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@finaldasa: I can watch the video in the browser but am unable to download it. I have tried clearing my cache and turning off my ad blocker.

I am using Firefox updated to the latest version. I use Firefox exclusively so I am unable to try another browser. I will just have to stream the episode for now.

I just wanted to let the team know in case this affects other people.

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Attempting to download the following video gives this error:

"Based on your subscription level, this content is unavailable"

Link to the video in question:

https://www.giantbomb.com/shows/unprofessional-fridays-08102018/2970-11289

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Soooo are yall ever fixing this or

I would like to know the same thing. I haven't been able to find the next video in the series I have been watching for weeks now. I hope this gets fixed soon.

Can someone give us an update?

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There don't seem to be download buttons for some of the premium videos on the website. Is this normal?

This video is an example:

https://www.giantbomb.com/videos/kill-busey-vol-1-and-2/2300-11458/

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I'm not a fan of the new site redesign.

Something that I liked about the previous site was it's usability. It was very simple and you could find "most" of what you wanted rather quickly. I feel like now i'm going from link to link trying to simply find what I want. I loved having all the premium shows under one "Premium" banner. But now I can't even find that. Did they do away with it?

To clarify, I want all premium shows in the order they appeared. I've been falling behind and want to intermingle the premium content in the order that it appeared.

Little help?

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@joms5: I played through Dark Souls 2 only once, and it was right after the game's initial release. Long before the DLC additions or the remixed enemy placement included with Scholar of the First Sin. My plan is to go back to Dark Souls 2 after wrapping up Dark Souls 3. It's really looking like I'll run multiple playthroughs consecutively through Dark Souls 3, so who knows when I'll finally make it back to Scholar of the First Sin.

So then maybe you can tell me if those games have identical systems to the first one?

Is there still the humanity and bonfire kindling system? All the stats are the same? I think I remembered hearing something about losing health permanently if you die in the game?

Also what was your impression of the second game. I know it doesn't get the praise that the first one does. Would you say people are being too hard on it or does it lack something that the first game had?

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But, man. Those bosses are great. Did you fight Kalameet?

The big thing you likely missed are the numerous NPC sidequests. I certainly missed all of that on my first playthrough. Like all things Dark Souls, the process to further the sidequests is so opaque that, without a guide, your recurring encounters with Solaire or Siegmeyer probably feel more like meetings of happenstance than anything intentional.

Finally, yeah. New Londo Ruins and Blighttown are super grating. Blighttown, in my opinion, becomes way less frustrating after you've been through it once. New Londo never quite loses its charm, though. Everyone has their pet peeve areas. Me, for instance? I never really enjoy my time in the Tomb of the Giants. But it's a cakewalk for some folks.

It's a monumental journey you've made. All who make it come away with similar praise. Dark Souls is an amazing game, and you'll commonly hear people longing wistfully to experience it for the first time all over again. The discovery, the surprise, the challenge, the triumph, they're all things few other games offer with such personal gravity. You made it. And if you choose to seek them out, new challenges and games, new landscapes and enemies await.

But the journey you've completed is special. Congratulations.

I did fight Kalameet. I think that was my favourite boss fight of the game. I like those large all encompassing bosses that seem way to large to take down. Plus it's a dragon. I completed most of Onion Man's sidequest and finally looked up the rest online. But yeah there's no doubt I missed a lot of side stuff. The fact that I didn't know you could just walk away from the final bonfire to get a different ending says a lot.

The worst part about Blighttown for me was not knowing why I was becoming poisoned time and time again. And the narrow walkways and bad camera were an exercise in frustration. Tomb of the Giants was annoying until I realized I could use the lantern to make a bit easier.

Have you played and finished Dark Souls 2?

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@joms5: Did you finish it yet? :-)

Indeed I did. Last night in fact.

Let me start by saying that I was severely disappointed with the DLC. It felt very disjointed from the rest of the world if that makes any sense. I know it's supposed to be additional content but it didn't feel like it flowed properly with the game. Second i'm shocked at how obtuse (some may disagree) it was to access. Funny thing was I had checked that cove in Darkroot Basin after defeating the Hydra, only to read online that you have to quit the game and reload. Arg. The one thing that bothered me the most, which I wont harp on too much after realizing it made narrative sense, was the fact that Royal Wood was just Darkroot garden. After I realized that it made sense it didn't bother me as much but it wasn't as interesting to explore knowing that I had seen a lot of it before. Having said all that the boss fights were just as thrilling as any other in Dark Souls and I thought Hawkeye was badass.

