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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (or Philosopher's Stone) for PC

 

 

A blast from the past, and for the most part, still holds up. Could also be because I'm wearing my nostalgia goggles.

I remember having that on the PS2 back when I was a kid. While it was so long I remember absolutely despising that game. There were sequences within that game that were so finicky I ragequited on them multiple times. I don't remember which sequence it was but it was controller snappingly frustrating. I almost tore out one my controller's analogs sticks because of that sequence.

 

OT: Dark Souls 2.

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PC version of the first three Harry Potter games are different, and unlike the PC version of Spider-Man 2, I welcome the changes/different game.

 

OT: Final Fantasy 15

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Tried to play Dark Souls

Nope. Gonna have to wait for a better computer before I can properly play it

Are you sure it's your PC? DS1's minimum system requirement's are very low end and old. If your PC is more recent than the minimum system requirements then you should have no problem running it.

 

OS: Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, or newer.

Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual-Core.

Memory: 1 GB (XP), 2GB (Vista/7)

Hard Disk Space: 4 GB.

Video Card: 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon 4850 or higher, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher.

DirectX®: 9.0c.

Sound: Direct Sound Compatible.

 

If that's the case then DS1 running poorly on your PC has nothing to do with your PC's specs and upgrading your PC will not help. DS1's PC port has the reputation of being one of the worst PC ports ever made. That is not a exaggeration, it's virtually unplayable by default with the framerate constantly dipping below 30 FPS. For comparison I have an AMD FX-8320 CPU with an R9 280 GPU and 16 GBs of RAM. DS1 FPS were around 10-15 FPS on my PC which can run Witcher 3 at almost constant 60 FPS no problem.

 

I suspect what you actually need is DSfix. As the name implies it fixes all the issues the PC port originally had. Just place all the files in the same folder wherever your DARKSOULS.exe is and you're good to go. If you bought it on Steam the DARKSOULS.exe would be at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition\DATA . Though If you're unsure right clicking on your DS1 shortcut > open file location will take you straight to wherever your DARKSOULS.exe is.

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I suspect what you actually need is DSfix. As the name implies it fixes all the issues the PC port originally had. Just place all the files in the same folder wherever your DARKSOULS.exe is and you're good to go. If you bought it on Steam the DARKSOULS.exe would be at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition\DATA . Though If you're unsure right clicking on your DS1 shortcut > open file location will take you straight to wherever your DARKSOULS.exe is.

Oh, so that's what the problem is? I see then and I'm an idiot for uninstalling the game already

I'll try that out, thanks

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I also have some tips to offer you which should help you get a good start.

. If you aren't set on a class yet I would suggest going with the Warrior Class as it's very well rounded and makes for a good start.

 

. Be patient, take on your foes one by one if at all possible and you'll do fine in DS1. A lot of times people get impatient and try to outrun a lot of enemies because they kept getting killed by a boss or whatever.

 

. Don't horde Estus Flasks as they refill at bonfires. But I would say only use them when you have less than half of your health remaining. Otherwise it's somewhat of a waste.

 

. Even if you don't like ranged combat get yourself a bow. There's plenty of enemies in DS1 that are simply out of reach and will give you headaches if you don't have some way of dealing with them.

 

. Figure out which weapons you like to use first and then find/make a build which complements those weapons. There's no respecing in DS1 so you'll want to make sure you do it right the first time.

 

 

. You'll also want to find weapons which scale well with your build's stats. IMO even though this is an important aspect of weapons and should be considered heavily it should also be a second priority to movesets of weapons you like. Initially when I got the Great Scythe I was so excited when I got it I bump it all the way to +15 without even trying it first. Once I did try it I realized I hated the moveset and I was stuck with it for the rest of the game. The best weapon in the game when it came to Dex scaling but I preferred the excellent moveset, speed and range of the Baldur Side Sword even though it was less effective in terms of damage.

 

Scaling goes from grades None-S(worst to best) with each individual stat. Like for instance the Baldur Side Sword(My favorite weapon in DS1 BTW.) I would suggest looking through this DS1 weapon list for for scaling references http://darksouls.wikidot.com/weapons . Also don't reinforce any weapon unless you're absolutely sure you like the moveset the weapon has.

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. If you aren't set on a class yet I would suggest going with the Warrior Class as it's very well rounded and makes for a good start.

I already decided to go with a Wanderer, because I like playing with dexterity-based characters

 

. Even if you don't like ranged combat get yourself a bow. There's plenty of enemies in DS1 that are simply out of reach and will give you headaches if you don't have something to deal with them.

Welp, I was actually planning to get a bow either way, so...

They work well with dexterity builds, right?

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Yep, Dexterity works well with bows especially short bows. The Wanderer is an excellent class for Dexterity. I just suggested Warrior since I didn't I know what you were going with. If this helps I was following this guide https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=353066256 for my Dex build.

 

Also whenever you find an NPC or especially a merchant I would suggest unequipping your current weapon or switching to an empty weapon slot if you plan on talking to them. It's very easy to accidentally to attack friendly NPCs in Dark Souls and you'll aggro them instantly if you attack them with a weapon. If that happens you'll have to kill them and lose whatever service they were offering along with them. Whereas if you unequip or switch to an empty weapon slot you'll be stripped down to bare fists which take a few hits to aggro them as opposed to instantaneously with a weapon. It's much safer that way.

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Yep, Dexterity works with bows especially short bows. The Wanderer is an excellent class for Dexterity. I just suggested Warrior since I didn't I know what you were going with. If this helps I was following this guide https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=353066256 for my Dex build.

Well, now I know what to choose from weapons. Kinda XD

Thanks for the tips, and for the patch too

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Well, now I know what to choose from weapons. Kinda XD

Thanks for the tips, and for the patch too

No problem, all the tips I offered were bare essentials. So the rest of the game will still remain a mystery for you. :)

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I'm starting to think there should be a Darksouls/Bloodborne thread here.

 

Don't forget Demon's Souls! :)

 

OT:Dark Souls 1.

Reached Ash Lake and maaan it's beautiful~

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I'm starting to think there should be a Darksouls/Bloodborne thread here.

If there's enough interest I might start one. Honestly I don't know how far it would go though and I don't know what else we would talk about outside of tips and builds.

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@Tron: Bit of a warning about bows. While they are complimentary to many builds they are regarded as one of the worst weapons to make your primary weapon as the damage you deal with them isn't worth how vulnerable you're left when using them. Still good for ranged pulling and whittling down that one enemy you don't want to get close to.

 

OT: Titanfall 2. Gonna try the game on hard now.

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Bows technically are only necessary for one part of the game, the spot near the end of sen's fortress where the female manserpent is waiting to knock you off that narrow path. They have their use in picking off enemies you don't want to get near, but you get to a point where you're good enough to get near them anyway. I have one solid piece of advice though: Always practice your parrying. It makes everything much easier for you. And in more serious fights where the risk of dying is higher, PvP especially, don't go for parries if you're not confident enough to land them.

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Tried playing Dark Souls again, this time with DSfix

 

Unlocking FPS kinda did the trick, but it still lags quite a bit

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Another thing you should try is playing in 1280x720, it doesn't really have much of an impact on how your game looks since DS1 has mediocre graphics to begin with, but the FPS boost is noticeable.

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Resident Evil 4, going through the castle area of the game, it's seriously awesome and making up for the rather underwhelming Dead Space in terms of survival horror.

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