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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than human... human no more

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    TheRealRuffy
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    If you're a fan of Souls and you're aware of what these games entail, then definitely buy Bloodborne. It lives up to the hype. The city of Yharnam is gorgeous in all of its gothic grotesque glory. The combat is faster than before and equally, if not more, intense. The story is still ambiguous leaving the interpretation and theories to the player. The game is almost perfect. So far, the only two cons I have with Bloodborne, albeit minor, are 1: occasional drops in frame rate, and 2: loading times. The reason these are minor is because they're literally the only defects I can think of that actually lessen the experience if at all. Honestly, the load times aren't nearly as bad as some people have made them out to be. I think they feel extra long because it's just a black screen with the word Bloodborne on it for an entire 40 seconds (most of the time less). Dark Souls loading screens at least had item descriptions. The only time it is definitely noticeable and irritating for me is when I wish to travel to another location from a location. So, for example, if you're at Central Yharnam and you wish to go back to the first floor, you have to go to the Hunter's Dream, and then from there load the new location you wish to go to. That's an extra loading screen which is honestly pointless. This can feel very time consuming for a game that punishes players with frequent impending deaths. So I think the only thing I like about Dark Souls more than Bloodborne, is that it had the convenience of fast travelling between bon fires. Bloodborne seems to go back to how Demon Souls location travelling was. As for the frame rate issue, I only notice it on rare specific occasions, or when I'm spinning the camera around my character fast. Don't worry though, it never reaches deplorable frame rates such as Blighttown from Dark Souls. One of the biggest and most obvious changes is that the game emphasizes the offensive. There is no longer blocking with shields in Bloodborne. You need to be on the attack at all times. In Bloodborne, the best defense is a good offense. Some people might like this change more than others. With the new depth of diverse weapon attacks, an offensive play style gives way to a faster pace. The best thing about this new combat style is that it's putting most Souls veterans out of their element. Most of us are used to using shields and hanging back until we can place a perfect timed attack on our vulnerable enemy. You still need to time your attacks, but you have to pay so much more attention to your foe's. Depending on their attack, you may need to stun them with your gun, dodge, or attack the enemy first. The combat feels much more risky, therefore more intense and rewarding. While I don't necessarily view this new offensive combat as better or worse than previous Souls games, I think it's a perfect device to keep players on their toes. Most fans praise the game they played first the most. Why? Because it was the most difficult for them. Why? Because the experience was new. By the time they went on to play Dark souls 2 for example, the game felt too easy for them. Bloodborne prevents that from happening. Everyone's learning curve is reset. We have to get used to the new methods and tricks of combat in Bloodborne that make it special and unique to the game. This brings me to a frequently asked question: Is Bloodborne more difficult than past Souls games? In my opinion, it's around equal difficulty to Dark Souls (Or whatever the first game you played was). That's obviously a relative statement, but considering how the core game experience is the same, and the new implemented combat style, the difficulty feels similar to the first time you played a Souls game. You have to learn from your mistakes at all times. Like past Souls games, you will struggle, become frustrated, die and die again, and in the end, be rewarded for your efforts. I can't recommend it enough! This is the best game I've played in a long time. I hope From Software keeps making these games. Happy hunting! P.S. for those of you who have never played Demon Souls or Dark Souls, and are unsure of whether you'd enjoy Bloodborne's challanging gameplay and role playing game elements, just rent the game. It's the kind of game people either love or hate. It's definitely not for everyone. If you don't know what you're getting into, and you expect a fast paced EASY game, then you're in for a rude awakening. I'm sure most of you are aware of how hard these games are, but just in case you're completely new to them, don't buy Bloodborne expecting a fun relaxing game. It requires diligence, patience, and an active effort at all times. If you're interested in a non-linear game that allows you to explore and discover your own story through hard work, by all means, buy Bloodborne. You will be rewarded for your efforts! The sense of accomplishment is like no other. Summary: Pros: -Stunning environment/atmosphere (I don't think anyone can overstate how amazing the locations are in this game. The world is my favorite character) -Engaging combat is fun and challenging -Weapon's mode diversity gives way to more strategy than ever before -Chalice Dungeons add replayability and more multiplayer Cons: -Occasional frame rate drops -Loading times can feel cumbersome, particularly when switching locations

