Spoilt for choice…..

Originally posted 2017-03-01 20:00:51.

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Up till recently I had been playing the same 4 or 5 games. However, recently I have had a bit of cash to spare and I bought some new ones. I bought Elder scrolls online. I wish I could say I was impressed. It is a fun way to pass the time. You can interact but to get the most from it you need headphones and a group of friends. Being an older gamer I don’t want to shut myself off from the world and any friends I have are not interested in the gaming world. It’s not that hard and the quests are all the same. I will keep it for a while but it’ll never be a favourite. It is also jumpy (lag!) when too many are in one area. In all I can’t see me playing it into the ground as I do with many games.

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I also bought The Evil Within. I would tell you about it but I only played the first 1/2 hour or so and went on to Elder Scrolls. Another long term project methinks.

Then today I bought a game which I can guarantee to be playing for a long…long time. I can also foresee a lot of frustrating boss fights. How do I know this?

Ages ago on my old 360 I bought ‘Dark Souls’ It prided itself, like it’s predecessor ‘Dead Souls’ on it’s difficulty and promised you would die, often. I did!!!!! For months I ran round an area again and again collecting souls to level up enough for the next impossible boss. I got a fair way through but after many months I got fed up with the difficulty and sold it.

I played DS2 as well but that didn’t allow you to farm souls and level up. After a few runs through nothing re-spawned so bosses remained impossible. In the end it didn’t let me progress enough for the tougher bosses.

However that was before I had my cataracts done and since then games have become easier for me. I can’t explain why, given that I gave up on the previous 2, I have now got ‘Dark Souls 3’ on the Xbox one s. It might be easier, I mused to myself. It’ll be better graphics. I did enjoy the first one. This last bit was true, it is one of my fave games.

I fired it up. Was it going to be easier? Errrr. No. I got into it with little effort. Controls easy. Graphics were great and the backdrops beautiful. Then I met the first serious enemy, not even a boss, and it took me about 30 attempts. On top of that there is a boss to fight before you get into the game proper. Soul farming is back and I know I can progress but it seems very much like DS1. So do I regret buying it? Well no. I honestly feel that the cataracts combined with the difficulty were responsible for my giving up on 1 and I truly enjoyed both 1 and 2. 3 felt so familiar, like slipping on an old pair of slippers. Added to this, 30 was a small amount of attempts compared to some of the harder enemies in the earlier games which bears out the point about my sight problems. I have a feeling that all my other games will be gathering dust for a while.

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I guess that  I will tell you what I told my wife. The first game was hard, the second game also. This should be no different. It may take many attempts to kill enemies but the feeling of the high when you do is more than worth it. Addictive would be a good description. I’ll keep you posted dear Geeky buddies Now where did I put the controller?