I was looking through the global achievement stats on Steam. I came across some interesting figures.
85% of people have completed the first quest (Blacksmiths son)
40% of people have beaten Runt
12% of people have beaten the main story
1% of people have carried out 100 Combos
When 12% of players beat the game but only 1% have done 100 combos there is something seriously wrong. I absolutely love pulling off combos in combat. I think they are a great addition to the game. i feel they make the combat system and without them the combat system would be… really bad. Every time I do one I feel like a badass. Therefore every time I swing my sword its with the intention of starting a combo. And I often succeed. However I had to look up further information online in order to figure out how to actually do them because at the start I was having great difficulty. But I persevered. And now I can do them and feel badass for it.
I think the combo system will gives the game a lot of replayability. Even now in the late game I look forward to combat, i look forward to choosing what combo to use on which enemy, i look forward to beating enemies. And I honestly think if you are a player who cant combo you are missing out on a huge amount of enjoyment which you could be getting from the combat system. This game has sold probably 1.5 million at this stage? Imagine how many people are missing out on the combo fun? ( a lot of the fun comes from how they hard are to do in the first place).
So the question is why cant players combo?? Two answers I can think of
- Archer or stealth build which limits players opportunity to combo as enemies are killed outside of close combat
- Players do not understanding the combo system due to poor tutorial
No. 1, the devs cant do anything about, thats down to player agency
No. 2, I hope they can fix the combo tutorial.
Okay, so players do the combo tutorial with Bernard. For successfully completing the tutorial you get the false edge perk/combo. The problem is the tutorial doesn’t force the player to successfully combo to complete the learn combos quest . When I first did the tutorial I made the right swings but the combo didnt come off due to timing, however after a period of time the tutorial ended and I got a message stating quest completed: learn combos. I never saw the animation for a successful combo so off I went not realizing that combos were something else other than a few chained strikes. Furthermore, when it says quest completed, but you didnt successful combo only chained a few strikes together you wont get the perk/combo unlocked. So I thought chained strikes were combos. I wonder how many other players had the same experience??
The game on some level must be able to recognize when the combos have been successfully carried out. Otherwise the combo/perk false edge would not be given to the player for successfully combo-ing. Also if you redo the quest but practice other combos like scarmaker or whatever, when the quest finishes, the game will take the combo/perk false edge away from you. So what the devs should do is keep the player in the combat arena until they have successfully combo-ed 3 times. This seems like the intention of the developers, but for whatever reason it has not been implemented right. I think if it was implemented right players would learn the combos a lot easier, as it is players have to learn them in high pressure combat scenarios. I also think upon successful completion of the tutorial, the Devs should consider a combo practice mode, where the AI only normal blocks, allowing the player to practice their timing. The problem with this is it basically allows the player to practice their attacks without penalty so it would be easy to farm strength from the AI in this mode. This can be done in the combo tutorial as well, but it ends before successful combos and when you restart you have to listen to Bernard explaining combos for like 90 seconds which is a major pain, so most players wouldnt do this. So maybe have Bernard state, “you wont get any better fighting someone who doesnt fight back” and have the player not gain xp from it.
If you cant combo, your probably reading this and thinking god Id love to be able to combo, so her are some tips.
Oswalds Combo tips:
Foreword: to combo enemy must normal block or get stuck by your sword for each of the strikes, not parry or masterstrike
- learn the combos
- Write them out and put them next to you PC, mines in thick black marker, for easy reference
- Raise you stats, especially warfare which increases the speed of your swings
- every time you attack an enemy intend to follow that attack with 2/3 more in order to combo, quit random slashing
- Only attack following feint/clinch/master strike, this will allow you to get one hit in a least and drastically lowers chances of been parried or master striked
- practice practice practice
- Find someone other than Bernard to practice on, hes one of the best fighters in game and parries too often for proper practice but still doable. late game there is a way to practice on weaker opponents but no spoilers here.
- As soon as you release your first strike move attack direction to the next segment required in combo, when you here the strike and see the targeting reticle flash white release the next swing
- practice practice practice
10.If you get parried back away, start over
- have patience
- Dont spam attacks
13 .Try not to feel pressured easier said than done
- Develope muscle memory for the combos via practice practice practice
- Right combo for the job, combos should be chosen according to enemies Armour levels, no face guard/visor Im gonna Duplieren: Doubling him (this stike hits them in the face and does serious damage, if they have low face armour value), heavy plate all over Im gonna Drei Wunder: Wrist him (gauntlets have low armour defense values this attack strikes the wrist).
- Practice practice practice especially the timing of you strikes
- If your surrounded by three guys comboing will be very difficult as they will hit you mid combo which will trow your timing off, you will need to separate these guys out , or just single strike until its down to a two vs one.
- Get really really frustrated
- Practice some more, especially feinting, if you can feint it will stop you only attacking post clinch/master strike which is boring, also if fighting more than one enemy this is the way to go as often the spare enemy will flank and a attack you when you in a clinch
- Get the hang of combing and feel like a badass!!
TLDR: Practice enough to G.I.T. G.U.D.