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game, both for "Souls" players and newcomers

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    Eddy
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    Don't let the title fool you, This is the newest installment in the "Souls" series, by From Software. Similar mechanics and overall gameplay, just everything's been replaced with blood. "Souls" are now "Blood echos", "Estus Flasks" are now "Blood Vials", and everyone is talking about blood, and... Well, you get the message. But they've switched things up enough that it doesn't feel same-old-ish at all. It's familiar, but different enough that you go in and have to relearn a lot of new things. Specifically, the combat. There are fewer weapons here than in previous "souls" games, but every weapon has two functions. A saw that turns into a spear, an axe that turns into a halberd, a sword that turns into a hammer (no, seriously) and so on. There are a multitude of combos and attack patterns for each weapon, and figuring out your favorite and learning its every poke and slice is a pleasure. There are also no shields in this game, so no hiding behind a solid sheet of metal, either. Instead, you have guns, which shoot bullets, which are like shields just traveling at extreme velocities. Timed right your gunshot can "parry" an opponent's attack, leaving them open to a devastating counterattack. Even if you miss the timing, more often then not your shot will still stun the enemy for a bit of time, so it'll prevent you from taking a hit. The downside is, ammo is limited, so don't think you can get too carried away. There's also dodging, which makes you invulnerable for a short period of time. Overall, the combat is much more fast-paced and frantic than other "Souls" games, and I love it all the more. The aesthetic and world are also swapped up. No more castles and dragons and knights in armor. You're in essentially a werewolf infested Lovecraftian nightmare, with disturbing creatures and cryptic lore around every corner. The feeling is one of dark, brooding horror, dripping with blood and slime. As a fan of Lovecraftian horror this is a huge plus for me, and I find the world disturbingly inciting. But, it may also be a bit too much for some people who don't like that style. Oh, and while we're on the topic, this isn't so much an action adventure game, as a horror game that killed an action adventure game and is wearing its skin. I have felt more legitimate fear and tension in this game than I've felt in a while. Dark Souls and Dark Souls II had some scary moments, but this game, it's scary most of the time and it can be outright TERRIFYING. That's another plus for me. Now, what I didn't like so much. The boss battles. Their visuals are designed wonderfully, but A. they're not very hard for the most part and B. You start to develop a pattern of how to kill them, that works on almost all of them. There are 4 bosses in the game that I really had a hard time with, the rest (there are a lot more) I killed on my first ~ third try. And no, I wasn't extensively level grinding or looking at walkthroughs. Granted the road TO the boss was harrowing and very difficult a lot of the time, but I would have preferred the bosses having a bit more of a challenge. I have completed both Dark Souls and Dark Souls II so I probably do have more practice than new players, but even so. Killing a Souls game boss on the first attempt is, to me, a bit of a letdown. Some bosses have gimmicks instead of brutal attacks, but those tend to be easy to figure out too. This is the only real gripe I have, but it is something that bothered me to the end of my first playthrough. Oh, and PvP is, well, PvP of a souls game. You can ask for help, go to help, or go to invade. Pretty straight forward. Fighting itself is again a lot more frantic and fast-paced, but the overall system is basically the same as previous "Souls" games. Anyway, I griped a bit but overall this game is a blast. I've started New Game + now, and I fully plan on playing through to the end again. Definitely highly recommended, and it's worth getting the PS4 for this (that's what I did, anyway).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Souls game at it's finest!

