This is Day 18 of my trek through hell in video game form and since my last update, things have actually been going fairly well for me (especially compared to that giant booby-trap known as World 3). I just want to make sure people reading these blogs understand, I love this game. No other game gets me worked up as much as Demon's Souls, so if anything, me raging is actually a testament to the emotional investment I have with this title. Demon's Souls gets into your head and never let go; it is always pushing you to the next area to see how it can **** with you this time. For every controller-throwing moment (and believe me, there have been a few) there are several moments of sheer joy at taking down a formidable enemy or finally overcoming a difficult obstacle in the terrain. That being said, this game still has its moments of absolute frustration and heartbreak. Although World 4 was relatively easy (mainly due to its bosses), I still made a few memories (not necessarily good ones either)
(Lovely place; just might take my next vacation there....after I die)
Now, despite me claiming that World 4 was relatively easy, this is under certain conditions. Unlike World's 1, 2 and arguably 3, you should not even attempt this world until you are of a higher level. Even the normal enemies of this land hit really hard and if you don't have enough stamina or if you don't have a good enough shield to block their hits, you will die and quickly. I remember people telling me that World 4 is a easy and quick way to farm souls and they were all **** ing liars. The skeletal foes of this world have apparently taken high-flying gymnastic training and are able to roll, weave and dodge their way to you in a very short amount of time and will cut you into bits if you are not prepared. There are literally enemies that dual wield katanas as if they were Legolas from Lord of the Rings. Ridiculous. That all being said, they are extremely fun to kill :)
(I could have really used your help in World 4 you jerk)
The bosses, Adjudicator, Old Hero and especially Storm King did not put up much of a struggle, especially in contrast to some of their brethren from other worlds (looking at you False King). Adjudicator was a little annoying because his tongue could **** you through the platforms you use to get down to him. However, I just slammed my arrows into his ugly skull on my way down to him. He was really fat and disgusting, kind of like my ex-girlfriend. Maybe From Software based the character model after her.... Old Hero was definitely the most difficult boss of the world, as he was basically a carbon copy of Tower Knight. Luckily, he was blind for whatever reason (probably blinded by my sheer awesomeness) so although he could hit you hard and had much higher agility than Tower Knight, he could lose track of you pretty fast (especially with Thief's Ring equipped). Storm King was a joke, but was actually one of my favourite boss battles due to the battleground itself, his model design looking amazing and the weapon you obtain while fighting him: Storm Ruler AKA Soul Farmer Extraordinaire. Dissimilar to other worlds, Shrine of Storms was not difficult because of boss battles or level design, it was difficult because of one simple fact: Black Phantom Invasions
(A picture of Adjudicator)
Shrine of Storms is by far the easiest place to farm souls. Whether it be the Reaper at the beginning of 4-2 that drops over 5k souls per kill, or the Manatee playing ground of 4-3 which can farm for about 20k souls per run, World 4 is the place to level up (Whoever thought up flying manatees that shoot spikes out of their butt was definitely on some sort of drug I would like to get my hands on). The game has been out for a while, so most worlds do not contain that many white phantoms running around, but World 4 is filled with them. I often get nervous that there is a horde of enemies around the corner, only to find out there are just several phantoms running around their own world. However, for every friendly phantom you meet (A Casper perhaps) there are just as many unfriendly phantoms (Those douchebag cousins of Casper perhaps). If you are not in soul form, you will be invaded almost instantly. Clearly people have caught on that the highest volume of players rests in World 4, so that's where the invaders flock. This is kind of....No, this is really **** ing annoying when all I am trying to do is beat a level and someone invades my game, ESPECIALLY if I am working on a bunch of Shadowlurkers that refuse to attack invaders for whatever reason. Now I have to worry about Reapers, Shadowlurkers, Invaders OH **** ING MY!
