terrible framerate and the game just feels like a mess. I couldn't with good conscious let that slide in a review when it's as bad as it is (on PS3 at least).
I guess it doesn't help that my controller has a sticky R1 as well.
Aww that feels better. I admit I don't like this game. This is a relief and I'm sad now.
Weapon durability is annoying as shit in this game. My swords break so quickly it's just annoying.
Also the general feeling of the game is just so sluggish to me. It's turning me off unfortunately. People like to say Dark Souls is hard but fair. I agree. But many times I've died in Dark Souls 2 because things just feel so slow and it didn't feel right to me. Top that off with really bad framerate.
Oh well, I'm still truckin along. I'm 6 or so hours in and barely gotten anywhere. I feel like I might be served well to just grind and level up at this point which is not something I ever felt the need to do Demon Souls or Dark Souls.
I also think the fact that even GETTING an Estus hinges on you spotting the maiden on the cliff-edge next to the first bonfire in Majula is bizarrely ridiculous, as it's something I didn't see at all. As well as this their whole 'hey you can go wherever you want!' shtick that kicked me in the balls, as I ended up in that Flame area that looks like a disused Anor Londo and proceeded Estus-less with no healing gems for a good 2 hours, assuming that was where I was supposed to go.
Yeeeeep. I think you are describing the place I went first as well. 3 hours later I had a broken sword, no blacksmith to repair it and could not beat the boss there. Thus I thought the game was essentially over for that character. Until I sought help here. Turns out the most obvious path is the wrong path... you need to go to the small little trail tucked away at the edge of a cliff. Woops.
To be fair, this is one of the criticisms I had for Dark Souls as well. You can say your game is open like that and you have the freedom to go where ever. Sure. But not really when you first start the game because you will just get your ass kicked until you find the right path for beginners. Hence (I say it all the time) Demon Souls > Dark Souls.
@handlas: Buy the key to the blacksmith's shop from the lady who sits by the bonfire before the first boss, by the ladder leading down. Open up the shop, warp away, come back, and you can repair your items.
Don't give up! You can do it!
What? Maybe I'm going the wrong way then. The "first" boss I'm referring to is the red-ish knight with the big shield and spear. I don't recall there being a ladder before that unless you are referring to the very beginning of the game.
Has anyone else played so poorly that you literally cannot progress past the first boss?
Apparently I have.
I broke my sword and thus can't do any damage to enemies. I have two thief swords (one is about to break). However they do so little damage that it's pretty much pointless trying. I don't think I've done what needs to be done to get the blacksmith and thus I can't repair my weapons (I assume I need to get past where I am at which I cannot). So basically I can run past all enemies to the first boss but can't beat him because I can't do any damage to him.
The framerate is pretty bad...like across the board. Dark Souls was only bad really in Blight Town. No idea why the performance has taken such a hit.
This is what is bumming me out. I looked at several reviews and IGN said the framerate is a consistent 30. I call bullshit. The framerate is consistently bad. Like right from the get go.
I guess now that next gen is here and I've been playing a lot on PC that going back to games with framerate issues isn't as tolerable for me. Last of Us (my fav game last year) had a pretty crappy framerate as well.
I love Dark Souls too much to not play it because of that though and the game does look nice. However, playing on PC with high/smooth framerate would be quite appealing.
Surely they didn't make the game look crappier just because. If they did at all... I'm sure they did for a reason. Maybe to not make it run like complete garbage. I think it looks nice from some short clips I've seen.
I went home and bought it during lunch... was surprised it started downloading. I thought games on PSN didn't do that until the store was updated which is generally at night for me. So now I'm anxious to get home and play.