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Edited By McBlemmen

come on how does he not realize he's got warding on.... this playtrough is a complete mix between being amazed at how good he is in boss fights and being totally confused how he keeps missing the most obvious things

edit: potato marshal needs to be stabbed.

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Posted By banicabolnica

Damn... poor Brad. Not realizing when the king switches to two-handed fighting and staggering him with every block he tries to do, not rolling more away from the swings, just repeating FUCK and not trying to pick his heals right... I feel your pain Brad. :)

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Posted By atomicpineapple

Brad: "We might as well get the full Demon's Souls experience."

*is immediately invaded and fucked with*

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Posted By Rich666

I love Giant Bomb for their endurance. Big ups to Brad for gutting it out in Demon's Souls... I'm a Souls elitist, which is why its hard for me to watch him play this game. But I respect Brad's knowledge of DotA... I have no idea what the fuck is going on with that game, but I'm sure if you understand the underlying complexity, it's fun... Which is how I feel about the Souls series... If Brad were to watch me play DotA he would be like... what... the... fuck... is... wrong... with... your... brain

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Posted By McBobbyFresh

Mommy mommy! Look at me!

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Posted By Keichan

RIP Brad's lizard fever.

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Posted By Undeadpool

@humanity said:

@rvone said:

@saganomics said:

Potato Marshal secretly the star of this series.

You mean he's the worst part of this series, right?

I find it very amusing whenever he invades. People talk about how great invading is in the Souls series but then damn this guy because he's trolling? I mean it takes a certain amount of dedication to stay at Brads level in order to invade, yet get all that gear for perfect trolling. Invasions were never meant to be gentleman duels, some people just tried to make it into that.

I mean it's called Invading after all.

I just wish this game (and Dark Souls after it) game was more balanced about it. Watching this stream reminds me JUST how much the game favors Black Phantoms. They have almost every advantage over the person getting invaded, and I'm actually INCREDIBLY heartened to hear they made it a little harder for them in Dark Souls 2.

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Posted By admanb

@onan said:

I really don't understand Brad's fascination with Endurance. It's not like he's going to get an extra sword swing out of it anytime soon, meanwhile points into Magic make everything die so much faster with literally every offensive ability he has.

Plus 31 into Magic would give him 5 homing soul arrows once he gets that spell. Come on, Brad! (Assuming this isn't the last video yet, haven't finished watching)

You don't have to get an extra sword swing for investment in Endurance to be good -- it also increases how much damage you can block, how much you can roll, how much you can run, and how much weight you can equip, which further increases your durability.

It's the most powerful defensive stat in both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls.

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Posted By onan

I really don't understand Brad's fascination with Endurance. It's not like he's going to get an extra sword swing out of it anytime soon, meanwhile points into Magic make everything die so much faster with literally every offensive ability he has.

Plus 31 into Magic would give him 5 homing soul arrows once he gets that spell. Come on, Brad! (Assuming this isn't the last video yet, haven't finished watching)

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Edited By Zevvion

@stimpack said:

@humanity: No, I'm not trying to say that it does, it's just that the concept of griefing alludes me. Invading is a totally valid and fun part of the game, but this is a step beyond that. It seems like the world is a crappy enough place without trying to go out of your way to make it worse for others. That's just me, though. Maybe I'm thinking too much about that random jackass who slashed my tires last week.

He can be a dick and still have a life. He can also be a dick and still play fair. He is using ingame stuff as intended. I agree he's being a dick with it, but I guess he likes doing it. It's not like he's actually messing something up for Brad. I mean, it's different from slicing someone's tires. It doesn't affect your actual life. Meanwhile, Brad can totally kill him and take precautions to make sure he's not invaded in the first place.

He is kinda dickish, but he's really not doing anything wrong either.

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Posted By thebunnyhunter

C'mon Brad, do something.....anything.

