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@mormonwarrior said:

@brad It's unusual that people prefer Demon's Souls over Dark Souls in my experience, and usually it's people waxing weirdly nostalgic about a game that came out in 2009 for some reason. Dark Souls is better in every conceivable way, from the variety and fair challenge of the areas and bosses, the upgradeable armor and loads more loot, the removal of ridiculous limitations like halving HP, world tendency and item load, and it's much more viable to play the game in a variety of different ways. I found it longer, more properly challenging, and more interesting and fun. You should definitely go back and visit it at some point since the early areas (Undead Burg/Blighttown) are the least interesting ones, at least when comparing it to the whole game of Demon's Souls which had a couple of memorable levels.

Also, Dark Souls II is pretty rad so far, and I can understand arguments about DS 1 vs DS 2 on either side at this point. Demon's apologists are a little nuts though.

I'm one who does lean toward Demon's Souls to Dark Souls, but I will admit that a lot of the mechanics were improved in Dark Souls. What does it for me is the atmosphere Demon's Souls invokes for me. In the end, the entirety of Demon's Souls is the world's longest storming of a castle, but in order to storm that castle you have to go through areas that invoke pure desolation - again, this is my personal reaction to it. Those poor bastards working in the mine tunnels, the Tower of Latria or whatever in its entirety, the couple at the bottom of the swamp. I would never discount anyone that prefers Dark Souls 1 or 2 to Demon's Souls because there are clear arguments to be made, but for me personally, I really responded to the setting in Demon's Souls a bit more than either Dark Souls game.

2 years late to this but you put it really well. The Maiden in Black, seeing the knights of the kings turned into Demon's and having to fight them one by one, a Lovecraftian God at the center of it... it's really fucking cool. It's like a total perversion and fall of a Kingdom into madness and it does it really well.

And it was the originator. They also did yes refine some things after but there are some ideas in Demon's Souls that were done in a better and braver and more unique way which is cool. It's funny how dumb the fight was in Brad's playthrough but the Old Monk fight, letting a player PvP as a boss, is pretty crazy as a concept and can be really challenging and fun.

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Posted By ArtisanBreads

Brad's complete fear of Magic and Magic Identity while having a 30 magic stat and sword that scales to magic is the throughline to this whole playthrough.

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Posted By McBlemmen

This was really great. I was totally expecting the piece of filth known as Potato Marshal to invade hit in 1-1 at the end though

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Edited By McBlemmen

damn brad is just tearing trough these bosses.. how is he this good?!?!

"while brad is gone , should i take his controller and kill everyone in the nexus" god damn i love vinny ahaha. OMG i cant believe there was actually an item

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Posted By Nmckee503

Vinny setting Brad up on that ledge, making something up about an item, and an item just happens to be there. Fantastic.

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Posted By infinityinc

Episode 14 - Brad finally starts rolling. Game ends.

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Posted By ketchupman36

Bring me a Subway sandwich; a fucking footlong this time.

-Vinny

Oh man, that was hilarious. I love @vinny

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Posted By zaldar

I'd love to see you forge the sword together and make some different choices otherwise very good! Maybe a load our last save on this?

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Edited By Rich666

At least we don't have to hear him whine and make excuses anymore... Good job sticking it out to the bitter end Brad... Props

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Posted By porousshield

It's funny that Brad went back to talk to everyone but he only listened to their greeting and didn't actually talk to them except for Frecke and the monumental.

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Edited By Lukeweizer

Brad may have beaten Demon's Souls, but Potato Marshal won the war.

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Edited By Draxyle

Dark Souls clearly improves upon Demon's Souls in most respects and is generally balanced a lot better (I hate the existence of the sword Brad got, it's way too easy to get and it makes it inefficient to try anything else), but to me, Demon's Souls still has the better atmosphere and story. While the ending is still fairly obtuse, I actually sort of understood what was going on even without poring over the lore very much.

Also, I love the Nexus; such a beautifully designed place of tranquility. I was kinda bummed that Dark Souls lacked an equivalent.

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Posted By poobumbutt
@katygaga said:

who is Potato Marshal?

"When I started invading people, it was to protect those I cared about. But now it means something more. It's a symbol, a message: anyone could be Potato Marshal. That's the point of the Marshal."
- Potato Marshal, AKA Dave Lang

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Posted By Clapmaster

@brad@vinny@drewbert Thank you guys for the ride!

If Brad ever streams playing Dark Souls or you guys do Dark Souls 2 I'm sitting here waiting.

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@lackingsaint: Stacking regen buffs and spamming acid/death/poison cloud isn't cool, but players like him were a dime a dozen when Demon's Souls was new, and if it weren't for him, Brad wouldn't have gotten to see where the true Demon's Souls starts.

Also, Vinny said it a few videos ago, but if he really wanted to avoid invasions, all he had to do was jump off a cliff.

