Originally Posted by 20Five
Whats the general consesus for this game for people using guides/walkthroughs.. I'm borderline ready to check out some youtube vids of how to beat this bastard
I've been using the Wiki since day one, but only for stuff like shard location/enemy drops/merchant location etc. There's just so much knowledge that would take forever to accumulate yourself. I'd nearly finished Demon's Souls before I found the Wiki and it made my second playthrough much more enjoyable.
For instance anyone who played Demon's Souls must agree that the poison swamp was a real ball-ache because of your restricted movement speed. Now in Dark Souls, there is another poison swamp, and also the base of Sen's Fortress has knee-deep water too. However there is a ring that lets you move freely in water, but it's very possible you may have slogged through these areas before you ever find it (if you ever do). Google 'Rusted Iron Ring' ftw.
In fact, it's not just useful items. There are also a couple of entire 'levels' that would be very easy to miss entirely.