One thing I keep thinking about as I wander into a new and amazing area - I do wish there was some sort of “walking simulator” mode where the enemies just watch you walk around and never move towards you, and no doors or bosses gate progress, you can just walk around and really explore the amazing world they have crafted here. And I think that because of my own fears I’ll never see all of it - because it’s going well so far but you just never know. And also because it sucks to read about someone else having to hang the game up because they are just finding it too challenging.
Anyway (and unrelated I just don’t want to start a new post) I have been following my cousin’s progress, he and I write most days back and forth and the last few weeks we’ve been talking about ER and our progress. He isn’t good at gaming - I mean, he tries but he has the strangest hang ups. He didn’t even try to use the horse for about 20 hours of the game until he was kind of forced to (and also I yelled at him two emails in a row to stop making the game harder than it needed to be).
This is what I read in his email just moments ago.
The more you talk about magic in the game, the less I understand it. It sounds like using it well means fitting together a lot of different pieces that are lost on me. I know the game has different kinds of magic and it sounds like certain equipment increases the potential of it and other items are required to unlock certain spells. Or you equip spells? I really have no idea how it works.
When I tell you that I play the game by rolling around and swinging a sword, that is literally all that I do in combat (besides drinking healing potions, of course). I don’t know how to parry and I have no intention of learning as I have never been able to do this successfully in any Souls-like game. I don’t have the reflexes and I get frazzled very quickly during boss fights and can’t pull off the perfect timing required. Hell, I don’t even use a shield as I can barely coordinate something different in each hand so I just opt for the extra damage of two-handing whatever weapon I’m using. Other than that, there are many mechanics in the game that I don’t understand so I’m sure that I’m severely handicapping myself. You often talk about the amazing things you find but I feel like I’ve got boatloads of mediocre equipment and the vast majority the stuff that mini-bosses drop seems useless to me. Everything I find seems to be intended for use by someone else. It’s like all of the items and equipment only work well in certain combinations and with certain stats, and I don’t know what they are.
So as you can see, he really dislikes layering complexity into what he’s become comfortable with - sword and swing it? Sure, no problem. Add Magic? Oh hold on now buster, that’s beyond human comprehension. A shield!? No thanks, I’ll just use my face. I’m going to have a lot to say to him as my previous emails were filled with links to videos detailing how to do things that I knew for a fact would help him. Like Guard Counters, how Ashes of War worked, how Magic works and how he could put a few points in Faith and learn at least a basic healing spell, all that stuff.