Originally Posted by Cysquatch
How does the loot system work? You mention that you could get through the game without leveling. Explain the leveling/upgrade system if you could. I'm assuming there are better weapons to be had later on or do you just upgrade your starting weapons?
Maybe I can answer this and the grinding one together..
The loot you primarily care about is Souls
, that are the XP and currency of the game, and weapon materials
, that are used to upgrade your weapons. Most weapon types are fairly easy to come by, so it's not finding the sword that's the hard part, it's finding the material to upgrade the sword that can be difficult.
The Souls can be used to buy stuff from vendors, unlock new spells, or mainly, upgrade your stats, which is the same thing as "leveling". (I put leveling in quotes as there really isn't a character level in this game like traditional RPGs. Your level is equal to your total number of stat upgrades) Your character attributes are like you'd imagine, Strength/Vitality/Dexterity/Magic... You increase them, you get a corresponding boost to that ability.
So, while it's much more important to learn the mechanics of the game, and where all the baddies are hiding, collecting a bunch of Souls and boosting your damage and damage resistance can make your life a lot easier.
*edit* I didn't really answer your last question. There are some unique weapons that you can only get in the late game, but mostly you'll be upgrading starter-type weapons. The unique weapons are mostly outclassed by the fully upgraded main weapon types anyway. There's a tree of upgrade options though, so choose wisely