I jumped back into Dark Souls: Remastered over the weekend. I trailed off around the bottom of Blighttown when it was released this spring/summer (what is time?), so to start off with I went down to Ash Lake, was terrified by the hydra because I forgot it could jump out of the water, got cursed on my way back up, fought Quelaag, did everything I could in Darkroot Garden, got through Sen’s Fortress, made it to Anor Londo, used the Black Eye Orb, and got invaded by someone named BackstabGirl (she lived up to her name).
All of that was pretty frictionless, but now I’m starting to run up against some resistance with Ornstein and Smough. I’ve fought them about a dozen times, and had some really close calls, but I haven’t pulled it off yet. Part of that is probably because I’m trying to kill Smough first, which I haven’t done before, and because I’m not using sorceries this time around. At this point it’s turned into a personal vendetta against Ornstein, because he’s almost always the one to kill me, and he usually does it with some sneaky tracking attack whenever I lose sight of him for more than a second or two. I’m not too frustrated yet, but I would like to move on soon so I can get to areas I’m less familiar with.