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    Best area for level design?

    Post by MiketheMushroomMan on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:26 pm

    What do you people think is the best designed area and why?

    For me I think some levels are hugely imaginative, but others feel a little rushed or tacked on.

    I think the cleverest level design is the Catacombes, and New Londo Ruins. The most epic is Anor Londo. I also like Darkroot Garden. Valley of Drakes is not up to much though. Neither is Lost Izalith or lower undead burg. I like most of the dlc areas and perhaps best of all is Royal Wood. That creepy baying sound like a demented cow far away always gets me!
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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by BIG TIME MASTER on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:28 pm

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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by LunarFog on Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:40 pm

    I think I'm most impressed with the catacombs level design. Actually...all areas in dark souls are pretty amazing in some regard. Even Valley of Drakes works well, being just a connector for 4 different areas.

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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by Rynn on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:12 pm

    The only place that genuinely feels poorly designed to me is: without a single doubt in my mind, the lower undead burg. The lower Undead burg is the only place in the entire game that is a straight line from point A to B.
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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by Carphil on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:14 pm

    If ash lake were a little bit similar to ToG or Darkroot garden, it would definitely be my favorite place in all my gaming history happy


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by Emergence on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:19 pm

    I just feel the way all these parts fit together in one contiguous world is the most breathtaking aspect of this game. How you can stand in Tomb and look out at Ash Lake, how you can see New Londo from Firelink. How a tunnel connects Firelink to lower Burg, which you can enter the Depth and reach Blighttown and climb back up to Firleink via New Londo. It is so immersive. You can feel the brick and mortar of this game as if it was really made stone by stone by a civilization of people.


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by EeAyEss on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:21 pm

    I'm with Rynn with this one. It could have been much better.


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by Carphil on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:30 pm

    Emergence wrote:I just feel the way all these parts fit together in one contiguous world is the most breathtaking aspect of this game. How you can stand in Tomb and look out at Ash Lake, how you can see New Londo from Firelink. How a tunnel connects Firelink to lower Burg, which you can enter the Depth and reach Blighttown and climb back up to Firleink via New Londo. It is so immersive. You can feel the brick and mortar of this game as if it was really made stone by stone by a civilization of people.


    I definitely agree. Also, there is so many places that looks like other areas, and that have closed doors. Even if you can't be there, the whole idea behind those scenarios its pretty cool. You can imagine how places used to be or how they still exists but you can't reach them


    Like lower Anor Londo. The mountain between Sen and Anor. Closed doors on Lost Izalith, more ash lake (its like the bottom of the nexus :O ), etc


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by skarekrow13 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:47 pm

    The Abyss with the Four Kings

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    No I'm super cereal! I like the hidden under water concept for the symbolism. The idea of forcing you to walk the spiral stairs that just.....end. The way that the approach of the Kings can appear distorted due to the lack of reference points. The fact that you HAVE to give up a ring slot and therefore a possible advantage to even access them,etc. I love Dark Souls for the very real anxiety it can cause and Boss fights are usually the apex but this one for design takes it. The first time I went there I knew it was a boss fight. I couldn't bring myself to speed down the stairs. The confinement of the stairs was great and anxiety was an all time high. I jumped in and died of course. Then I remembered I had a ring that had something to do with an Abyss and back I went. Same anxiety though

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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by The Letter X on Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:19 am

    I really like the Undead Burg for this, specifically the Hellkite Bridge and the overlook with Solaire.


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by WaffleGuy on Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:35 am

    I was very frightened of the Depths and Blighttown at first, but for some reason I like those places very much.

    Also, has anyone seen the Hobbit? (maybe a spoiler alert)
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    I think the area where the Dwarves and Bilbo get trapped by the goblins looks so much llike Blighttown. I was laughing just for that silly


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by RANT on Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:25 pm

    the catacombs has tha classic level design i loved in demon's souls, the worse for me is anor londo, that thing is so plain looking and uninspired it just feelss like a chore whenever i get there.


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by moomootv on Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:08 pm

    The great hollow ans ash lake both are just breath taking when I got to the bottom it was amazing just wish they had a boss fight that did the jumping over atk that the black hydra does


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by WaffleGuy on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:23 pm

    Wonder if anyone is going to say Dukes Archives. I hate that place with a burning desire xP


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by EeAyEss on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:26 pm

    Duke's is cool, but I hate it so much. I hate how those damnable tables can't be broken by rolling! You have to attack them! Why just those pieces of furniture?


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    Re: Best area for level design?

    Post by WandererReece on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:40 pm

    WaffleGuy wrote:Wonder if anyone is going to say Dukes Archives. I hate that place with a burning desire xP

    Nice pun lol!

    I think the worst level is Lost Izalith. I mean ... dragon butts? Really? Also, I hate that lava glow. It makes it hard to see. The worst part is when you lose your blood stain, and it appears in the middle of the lava. It's almost impossible to find when that happens. There's a mod on the internet for reduced lave glow for all you PC people.

    I think the best area is Darkroot Garden. It's diffrent from the other areas and looks nice.

    The Abyss was cool, because I never seen anything like it in a game before.


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