Originally Posted by mrjinglesusa
Is no one playing Demon's Souls anymore?
I've been making some significant progress the past couple weeks. Finally completed all of Boletaria, Stonefang, and Latia. Presently working through 4-2 and those beam-shooting transparent stilt walkers are a pain in the ass. Can't seem to get around them to kill the reapers. Only 4-2, 4-3, and Valley of Defilement left to go.
One thing I want to do before completing my NG is to go back through each world in PBWT to do those events and kill primeval demons that I missed. Rather do those now than in NG+.
I have to say, I'm enjoying Demon's Souls even more than I enjoyed Oblivion and I LOVED that game. I may take a short break from DS and play through Dragon Age: Awakenings.
I'm playing! Just finished world 4 last night, actually.
Those ghostly guys are a pain. Here is my strategy for them:
From the archstone, run on in and past the merchant guy. When the room opens up, the reaper is on the floor below you, right in front. You can peg him with a few arrows from here, or you can run off the edge, and peg the ghost guys with magic or whatever, then finish off the reaper.
For the first two after the cliff face, I run at them until they start to charge their beam attack. Then I sprint and hug the right wall until I'm right up to them. The beam should miss as it arcs up at the end of the sweep. From there, get some melee attacks in until they begin their close-range attack, and back up. These guys are super-slow and telegraph their close-range attacks super-early, so it shouldn't be a problem. With those first two out of the way, you should have gone down two sets of stairs. If you look along the right, there is a semi-hidden niche with a reaper. He is right on the edge of a cliff, so if you just round the corner and do a blind attack, you'll knock him off the edge and that will be it for the ghosts in this area. There are still those three smaller invisible ones, but you can literally just run through the rest of this area and they won't even get a chance to attack you.
Now you'll be back outside and going along another cliff face. More mantas, naturally, but if you have the thief ring equipped they shouldn't bother you. Once you go back inside, there is one of the ghost guys; he probably won't even notice you until you're close, so no worries about beam attacks there. Melee, back off, melee again. Now you'll round a corner, and this is the part that's a bitch (or it was for me). I died here many times, because it's a straight stretch with one of the ghosts at the end, and you can't get close enough or out of the way of the beam when it spots you, but if you are doing this in order then you should have your stats and armor high enough that you can survive a hit while guarding (if you have Warding/Total Protection, that helps A LOT, and is probably the only reason I got past this bit). Guard against the beam, then keep down the straightaway until it opens up to the left. The reaper is right there. If you have protection and good armor, you'll probably be able to absorb a hit or two from him. I hit him with three strong attacks and maybe a few weak ones and he finally went down. You may get pegged by the ghost's melee; you might want to try putting the reaper between you and the ghost (I didn't, I just took the hit and finished the reaper) Don't just try running past him because the next area is a straight stairway and you will get a magic blast up your ass running down it if he isn't dead.
Next area is a watery place with lots of slugs. The slugs are easy, just keep strafing and two strong attacks will take one out. You don't actually need to fight them at all, just navigate the path while avoiding the glowing orbs that will explode if you get close, and you are at the boss.
Old Hero is a joke (he's blind, you will probably never get hit if you aren't a moran), and the final giant Manta is easy as well if you run all the way down to the end of the map and grab the Sword of Storms (enjoy the badassness). When you've taken out enough of the small mantas, the big one will start to swoop over you and fire a TON of spikes. I stayed in the lower area and used one of the giant pillars as a wall to protect myself, then I stepped out and Storm Sword'd his face as he passed over. Very cool fight, also not very difficult.
This is basically what I spent all day yesterday doing, so hope it helps