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Bloodborne review
by UltiDK

Bloodborne is a step in a new direction for the beloved Souls-series, however it still keeps what made the previous games so special. While surely not being for everyone, Bloodborne is very much worth buying if you're up for a challenge. It's time to die over and over again...

Bloodborne was my first FromSoftware game. When I bought it, I was very nervous that it would be too hard for me, and while it was very hard, especially in the beginning, I ended up loving it. Let's start with the gameplay. Just like the Dark Souls games, Bloodborne features simple yet satisfying combat. With 15 different weapons to choose from, which all have their own unique movesets, it's easy to invest a lot of time in the game. While this number of weapons isn't as big as the array of weapons found in a game like Dark Souls, the weapons are all unique, unlike in the previously mentioned game, where 5 different weapon might have the same moveset. This makes the weapons much more memorable, and also easier for newer players to get invested in. 

The core of FromSoftware games are of course the bosses, and trust me, you won't be disappointed here. Bloodborne has a lot of bosses, and they are very challenging, so prepare to die a lot. 

What makes Bloodborne so special is it's atmosphere. Unlike Dark Souls where the sound design often could be very weird and low quality, Bloodborne's sound design is different. Walking the streets of Yharnam while hearing the beasts waiting around the corner adds a layer of horror to the game. Add to this a beatiful art direction and a soundtrack that sure will give you goosebumps, and you've got a near perfect game.

The only thing I didn't enjoy was the Chalice Dungeons. These dungeons are many, but also very repetitive, and you're forced to go through these if you want the best gear in the game. 

To summarize, Bloodborne's satisfying gameplay combined with it's creepy atmosphere makes it one of the best games, if not the best, FromSoftware has ever made.

9/10: Amazing
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
«Beaten more than once»
«OST on repeat»

Other reviews23

The perfect FromSoft game.
Combat is super responsive and fast, level design is immaculate and the artstyle is beautiful.
A fantastic time from beginning to end
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
The game is just a masterpiece! The atmosphere of the Victorian era is very cool. I knocked out the trophy "Platinum" in it and do not regret the hundreds of hours spent.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
The perfect Souls game.
Fast, vicious combat, mostly wonderful bosses, stellar level design and a fantastic soundtrack.
«Blew my mind»
Finally giving bloodborne a go.

Forcing the player to make it to the first boss fight before letting them level up is dumb. It just makes me feel like I wasted my time for the opening. I used a bunch of items just to end up losing everything… like what’s the point in that? Bad first impression but the slight tonal change of this one is cool.

This game is way easier than dark souls and sekiro. It’s probably partly because I’ve played a lot of souls games at this point so I get the flow. But this one has built in mechanics that make it a lot easier. 20 blood potions is a ton and you pick up more as you go. Plus you gain health back with immediate counter hits. I use the power swing with the axe and even if I take a hit, as long as I don’t stagger then I just get a good chunk back right after. Also the bosses are easy so far. After losing to the first boss, because you don’t get to level up until that happens, I have beaten the next three bosses first try. I’m cruising. Cruuuuuuising.

I do like the spooky vibes. It’s great. The character and weapons look cooler too. I can see why a lot of people prefer this over dark souls. We’ll see where it lands in the end.

I’m flying through this game. Just crushing areas on the first try. Levelling up 3-4 levels at a time. Rarely dying.

Okay the nightmare area is the first area where I’m getting fucked up a bit. I’ve lost about 4 levels worth of souls… I mean blood echoes. It’s the frenzy from afar aspect that’s fucking me up. Making me rush things. 

So I ended the game without knowing it. I probably should have read about my decisions but apparently when you accept gerhmans offer he just kills you… kind of cool but I missed out on like 5 possible boss fights and I don’t have any previous saves I can use. I think I’m screwed. So that’s a disappointing end. 

Overall I really enjoyed this game. It’s more of the same except it’s easier and the aesthetic is really cool. I don’t think it’s better than the other entries though. I can see how it would be peoples favourites. It’s probably my favourite in terms of setting (except for Elden ring, Elden ring has the best setting too because it’s so vast). The gameplay was honestly probably a hair to easy but I didn’t mind flying through.

Final Score: A-

Rankings (Really liked them all though):
Elden Ring (Best By A Lot)
Dark Souls 2 (First souls game I played which might affect my opinion)
Dark Souls 3
Absolutely stellar! From bosses to level design, this trumps the entire Souls series
«Can’t stop playing»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
Inmersión increíble, impresionante banda sonora y combates súper exigentes.
«Blew my mind»
This game is dark souls but what if spooky.  if you look dark souls and/or spooky, check it out.
this game is so easy and i dont like it because is an insult to my inteligence, i want games more dificults than this boring shit. pd: is so dark i dont see anything
The best of FromSoftware
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
This is FromSoftware's masterpiece and while they came somewhat close with Sekiro, I doubt it'll ever truly be topped. Fluid and satisfying combat style, badass trick weapons with extreme variety in playstyle, grotesque enemy and boss designs, a deliciously dark atmosphere with one of the biggest tonal shifts and craziest twists, incredible OST, punishing but fair difficulty, and one of the greatest DLC expansions in any game. The only flaw is that this is locked at 30 FPS which should be criminal; locking one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time to a choppy framerate is a shame and I truly hope the rumors of a PC port or the PS5 Remaster are true, because this game deserves to be played at 60 FPS, more than any other game. 
«Can’t stop playing»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»
Except for the occasional game-design flaws, this is an uncompromising masterpiece. And, paradoxically, all the conventions that accompany the souls-like genre in one way or another, play here into the hands.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Peak vibes. Gothic horror huge ass castles mixed with lovecraftian madness. Only able to play this game at all bc I was watching my man Marcus's playthrough (EpicNameBro/ENB) and bc i was using the rifle spear (ridiculously OP). Highly recommend his comprehensive playthrough if you're interested in/playing through the game. He's as OG of a Souls guy as it gets, literally cowrote the official player's guide for Bloodborne, super cool dude. He covers all the lore and shows all the game has to offer. Playthrough here: