When I first started keeping this journal, I mentioned how badly I wanted to like this game. Well folks, I’m pleased to report that I not only like Dark Souls II, I LOVE Dark Souls II. Maybe even a little too much – I pulled a few all-nighters last week and may or may not have lost a bunch of sleep…
This one is gonna be short and sweet. I have poured many hours of gameplay in by now and I still haven’t made any monumental progress. Or at least I don’t think I have…I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m still not 100% certain what I’m actually supposed to be doing or where I’m supposed to be going. I have been having a great time exploring anyway though, Drangleic is gorgeous! Gorgeous In a dark, gloomy, everything wants you to die and then bring you back to life so you can die again kind of way.
Heide’s Tower of Flame
I finally got brave enough to venture out of Majula and stumbled upon a new area called Heide’s Tower of Flame. At the end of that bridge you see in the picture was a massive knight of some sort who swung a sword hard enough to kill me…he killed me a lot. I wasn’t gonna call that guy my dad though, nope. I took down that Ogre at the beginning of the game, I can take this guy! Each death taught me something. I learned to dodge away from his sword thrusts and roll around him. I learned exactly how long I had to swing my own sword at him before making myself vulnerable again. His attacks do quite a bit of damage and I had started to hollow away; my health bar getting smaller each time he sent me back to the bonfire. I treat each of my enemies in this game just like I’d treat a boss in any normal game, and I think that’s what I enjoy most about Dark Souls II combat. Each enemy is unique, and if you’re able to time your attacks just right, you can make pretty short work of just about anything you come across, thus preparing you for the next challenge that awaits you. At the same time, everything you fight is dangerous, so I take each encounter seriously
See how I made a few mistakes, but I allowed myself some distance between the big guy and I, healed myself and approached him a little more carefully. I sat down at the bonfire, got back up and I kept grinding away at this guy every time he came back. Finally I was ready for him!
Boom! Flawless right? Well…that was a great feeling until I went upstairs and found an even angrier version of the guy I just killed so many times. Thankfully I farmed enough souls from the first sword guy to make him disappear for good. What came next was absolutely bat shit crazy…I’ll save that for next time though.
A lot of people are apparently pretty good at this game and here I am patting myself on the back for learning how to kill a grunt. It still feels like an achievement every time though, and I guess that’s why I keep coming back.
As always, thanks for letting me gloat. If anyone reading this is a Dark Souls pro and wants to shed some insight on what it is I should be aiming for here, I’d actually be more than happy to hear some thoughts about this game from someone else.