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    hollowfenix
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    If you're a fan of Souls and you're aware of what these games entail, then definitely buy Bloodborne. It lives up to the hype. The city of Yharnam is gorgeous in all of its gothic grotesque glory. The combat is faster than before and equally, if not more, intense. The story is still ambiguous leaving the interpretation and theories to the player. The game is almost perfect. So far, the only two cons I have with Bloodborne, albeit minor, are 1: occasional drops in frame rate, and 2: loading times. The reason these are minor is because they're literally the only defects I can think of that actually lessen the experience if at all. Honestly, the load times aren't nearly as bad as some people have made them out to be. I think they feel extra long because it's just a black screen with the word Bloodborne on it for an entire 40 seconds (most of the time less). Dark Souls loading screens at least had item descriptions. The only time it is definitely noticeable and irritating for me is when I wish to travel to another location from a location. So, for example, if you're at Central Yharnam and you wish to go back to the first floor, you have to go to the Hunter's Dream, and then from there load the new location you wish to go to. That's an extra loading screen which is honestly pointless. This can feel very time consuming for a game that punishes players with frequent impending deaths. So I think the only thing I like about Dark Souls more than Bloodborne, is that it had the convenience of fast travelling between bon fires. Bloodborne seems to go back to how Demon Souls location travelling was. As for the frame rate issue, I only notice it on rare specific occasions, or when I'm spinning the camera around my character fast. Don't worry though, it never reaches deplorable frame rates such as Blighttown from Dark Souls. One of the biggest and most obvious changes is that the game emphasizes the offensive. There is no longer blocking with shields in Bloodborne. You need to be on the attack at all times. In Bloodborne, the best defense is a good offense. Some people might like this change more than others. With the new depth of diverse weapon attacks, an offensive play style gives way to a faster pace. The best thing about this new combat style is that it's putting most Souls veterans out of their element. Most of us are used to using shields and hanging back until we can place a perfect timed attack on our vulnerable enemy. You still need to time your attacks, but you have to pay so much more attention to your foe's. Depending on their attack, you may need to stun them with your gun, dodge, or attack the enemy first. The combat feels much more risky, therefore more intense and rewarding. While I don't necessarily view this new offensive combat as better or worse than previous Souls games, I think it's a perfect device to keep players on their toes. Most fans praise the game they played first the most. Why? Because it was the most difficult for them. Why? Because the experience was new. By the time they went on to play Dark souls 2 for example, the game felt too easy for them. Bloodborne prevents that from happening. Everyone's learning curve is reset. We have to get used to the new methods and tricks of combat in Bloodborne that make it special and unique to the game. This brings me to a frequently asked question: Is Bloodborne more difficult than past Souls games? In my opinion, it's around equal difficulty to Dark Souls (Or whatever the first game you played was). That's obviously a relative statement, but considering how the core game experience is the same, and the new implemented combat style, the difficulty feels similar to the first time you played a Souls game. You have to learn from your mistakes at all times. Like past Souls games, you will struggle, become frustrated, die and die again, and in the end, be rewarded for your efforts. I can't recommend it enough! This is the best game I've played in a long time. I hope From Software keeps making these games. Happy hunting!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Boss Fights

