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Played some last night and I didn't get terribly far, but I'm already enjoying way more than I did Dark Souls. Plentiful bonfires/sites of grace means you save progress fairly often, as well as make it easy get back to where I died and snag my dropped souls/runes. I've defeated a couple of the smaller bosses, haven't attempted any of the big boys yet.
I don't think so since everything I've read says that while the combat is still difficult, because it's an open world game and not discrete dungeon levels, if you run into a boss you just can't hack, you can easily leave that boss and try another boss, or just grind up levels for a bit then come back, as well as having npc summons that are actually pretty good and strong long-range spells. Or, if you get in over your head and aggro too many enemies, you can get on your mount and RUN AWAY. lol
In the original, if you were running into a wall on a boss, you were kinda shit out of luck. You could still grind levels, but it felt like your game just came to a stand-still (imo anyway). And if you aggro'd too many enemies, sucks for you because they are following you until they get your ass. XD
I could be wrong and I might still not like FromSoftware games. Time will tell, and I shall report whether I made a mistake or not purchasing Elden Ring.
The length of the episodes is what put me off for so long (putting aside the fact that campaign 1 and 2 had SO many episodes). However, FF14 has my soul and I've discovered that Campaign 3 has been perfect background listening while I'm grinding levels and the like. I'm able to follow the story and enjoy the jokes, fights, and drama of Critical Role while still able to do something so that I'm not just sitting at my computer.
Sooooo because of The Legend of Vox Machina series that's been coming out, I'm now hooked on Critical Role campaign 3. I avoided getting sucked in for SO long...but they finally got me. lol
Not that my group is starting it yet (our main tank is out of town so we're gonna wait for him to come back before progging) but I'm so excited.
By the by, the world race to complete p1s-4s was completed on the first day. It was ridiculous lol
I've been hearing mixed things about sage. If you've played healers before (especially SCH or AST), you can pick it up fairly easy (though sage not having a big singe-target heal is apparently a bit frustrating). But if you've never touched healing before sage, it's fairly confusing to pick up.