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« Reply #1440 on: 30 July, 2019, 12:52:59 am »

Thanks man. It was quite a journey.

I did a bunch more in the game today. Did some farming to upgrade my prosthetics as much as I could. Also got the last of the Prayer Beads I could possibly get on this run. Gonna have to do the Purification route to get the final two, plus Iíll need one more play through to get all the prosthetic upgrades. I think upgrading my skills is gonna he a huge pain in the ass though. Might save that for NG+4 or something.

I also killed the Demon of Hatred. Super fun fight. He was relatively tough, but I think Isshin made me a lot better at the game. Then I decided to get the Shura ending out of the way, so I kind of just zoomed through the game until I met up with Owl again. Itís actually so much easier the second time around. I feel like the game has so many stages in which you feel like everything ďclicks.Ē I first felt it with Lady Butterfly. Then again with Genichiro. But Isshin was the final checkpoint, and I think his fight helped me improved considerably more.

Emma and Isshin Ashina were excellent fights. Though I feel like a piece of shit for killing them (especially Emma), Iím glad I gave myself the chance to fight them and see what else the game had to offer. Iím gonna go for the next two endings. The trophy requirements feel much more manageable in this game, sort of like Bloodborne. There is some farming, but it isnít nearly as awful as any of the Dark Souls games, and it doesnít even touch the impossibly low drop rate of the pure bladestone in Demonís Souls.
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« Reply #1441 on: 30 July, 2019, 09:21:34 am »

Yeah, it honestly didn't take more than a night to farm up all the materials I needed to get all the prosthetic upgrades once I set my mind to it. Bell Demon + Mibu Balloon of Possession + the right area to farm for stuff. Then a Balloon of Wealth after you've stealth killed everything.

Skill points are a bit more of a drag. Late game I just found some apparitions that I could gank for like 500 XP each, but I think I only filled out two skill trees.

I really should get rolling on a NG+ one of these days.
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« Reply #1442 on: 30 July, 2019, 11:06:22 pm »

Although Iím totally okay with Sekiro not having an online component, I kind of wish you, Floyd, and I could play it together. Maybe we should get on Bloodborne or DS3 sometime in the near future.

In any case, Iím going for the Purification ending now. Gonna try to snag any remaining trophies I can on this route. You need at least two playthroughs to get all the Lapis Lazulites that you need to upgrade all of the prosthetics. The remaining prayer beads were in the alternate Hirata Estate memory as well. Those Lone Shadow minibosses really love ganking.

I fought Owl on top of Ashina Castle and I found myself just getting annoyed. His fight felt very gimmicky with his poison attacks, his smoke ball, and whatever that thing is that stops me from healing. It kind of just prolonged the fight to the point of tedium. However, j fought him again in Hirata Estate and he was so much better. There was none of that nonsense. Just two shinobi going at it with swords. Definitely one of the best fights in the game.

With that, I fought all of the bosses, so thatís nice.
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« Reply #1443 on: 30 July, 2019, 11:55:01 pm »

I think I ranked both Owl fights as 1 and 2 on my list? I'd need to go back and check. I like the one on top of the castle because he's so underhanded and you can't use any of your tricks to really get an edge on him (he doesn't use perilous attacks in that fight, so you don't get free posture damage off of mikiri or dive kicks and the like).

And then I love the fight at the estate for the same reason you said, it's just a bare knuckle brawl with katanas.

Also the music is killer in both fights.

Although Iím totally okay with Sekiro not having an online component, I kind of wish you, Floyd, and I could play it together. Maybe we should get on Bloodborne or DS3 sometime in the near future.
I was thinking this exactly yesterday. Like it wouldn't even be the same game, but I can't help but wish I could play Sekiro with somebody (I have it on PC, though, so that would present difficulties anyway).

I think I could do a Bloodborne or DSIII run at some point if y'all wanted to.
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« Reply #1444 on: 31 July, 2019, 01:30:52 am »

Yeah dude, the music was awesome. I honestly think Yuka Kitamura is one of the most talented composers today. Like, I loved her music in Bloodborne and DS3, but Sekiro proves that she excels in variety as well. Emma the Gentle Blade and the credits songs are great too.