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Posted By turboskerv

I think we need more Breaking Brad: Dark Souls 2 on PC when it comes

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Posted By Undeadpool

Never ceases to amaze me that, despite the fact that they ALWAYS complete the games, people scream about how "wrong" the staff plays. Through all 3 Endurance Runs all the way up to these, and I think it's got something to do with the fact that a LOT of these games aren't as complicated as we like to think they are and that creates a certain level of dissonance that expresses itself through hostility.

GG, Brad. GG.

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Posted By awdougherty

@brad It's unusual that people prefer Demon's Souls over Dark Souls in my experience, and usually it's people waxing weirdly nostalgic about a game that came out in 2009 for some reason. Dark Souls is better in every conceivable way, from the variety and fair challenge of the areas and bosses, the upgradeable armor and loads more loot, the removal of ridiculous limitations like halving HP, world tendency and item load, and it's much more viable to play the game in a variety of different ways. I found it longer, more properly challenging, and more interesting and fun. You should definitely go back and visit it at some point since the early areas (Undead Burg/Blighttown) are the least interesting ones, at least when comparing it to the whole game of Demon's Souls which had a couple of memorable levels.

Also, Dark Souls II is pretty rad so far, and I can understand arguments about DS 1 vs DS 2 on either side at this point. Demon's apologists are a little nuts though.

I'm one who does lean toward Demon's Souls to Dark Souls, but I will admit that a lot of the mechanics were improved in Dark Souls. What does it for me is the atmosphere Demon's Souls invokes for me. In the end, the entirety of Demon's Souls is the world's longest storming of a castle, but in order to storm that castle you have to go through areas that invoke pure desolation - again, this is my personal reaction to it. Those poor bastards working in the mine tunnels, the Tower of Latria or whatever in its entirety, the couple at the bottom of the swamp. I would never discount anyone that prefers Dark Souls 1 or 2 to Demon's Souls because there are clear arguments to be made, but for me personally, I really responded to the setting in Demon's Souls a bit more than either Dark Souls game.

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Edited By Adaptor

Watched/listened to this entire series twice now and, because of it, finally started playing the game myself!

Congrats on finishing this bastard of a game. Not sure yet if I'll make it that far myself... Oh, and for the love of the Sun, don't let the negativity get to you. I'm quite certain the large majority of us enjoyed this without any weirdly inappropriate rage over playing video games 'the right way'.

Thanks @brad and @vinny

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Posted By edeo

I'm amazed at how obtuse Brad is when it comes to the story.

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Posted By Vrikk

When Brad says, "Maybe I'll go back to it" or "maybe I'll play it a bit more"... he won't. He says this in a lot of Bombcasts, which is a clear indicator that the game doesn't grab him, and it's the last he's played of it.

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@brad: Just wanted to say thanks for inspiring me to finish the game after like 4 years, and giving me a new found appreciation for the Souls series! It really sucks to still be seeing these Brad is bad at games types at it still when you did an incredible job under the pressure of streaming to thousands and you barely taking the easy way out.

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Posted By buzz_clik

"I was just getting screenshots for Drew..."

Vinny Caravella: Naturally adept liar and DEVIOUS MOTHERFUCKER.

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Posted By MormonWarrior

@brad It's unusual that people prefer Demon's Souls over Dark Souls in my experience, and usually it's people waxing weirdly nostalgic about a game that came out in 2009 for some reason. Dark Souls is better in every conceivable way, from the variety and fair challenge of the areas and bosses, the upgradeable armor and loads more loot, the removal of ridiculous limitations like halving HP, world tendency and item load, and it's much more viable to play the game in a variety of different ways. I found it longer, more properly challenging, and more interesting and fun. You should definitely go back and visit it at some point since the early areas (Undead Burg/Blighttown) are the least interesting ones, at least when comparing it to the whole game of Demon's Souls which had a couple of memorable levels.

Also, Dark Souls II is pretty rad so far, and I can understand arguments about DS 1 vs DS 2 on either side at this point. Demon's apologists are a little nuts though.

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Posted By super2j

ZIG ZAG BRAD!!! @2:05 ish Man... he knew that guy could travel far distances, why would he just go in a straight line like that?

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Edited By kishinfoulux

Brad should've just quit out of the game when that fucking moron invaded or turned it off. Don't give the satisfaction.

Watching the fight drag on, and on , and on and Brad waste items was awful.

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Posted By dr_mantas

The world may have been mended.

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Posted By Grillbar

i will admit the first time i defeated the king, i shot him thought the fog door with arrows.

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Edited By Mezmero

Anti climatic but a good job nonetheless Brad. The path of a true wizard, at least in DnD, should always be boundless knowledge over saving the world. Basically you made the wrong choice as a wizard. I'm waiting for someone to make a True Wizard show with Sage Freke and Floogan trying to track down Yurt.

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Edited By Chango

Congrats, Brad! Greatly enjoyed the feature.

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Edited By CatsAkimbo

This was fun to watch, thanks for the great run!

