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Horizon Zero Dawn comes out in 4 days and I still don’t know why I’m excited.

Seriously though, I’m so stoked for this game and I can’t put my finger on why. Something about it resonates strongly with me on an almost subconscious level. I think what it comes down to is when I see the trailers, I see a place I want to visit and a story I want to hear.

Generally speaking, I don’t play games; I experience them. And from what little I’ve seen, Horizon Zero Dawn most definitely looks like an experience worth having.

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Bloodborne: Watchdog of the Old Lords (Defiled Pthumeru)

I’ve cleared all of the depth 4 Chalice Dungeons with my sanity intact—barely. The Watchdog of the Old Lords, boss of Defiled Pthumeru layer 2, is quite possibly the most difficult boss battle I have ever encountered. It’s right there with Ornstein and Smough from Dark Souls and Maneater from Demon’s Souls.

It’s always worth it though. The feeling of satisfaction after defeating an insanely hard boss always outweighs the frustration of dying again and again and again.

Here’s the video of my battle with Watchdog. It’s quite boring, especially towards the end, and it doesn’t really convey how hard the fight is. Basically, your one slight mistake away from death the entire time.

All I have left to do now are the depth 5 Chalice Dungeons. May the Good Blood guide my way.

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Bloodborne: Moon Presence and Childhood’s Beginning Ending

If you refuse to submit your life to Gehrman, the Moon Presence—a Great One—comes to take you. She doesn’t come to kill you; it’s more like recruitment or indoctrination. However, if you have consumed the three Third Umbilical Cords, you become like unto a Great One yourself, and she has no power over you. This causes Moon Presence to fly into a rage and attempt to kill you. After her defeat, you are reborn as an infant Great One.

This is the ending that seems to most please the Plain Doll. Presumably she expects things to improve with the Moon Presence destroyed and the Hunter reborn. Given that, I believe this is intended to be the ‘best’ outcome for the PC. There is certainly no indication of the Doll having a sinister ulterior motive, but the possibility she is the prime architect of the Nightmare cannot be completely dismissed. Perhaps she now has greater power with the Moon Presence out of the way and she holds sway over the infant Great One in her arms.

I don’t think that’s the case. I think this is supposed to be a positive ending, but I have trouble getting past the fact that I’m now a slug.

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Bloodborne: Visceral Attack versus Brick Troll

Brick Trolls are tough to engage in pure melee, particularly for the beginner. They’re fast and hit for huge damage. The good news is that they telegraph their attacks from a mile away and are very susceptible gun parry.

Gun parry typically involves shooting your opponent during the last part of their attack animation—after they’ve closed in, just as their weapon begins its final approach. They will drop to their knees and you’ll hear a distinctive noise. Walk up to them and press R1 to initiate a Visceral Attack.

If you stagger an enemy, but whiff on the Visceral Attack, it’s most likely because you weren’t close enough. It could also be because you took too long, but in general, you should have ample time. Even if you get knocked back, you should still be able to roll forward and get the Visceral Attack in.