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Posted By Stimpack

@humanity: No, I'm not trying to say that it does, it's just that the concept of griefing alludes me. Invading is a totally valid and fun part of the game, but this is a step beyond that. It seems like the world is a crappy enough place without trying to go out of your way to make it worse for others. That's just me, though. Maybe I'm thinking too much about that random jackass who slashed my tires last week.

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Posted By Humanity

@stimpack: I'm not respecting a troll but I do find humor in it, I don't think that necessarily makes me a bad person.

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Posted By Stimpack

@humanity: It seems pretty pathetic to me. It's a great way to show that you have no life, and you're a dick. I don't understand why you would respect a troll.

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Posted By Vrikk

I have no idea why Brad gets so angry when he dies since MOST of the time he gets close to death, but then doesn't retreat to heal. He instead pushes forward, which is the exact opposite of what you should do at any time in a Souls game. This series punishes if you show an ounce of cockiness.

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Posted By AlexeiK

So far, this is the best feature on the site this year. Keep it up!

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Posted By kishinfoulux

They need to start disconnecting when that asshole invades. Don't give him the time or day.

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Edited By Konamikoden

I love how the one boss that Brad had the most problem beating was a 1 on 1 duel with a humanoid. The fencing is the best part of these games, and Doran is baller as fuck. The backstab was just too good and Vinny's laugh at it was perfect. Keep going, Brad!

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Edited By dr_mantas

Poison cloud is the best.

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Edited By generalen

Invasions are always great. When I first started playing Dark Souls, I was terrified of getting invaded and having them ruin my shit, but now it's just fun to see other peoples characters and play styles. Usually the invader is equipped and built for PvP, while you are most likely equipped and built for PvE. But that's the game, you can't really be prepared for everything all the time. Sometimes you can surprise the invader, though, and that is pretty satisfying.

Anyway. An hour of dying over and over to the Old King without changing strategy was pretty tiring, so the invasion afterwards was pretty fresh to see. A bit cheap to use acid cloud, but it's magnificent trolling.

Also, we haven't seen a single parry since the first episode. Riposte damage is 70 to 80 percent higher than back stab damage, and they're easier to perform reliably. The Old King would have been dead in two or three tries with some parrying/riposte practicing, as his attacks are very easy to predict. Taking the hit and relying on the whiff/stagger all the time is dangerous.

Also, I'm hoping that the fact that potato_marshal wore the Monk's head collar is foreseeing the future. It would be amazing if he gets summoned by the Old Monk.

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Edited By fernanthonies

@sonicboyster: That all drives me crazy too. The big one for me is his reaction to the crystal lizards. Sure it's always nice to get their loot, but he flips the fuck out every time he sees one and then flips out even more when he misses it. Then most of the time when he does kill one, it's just stuff that he'll never use anyway.

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Posted By Mercanis

"Breaking Brad" is a fun video series because Brad rarely gets broken. He fights. He overcomes.

But this video changes all that. Brad sacrificed his principles in order to get fat loot. That's dirt you can't wash off.

Brad was truly broken on that day, and there's no going back.

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Edited By SonicBoyster

All right, I've been around long enough to know this is standard fair, and it's completely ridiculous to complain about things in the comments, and none of this makes any sense because nobody reads it and nobody should, but here I go.

Putting up a ward and then running away until it's gone.

"I didn't even need to roll for that." Proceeds to roll out of backstab range over and over.

Tries to parry once, fails, gives up and runs away.

Takes hits, runs away to heal, then runs away until he gets hit again, runs away to heal.

The enemy is recovering from stun, so brad slowly backs away until the enemy is recovered and fully chasing him, complaining there's no time to heal.

All right! Out of my system. Pressing forward.

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Posted By DexterKid

I love that Brad is getting trolled by people. Those are the most exciting parts of this series and I find it hilarious that it annoys him so much to the point of getting personal. That and the occasional bit of humour from Vinny keeps this feature from being awfully boring.

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Posted By The_Vein

@humanity: Invading is fine, a good fight is always fun, but this dude is constantly invading and using spells designed for griefing, breaking Brad's shit with acid cloud is what makes it bullshit.