(What instantly comes to mind when an invader enters)
In fact, the most stressful moment of my entire Demon's Souls career happened in 4-2. First, let me set this up. I had read many reviews before purchasing Demon's Souls and almost every one had the same line: "Sooner or later, your death will cost you big time." Although dying had caused me to scream in frustration, never once had it really cost me anything but time (and possibly a new controller). I never had that many souls on me, and could almost always get back to my bloodspot anyways. Now that has been said, let me continue. I had killed three invaders in a row before even getting through the first hallway, so I decided it was time to bring in some back-up. I summoned two other blue phantoms to work with me, and even though SEVEN invaders entered, one after the other, we vanquished them all and they stopped coming after that. I hadn't realized, but I had equipped Ring of Avarice (a ring that grants you 20% more souls) the entire time. My soul count now reached over 70k. Never once had I seen that many souls on me at one time. I wanted so badly to just quit out of the game and cash that away before it was lost. Unfortunately, there are only two ways to exit a multiplayer session: Turn off your game....or death. I didn't want to turn off my game, because then I would get a bad rating and it would be less likely for people to want to join my game. And death REALLY wasn't an option I wanted to pursue.
(Skinny_man! What's the reading on your soul level?)
So, with my butt clenched and my palms sweating (heart-beating, hands shaking etc.) I followed behind the two blue phantoms as they vanquished everything in their path (there was no **** ing way I was taking the lead). I almost died several times due to the SWEETASS targeting system that was under the impression I wanted to focus on one of the manatees flying out over the sea instead of a skeleton two feet in front of me. If there had been a penny jar beside me for everytime I swore, thinking that I had just lept off the cliff to my doom because of a broken targeting system, I would have enough money to hire someone else to beat this **** ing game for me. Anyways, the three of us got to the end of the level where Old Hero stood. I now had over 90k souls. NINETY THOUSAND GOD DAMN SOULS. Luckily, I had fought Old Hero before in someone elses game when I was a blue phantom and knew exactly what to expect (I usually do this to prepare myself for my own battle against the boss). So in my previous duel against this beast, he just kind of swung his sword blindly and charged at walls where he thought I, or my partner, was. The real trick was waiting until he was tired, and then hitting him from behind and then running away and hiding again. None of this is what happened for this battle. APPARENTLY, the **** er knew that I had 90k souls on me, and was out for blood. It didn't matter that my team mates tried their absolute best to take the focus away from me, pelting him again and again with magic, arrows, swords, EVERYTHING THEY HAD, this bastard wanted me dead and no one was going to stop him. He was clearly faking his bull **** sight disability in our first round, as he had now retained his senses and knew EXACTLY where the **** I was this time around. I had to keep running; no time for healing, fighting or anything. I then got stuck on a troll pillar who, I swear, congealed out of the ground to stop me from running. I turned around to see where the beast was as his sword came crashing down on top of me and killed me in one single hit. My jaw dropped to the floor as I watched my soul count drop back to zero. I have no idea what happened after that, as I blacked out and when I awoke I was naked in a corn field the words "FROM SOFTWARE MUST DIE" written in blood on the ground.....Okay, maybe that didn't happen, but I was so very pissed off.
(Probably my reaction to losing all my souls)
I went into a slight stage of depression after this event, but quickly realized all was not lost! I was still able to go back and retrieve my souls....I just needed to get back to Old Hero was all. No biggie, right? I quickly tried summoning someone else into my game to help me get back to where I died as fast as possible, but wouldn't you know it, some trolling little **** had to invade my game just before I could summon the guy. I mean Jesus Mother **** ing Christ, GIVE ME A BREAK! So this invader and I were locked in an epic duel for my 90k souls. He didn't know what was on the line, but I did. If I died again, I would lose everything and that wasn't going to happen; not on my pissed off watch. I just kept swinging away at the guy and he just kept on rolling. I shield bashed him, I shot magic at him, I used my heavy attacks; I mean, this guy must have been scared. I didn't even knowing what I was doing anymore I was attacking him so vigorously. The duel ended a little anti-climactically, as he rolled off the cliff when I swung at him, but I won nonetheless. I summoned the blue phantom, we ran to the end and this time I equipped my Thief's Ring so that supposed "blind" little beyotch wouldn't be able to get me. I got my souls back and beat him into the ground. The End :)....
Well, not quite "The End' because I still have World 5 to tackle as well as False King (who has hopefully rotted into nothing by now so I don't have to face him). I have been told World 5 is the most fun world of them all and shall cause me no problems. I do hope that this is the case because I believe I have already lost a few years of my life due to the stress this game has caused me. Please let World 5 be as easy as they say.....;)
(My level of happiness upon retrieving my souls as expressed by an Elcor Diplomat)