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    Daveak47
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    I previously played Demons Souls and Dark Souls and loved them. Since the same team made this game, I happily gave it a try and here is what I thought. *************************************************************************PROS************************************************************************************************** -RPG/Gameplay mechanics: Gameplay is what makes this game the most appealing. It allows you to customize your character design and class. And you have chosen your character, it gives you option how to level the character up in terms of whether you want to invest more in character's strength, stamina, health etc. It provides your character with a variety of moves and forces you to use them in strategic way to overcome different challenges. -Gorgeous Scenery and Creative Openworld Design: The open world in this game is fairly huge. While different areas can be accessed in somewhat linear manner, it gives you plenty of choices to create shortcut between different areas. Depending on how you play, you can also access certain areas early on in the game to get better weapons and items and even skip areas/bosses if you just want to finish the game. Overall the open world in this game promotes exploration by hiding different bosses and items in different corners of the world. -Horrific Bosses and Unforgiving Enemies: The enemies and bosses are really nicely animated in this game. They truly give the feeling of horror. True the bosses and enemies in this game can be challenging in the sense that they can do quite a lot of damage to a low level character. But once you figure out tricks to defeating them, the experience becomes quite rewarding. And there is always option of leveling up and/or taking help from other players to clear a level. Trick weapons and guns: This is one of my favorite aspects of this game. I loved the different trick weapons in this game. The way they transform is simply amazing. Transforming them gives them different set of moves/ability. Plus when they transform the sound they make is pretty nice. Online multiplayer: In this game you can co-op with other players to take their help or help them to clear a level. Alternatively you can challenge a player/ a group of players to gain blood echos (the currency of this game). This is very creative online design. Loved it. Dungeons: In addition to the main story, the player has option to explore different dungeons. Player can create their own randomly generated dungeons or join a dungeon created by a different player. Dungeons have unique loots/rewards making this experience optional but yet rewarding. Lasting value: It will take you long amount of time to complete the story itself but if you attempt to defeat all the bosses including dungeon bosses this game can easily last 100 plus hours. Re-playability: As if above is not enough, you can always start a new game plus keeping most of your item/equipment and current level and refinish the game taking on to the tougher version of enemies and bosses. *************************************************************************CONS************************************************************************************************** Later game scenery/Dungeon multiplayer/player matching: I loved the scenery in the very early game when the character in town. I didn't like how later in the game it becomes similar to souls games. Dungeon multiplayer works but sometimes it can be difficult to connect with other players. It becomes really difficult to connect with other players if your level is too high. Though I have to say compared to previous souls games I actually liked how this game connected with you with other players and with different patches they are fixing a lot of connectivity problems. ***********************************************************************CONCLUSION******************************************************************************************** This is a must play game whether or not you played previous souls game. If you like RPG, heck&slash and openworld, you don't want to miss out on this experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unforgiving, but totally worth it.

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    GamerGuy
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    I've been playing this game since it released and I gotta say, I'm in love with Bloodborne. This game is the latest game from the "Souls" series, but more like a spiritual successor. It's made from the same company that developed Demon Souls and Dark Souls 1 and 2. If you have played any of those games then this will feel familiar to you. While the previous games took a "slow and steady" approach with the combat, Bloodborne is faster paced, dropping the shield for a gun. Less weapons and armor to collect, but more customization for your weapons. Also, each weapon can transform into a different type of weapon. You can equip up to 2 right hand melee weapons and 2 left hand firearms. This is effectively the equivalent of running into battle with 6 different weapons at the ready. If you are looking for a story, it's there, but you have to piece the story together yourself. You'll have to watch the cut scenes, read the item descriptions, talk to NPCs and all of that good stuff. Even then the story is open to interpretation. This game does not hold your hand. It won't tell you where to go next. After you progress a little through the game, you'll find that there is no set order for you to do things. You may find yourself running around looking for what's next. I accidentally even walked into a boss area one time. If you find yourself wondering what to do next, then you can spot help from other players via message notes, which leads us into the multiplayer. The multiplayer is where this game truly shines, imo. While you are not directly connected to other players, you can leave notes behind to warn other players of an ambush up ahead the road, or a hidden item on the side of the hill covered in tall grass. Messages can be left to inform play players of a useful tactic for the area boss, or even just as a joke. You can find tombstones which replay how a player died in their final moments. You can co-op with up to 2 other people and even set up a password in the in-game network settings to connect with specific people (You both have to have the same password.) You can invade another player's world to find and take them down, or even be invaded yourself. With all that said, the multiplayer definitely could use some tweaking with. Sometimes I can connect with my friend rather quickly, other times it might take 20 minutes or just act like it doesn't want to work. If the connection issues can be fixed, this game would be a solid 5 stars for me. This is a game where you will die over, and over, and over again. Once you die, you loose your experience points which are called blood echoes. These points are used to live level up your character, upgrade your weapons, and buy items from the shop. The good thing is, once you die, you can still get them back. You just need to make your way back to where you died at and collect your points. Sometimes, an enemy will walk over your blood echoes and absorb them. You'll know because the enemy will have purple glowing eyes. At this point, you must defeat the enemy to get your points back. In the event that you do die before you can get your points back, say bye-bye to all of that. They're gone forever. It may seem like a lot in the beginning, but later on, you'll find that it won't take you that long to get back to how many blood echoes you once had. This game may beat you down in the beginning, but if you can hang in there and make it pass the first major boss, you'll truly see how the game opens up and delivers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Miyazaki Delivers Again: PS4's Must Own Exclusive

