Rejoice, Souls fans, because Bloodborne is finally here! From Software, the company that gave gamers everywhere a need to take anger management classes, returns with an all-new controller busting, brain stumping, make-you-yell-at-your-TV PlayStation 4 exclusive. Bloodborne isn’t another Souls game but, rather, a very similar one especially for Dark Souls and Demon Souls veterans. If you are new to the series this game provides a much needed challenge that many games nowadays are missing.
First off, the game looks beautiful. The town you start off in has a very dark and gothic feel to it and the more you explore, the creeper it gets. As you progress further into the story, the tone of the game grows darker and darker with the difficulty increasing as well. Souls veterans will be able to dive in with no problem because the controls are quite similar to Dark Souls and Demon Souls with some small changes. New players learn relatively quickly that this game is a little… unforgiving. Even so, Bloodborne is quite addicting because of the way the game is designed. It gives the player a reason to want to stay alive and encourages you to be careful every step of the way. Sure you can go run in and try to kill everything in sight but if you do die, you’ll end up back where your last checkpoint was. Not to mention, everything you killed has been revived and your blood echoes, which is the currency in the game, will be left where you died. Doing this numerous times gets frustrating real fast but, by exploring surrounding areas, you can discover shortcuts, hidden areas, weapons, and armor which can make it worthwhile. To truly enjoy Bloodborne you have got to be up to the challenge because, when you get past a difficult area, the feeling is awesome.
The weapons in Bloodborne are not as varied as in the Souls games. The environments are beautifully detailed and the sounds around you really give you the creeps. It reminded me of the first time I played the original Resident Evil. The dark, creepy hallways and locations gave me the feeling that there was something around every corner, making the fear of dying in the game much stronger and I loved that about it. Some players believe that the game is easy because of the constant healing item drops, but it really doesn’t make the game any easier. This is due to the the possibility of dying in the game because your chances of dying are always high. You’ll die by falling from high places, getting mauled by hordes of enemies, falling into traps, and getting mamed by bosses. The mortality rate in Bloodborn is high, even for high level characters. This is a big reason why I like Bloodborne.
The multiplayer in Bloodborne is a bit hard to get started. I know they did it to make the game more difficult than to just let you call for your buddy or someone else’s help anytime, but it just feels so tedious to go through a lot just so you can be able to play with other players. It’s just kind of annoying to go through, especially if you’re like me and love to play cooperatively with friends.
With its challenging gameplay, a beautifully designed world, and a dark story to boot, Bloodborne was worth the wait for Souls fans and for those new to the series.
Final Score: 8.5/10
Review and article picture by: Bremenn Millan