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Bloodborne Review

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After many years of waiting I finally got my hands on Bloodborne! 

The Great:

Gameplay:

Bloodborne is different than Dark Souls. Dark Souls is a slow paced game. It rewards your patience and requires timing to defeat some of the tougher foes in the game. Bloodborne is the exact opposite. It rewards a more aggressive playstyle. After taking damage you’ll have a brief window to recover your lost health by attacking an enemy. It took me a little while to get used to this because there’s nothing like this in any of the Dark Souls games. Bloodborne is a really fast game and that made it a really easy one to me. I never struggled at any point in the game. I had a bunch of accidental deaths like I do in every game like this, but nothing in this game was brutal or hard for me to do. Most bosses went down on my first try and if I did die I ended up killing them on my second try. The animations are excellent and I love the weapons. I just wish there were more of them. I love the weapon transformations. A simple sword can turn into a big ass hammer of death. A one handed axe can become a long two handed one. The problem I have is that there’s not enough weapons in this game and most of them are swords. Guns have made their way to the Soulsborne games… and they’re completely useless to me. Yes, I know I can counterattack enemies with my gun, but it’s much easier to dodge attacks and I never felt like I needed to parry an enemy so I could beat them. 

The gameplay of Bloodborne is a little different than Dark Souls, but all of the other stuff is the same. Instead of collecting souls you have Blood Echoes, instead of bonfires you rest at lamps which teleport you to the central hub area called Hunters Dream. What I really like is how far out the lamps are from each other. There’s one lamp in each area and in order to make your life easier it’s up to you to explore and find the various different shortcuts that’ll take you back to your trusty lamp so you don’t have to start all the way over from the beginning when you die. 

Sounds:

There were times when I was playing this game that I stopped in my tracks and starting walking really slowly because of how eerie the soundtrack in the back was. Bloodborne’s ambient sounds and soundtrack is nothing short of a masterpiece. My personal favorite track is the one that plays when you fight the Bloodstarved Beast. That fight and that song was perfect. That’s just one example of this perfect soundtrack that From Software put together for us to enjoy. Bloodborne is in many ways a horror game. I played through this game like I did games like F.E.A.R. my first time. The soundtrack made me do that. The voice acting is good too. This game doesn’t have a lot of voice acting, but what’s there is great. 

Graphics:

Bloodborne doesn’t look as good as most games that release today, but it’s still a really beautiful game. It’s the second best looking game that From Software has released so far. Some of the monsters in this game are fucking creepy (Bloodstarved Beast) looking and had me questioning whether or not I should mess with them. The different locales all look incredible and looking up at the moon gave me that praise the sun feeling I would get in Dark Souls. 

The Good:

Story:

If you’re familiar with any of the Souls games you’ll know how the story plays out in this game. Bloodborne’s story is a little more straightforward than Dark Souls, but you really have to go out of your way to read descriptions and put the pieces of the puzzle together and form your opinion on what you think the lore in this game is about. Even though this is an old game I won’t give out spoilers because I never do that here. 

Bosses:

The bosses in Bloodborne are some of the most creepy, over the top, and well designed bosses I’ve ever gone up against, but they pale in comparison to Dark Souls 3. My favorite ones are Bloodstarved Beast, Father Gascoigne, Mergo’s Wet Nurse (that name), and Vicar Amelia. The problem, and reason this is in the good section, is that they’re too easy. Yes, the bosses in Bloodborne are too freaking easy to beat. I beat most of them on my very first try. The only boss that took me more than two tries was Ebrietas, Daughter of Cosmos. There are your filler group bosses too and that’s never good in these kinds of games, but there are more group bosses in this game than Dark Souls 3. Dark Souls 3 has the better boss fights in my opinion. Bloodborne (even on new game plus 3) bosses are just too easy. 

The Bad:

Build Diversity:

I can already tell that I’m not going to put as much time in Bloodborne as I did all of the Dark Souls games. There’s not enough weapons or build options for me. I don’t care much for Bloodtinge and the lack of magic really hurts this game in my opinion. Doing an all sorcery run in Dark Souls 3 was fantastic. Playing as a Cleric that can fight up close and heal when I needed to was also great. What do I get in Bloodborne? A near useless arcane stat that only serves as an elemental buff for my weapons, guns, and a few melee weapons. Half of them I’m not interested in using.

It’s Really Easy:

I was expecting a decent challenge when I booted up Bloodborne. I got sad when that didn’t happen. Bloodborne, and Dark Souls to be fair, are praised for their difficulty, but I’ve never found them to be difficult games. Dark Souls 3 is harder than Bloodborne. There’s not a single boss in the game that challenged me as much as the Nameless King. There’s nothing wrong with this game being easy, but I was expecting a challenge because I let other people hype me for this game. It’s my fault really… 

PVP:

I know I’m really late to the game, but there’s still a small community of dedicated pvp players in this game. I’ve done a few matches and… it’s not fun. The build diversity hurts this game a lot in PVP. Everyone just uses the same shit. I’ve gone up against a few bloodtinge builds and the only difference is that they usually come at me with the Chikage or Blade of Mercy. Everyone else just uses Ludwig’s Holy Sword and I can’t blame them. It’s what I’m using too! 

 

The Verdict

Bloodborne is fantastic! It's some of Hidetaka Miyazaki's best work. I love the transforming weapons, setting, lore, and gameplay. Even though I breezed my way through this game twice I still want more. Even though this game doesn't have the build diversity of any of the Dark Souls games I still want more. I love fighting werewolves, giant snakes, and those brain sucking things that like to steal my insight. I'm really late to the party, but I'm glad I eventually got to attend it. Bloodborne is something special that I hope gets a sequel someday and I plan on supporting that on day one and not 3 years after it releases :).

9
Final Score:
9

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Brandon Green
    Sep 21, 2018 10:57 pm

    The world of Yharnam is quite simply one of the best I have ever explored in a video game, there’s much mystery.

    The music much like in the Souls games is brilliant and the combat is great.

    Boss difficulty depends on the skill of the player, I struggled with one or two but not many. The DLC however has one of the toughest boss fights I have ever done in a video game. The last boss of the DLC is a right pain in the arse.

    And I agree, the PVP in this is bad. Apparently at launch it was unplayable but they fixed by the time I played it. Sadly PVP got boring for me, for the same reasons you mentioned.

    Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Are you thinking of getting the DLC for Bloodborne?

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      drakulus
      Sep 22, 2018 3:23 pm

      I’m absolutely getting the DLC. I want those neat looking weapons everyone keeps using when I summon them and I want to see if the bosses get any harder :).

      I’m currently working on my last trophy and after that I’ll probably take a break until I get the DLC.

      I agree that boss fights depends on the skill of the players. I know some people that died nearly 100 times to the bloodstarved beast. I think my experience in Dark Souls helped me out a lot here.

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    iplayedthegame
    Sep 22, 2018 1:53 am

    The creature design is incredible in Bloodborne. Those corpse box monsters in the Unseen Village are utterly terrifying!

    • Reply
      drakulus
      Sep 22, 2018 3:28 pm

      Isn’t it! I’m constantly impressed with how well every creature in this game looks. And those box monsters are the things nightmares are made of… OMG they’re creepy :).

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    Susan
    Sep 22, 2018 1:11 pm

    Yes, I love this game! It does definitely reward a more aggressive play style, I had to get used to that.

    • Reply
      drakulus
      Sep 22, 2018 3:30 pm

      I think we all did. Coming from Dark Souls and expecting Bloodborne to play exactly the same is a common mistake Souls players make.

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