Critical Miss: Darker Souls

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Darker Souls

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Someone should've warned her about the bottomless pit ahead,

Imminent Dispair

...I don't understand. Why was the dragon behind her? Why was jumping off preferable to escaping up the ladder?

Praise the sun!

And yes. People think they're being genuinely helpful by putting 'ladder ahead' in front of a ladder.

My favourite kind of player-note in Dark Souls is this one:
"Beware: Enemy"
So incredibly useful, you won't believe it.
It took me three read-throughs to see that the comic has a dialogue...
Then it got funny.

I loved it, so funny and I have still yet to play this game.

Tharwen:
...I don't understand. Why was the dragon behind her? Why was jumping off preferable to escaping up the ladder?

The dragon only just appeared behind her. And I seriously doubt she'd be able be ascend even a quarter of that ladder before the dragon roasts her alive.

She just decided to save herself little dignity by jumping instead.

Some folks just enjoy being Captain Obvious don't they? Annoying if it happens to you, hilarious if it happens to some other shmuck.

I would bet money that the message has been recommended at least a few times. If not many, many more.

I would bet money that the message has been recommended at least a few times. If not many, many more.

Or, as it's generally known, addressing the elephant in the room.

Ahh messages... Was always fun on my first run through Demon's Souls to see a message with a bloodstains before it and the bloodstains show people running over to read the message and dieing horribly. Then after clearing out all the danger reading the message and finding out that the message was some stupid thing like "Danger" or "Sticky White Stuff"

Though some messages can actually be usefull by warning about people jumping out or trapped iron maidens...

I just wish my PS3 hadn't broken so I can play Dark Souls...

Tharwen:
...I don't understand. Why was the dragon behind her? Why was jumping off preferable to escaping up the ladder?

Because running would only delay the inevitable.

Watch out for the world class intellects around here.

The note wouldn't have gotten any votes if it said something like, "Dragon behind you."

Now if the note said, "Dragon Ahead." that would be much more fun as it would at least hint to the appearance of a dragon, only to surprise you that it came from behind!

That is so damn true, and I giggled at the dragon's answer.

I remember from Demon's Souls there was a note that said 'Hole ahead' right in front of it, and I was not surprised when I saw a ton of 'no shit sherlock' notes littered everywhere.

'Sniper ahead' right in front of the sniper and I get shot at, thanks guy!

The more I play this the more frustrated observations I wind up making. Tip of the hat.

Tharwen:
...I don't understand. Why was the dragon behind her? Why was jumping off preferable to escaping up the ladder?

It's a rip on the way people tend to (intentionally and not) troll others in Dark Souls. Essentially, people will put utterly meaningless warnings around (in this case "Ladder Ahead" 3 feet from a ladder), but ignore the actual danger. It's happened to me a number of times, something like a "Watch for Traps!" warning... on top of a trap, or just flat out wrong warning messages. It's kinda annoying to be honest.

Edit: As for the jumping off bit, that's what you do in cases like this. If something like that snuck up on you, you're dead. It doesn't matter where you go or what you do. It's much faster to just jump off and start over again.

reminds me of all the bloody times Charon in Fallout 3 would warn me "this place is not safe" after we've mowed down an army of Super Mutants...

and then he would say "I don't like the look of this place" in my recently remodeled house >:[[

Daystar Clarion:
Praise the sun!

And yes. People think they're being genuinely helpful by putting 'ladder ahead' in front of a ladder.

Well, it can be useful. If you just didn't notice the ladder, any message near it can draw attention to it. Just having a message near a thing of importance helped me on a couple of occasions.

Another thing I hated about Demon's Souls. Why did they think it was a good idea to let people leave spam all over the floor? Either they're just spamming "I'm in trouble!" or "The true Demon's Souls starts here!" all over the god damn place, or they're deliberately trolling as seen in the comic. If you play this game, you learn pretty quickly to ignore all the piles of glowing bullshit on the floor. The only time it's ever useful is in front of a boss fight, where there will be 15 million messages telling you that it's weak to fire or arrows or whatever. Aside from that, ignore all the shit on the floor because it's just some prick trying to waste your time or get you killed.

Good to see that they didn't improve a god damn thing in Dark Souls, though. Remind me why they didn't just call it "Demon's Souls 2: More of The Same Bullshit From Last Time"?

Ah yes... those messages. Some are actually useful. Like "Trap" right next to where an enemy will appear when you move further in. Others like "Comfort ahead" right before an enemy... not so much. I've been tempted to start putting down some of my own, but have refrained so far.

Fiz_The_Toaster:
That is so damn true, and I giggled at the dragon's answer.

I remember from Demon's Souls there was a note that said 'Hole ahead' right in front of it, and I was not surprised when I saw a ton of 'no shit sherlock' notes littered everywhere.

