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Just so you know Pat, I would actually watch you and Woolie doing run-throughs of Dark Souls and Demon's Souls. And maybe Bloodborne, when it comes out? :3

Asked by taren19

Maybe one day. Lets finish DS2 first though.

Are the PvE hit boxes in DS2 fixed yet? I'm not getting the game till they are.

Asked by sebfava

Nope. Smelter demons overhead still hits 4-5 times wider than his fucking sword.

THEY SAID BLOODBORNE WAS GOING TO BE MADE "LESS PUNISHING, FOR THE NEW CASUAL PLAYERS BEING INTRODUCED TO THE SERIES" DO WE PANIC YET?

Asked by scootymcroger

Relax. This news popped up for Dark and Dark 2 and both times they were true but overstated. Dark 1 didn’t have the horrible world tendency and it’s upgrade system was understandable by a human, for example. They’ll just clean stuff up a bit so it’s less crazy obtuse, Miyazakis been very clear about Bloodborne that disappointing the existing fans with an easy game would be a tragedy.

You've talked about adds in DS2, Plague's talked about it, Adds have made up 1/3rd of bosses in these games since Demons: [Astraea, Storm King, Phalanx, Tower Knight, False Idol, Maneaters] 6/18! Dark1: [Tauros, Stray Demon, Capra, Gaping Dragon, Nito, Pinwheel, Gargoyles, Four Kings, Ornstien and Smaugh] 9/26! Dark 2: [Sentinels, Gargoyles, Sinner+, Sentry+, Freya, Rat Authority, Rat Vanguard, Magus, Skeleton Lords, Chariot, Throne Twins, Darklurker, Dragonriders, Elana, Graverobbers] 15/34!

Asked by jackelzxa

That’s a false equivalence if I ever saw one. The problem with DS2 adds is that 

1. In many cases they’re the old fashioned MMO style add, like Frejas spiders dropping in mid-fight.

2. They’re bosses in tandem that were clearly never designed around each others movesets because they constantly overlap and the only safe way to deal with them is to bait them out simultaneously. 

3. Several of those you’ve mischaracterized. Freja is likely the worst in the game because she’s a terrible boss in a bland arena that just dumps shit spiders at you. No wait! Authority is worse. Toxic rats in which the entire battle revolves around taking out the rats ASAP. Enemies to distract you from the boss or attack you and ruin your shit because the boss itself wasn’t well designed, or multiple bosses with boring movesets to distract that that boss one on one would be dull as hell. Ruin Sentinels or Throne Watchers vs Orn and Smaugh is a ridiculous comparison, as Orn and S were designed to complement each others movesets whereas the DS2 variants are either identical or nearly so and just two of the bosses thrown at you.

4. Some of the bosses you mentioned as having adds only count if you fudge the numbers. Including Vinland/Astraea is ridiculous, Astraea doesn’t attack you. Pinwheel and False Idol aren’t about adds, they’re about fakes/clones. Tower Knight and Gaping Dragons do have enemies that can pluck away at you, but Tower was specifically as phase 1 of the fight to let you get a look at him, and Gapings “add” can be permanently removed prior to the fight! Taurus’ guys being killed sets you up for a huge plunge attack, and they attack you prior to the boss!

5. Adding in NG+ (and your math in general) is kind of fudged. Removing New Game +, and bosses that don’t have proper adds you have the following in DeS

-Phalanx, in which the entire boss is a mass of singular enemies

-Maneater, in which the add is properly designed for and the enemies consistently take turns between long and short range attacks as well as don’t have aggressive timing that makes them unsafe to attack

-Storm King, in which the smaller mantas act as practice for the Storm Ruler sword (but in general, that boss fight is weak, yeah)

That’s 3 out of 18. That’s 15%

Dark 1 has

-Belfry Gargoyles, near identical to Maneater.

-Capra, whose entire boss fight revolves around surviving the first 30 seconds in a wild assault in a tiny room. He’s not a great boss but he’s better than the identical encounter in DS2 with Vogel the Sinner.

-Nito, who is an exercise in persistent crowd control and getting the boss to do crowd control for you.

-The Four Kings, which is a proper DPS race designed around not allowing the adds to enter the fight prematurely instead of just forcing them on you.

That’s 4 out of 26. That’s ALSO 15%

Moving to Dark 2, remove the NG+ ones for comparison, you have 13/32 bosses fit the pattern of bad bosses that have tons of bullshit thrown at you or the boss merely doubled or tripled. That’s more than 30% of these bosses use this mechanic, nearly all poorly, which the sole exceptions in my mind being Elana (because she has to call them out and her own attacks are easily avoided) and Darklurker (being designed around his duplicate and having slow windups with big damage).

It’s a massive increase and the quality went to shit besides.

Where's a good place to start watching JoJo (sorry if you've already answered this a billion times)?

Crunchyroll!

So do you find yourself agreeing or influenced by Matthewmatosis' videos ?

Asked by vonboche

Absolutely. He does some great work. I’ve rewatched his DS2 critique recently and I agree with him utterly, so you’re likely going to see some bleed over into the DS2 playthrough.

Hey pat my pc isn't powerful enough to run any of the souls games at a reasonable framerate, but i want to learn more about the lore of them. are there any youtubers or websites you recommend to just cram my head with lore?

Asked by ziorx

Vaati and ENB are the obvious choices, but yknow they’re on Ps3 and (mostly) 360 too right?

Yo Pat in the latest podcast what was the proper spelling of that fighting anime mentioned before Wolfenstein? Sounded like Ipo but I can't find anything.

Asked by odysseyknight

Hajime no Ippo!

Am I crazy for thinking that movement and Parrying etc. in Dark Souls II feels... wrong? I mean in the first Dark Souls, for the most part, moving around feels feels heavy and smooth in a satisfying way, parrying feels really good but also very precise, as it should be. But with 2 it feels like a cheap imitation of the real thing, the flow is all gone, jump using the stick you're controlling the character with (Like on a thin ledge) instead of a simple tap of the run button is just the worst.

You’re not wrong at all. Plague and I have been talking about it recently, it’s all fucked up. The parry window in DeS and DS1 was right at the beginning post button press. For some reason in DS2 they decided to put the parry window halfway through the animation for almost all weapons. As of right now though, some weapons received “proper” parry timing in their animations, most notably the monastery sword, warped sword and a few other curved swords. You mess with those for 5 minutes and realize how fucked parrying is overall.

Hey, how long you been a Giant Bomb fan?

Asked by jukeboxzer0

Since the first year of Gamespot Presents the Hotspot.