Now onto the game itself. I really thought the final boss was going to pose quite a challenge. I even went so far as to change my gear (went with a higher damage weapon), used some buffs and generally just changed my strategy when fighting. What a mistake. One thing I realized with this game is that you get so accustomed to a specific way of fighting that while you may not be doing as much damage as quickly as you would like, you're comfort with the slow and steady approach is almost always more reliable. As some of you have read previously I played most of the game with the Battle Axe +15. I finished the game with that weapon in hand and it felt fantastic. The ending was a bit abrupt and if I had one overall complaint it would be with the lack of any traditional or easy to follow narrative. But everything else about this game just hits the right spots. The satisfaction from defeating a boss that you've been banging your head against the wall with is something that cannot be described. Never have I wanted to explore a space so much before. Whacking walls everywhere I think that they might have put a secret tunnel. And the dread that you feel when you see the name of a new area that you know is going to be hell to explore; i'm looking at you New Londo and Blighttown.

This game for me hits all the same notes that a game like Resident Evil does. It's played at a slow methodical pace. Rather than checking a map in game of where to explore next, I make one in my head and check every nook and cranny. The joy of seeing a white or yellow loot drop gives me the same excitement of finding more ammo or a green herb. And managing that stamina is just like managing ammo. To me it's a survival horror game with RPG elements and I loved every second of it. There's no doubt this game is right up there in my top 10 favorite games of all time. The best part is, I have 2 more souls games to go. I'll take a break for a while before I start Dark Souls 2, just to avoid getting burned out on them.

The strange thing is, I hardly even dabbled into magic, pyromancy, dual wielding, daggers or ranged weapons. I never used a talisman, built any boss weapons and i'm damn sure I missed a ton of extra content. In fact just today I watched Vinny (In the final episode of LOLS) beat an optional boss in Anor Londo and also kill Princess which turned the world to darkness. How much more have I missed of this game. It's crazy. There's talk of people beating the game naked, never resting at a bonfire and at level 1. It's mindboggling. I'd love to find the time to go back and play as a sorcerer or magic person just to see if it's possible. For those interested I ended the game at 90 hours at level 105.

I started Dark Souls exactly 4 weeks ago. I wanted to give it a fair shake. I refused to summon during any bosses yet wanted to finish it before May. Victory achieved.

Not much else to say about this masterpiece. I wish I had played it sooner. Couldn't have done it without you guys though. Thanks again to everyone who gave me advice and to those who encouraged me during the dark time which was Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough.

So now feel free to spoil anything that I may have missed in the game. I'm sure there are tales abound. Also confirm or deny that New Londo and Blighttown are two of the worst areas in the game (not worst as in bad per se but the most frustrating).

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So a pretty productive weekend in Dark Souls. Got all 3 boss souls for the Lord Vessel. Can I just say that the Crystal Caves was the most anxiety I think i've ever felt in a game before. Worse than Silent Hill, worse than Fatal Frame and very close to P.T. I can't tell you how much of an ordeal that entire area was. The boss in that area was of a particular pain in the ass with the curse stuff. Luckily for me my fiance took an immediate interest in the game on Saturday and gave me some much needed advice for that boss, mainly to see if I had a ring that raised curse resistance. She was right, beat it on my next attempt.

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Yeah, you're not done yet. As for the DLC, unlocking it is rather fiddly. Its the kind of thing you should look up. The painting holds an optional area which is available to you if you have a special item. This item can be found right back at square one.

Thank you for this hint. Vague enough to let me figure it out for myself but pointed me in the right direction. In fact I didn't even know you could go back to Undead Asylum. When I curled up in the nest I really thought it was a trick to kill the player and figured i'd have to venture all the way back up there to claim my souls. Alas it was not. Fought the Demon in Asylum after the floor fell out beneath me (they really gotta stop with that kinda crap :P) managed to get a titanite slab down there though, and upgraded my axe to it's final +15.