Also I read your playthrough in  your topic. I wish I played alongside with you, because there are so many things I wanted to comment on. Iím pretty sure Iím nearly 100% in agreement with everything you said. This might be my favorite first playthrough if a FromSoft game, although it beats out BB by a hair. Who knows though, I could still be in the honeymoon phase.

Iím absolutely floored that you beat Isshin on your first try. Are you an animal? Also, youíre basically Shura for sending Jinzaemon to the Abandoned Dungeon lol
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« Reply #1445 on: 31 July, 2019, 08:16:36 am »

I kinda felt like Neo by the time I got to Isshin. It was wild.

and I know right, I still feel bad about Jinzaemon
I never even finished that story line. I just left those two in the waterway to be zombie bros together.

Still, better Jinzaemon than Kotaro.
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« Reply #1446 on: 01 August, 2019, 12:39:13 am »

Well, itís done. I platinumed Sekiro.

My last run turned out to be a bit of a speedrun. I sort of just blew through the whole game, fighting boss after boss. This time, I was just going for the Severance ending, so I had to fight everyone again. I think this run actually showed to me how much Iíve improved. I was playing through it expecting to die at places I usually die. I got to the Guardian Ape and survived. I got to Owl and survived. I made it past the Great Carp unscathed.

And before I knew it, I reached Isshin without having died once this playthrough. I didnít actually plan on doing a no-death run, but it wouldíve been cool to say that it happened.

So Iím on Isshinís second phase. Everything is going well. But then he starts his combo. And as I back away, that god forsaken boulder appears from behind me, having previously been invisible to the camera. I shamefully died, caught between a rock and a hard place.

But itís okay. I got him the next time. I have his moveset totally down now. I managed to get through the whole game up to Isshin without dying, and I think that is one of my proudest video game achievements. Iím happy today.

But of course, I needed to max out my skill trees. That was probably the worst trophy to get. Farming for skill points was so tedious. But whatever, I did it. This and Bloodborne are the only two games I have ever platinumed, and it feels kind of nice. I suppose Iíve squeezed out every bit of content I possibly could now. Iíll have to think of my boss rankings in a bit.
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« Reply #1447 on: 01 August, 2019, 12:55:20 am »

Fuck man I still want to play more of this game.
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« Reply #1448 on: 01 August, 2019, 08:07:59 am »

that boulder is the real final boss
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« Reply #1449 on: 01 August, 2019, 11:48:06 am »

That boulder has ruined me.

Anyways here is my ranking of the bosses.

15. Folding Screen Monkeys

More of a nuisance than anything. I guess I felt bad killing them the first time, but after that I just wanted to get it over with on subsequent playthroughs.

14. Headless + Guardian Ape

I donít really like being ganked, although this fight actually took fewer tries than the single ape fight. It was an alright fight, but I consistently avoided it on subsequent playthroughs. Just didnít feel like doing it again I guess.

13. Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa

I actually have nothing against him. Heís just very easy. There are minibosses that are leagues ahead of him in difficulty. Very cool concept though.

12. Great Shinobi Owl

I donít actually dislike this fight at all. Thematically and aesthetically, itís beautiful. The music is cool, and even though Owl is kind of a piece of shit person, there is something to be said about fighting your adoptive father. However, I thought this fight kind of just dragged on. He never really did many attack that I could punish, so I had to slowly chip away at his health until I could reasonably fill his posture bar. Maybe there was a better way, but I didnít really feel the need to try to find it. Also, there were times where he literally flooded the arena with poisonous shit after doing that attack twice in a row, and that was not my jam.

11. Genichiro Ashina

I fought him so many times over four playthroughs (tutorial, Ashina castle, and right before Isshin), so Iím kind of over this guy. He otherwise wouldnít be this low, because I remember really liking his first fight atop Ashina Castle when I first did it. Felt like one of my first skill checkpoints In the game.

10. Genichiro, Way of Tomoe

See above. Heís only slightly higher because heís part of the Isshin gauntlet of health bars.

9. Lady Butterfly

Stylistically, sheís very cool. This was my first skill checkpoint in the game, and sheís the one boss responsible for me finally understanding how to play Sekiro. Prior to her, I wasnít feeling the game, so I have to give this boss some credit where itís due. Plus, it was really fun playing her again on NG+2.

