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arcanephoenix Resident Bollywood Nerd from Bombay(BOMBAY!), India Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
Resident Bollywood Nerd
Dec 6th 2018 at 3:34:35 PM

Dark Souls III :

  • If you've been following Anri's questline to help them kill Aldrich, you still have to kill him yourself. That said, its still a good idea to do that, as it's easier to beat Aldrich once you have seen his attacks not targeted at you.

  • In general, do the Lords of Cinder alone. They're superb fights, and, again, you have paid money for this game.

  • Don't worry about sidequests too much. You will miss most of them on your first run, but that's ok, that's what NG+ is for.

  • Oceiros thrashes around a LOT, and his ice attacks can curse you. Watch out in phase 2 where he stops after charging if you're in his vicinity - he has maybe five frames of ramp-up before turning into a helicopter of limbs that can oneshot you if you've not put a lot of points into VIG.

  • If there is a way for a spellcaster-focused build to beat the Evil Tree, I have not found it.

  • You can lock-on to the princes. If you lose the lock-on, typically it means that they're about to charge the beam attack.

  • Champion Gundyr is either really easy with a summon, or horrendously difficult solo. Phase 1 is typically fine, but Phase 2 is probably the only boss that comes close to being genuinely unfair.

  • Midir is harder with a summon.

  • Gael is fucking epic.

  • Do the demons in Ringed City solo. Phase 2 becomes a slog with summons.

  • You can cut the rope bridge in Ariandel.

  • The ideal way to experience Friede is to beat phase 1 solo, beat phase 2 with Gael, and beat phase 3 solo. I honestly am not a fan of Ornstein-Smough style battles solo.


  • Fuck the Star on Furier.

  • For a boss fight that is supposed to be easy on purpose, the Beat is fucking tough.

  • If you're achievement hunting, the Edge is the easiest way to get the "no hits" achievement.

  • The English voice-acting is fine, but the French and Japanese voices are great, especially the Japanese. You haven't lived until you've heard the Hand go "MODORE".

  • The bullet-parrying achievement for the hand is bugged - you cannot get it on Furier. It's not a big deal, though - just open the Furi version in practice mode.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey:

  • This game is astonishingly good. Even if Ubi have kinda tried to milk it a bit for micro money.

  • Wood is your major bottleneck when it comes to upgrades, so explore to find everyt piece you can! Your biggest source is boats, so try to get to grips with ship combat asap - you'll have to maneuver very well to only have 1v1 fights.

  • The healing skill is pretty much necessary to progress - there is no way to regen health in fights otherwise.

Edited by arcanephoenix on Dec 6th 2018 at 6:39:20 AM

"Don't do stupid shit" seems to be an ideology we can all rally behind. - East N
Yumil mad archivist from France
mad archivist
Dec 7th 2018 at 2:44:34 PM

eh you know what ? you've inspired me to replay furi.

-Bernard is the best boss in all history of video games, no fucking exceptions. But to the phase that mimic the edge, fuck you kindly, and to the phase that mimics the song and HER FUCKING SHOCKWAVE ON DASH, go burn in a fire.

-"You hesited, during that fight. I didn't expected that from you. beat I like that. It's full of hope."

Edited by Yumil on Dec 7th 2018 at 11:46:17 AM

AzurePaladin The Blue Knight from The Feywild Relationship Status: Mu
The Blue Knight
Dec 8th 2018 at 10:30:28 PM

Touhou Project:

-When the lasers start to bend and curve around, "Bomb early, bomb often" is the new motto. Even if you think you can dodge them, just do it.

-There is always a difficulty spike around but not necessarily at fourth stage. Always.

-In HSIFS, you can press 'C' to be granted a brief ability to help. If you have no bomb, USE IT.

-If you take an extended break from the series and come back, you will not be as good as you once were. You WILL need practice to do well again.

-It always looks easier than it is. Always.

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Dec 9th 2018 at 9:23:21 AM

Kirby 64 taught me at age 9 that what works on enemies doesn't always work on bosses.