I do wish Brad would be more adventurous and try out the invading stuff (I assume that's what the last red marker-thing was at the end?). I would've liked to know what that was about, and it might have been a fun way to cap off the sort of anti-climactic ending to the game.

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Posted By vikingdeath1

"I'm getting slightly aroused over here" -Brad Shoemaker

a good example of how a lust for souls will corrupt your own soul.

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Posted By SaturdayNightSpecials

Great stream. I'm glad I was able to see the end of the game, because I gave up on beating False King a long time ago.

Watching this has me excited to play Dark Souls. Though from afar, it seems a bit more fantastical and less pensive than Demon's? That might be disappointing.

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Posted By danlongman

@brad @vinny. What a ride guys. Thank you. Thoroughly enjoyed this series

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Edited By Fonzinator

I have only watched a few episodes, but I really wish you would not enable the troll. Playing his stupid game is the entire reason he spends hours upon hours to try and invade you. If the viewers like it then keep it going... I guess. I just hope that is not the case.

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Posted By Mercanis

Thanks for the Endurance Run, Brad and Vinny. It was a fun ride!

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@sweetz said:

@funkys said:

@katygaga said:

who is Potato Marshal?

Yeah, I kind of wish he/she would come forward after this. I mean, they have to be a subscriber right? It's pretty easy to find their profile on PSN, but it's not the same.

Here's his Steam community page: http://steamcommunity.com/id/potatomarshal

Judging by Steam motto, probably a kid. Looks like he plays DOTA2 quite a bit; I'd love to see Brad's reaction if he ever got in a match with him.

Is it an unspoken rule of the internet that trolls and people trying intentionally to be shitty tend to have anime girl avatars? Not saying all people with anime girl avatars are assholes, but most assholes seem to have anime girl avatars.

Shockingly, they're also a member of the Dark Souls 4chan community!

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Posted By Bummlmitz

Well played, Brad.

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Posted By DisAbiLityFisHy

Floogan will always be remembered. Umbasa!

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Posted By slindz

@outrager:
Are you that impatient that watching (not even) 20 minutes of Brad and Vinny figuring out the game is a complaint, Also he fucking beat the boss and did an awesome job, why are you complaining about it.

Great fun and awesome experience watching you @brad. You handled that last (proper) boss fight beautifully.

Can't wait for the next Breaking Brad. *Cough*Dragons Dogma*cough*

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Posted By Jeristo

Oh my god! Vinny's suggestion about the secret item after the bathroom break drop had me laughing so hard. And then there was one! Vinny hid his surprise well.

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Posted By koolaid39

This was a lot of fun. Thanks fellas!

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Posted By tyler1285

@orange_pork: It's nice to know that they allow internet access in asylums now.

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Brad complaining about sitting there for 20 minutes to poison cloud the dragon, but spends 20 minutes complaining about not knowing how to kill the dragon, questioning the items on the floor, and making Vinny ask the chat about the lore. Sigh...

I think if Brad does another stream of a game like this he should have a die that he can just roll to make the decision for him.

I hope the next Souls endurance stream has Matt Rorie play. I wonder what his play style is like compared to Brad and Vinny.

Oh man, I just got to the part with the boss fight with the Old King. Brad should really pick either running away from that AOE spell so he takes no damage or stand right in front and block so that he can keep hitting him. Blocking from max range while taking damage seems so pointless. Also Brad seems to keep wanting to get range between the boss and him, but he wants to melee. I would be running at the boss and just circle strafing.

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Posted By topsteer

Whoever in the chat said that Homing Soul Arrow sucks has obviously never used it, it's easily the best spell in both Demon's and Dark Souls.

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Posted By Orange_Pork

It is incredible how much better this looks than Dark Souls 2.

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Posted By Roy42

@brad said:

@dexterkid said:

The frustrating part isn't that you make these errors, but rather your attitude about it afterwards and the fact that you incessantly blame everything in sight and never concede that maybe you just aren't very good at certain games. A bit more humility or self-deprecation would go a long way in making your content more pleasant.

Okay, so what did I blame losing that fight on? Help me out.

Typically you would rest the blame at the apparent fact that there was no chance to heal, when you've fought your enemy and played this game for long enough that you should have known what attacks it would be safe to heal during. This was more prevalent against Doran than Old King Allant (or just about any other boss), of course. Your fight against the Allant demon was hardly the worst fight in the game, however it was still a fight where you would take damage from attacks that you should have been recognising and avoiding. If you ever go back to Dark Souls 1, and it genuinely baffles me why you would just leave that unfinished and move on to the sequel, consider this a similar fight to either Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, or Knight Artorias. They are both enemies who have great speed, range and attack power; and the battles against them are ones of patience.

While you're here, Brad, would you mind me asking what it is you like about Souls games? I've been genuinely curious about this for awhile. You don't seem to be that interested in the lore of the games, you dislike invasions and don't seem to ever really use summons, so what about them specifically interests you as opposed to "easier" (for lack of a better word) RPGs?