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    ryko4887
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    The creator of Demon's Souls & Dark Souls sets yet another benchmark for hack and slash - action RPG's, as Bloodborne delivers on every turn. I've played about 5 hours already, haven't beaten the first boss yet, and have died numerous times and I've never had more fun doing it over again. Combat and mechanics are very tight, leaving little to no leeway when landing devastating blows. If you're even a hair late on avoiding a foes attack or sending one of your own, it will most likely lead to your death. For those who haven't played a Souls game before, the game is very unforgiving. You will die a ton, but it will teach you to slow down your combat mechanics, figure out the perfect time to strike the enemy, and which moves to use to help down your bosses. Because of this progress is very rewarding. If you need help during enemy encounters you can summon friends to come help you at almost any time, and leave hints for others to help their journeys as well. In terms of graphics Bloodborne is no "Order 1886", but it's not bad at all. The art style makes up for what lacks in the graphics department and you'll be constantly set in gloomy areas, and surrounded by even darker enemies. The only complaint I have so far is some pretty bad load times, which if you're dying a lot, you'll experience a lot of. They last around 30-45 seconds, but is a small hitch in an otherwise outstanding game which can definitely be patched later. Buy this game, you will not regret it. And bring an extra pair of clothes for your character, you're about to spill lots and lots of blood. Everywhere! 5/5

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good god I hate/love this game.

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    WoottWinds
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    I've tried every Souls-type game in the recent years and have never gotten into any of them. The craze over games that are insanely punishing never made too much sense to me, couldn't find the "fun" in them at all. Fast forward to me finding this on a ridiculous sale and giving the genre one more go. I figured a Souls game that is faster and more action-focused sounded cool, and the gothic / Van Helsing-ish vibe looked really dang awesome. Powered up the game, created my character, and... ...I died. Quickly. On the very first enemy. But apparently I was supposed to! Got myself a weapon, got back in the game, ran past him, and survived for a decent amount. ...that is until I met a crowd of angry religious zealots that murdered me and sent me back near the beginning. After many MANY tries (a good 2+ hours worth), I couldn't break past this first section no matter what. Feeling the frustration I have with previous Souls-types, I resided myself to going to bed and returning the game to Best Buy in the morning. Screw this. I'm too old to make no progress in a game and fail at the same thing over and over again. Then something kind of funny happened: I couldn't go to sleep. I couldn't stop thinking about what I might have been doing wrong, what order I could kill these jerks in, how I could break past this frustrating wall. I finally got some shut-eye for a few hours, woke up, and immediately turned this god-forsaken thing back on. Eventually, I got through and onto the next section of the game. It was the most glorious feeling I've ever felt in a video game and I immediately cried out and terrified my roommate in the process. ...theeeen I died again and got shot back to the beginning. The next time through though, I got farther. And then a little more, and a little more, until FINALLY I found a second checkpoint. Then shortcuts came about. And then even MORE checkpoints. Better weapons. Upgrades. Armor. Skills. Etc. etc. etc... I've played this for a solid 40+ hours now, and while I've died so many times, I can honestly say I've learned something from almost all of them and have had such a blast in the process. I've taken a break from the game for now, beat 4 or 5 of the crazy bosses, am not necessarily stuck but it does take a lot out of you effort/time wise. Even if I never beat this though, heck, even if I never pick up this game again, the 40+ hours I spent so far have been more than worth the price. I regret not paying $60 on release, the devs more than deserve it. It's a truly incredible piece of work/art. Highly highly recommended for anyone on the fence, especially at the constant sale prices it's been going on lately. It's one of the most unique, gratifying, and infuriating experiences I've had in my 25+ years of gaming, and while I don't think it's made me a Souls fanatic in the slightest, count me in day-1 if there's ever a Bloodborne 2.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Masterpiece, Plain And Simple.

