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Twitch streamer smashes Dark Souls challenge with Guitar Hero controller

Published: 8/Jul/2020 4:44 Updated: 8/Jul/2020 5:12

by Brad Norton


The Dark Souls series is infamous for its extraordinary difficulty, but that hasn’t stopped one determined Twitch streamer from raising the stakes even higher. Not only did they blitz through Dark Souls 3 with a Guitar Hero controller, but they did it without taking a single hit.

From Software titles always deliver some of the most nail-biting boss fights in the gaming industry. Whether it’s your first run or your hundredth time through, these fights can still end in disaster from a brief lapse in judgment. One small error could bring your world crashing down in an instant.

With that in mind, veterans still look to up the ante from time to time. Some have even managed to push through all core Dark Souls games in a single run. In the latest experiment, however, Twitch streamer ‘Mezz’Plays’ decided to ditch the standard console controller. 

For their unique challenge, they picked up a Guitar Hero controller and went to work. Simply beating the game with this device wouldn’t have been enough though; they managed to get through all of Dark Souls 3 without taking a single hit.

No different from other games in the series, Dark Souls 3 is packed full of optional content. There’s a heap of bosses that players may never see throughout their run. Though some bosses are mandatory to progress the story. Tackling only the necessary fights during their challenge run, MezzPlays blitzed through the game.

This entry can often take around 50 hours to get through in a standard run. However, the streamer cruised through in just over four hours. Even with a guitar in hand, and no-hits allowed, they set this astonishing pace.

After days of learning the run and growing familiar with the bizarre control scheme, it all came down to one last fight. Squaring up against the Soul of Cinder boss on July 7, they evaded every attack and bided their time, slowly chipping away with individual attacks when they saw an opening.

Before long, they landed the final blow and felled the last core enemy of the game. “Oh f*** we actually f***ing got it,” they said in disbelief. The insane challenge had finally come to an end as Twitch chat erupted in applause and the streamer took a few minutes to soak it all in.

Dark Souls 3 Soul of Cinder boss fight
From Software
The Soul of Cinder boss awaits all Dark Souls 3 players at the end of the game.

“It’s f***ing over. I am the first person on Earth to do that stupid s*** with a Guitar Hero controller,” they joked. 

We’ve seen some truly astonishing controllers in recent history, but taking on the crushing difficulty of Dark Souls with a guitar certainly has to take the cake. Who knows what absurd task the streamer might look to accomplish next.


FaZe Clan reveal FaZe 5’s Top 100 finalists & next recruitment steps

Published: 23/Oct/2020 23:20

by Theo Salaun


FaZe Clan’s FaZe 5 recruitment is nearing its finale, as 95 of the final top 100 candidates have officially been revealed. Next, the community will be able to select the five remaining content creators before FaZe announces the top 100’s challenge on Monday, October 26.

Back in August, FaZe Clan set the gaming world ablaze with a #FaZe5 challenge that gives everyone a chance to sign up and compete to become one of five new recruits to the organization in 2020. 

After months of deliberations and countless submissions, FaZe have tried to trim the finalists down to a top 100 before moving on to the next round of the challenge. But, as it turns out, the deciders are struggling to finish off their list and want to enlist the public for some help.

In a brand-new, highly anticipated hype video, FaZe announced 95 finalists with submission videos and highlights overlaid on some heavy, uptempo electronic music. Then, FaZe CBass explains what’s next.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the content creators who made the final cut seem to be avid gamers focused on Call of Duty, Fortnite, Valorant, and Apex Legends. But there is some diversity, as fans might notice some highlights of Fall Guys, but then also visual art, music, and even clothing design.

Some of Call of Duty: Warzone’s more successful streamers and competitors also made the cut, as Nio, SuperEvan, and WarsZ all made the top 95. It’s not all high-level FPS streamers though, as the FaZe boys appear to have cast a wide net for the newest batch of recruits.

Among the more interesting content creators who are reaching the next round, the six-year-old Rowdy Rogan and MontoyaTwinz (Mya and Myka Montoya) are easy standouts. (It remains unclear if the Montoyas would take up one or two spots if they get into the final five.)

After flying through 95 impressive candidates, CBass cuts in to let people know that the list is too hard to cap off. 

“Everything we’ve looked through, we’ve been impressed by. We’ve sat through and watched absolutely everything we can and the honest truth is that there are way more than 100 people who are deserving of moving on to the next round of this challenge.”

Since the boys in red, black, and white can’t choose the final five, they’re allowing the community to do so. If fans have a creator who didn’t make the top 100, but deserves to, then they just need to hashtag “FaZe5” on Twitter and tag said creator. Then, on Monday, October 26, the official top 100 and next steps will be announced.