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Posted By Ronald

@narien said:

@aegon said:

The climax of this one was the clash between titans.

Potato_Marshal vs Creeping_Evil. It lasted but a few fleeting moments. The two titans left nothing of each other. Only Floogan was left as witness to the battle.

I was only there because I was trying to invade Brad to drop him a Pure Darkmoonstone. Annoying that PM knocked me off the ledge as I killed him, but hopefully I can get another chance at Old Monk.

And that is one of the fun things you can get out of invasions. I've heard stories of random people getting invaded, the invader dropping some good stuff, and then having a fight, or even crazy stories of the invader then leading the guy through the level to the boss.

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Posted By abrasion

Whoah taking on Big Pepperoni? Isn't that @vinnycaravella's alter ego?

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Posted By zimzam99

@stryker1121: I can only imagine what its like to have so many people saying "you are doing it wrong" every time you do something. Kudos to Brad, I couldn't do it. I have really enjoyed all the souls coverage on the site, despite never having played the games, and hope it continues into Dark Souls II.

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Posted By dr_mantas

Jesus Christ, Brad.

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Posted By Roy42

fun fact: Vinny's "two cents" is worth one US dollar.

I believe in Vincoin.

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Edited By csl316

@vinny Thanks for mentioning the Dadcast! I always end up finding new recordings a couple months after they go up, but not this day.

Also, the King looks just like this dude from Kid Chameleon:

Dignified.
Dignified.

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Posted By PistolPackinPoet

Brad getting backstabbed is the perfect example of poetic justice

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Edited By Sydlanel
@nasar7 said:

@stryker1121 said:

(.....)

Tend to agree with this..it's especially annoying to see the guy invade with the sole purpose of griefing Brad, breaking all his gear, etc. Gets boring quick, and the dude is just doing it to be a dick.

And Brad fighting Doran for nearly an hour isn't boring?

Heheh I actually thought the same thing, but this potato marshal was actually just trying to break the armor, which is a bit trollish... at least Doran isn't mean spirited, he's just a sturdy old man with a mean 1-2 combo ( and I think it was actually far more than an hour, even more if you count the previous tries )

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Posted By DeathTrap

@rvone said:

@humanity said:

@rvone said:

@saganomics said:

Potato Marshal secretly the star of this series.

You mean he's the worst part of this series, right?

I find it very amusing whenever he invades. People talk about how great invading is in the Souls series but then damn this guy because he's trolling? I mean it takes a certain amount of dedication to stay at Brads level in order to invade, yet get all that gear for perfect trolling. Invasions were never meant to be gentleman duels, some people just tried to make it into that.

I mean it's called Invading after all.

I understand your perspective.

I'm one of the few who absolutely detest the invasion mechanic in the Souls games, so for me this guy represents the absolutely worst of the game.

I completely agree. I'm going to have to play Dark Souls II with my internet off because of this feature. Sucks that I won't be able to see any notes that people leave or any other aspect of online activity...but I really detest the invasion mechanic.

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Edited By Shtinky

Find who Potato_Marshall is and ban him from the site.

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Edited By Nasar7

@rvone said:

@humanity said:

@rvone said:

@saganomics said:

Potato Marshal secretly the star of this series.

You mean he's the worst part of this series, right?

I find it very amusing whenever he invades. People talk about how great invading is in the Souls series but then damn this guy because he's trolling? I mean it takes a certain amount of dedication to stay at Brads level in order to invade, yet get all that gear for perfect trolling. Invasions were never meant to be gentleman duels, some people just tried to make it into that.

I mean it's called Invading after all.

I understand your perspective.

I'm one of the few who absolutely detest the invasion mechanic in the Souls games, so for me this guy represents the absolutely worst of the game.

Tend to agree with this..it's especially annoying to see the guy invade with the sole purpose of griefing Brad, breaking all his gear, etc. Gets boring quick, and the dude is just doing it to be a dick.