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    StygianNocturne
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    From Software, the Japanese company responsible for Bloodborne and the renowned Dark Souls series, has a reputation for releasing games that aren't particularly easy, at least compared to the bulk of the competition. As such, going into Bloodborne with the expectations that it's a casual, happy-go-lucky sort of game is the wrong stance to take because it's as challenging as it is consuming. With that in mind, however, it is worth noting that I do play video games in my spare time for the purposes of relaxation and escapism mostly. I don't play competitively and wouldn't consider myself to be any sort of exceptional gamer and, yes, I still enjoyed this game immensely (and even beat it for that matter). Since the difficulty seems to be the main concern about Bloodborne, at least for those uninitiated, I'll address it now. This game, despite the plethora of challenges it throws your way, is fair; nothing in Bloodborne could be interpreted as "cheap" - if you die it's because you did something you shouldn't have or didn't do something you should have. Traits like patience, perseverance and awareness are wonderful internal allies to nourish during Bloodborne, as I can certainly attest to from experience, for they will make it more, how to say, congenial perhaps. Bloodborne, as a whole, is a remarkable game. Once I started playing it I really couldn't stop and devoted all of my free time to it until I beat it and, guess what? I started playing it again immediately afterward for a second play through, haha, which is not something I do often. Needless to say, it's an immersive game that is difficult to put down once you get the hang of it. The gothic atmosphere present throughout the entire game is absolutely impenetrable, its aura being so thick that you'll really lose yourself amidst its depths quite unwittingly. The gameplay itself is very intuitive, the control schemes and general playability are all first-rate and the storyline is wonderfully vague, giving the player a chance for his or her imagination to run wild for a change. Overall, Bloodborne is a masterpiece of contemporary gaming that should be experienced by anyone with an interest in exceptionally crafted games. It's challenging, it's uncompromising and it's rewarding beyond measure once you figure it out - believe me, when the big and bold "PREY SLAUGHTERED" appears on your screen for the first time you'll feel a true sense of triumph, guaranteed! Sure, you may only seen one of those for every ten or twenty you see of "YOU DIED" but its worth the plunge, again and again. Recommended with utmost certainty!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly Perfect....Highly Frustrating....Greatly En

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    PBnJamz
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    It's going to be hard to find a Bloodborne review that doesn't mirror another review. This game is a love letter to Sony gamers. This isn't a game that casual gamers can pick up, get in to and end up loving. From Software pretty much cemented themselves as famously difficult games created by them. Like Demon/Dark Souls, Bloodborne looks and feels like a sequel to those. Bloodborne, in a nutshell, is a game that requires patience, repetition, patience, a good memory, patience, very quick thinking, and more patience. You will die. You will die many, many times in this game. That's half the fun. It's like a game of lawn darts to see who can throw it the farthest: in this game you need to see how far you can get before dying. The payoff for this game is dying handfuls of times in the same area and finally beating that area to move on. I think the point of the game that truly separates the men from the boys with this game is who can last playing the game long enough before rage quitting and trading it in for store credit somewhere. Most games now will hold your hand through every step of a mission with automatic save points, constant achievements/trophies for doing the simplest of tasks and allowing you to upgrade until you become just shy of being as powerful as a god. Bloodborne will humble you in every regard from those instances. As far as graphics, sound and controls: this is the best looking, sounding and feeling game of this new gaming generation. Playstation 4 is just starting to spread its wings as it delves into the power of their console. Bloodborne is everything we've been waiting for as gamers. Other reviewers here and on professional review sites have mentioned one of the only flaws in the game are its long loading times. If that's all people can find wrong with this game, we need to consider ourselves lucky. Yeah, it's annoying because you're going to be constantly dying so you will spend probably 40% of your time looking at a black screen with "Bloodborne" written on it....but who cares? This is no doubt the first in a new series so issues like that will be ironed out once more of next gen power is unlocked.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Brilliantly difficult yet rewarding action RPG

