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#1 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

@mattf87 said:

@magusmaleficus said:

I might get shit for saying this but... Man... Dark Souls II. Dark Souls kicked my ass often but I never felt like I didn't earn those beatings. When I got my bearings, figuring out attack patterns/animations, I could take on any enemy or boss. Dark Souls II made me feel so weak and powerless, from the tough beginning to the bitter end. No matter what play style I tried, I got my ass handed to me on a platter, and it often didn't feel like a fair defeat. There are too many instances of multiple enemies ganging up on you, and certain bosses are just too tough to take on alone. Sure, there is an in-game mechanic to deal with tough enemies and bosses, summoning, but needing to use it so often cheapened the overall game experience for me.

Dark Souls remains my favorite of the series, followed by Demon's Souls, with Dark Souls II struggling to keep up at the rear. It pains to me to say so--I really wanted to love this sequel--but there it is...

I can get behind that. Loved the first Dark Souls, felt like every death was my fault and I knew why it happened. I know DS2 can be tamed but it doesn't feel quite as fair. I haven't played Daemon souls so I cant comment on that.

I don't understand any of this. DS2 feels far easier than previous games, which I totally attribute to the fact that we played the previous games and knew what to expect, but how is it not fair? No boss fights are as shitty as Smough and Ornstein, no area as shitty as Tomb of the Giants.

I had no problem with Smough and Ornstein, no matter what build I brought to the fight. I know that's not the norm but that was my experience. Ditto the Tomb of Giants, although I had the bug thing that you wear on your head that emits light, so navigation wasn't an issue. But that's what it comes down to really: personal experience--it felt unfair at times to me but I can't say that the game was inherently unfair. After all, you don't think so, along with plenty of other folks; and I'm not about to tell you that your experience, or anyone else's experience for that matter, wasn't valid, because of course it was.

#2 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

I might get shit for saying this but... Man... Dark Souls II. Dark Souls kicked my ass often but I never felt like I didn't earn those beatings. When I got my bearings, figuring out attack patterns/animations, I could take on any enemy or boss. Dark Souls II made me feel so weak and powerless, from the tough beginning to the bitter end. No matter what play style I tried, I got my ass handed to me on a platter, and it often didn't feel like a fair defeat. There are too many instances of multiple enemies ganging up on you, and certain bosses are just too tough to take on alone. Sure, there is an in-game mechanic to deal with tough enemies and bosses, summoning, but needing to use it so often cheapened the overall game experience for me.

Dark Souls remains my favorite of the series, followed by Demon's Souls, with Dark Souls II struggling to keep up at the rear. It pains to me to say so--I really wanted to love this sequel--but there it is...

#3 Edited by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

I just sold my Xbox One for a PS4. Yeah, yeah...

PSN ID is the same as here, MagusMaleficus.

Real names are appreciated but not necessary. I'm in the US, East Coast, and at the moment I don't have any multiplayer games, but that will change soon enough. Probably.

#4 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

@mb said:

@magusmaleficus: Before you do a complete wipe, try going into Programs and uninstalling the VC/DirectX redists one by one. Delete local Mercenary Kings content, restart, then reinstall.

Unless it's been quite some time since you had a fresh Windows install, in which case it's probably better just to format & reinstall. Windows gets crusty after awhile.

I don't have time to try uninstalling yet but I did take a quick look for the entries in the program list under the "Uninstall or change a program" section and although there are plenty of Virtual C++ entries there are no entries for DirectX redistributables. I tried looking under the Windows features section too...nada. I did a general Windows search for them and couldn't find anything. Oh well. Off to work I go, I'll figure this crap out when I get home.

#5 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

I tried rolling back to a prior restore point but there was only one available for some reason and it was after I installed Mercenary Kings. I'm trying to find out exactly what the game installs alongside itself but so far I haven't found concrete info.

I did notice something odd. In dxdiag, under the Input tab, the Force Feedback section next to the listing for the 360 controller says "n/a," which seems wrong, but then I've never specifically looked at that entry before so I don't know if it should or shouldn't say that...

I need to get some sleep, gotta get up early for work. When I get home tomorrow I'm gonna try a few more things; and if none of those work, I'm backing up important stuff and starting from scratch.

#6 Edited by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

@believer258 said:

That sounds like a problem I'd love to have. I've grown to strongly dislike controller vibration.

Try playing games with those controllers on the consoles they actually belong to and then try them on a friend's computer to see if the issue is with your PC or with the controllers themselves.

Also, you have a PS4 controller? Does that use DS3 tool/Motioninjoy? Make sure that's not running.

I can't think of anything else at the moment.

The controllers each work fine on their respective consoles, so the problem isn't controller-based. I've tested them on my laptop and they work fine there too, vibration and all. I've never installed Motionjoy on this PC.

#7 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

I haven't played any games on my PC for a couple weeks. I bought Mercenary Kings on Steam and tried playing with my wired Xbox 360 controller and immediately noticed a lack of vibration. Fiddling with the in-game vibration setting didn't help so I backed out and tested vibration in other games...nothing, nada, zip. I have a backup controller so I tested that--same thing. I also tested both controllers on every available USB port...still nothing.

Oh, and I tested a PS4 controller (without DS4 Tool) too...still no vibration.

Next I tried uninstalling the drivers (the Xbox one and the generic PS4 one), doing a little cleanup with CCleaner, then re-installing, but that didn't help. All controllers are working fine otherwise--all buttons respond as normal, no lag. I just don't have vibration.

So, I come to you knowledgeable duders and ask: What the hell? I haven't installed anything recently that could be the culprit, be it hardware or software. No BIOS changes either. I'll list my PC's components if that helps:

Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard

AMD FX-8320 CPU (overclocked to 4.20GHz--no vibration with or without OC)

Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler

Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Rev. 2.0

Kingston HyperX 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, 8 GB

WD Blue 1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

Corsair Carbide 200R case

Corsair CX750M psu

And about six fans--three exhaust, three intake

Hopefully somebody has some idea. If not, I'm juuuuust about ready to say screw it and re-install Windows.

#8 Edited by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

I played for roughly four hours or so with one character before deciding to start over. That first time, I beat the Last Giant and the Pursuer on my own. I summoned two phantoms for both of those fights with my current character and they definitely felt way too easy as a result, especially the Pursuer battle. The two phantoms distracted the Pursuer while I nailed him from each ballista, killing him in two shots. While there was a certain kind of thrill seeing the Pursuer go down so easily after spending so much time trying to kill him before, the victory mostly felt empty. I've gone solo since and although the boss battles have been tough they have also been fair (for the most part), and the victories are all the sweeter.

All that said, I'm not going to jump down anyone's throat for summoning if it helps them through a tough spot.

Speaking of phantoms: Has anyone else found the White Ring? Equipping it makes you look like a phantom even when you are not. I don't think there's any advantage to the ring other than making you look ghostly, which is kinda neat. For the record, I got it as a random gift from the crows for giving them a Petrified Something.

#9 Edited by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

I just jumped back into the PC gaming realm. Already added many of you. Add me back if you want another GB pal.

Look for Magus Maleficus.

#10 Posted by MagusMaleficus (1025 posts) -

30 Mb/s down, 3 Mb/s up, 350GB/month limit, although if I go over they just charge me the difference (and I do pretty much every month--there are a lot of folks in my house).