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    2018-12-16
  • 9353
    So many cool new games on Xbox Game Pass and so little time to play them! This Dark Souls-inspired game looks super neat.
  • 2018-12-31
  • 9360
    I have not played a video game for more than a minute or two in 3 weeks. It's about time.
  • 9361
    The introduction sets up world creation myth about a giant bird that creates light. The narrative and language has a Lord of the Rings-like style to it.
  • 9362
    The combat and traversal feels great, very much a Dark Souls-like, but with the added mechanics of jumping and climbing, which feels very natural, something that the Souls games might have benefited from. The enemy encounters are fun, and are set up to teach you a few basic mechanics and tactics.
  • 9363
    The spiders in the dark cave caused me a lot of problems, until I learned to put the lantern on the ground, and throw spears at them. And then I was killed by Ukotto, who seems far to difficult right now. It should be noted that I'm playing offline and without AI companion, possibly making the game harder than it needs to be.
  • 9364
    Afraid to challenge Ukotto, I started working on side quests, which is clearly the way to go. I got the Estus Flask equivalent immediately, and is building up the town and unlocking new upgrades.
  • 2019-01-06
  • 9367
    The Stormed Ruins were scary and fascinating.
  • 2019-01-08
  • 9370
    Erik played through the early parts of Ashen, and beat Ukotto on his first try, of course.
  • 2019-01-12
  • 9373
    After upgrading my Crimson Gourd (Estus Flask) to 6 swigs, I went to the Annex of Light and defeated Ukkoto. I saw Gefn who gave me some heart-based quest. After giving Ukkoto's Faceplate to Bataran, he will upgrade weapons using his anvil. The upgrades are immensely powerful: My Cleaving Axe went from 58 to 150 Damage with 2 upgrades.
  • 2019-01-13
  • 9374
    Defeated Garoran and unlocked fast travel. I reached Seat of the Matriarch, which according to the internet is very difficult.
  • 2019-01-14
  • 9376
    I explored the Whispers area, and slowly learned how to deal with the enemies. A shield is really recommended in this area. The hometown has been built, and looks awesome. I climbed the tower to the giant sky-whale thing, which started attacking me in a very distinct Dark Souls-like fashion. This game is super fun, and the environments are beautiful and well-designed.
  • 9377
    Oh, I just realized that you can equip 4 Talismans in addition to your Relic. I should do that immediately.
  • 2019-01-15
  • 9378
    I did. And entered the Seat of the Matriarch, which is a horrible horrible place. It reminds me of the Catacombs in Dark Souls.