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    Focus4eva
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    Bloodborne is a game that has an old school NES difficulty about it, yet any mistake is not due to the game being cheap but because the player has made a mistake. This game is a highly strategic action RPG that has amazing action sequences that only get better as the player goes further into the game. The visuals are certainly some of the best available on the PS4. The developer clearly uses the strengths of the hardware to create a haunting , dark, yet beautiful journey. The character models are very realistic and the demons and bosses vary yet similar to Dark Souls , yet still remain jaw dropping. The backgrounds and detail in the environments are unrivaled, while keeping a steady frame rate. The battle system is fast and furious and plays more like a third person action game with RPG elements. In fact , this may be one of the fastest Action RPG games that is available for the PS4. Learning how to fight enemies and seeing their patterns is half the fun. Upgrading and gaining strength are the other half of the fun. Once the player has upgraded and becomes a killing machine, the player comes across a new area with more deadly foes and one has to figure out how to traverse the area, find secrets, all the while trying to stay alive. While not being a survival horror game , it does have the ability to scare the player. Some enemies creep around areas and jump out to pounce on the player. Its super rewarding when the player figures out how to take out a boss or how to eliminate difficult foes with ease. This game teaches the player to constantly use different tactics on enemies while learning new ones. No game in years has had my hands full of sweat during a battle like this one does. I would throw the controller only to pick it back up so I could conquer the boss. By the way most Boss battles are not only challenging but a sheer joy to play and demand that you learn the hit box and pattern. Once the boss has took a lot of damage , the boss will change into another more powerful form of itself and you then would have to beat the boss while seeing a new more dangerous pattern. Some enemies in the game also do this as well. No PS4 owner who is up to the challenge should be without this game. This is hands down the best PS4 action RPG thus far. With great graphics and addictive gameplay, this game will have you coming back time and time again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    "A Great Action-RPG for the PS4"

    Posted
    laughwithdung

    First and foremost, Bloodborne is a great game and it's definitely worth buying if you own a PlayStation 4. Bloodborne is visually stunning. The environment is very detailed and reflects the grim and dark atmosphere the game is trying to convey. Bloodborne sounds and feels great! Bloodborne's gameplay is truly unforgiving, but in a good way. Bloodborne isn't a game where you can expect to just hack and slash to defeat your foes. Bloodborne requires you develop the necessary skills to defeat your foes and bosses by learning their movements, behaviors, and patterns. The controls are also great and very responsive. Bloodborne offers a unique selection of weapons and items as your disposal. Each weapons offer something different, which is worth trying and mastering during your adventure. Bloodborne definitely delivers with its challenging gameplay, however, there are a few things that unfortunately will make you feel frustrated, annoyed, or unsatisfied during your time with the game. I was a little disappointed in the co-op, story, and other little things. Co-op can be fun, but it is a bit frustrating to connect to begin with. Sometimes it can take awhile for you to connect with your friends, which leaves you there just waiting and waiting. Also, note there's a level range restriction when playing with friends. While it is understandable, if your friend decides to get the game later on, it may be awhile before you and your friend can even play together. I was also disappointed with the story, that is the game barely has one. This will leave you unclear with exactly why you're fighting all the monsters in the first place, besides the sole fact that you're a hunter meant to hunt. Other aspects that left me unsatisfied were the actual amount of outfits available to purchase (using insights) and eviscerating animations (could have been expanded to reflect the use of each weapon). Despite some minor flaws and drawbacks here and there, Bloodborne is a fantastic addition to the Action-RPG genre, and worth considering for your next purchase for the PS4.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor story line, no ingame info, impossible bosses