And Brad fighting Doran for nearly an hour isn't boring?

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Edited By Scratch

"He just comes up and fucks me, everytime I try to eat." -Brad

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Posted By stryker1121

@rvone said:

@humanity said:

@rvone said:

@saganomics said:

Potato Marshal secretly the star of this series.

You mean he's the worst part of this series, right?

I find it very amusing whenever he invades. People talk about how great invading is in the Souls series but then damn this guy because he's trolling? I mean it takes a certain amount of dedication to stay at Brads level in order to invade, yet get all that gear for perfect trolling. Invasions were never meant to be gentleman duels, some people just tried to make it into that.

I mean it's called Invading after all.

I understand your perspective.

I'm one of the few who absolutely detest the invasion mechanic in the Souls games, so for me this guy represents the absolutely worst of the game.

Tend to agree with this..it's especially annoying to see the guy invade with the sole purpose of griefing Brad, breaking all his gear, etc. Gets boring quick, and the dude is just doing it to be a dick.

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Edited By Humanity

@rvone: In a way I'm with you in that I played both games almost entirely in "soul" form because I didn't want to deal with invasions while I was already struggling with the game itself. When I wanted to experience the invasion then I went body form and ran around even engaged in a few red signs on the ground.

On the flipside in terms of pure entertainment - whenever that sign pops up and Brad cries out "oh no!" I get a real kick out of it.

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Posted By CompulsiveLiar

God bless you, Potato Marshal.

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Posted By Bill_P

This is such a good a good show! I love it.

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Posted By RVonE

@humanity said:

@rvone said:

@saganomics said:

Potato Marshal secretly the star of this series.

You mean he's the worst part of this series, right?

I find it very amusing whenever he invades. People talk about how great invading is in the Souls series but then damn this guy because he's trolling? I mean it takes a certain amount of dedication to stay at Brads level in order to invade, yet get all that gear for perfect trolling. Invasions were never meant to be gentleman duels, some people just tried to make it into that.

I mean it's called Invading after all.

I understand your perspective.

I'm one of the few who absolutely detest the invasion mechanic in the Souls games, so for me this guy represents the absolutely worst of the game.

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Posted By huser

I wanted to yell out when I saw Brad planning his approach to the two crystal lizards with Warding equipped. Somehow I knew that wasn't going to end well. True to form, it ends in swearing.

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Edited By Humanity

@rvone said:

@saganomics said:

Potato Marshal secretly the star of this series.

You mean he's the worst part of this series, right?

I find it very amusing whenever he invades. People talk about how great invading is in the Souls series but then damn this guy because he's trolling? I mean it takes a certain amount of dedication to stay at Brads level in order to invade, yet get all that gear for perfect trolling. Invasions were never meant to be gentleman duels, some people just tried to make it into that.

I mean it's called Invading after all.

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Edited By TheLegendOfMart

@brad Why are you stockpiling all of the demons souls, if you arent going to use them to craft, pop them and upgrade your character, what about armour as well you are going to get to the end without having experimented with anything, you keep saying you don't want to fat roll but have never tried putting on a full suit for one life to see how it goes.

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Posted By GenesisZ

LOL hey... those lizards go away :P

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Posted By stryker1121

I'm fascinated by Brad's playstyle. He doesn't even seem to be having fun most of the time! But as someone else mentioned, he's way too uptight about what the chat thinks is the "right" way to play, which of course only makes the chat bust his chops all the more.

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Posted By TheLegendOfMart

@sammo21 said:

Brad totally has enough time to heal, he just sits there for too long before actually partaking of that sweet "grass".

Or runs around in lock on circle when the enemy is wide open to attack and then attacks when he shouldn't.

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Posted By Curufinwe

Will be interesting to see how quickly or how long it takes for him to do Maneaters. I think his obsession with lock-on mechanic will bite him in the ass with that fight.

I had to cheese them with poison. I got sick of running up those damn stairs over and over and trying to beat them clean.