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doopliss May 26, 2013 @ 10:03pm
So Steam Users called Dark Souls artificial difficulty; why did anybody expect any better with La-mulana?
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Sicris May 26, 2013 @ 10:20pm 
No idea where you're getting at. No one said La-Mulana had artifical difficulty except for a select few who don't fully know what the term means.
River's May 27, 2013 @ 1:30am 
Can anybody state the true meaning of "artificial difficulty" before starting any discussions?
Dentorhedge_of_the_Victorious_Mu May 27, 2013 @ 5:32am 
Artificial difficulty, as far as I understand it, is difficulty that is not generated by a lack of skill or understanding. Like, say, if somebody said that the trap with olmec head's jaw was this type of difficulty- even if you had not bought the scanner that explicitly tells you that this is a trap, then you should be able to tell from the cracks in the jaw and the skeletons lying around the activation. As LA-MULANA goes on it gets harder to find hints about traps and notice all the visual cues, so it is very easy to call it artificial difficulty- but it isn't.
Sicris May 27, 2013 @ 3:16pm 
Exactly as GeminiSaint said, the only thing that La-Mulana falls under in that catagory is items lost forever and most of the time the game warns you of it (though not all I admit), and one instance of a move that is not covered anywhere, that's about it. The instant death traps don't count because there are only a few an near all of them are obvious, they also don't set you back that far if you save often as you should.
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PixelVortex May 27, 2013 @ 3:25pm 
Also, even if you do lose the items forever you always have the ability to go to the secret shop and get them back.
Sicris May 27, 2013 @ 3:29pm 
Originally posted by PixelVortex:
Also, even if you do lose the items forever you always have the ability to go to the secret shop and get them back.

Not all of them unfortunately
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PixelVortex May 27, 2013 @ 3:31pm 
Originally posted by Sicris:
Originally posted by PixelVortex:
Also, even if you do lose the items forever you always have the ability to go to the secret shop and get them back.

Not all of them unfortunately

The only one you can't get back is the Sacred Orb, am I right? I can't remeber off the top of my head.
Sicris May 27, 2013 @ 3:34pm 
Originally posted by PixelVortex:
The only one you can't get back is the Sacred Orb, am I right? I can't remeber off the top of my head.

2 Sacred Orbs, the Dimensional Corridor one and Shrine of the Mother one. Also bounce.exe
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River's May 27, 2013 @ 4:26pm 
You can always get the Orb in the Dimensional Corridor. Use the little blue dragon laser attack to be knocked back up on the right ground. I did so, it works.
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Sicris May 27, 2013 @ 4:58pm 
Originally posted by River's:
You can always get the Orb in the Dimensional Corridor. Use the little blue dragon laser attack to be knocked back up on the right ground. I did so, it works.

Yea but I don't count it. You have to be extremely lucky and it's time consuming. Could be hours before you can get up there and even if you do you still have to be either lucky or skilled to avoid the spikes and not fall off once you get up there. For all intents and purposes it's an item lost forever for the majority of people that aren't willing to rely on a chance exploit.
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River's May 27, 2013 @ 5:06pm 
No no it is kinda easy, it takes maybe five minutes, and that is the time needed to realize that the laser shot by the little dragon is not random, it follows a regular and rotatory pattern, fortunately.
Sicris May 27, 2013 @ 5:17pm 
Originally posted by River's:
No no it is kinda easy, it takes maybe five minutes, and that is the time needed to realize that the laser shot by the little dragon is not random, it follows a regular and rotatory pattern, fortunately.
Well It's nice to see it's not random anymore. I've only done it successfully once in the original version and that one was a nightmare to do. Then I fell off and gave up.
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PixelVortex May 27, 2013 @ 5:49pm 
It took me a fair few tries to get the Dimensional Corridor Sacred Orb, what I did was make a save before the fight with the Dragon and then if I fell off I would just load it back up and try again, it can be considered an exploit of the game but it worked and made getting it a much less frustrating experience.
T-wRecks Jun 5, 2013 @ 6:56pm 
The difficulty is largely from the puzzles instead of the combat or platforming. Calling the difficulty artificial is akin to saying the Myst series has artificial difficulty. It's a mashup of 2 genres; Metroidvania and puzzle-based adventure. If you do badly at either you'll struggle.
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