Last month, I tried to beat Dark Souls 1 with as few mandatory deaths as possible(there are parts in the game where it's unavoidable). I failed many times.
This month, I almost beat Bloodborne without dying. I was only 7 bosses away from completing my goal. On my 27th attempt, a random human enemy in the DLC killed me. He staggered me from behind while I was healing. He shot me with this gun, which in this game does little damage but can stun enemies while they're in the middle of an attack animation.
The problem is that this enemy is supposed to have abilities and equipment and attacks that you, the player also have. But you cannot stagger enemies from behind just by shooting them. I've tried. It's not a feature.
Turns out, you can stagger enemies that use the same healing items as you, while they're healing. I learned this the hardest way possible. And this guy was rushing me, so I needed to heal or else his next attack was going to kill me anyway. So it was hopeless.
But then, why did he fire his gun if he was close enough to use his melee weapon?
My point is fuck this game.
So, I can't say I've beaten Bloodborne without dying. But I've come far enough that I don't want to just delete this file and start over again. I don't know if I have another one of these in me. So I guess I'll have to lower my goals:
SILVER MEDAL: Beat Bloodborne without dying to any of the bosses.
BRONZE MEDAL: Beat Bloodborne without dying to any of the vanilla, pre-DLC bosses.
Welp. Considering what a fucking nightmare Lady Maria and Laurence are in the DLC, I'm not sure I'll reach that silver medal status. But as long as I don't get reamed by Gehrman, I might be able to nab the Bronze.
Also, none of this includes the Chalice Dungeon bosses, because fuck those. They're boring and long and I just don't care.
Alright, here I go again...
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