'Sniper ahead' right in front of the sniper and I get shot at, thanks guy!

You just quoted Yathzee by the way.

Amaror:

Fiz_The_Toaster:
That is so damn true, and I giggled at the dragon's answer.

I remember from Demon's Souls there was a note that said 'Hole ahead' right in front of it, and I was not surprised when I saw a ton of 'no shit sherlock' notes littered everywhere.

'Sniper ahead' right in front of the sniper and I get shot at, thanks guy!

You just quoted Yathzee by the way.

How?

It was in the game and it made me roll my eyes when I saw it. It was a 'no shit sherlock' note and there are a few that I've come across in Dark Souls so far.

What was in the first panel (I think) reminded me of it.

ccdohl:
Imminent Dispair

*thumb up*

Yeah, there's a lot of stupid ass signs out there. I've usually put them down to warn of a trap/ambush, or point out a treasure that may not be obvious. Otherwise if someone else did I like to +rating them.

Great comic. But to be fair, some messages are genuinely helpful. Like the "Safe Zone" ones. Makes the undead dragon in the Painted world alot easier when his poison vomit flows all around me.

But yea, if you have to be told there's a big dragon behind you, you probably aren't paying attention. And anyone who's played Dark Souls knows what happens when you don't pay attention.....

Fiz_The_Toaster:

Amaror:

Fiz_The_Toaster:
That is so damn true, and I giggled at the dragon's answer.

I remember from Demon's Souls there was a note that said 'Hole ahead' right in front of it, and I was not surprised when I saw a ton of 'no shit sherlock' notes littered everywhere.

'Sniper ahead' right in front of the sniper and I get shot at, thanks guy!

You just quoted Yathzee by the way.

How?

It was in the game and it made me roll my eyes when I saw it. It was a 'no shit sherlock' note and there are a few that I've come across in Dark Souls so far.

What was in the first panel (I think) reminded me of it.

The "hole ahead" thing is an unintentional yahtzee ref.

Legendary super hero Captain Obvious was here.

Starke:

Fiz_The_Toaster:

Amaror:

You just quoted Yathzee by the way.

How?

It was in the game and it made me roll my eyes when I saw it. It was a 'no shit sherlock' note and there are a few that I've come across in Dark Souls so far.

What was in the first panel (I think) reminded me of it.

The "hole ahead" thing is an unintentional yahtzee ref.

I'm beginning to think just about every thread comment is going to become an unintentional Yahtzee reference.

"I can't take this..."

Seriously, usually the notes are crap, but sometimes they're useful. I've avoided (or prepared for) a number of traps, ambushes, and bosses because someone put a note a few feet BEFORE the danger.

My favorite is "Lever" a meter away from a lever in plain sight in daylight in the way you are intended to go and there are no other objects in the entire place and its visually distinct against the white background. Gee thanks bro...

My least favorite is one right at the base of a ladder you need to climb up to escape a massive club wielding demon boss and the same button to climb the ladder is the same one for reading a massage. Thanks whoever put there for almost getting me killed!

Fiz_The_Toaster:

Starke:

Fiz_The_Toaster:

How?

It was in the game and it made me roll my eyes when I saw it. It was a 'no shit sherlock' note and there are a few that I've come across in Dark Souls so far.

What was in the first panel (I think) reminded me of it.

The "hole ahead" thing is an unintentional yahtzee ref.

I'm beginning to think just about every thread comment is going to become an unintentional Yahtzee reference.

He's right, and somewhat ironically, the Yahtzee reference is from the game Demon's Souls. But according to his review, there were only pre-rendered responses so that whole, "pit ahead" thing he couldn't leave a reply saying, "no shit butt munch" because the game wouldn't let him. So has Dark Souls changed that or was Yahtzee wrong?

Fiz_The_Toaster:

Starke:

Fiz_The_Toaster:

How?

It was in the game and it made me roll my eyes when I saw it. It was a 'no shit sherlock' note and there are a few that I've come across in Dark Souls so far.

What was in the first panel (I think) reminded me of it.

The "hole ahead" thing is an unintentional yahtzee ref.

I'm beginning to think just about every thread comment is going to become an unintentional Yahtzee reference.

Welcome to our little slice of hell. :p

Tharwen:
...I don't understand. Why was the dragon behind her? Why was jumping off preferable to escaping up the ladder?

Ah you are not a Souls player it seems...
Well to sum it up there is something we call players who slowly climb up a ladder in front of imminent danger in Dark/Demon souls, if its in front of a dragon the word we will probably opt for is "Soup"

I once tried to climb up a ladder to escape a horde of skeletons as a last resort, I managed to put a single hand on a rail before they tore me apart and sold my remains as postit notes.

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