So i'm currently in the painting and loving every second of it. The fact that the world is covered in snow is a nice change of scenery. Quick aside, really creepy description on the Doll needed to enter the painting, kinda worried that I may meet her as the boss. We'll see. Close to finishing up the area though. Just have to cross the bridge with the dragon, which i'm not looking forward to.

@joms5: Congratulations! But... ah... why were you taking screenshots at such a critical time?

Anyway, you have passed the threshold! The rest of the game is now accessible to you. Go into the rest of the nooks and crannies this game has to offer. In my opinion, you must do the DLC, I recently finished a playthrough of Dark Souls, didn't do the DLC, and totally regret it. There's a boss fight in the DLC that is probably my favorite in the entire series, easily one of the most elegantly designed one-on-one fights I've ever seen in a game.

Had to take the screenshots. Proof that I did it on my own, no summons and whatnot. I have it bound to a very large key that I just slam quickly with my palm so as not to take away too much of my attention.

As for the DLC, as soon as I complete the painting i'll read this post:

@savage said:

Here are a some hints about reaching the DLC: if you have been thorough in your exploration, you should have rescued a woman named Dusk of Oolacile; if not, you can find her in the vicinity of the hydra in Darkroot Basin; next, you will find a crucial clue in The Duke's Archives, a required place that you may not have visited yet, but can easily reach right now via a previously blocked path in Anor Londo, from a crystal golem similar to the one that Dusk was imprisoned inside. I'll leave you to put together the pieces from there.

If it's as obtuse as everyone seems to be making it out to be i'll simply look it up. But I always like to put in a decent effort before giving up. Like I did with the Ring of Artorious (sp?). Not much else to say, so my next post will most likely be my final thoughts on the game, which can't be shocking given how i've already gushed about it on here. But it's been a while since a game like this has really taken hold of me. Not since System Shock 2 has a game consumed my thoughts day in and day out. I can't wait to play the other 2 Souls games as well as Bloodbourne.

Wish my luck in my final push. And Onion Man had better reunite with his daughter, or else. :)

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Thanks everyone for the kind words. The game is sadly coming to an end. Just went back down to the Abyss and took out the Four Kings on my first attempt. It was a close call though. Totally forgot about the Graveyard area near Firelink. Went down and absolutely wrecked shop (I think I was supposed to venture through the catacombs much earlier). Pinwheel boss went down in 3 regular attacks. So i've collected 2 of the souls for the Lord Vessel and i'm on my way to the final one in Anor Londo but with all the praise about the DLC in here I want to make sure I don't lock myself out of it if that's possible. Also just realized that I used the Firelink Shrine soul to reinforce my estus flask rather than bring the Firelink firekeeper back to life. :( Wish I had read that item description more closely and not been so hasty with reinforcing my flasks. So...

@savage said:

@joms5: Also, it will soon become possible for you to open up the DLC, which contains some of the game's best content. I definitely recommend you play it, but the way you must access it within the gameworld is every bit as obtuse as Dark Souls' reputation might suggest. If you don't want to look up explicit spoilers on how to find it, you'll need to be paying close attention to the scant clues the game gives you. If you want further hints, just ask.

I feel like i've looked around everywhere as well as in my inventory for keys or orbs or anything that might point me in the right direction. I have one theory that maybe you could confirm or deny, simply because there's a prompt in the world that makes it seem important. If i'm wrong perhaps you could just tell me in what part of the world the DLC is located in. I'd really like to try and figure it out on my own, as some of you might know, that's some of the most satisfying stuff about this game is just stumbling across it yourself.

So does the DLC have anything to do with the painting in Anor Londo? The one in the room with the big chandelier?

A side question for all who have played. What level were you when you finished the game? I've started to watch Load our Last Souls here on Giantbomb and realized that Vinny is at about the same part as I am but at a much lower level. Maybe i'm just too careful with my items, but it also appears to me that he has almost no humanity in reserve whereas I have 24 humanity and about 6 double humanity. Was the PC version nerfed in any way compared to the one on PS3? For those interested i'm at level 88.

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