Medinoc Chaotic Greedy from France
Chaotic Greedy
Dec 9th 2018 at 1:58:29 PM

Super Metroid:

  • Sorry to break it to you dude, but you're not good enough to do mockball. Just give up.
  • You suck at Infinite Bomb Jump too.
  • Playing it on a real controller is actually harder than the keyboard, because it's much easier to accidentally hit a diagonal that interrupts your spinjump (and with it, your Space Jump or Wall Jump streak).
  • On the other hand, there are some things you can't do on keyboard because few keyboards like people who press three non-modifier keys at the same time. Perhaps it's time to think of a less impractical keyboard configuration.

Edited by Medinoc on Dec 9th 2018 at 10:58:42 AM

"And as long as a sack of shit is not a good thing to be, chivalry will never die."
NesClassic Meh-meh!? from Flyover Country Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Dec 9th 2018 at 6:51:52 PM

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Spirits
    • Using multiple Lava Floor Resist spirits seems like an intuitive idea, right? Well, uh, the result is you'll end up bouncing on the lava floor until around 40% due to the lessened knockback and not being able to jump out of it until then.
    • Run as far as possible from any Ganondorf spirits. They all seem to be giant and have permanent armor.
    • Don't be afraid to come back to Spirits later! Or, alternatively, to steamroll the extra frustrating ones.
  • Don't let the hard light aesthetic fool you, Link's Remote Bomb Rune is still a bomb and (unlike the source material) fire or other explosions will set it off instantly.
  • Bowser's Tough Guy attribute is not super armor. He is not Little Mac. Stop assuming he is.
  • Inklings aren't very well-suited to fighting teams of multiple opponents, since it makes it harder to focus your ink on one target and gives you less breathing room to refill ink.
  • Don't let the seemingly-normal hitboxes fool you, Simon's jab and grab aren't all that compared to other characters. Your best option up close is usually trying to run away.
  • King K. Rool's armor is strong and abusable. Apparently it's also highly allergic to Yoshi's down aerial, which can shred his armor apart in one go.
  • Pay close attention to Isabelle, it's easy to miss when she plants her Lloid Trap and even easier to lose track of it being on the stage at all.

Edited by NesClassic on Dec 9th 2018 at 7:01:52 AM

Rationalinsanity from Halifax, Canada Relationship Status: It's complicated
Dec 9th 2018 at 7:01:42 PM

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • While this applies to most games; keep a manual save on hand, in case a valuable horse dies or a massive bounty comes up, etc.

  • Petty crime doesn't pay, stick to events.

  • Honor does pay, via store discounts. On that note, losing Honor is a whole lot easier than gaining it, at higher levels along the Karma Meter.

  • Watch out for contextual shifts. Triangle is used to mount your horse....and also to choke out hapless civilians.

  • Alligators will destroy you and everything you love.

  • Knives are goddamn dangerous, and can one-shot you if you aren't careful. Keep your distance, and gun the maniac down with your weapon of choice.

  • Don't neglect leveling your health core. While stamina goes up naturally (due to spiriting), its very easy to ignore hunting, fist fights and fishing, turning Arthur into a Glass Cannon.

  • On missions where you don't have your primary horse, grab your rifles beforehand if possible. Otherwise, you are stuck with sidearms for the duration.

Edited by Rationalinsanity on Dec 9th 2018 at 12:24:47 PM

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.
Dec 10th 2018 at 12:09:31 PM

Path of Exile:

The new Betrayal Bosses hurt, especially when promoted and/or geared.

Also, it's possible to just walk away once you've subdued them if none of the options appeal to you.

Dec 11th 2018 at 7:04:58 PM

I was stuck on the final boss of Project X Zone 2 for a half hour until I noticed the ATK increasing skills. I used up tons of SP items and spammed Reiji/Xioamu's attack-buffing status about 10 times, and beat her in 1 combo right before I would've lost.