Parrying is only really effective against human enemies. If you're trying to parry a drowner or a wraith you're going to have a bad time. Monsters hit too hard to be effectively parried. Dodge against monsters, parry humans. Once I realized that I had little problem effectively parrying.
I enjoyed Lords of the Fallen. Not quite as unforgiving as Dark Souls which was up my alley. I remember it being slightly annoying because I was doing a Faith build and there were very few Faith based weapons in the game. My magic was pretty fantastic though.
Yeah, that toad was really, really tough. I play on Death March and hadn't played in months which didn't help. There's a potion, I forget which one it is, but when you have the max version of it you regain health when you're poisoned instead of losing it. That helped a heck of a lot because that toad likes to poison you. There is also a decotion, the chort one I think. It makes you immune to anything that would stagger you, and anything that would give you a knockdown only staggers you. I used those, I used Igni a lot, and I just kind of poked him as I could.
There are barn finds in Horizon 2. Maybe 10 or so? Don't remember the exact number. Those are saved for the rarest of cars. They're completely optional, they just get you another car in your garage. You can also just look up the location of them online and drive straight to them if you don't feel like hunting. In terms of breaking signs, there is no event like that i know of in Horizon 2. There are signs scattered around, and breaking each one gives you a bonus but there isn't a time limit on it.
Within an hour or so I was enjoying this so much more than Unity. They pretty much trimmed all the fat that Unity had. No having to worry about doing co-op missions, or using an app to unlock specific chests. I'm a big fan of the series, have 100% on almost every one. After the Unity debacle I was scared Syndicate would follow the same route, but at least for me that doesn't seem to be the case.
Update for this week. Last week's events need to stay open a bit longer. gsrjedi had chose Sebring Club for the track, but I mistakenly posted it as Sebring Full. Because of that the event will stay open until he can post a time. Stewy also needs to post a time for the A - Class challenge on Road America with American cars. Once those 2 times are set I'll update the standings. In the meantime we can start on the next events. This week we will be trying a Spec Challenge. You will find it in the Rivals section under Spec Challenge. That means for that challenge everyone will use the same car with no tuning. We'll also try an S - Class run this week. Let's see if we can keep those monsters on the track.
We can do some stock series as well. I just don't know how to set it up. Does everyone have to use the same car? Would there be a selection of cars? I know Gokie used to curate the car selection for the GT races. Maybe he's got some ideas.
Standings updated. Some really close times this week! Events for next week posted. Added a car restriction to one of them. If you guys like it we can do it from time to time. If not, consider it a one time experiment. Highlights from Watkins Glen and Sonoma to follow.