8. Demon of Hatred

As said before, this is basically a Soulsborne boss. Heís like Manus or the Flamelurker, and I always liked those bosses. Some say he doesnít really have a place in a game like Sekiro, but I disagree. I think defeating him required a similar  type of learning as any other boss. I also just feel really bad for the Sculptor.

7. Divine Dragon

This fight was very easy, but I just thought it was stunningly beautiful. Itís such a lore-heavy fight, and itís where **** starts to go down. The music is incredible too. When I talked about wanting From to try new things with bosses, this is what I meant (not Micolash, Matosis).

6. Corrupted Monk (+Illusion)

I love fighting her. The deflects are so satisfying to nail. I also didnít realize that Snap Seeds destroyed her illusion form. Firecrackers also makes it easy to cheese, but even without those, I always thought this fight was super dope.

5. Guardian Ape

A total classic. I love fighting this guy so much. He also just always finds a way to surprise you on your first playthrough. First, itís with his initial fakeout death. Then he shows up with his wife. Granted I didnít care about the last fight, but the shock of encountering it has stayed with me. Regardless, the original one is always super fun. I suppose if there was a spectrum with Souls bosses on one end and Sekiro on the other, Demon of Hatred would be much closer to the Souls side, while this guy would be a healthy balance of both types of games. He requires to rely on deflects more so than DoH, but I think some of my Souls instincts also paid off here.

4. Emma, the Gentle Blade

She isnít too difficult in my opinion, but the emotions run high in this fight. Almost gives me Maiden Astraea vibes, except sheís a legitimate challenge. The song that plays is among my favorites in the game as well. I love that her style is akin to Isshin, which makes sense since he trained her. Sheís just a better warmup to Isshin Ashina than Genichiro was to Isshin SS.

3. Isshin Ashina

I love this old man. Definitely the best fight on top of Ashina Castle. Heís similar enough to the Sword Saint so that your skills transfer over if you fought SS first, but he has new tricks up his sleeve that you need to learn and master, keeping it completely fresh. If I didnít fight SS first, I think Isshin Ashina wouldíve totally thrashed me around. He also made me feel like a piece of shit for killing Emma, so thereís that.

2. Owl (Father)

In a way, itís kind of fitting that this was my last fight. I had so much fun with this guy. He constantly keeps you on your toes, and thereís so much action that it never really felt like it dragged as much as the other fight. Learning and mastering his moveset was immensely satisfying. Music was also incredible.

1. Isshin, the Sword Saint

Defeating this guy was when I actually started to master Sekiro. Prior to that point, I was just playing the game, but after I beat him, my subsequent playthroughs were very easy. The second time I fought him in the Purification route, I beat him after maybe 4 or 5 tries. But the final route took me about 2 tries, and at that point I could confidently say that I knew his moveset well enough to deflect most of his attacks, and being able to reach that point is so satisfying. Such an amazing fight, easily among my favorites in a video game. I would at least tie him with Ludwig.
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« Reply #1450 on: 02 August, 2019, 12:04:10 am »

good list

also Owl pulls out a stand on you during the Father fight, and that's worth commenting on
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« Reply #1451 on: 02 August, 2019, 07:27:06 am »

of the ones i fought guardian ape was def my favorite, i do love oniwa though, grappling onto him from like halfway away and ari attacking never wasn't fun
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« Reply #1452 on: 02 August, 2019, 01:08:22 pm »

Yeah, the grapple attack is always fun to pull off.

Yo also there are so many goddamn games I want to play this year. Iíve already played KH3 (bleh) and Sekiro, but thereís also:

RE2
DMC5
FE: Three Houses
Astral Chain
Bloodstained
Death Stranding
Outer Worlds
AI: The Somnium Files

Plus all the games that came out in 2017 and 2018 that I didnít play yet. It almost makes me wish that the launch line-up for the next generation is subpar so I can play catch-up. I just donít have any time for this.
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« Reply #1453 on: 02 August, 2019, 01:40:48 pm »

re2 bloodstained and three houses are all real good
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« Reply #1454 on: 04 August, 2019, 12:32:57 am »

I've been enjoying Three Houses, that's how you know it's REAL good.
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