So, I stealthly finished Dark Souls 3 in the last few days!
It was a blast. AWESOME game. Maybe not Bloodborne AWESOME, but AWESOME still. And yeah, Troy, you were right: bosses are easier than DS1 and BloodBorne, but that actually didn't make the game less fun for me. If anything, it made progress more steady and the game more fun. Also, the world is simpler to navigate than in DS1, which was borderline untolerable at times because of that, expecially before the DLC added more fast travel options to the game.
The ending was terrible. You should at least get a final movie if you play such a difficult game (and one that's supposed to be the end of a trilogy!) for 40 hours but no, they still think you're not worth it. Bah.
So, what I did in my playthrough? Let's recap:
1) I started as cleric, with a Str/Fth build in mind
2) First I concentrated on a pure strength build. I used a sword (it probably was a broadsword, but I forgot about it sorry) til I got the Butcher's Knife in Road of Sacrifices. Then it was Butcher's Knife for life.
3) As usual, I didn't prioritize much HP, but tried to get enough to barely survive attacks @ my level. I leveled up Str and End first (up to 20) then Vigor up to 20 and then pushed for Str up to 40.
4) I have leveled up DEX up to 14 (using the ring to level it up to 18) to wield Wolf Knight's Greatsword to help with the bosses that were weak to its effects. Not really sure this was worth it, but the sword was cool to wield so, who cares.
5) I have used my weapons up to a certain point as 1 hand + shield, because I had that "paladin knight" idea in my mind. And because I didn't get the fact that if you wielded it with 2 hands you had a special ability available.
6) Which was, at the giant boss. I got the sword to kill it (even without reading a guide!), then couldn't kill it cause I didn't know of the L2 special abilities
. I think that was the first time I read a guide for a boss I was facing (I only used guides on equipment and gear so far).
7) I did use summons on this run, expecially on council like bosses. I still find the targeting system of Dark Souls terrible at handling multiple bosses at the same time, so that's more or less compensating the handicap from the awful camera handling.
After building my char up to 40 Str, I wanted to get my faith going. I wanted to cast miracles, or at least do something that looked more "paladin-like". I think I was around 20 FTH when I downed the Dragonslayer Armor and got the Dragonslayer Greataxe. I immediately loved the look of it, and I already had used a big mace to farm before, so I ended up throwing away the idea of the miracle casting paladin in favour of the Greataxe handling paladin.
9) The final part of the game makes farming so easy that I got level up much faster (thanks Archives!). Ended up STR 40, FTH 35, END 25, VIG 25, VIT 9 (or 10, bye bye "knight in heavy armor" idea
), DEX 14, ATT 14, LCK 13 when I finally downed the Soul of Cinder IIRC. With a +5 Dragonslayer Greataxe that made a TON of damage to the poor Lightning weak final boss.
10) The idea of a big armoured knight was cool, but this installment of the series basically makes armor mostly useless. Or, better said: you need to have an armor piece equipped in each slot, and if you can tweak your resistances you can actually survive, say, 3 attacks instead of just 2, but there's no way to build a truly armoured tank like you could do in Dark Souls 1 or Demon's Souls. Rolling is king here, making this game more similar in design to Bloodborne than to DS1.
11) I did the run mostly without reading guides for levels or bosses, but I did went back to guides in the last part of the run to understand how to get Titanite Slabs, miracle books and things like that.
12) As I finally placed the embers on the thrones I went back to the witch seller to buy my Titanite Slab. I bought a Titanite Slab, 5 Titanite Scale and 8 Twinkling Titanite. Only to realise I just SOLD a Titanite Slab, 5 Titanite Scale and 8 Twinkling Titanite. Yes, I sold a Titanite Slab (the one I got from Crow). I think they should have made a DLC with a boss named after me, "Soul of Kelodur, Lord of Swearing" after that happened. It was brutal.
13) I wanted to get the big lightning spell with the covenant of the sun, but I have abandoned the idea after a while cause I was just waiting too much in between summons. I think I got like 9 or 10 medals in the end.
14) As far as the story goes,
14) I still have to do the Nameless King fight. I haven't tried it yet, but I know people say it's the hardest fight of the game, so it looks like more fun is incoming.
All in all... AWESOME stuff. I'm tempted to go back to Bloodborne right now.
There will be bad days. Be calm. Loosen your grip, opening each palm slowly now. Let go.