    Posted
    RonaldB

    I have several comments on this game. 1) There is no discernible story line. I've played it for weeks, and it's fighting mutant people, wolves, birds, people, and boars. It has vignettes, but no clue to a story line. 2) There is absolutely no glossary or dictionary or hint in the game itself. You are totally dependent on online wikipedias, gamer websites or a paid network for information on even basic symbols like how a weapon is rated. I suspect a large part of this is to force the gamer to join their network for a monthly fee. 3) There is absolutely no clue as to where to go or how to progress in the game. You either have to literally stumble into another entrance, or again depend on an online wikipedia. There is no clue as to what is optional, how the optional locations are structured, or what it means if you delete a location. The game itself leaves you totally in the dark. 4) There are boss fights which are necessary to progress, if that is the term, but which are impossible for some people. Like me. I've been spending weeks in the Shadows of Yharnam fight, and I have to give up the game itself and move to another. There are no difficulty levels, and no strategies you can use to compensate for fast reflexes. You simply can't progress. The gamer sites offer suggestions, but they don't work. Lots of people have loved the game. I don't. I don't like the total absence of a story or narrative, absence of any semblance of character, absence of any in game information, and the barrier of an almost-impossibly hard boss fight which you either win or stop progress entirely. If you don't want to pay a monthly fee for the Playstation Plus network, I'd say to skip this game. There are super players who can whiz through this kind of thing. If you just plod through games like I do, looking for a strategy break, you'll run into a barrier you can't get past, sooner or later, and have to just quit the game, like I did.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A waste of 8 hours!

    Posted
    jfranky
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    Let me preface this by saying that although I love playing video games, I am by no means a hard core, all or nothing gamer. I play my games when I can and love playing different types of games. Which is why I chose Bloodborne, because it was different. I read reviews where it was said to be one of the best games of 2015 and it might very well be...I personally will never know. When I started this game I was very confused...there isn't much of an intro and you are kind of just thrown into it. I now realize that this is a sort of extension or part of the Dark Souls series and maybe that's why I had problems. I started playing and believe it or not I spent about 8 hours trying to get to the first boss, which i never did manage to get to. The problem I find is that in this first "level" there are no save points and the game does not auto-save at certain locations. So after going through a section and killing dozens of enemies, if you die you go all the way back to the very beginning! Most games would start you at a mid point that it auto-saves so that you can progress and keep going. Not this game. I played time and time again, death after death and really didn't progress for 8 hours! Yes each time I would get a little further but ultimately I would die and start all the way back at the beginning. I did some research online and found that I was not alone, that many, many people would spend 6+ hours just trying to get through this first "level". That to me is insane! I can usually finish an entire game in about 8 hours, but 8 hours on ONE level!!! I hate to quit games, I really do, I think I have only quit one game before this but I just could not go on because it was just getting me mad each time. Aside from that, the game graphics are beautiful, the weapons (the limited ones i used) were cool, and the controls were very smooth. I am the type of gamer that likes challenging games but also likes it to be fun. I like playing because it's an escape from everyday life, and the last thing I want is to play a game that instead of being fun, is making me hate it and getting me mad. I ended up trading this game in for credit to buy another game.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Challenging Game

    Posted
    Nikos
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    In the tradition of Demon Souls and Dark Souls series this game offers nothing less but challenging stages. I have read some other comments regarding how frustrating the game can be or how annoying the hunters dream can exhaust a player's patience. Well to all of those players I would say "welcome to a difficult but nevertheless rewarding game." Many of my fellow gamer's have asked if this game is just like dark souls 2. Well the concept of game play is the same. If you die then you will loose your souls..no sorry your blood echoes but to those who have played the Dark Souls games then they know to go back to the hunter's world, upgrade, store items, upgrade weapons etc. For the new players I can only imagine the frustration as when I first played Demon Souls and saying to myself "why do I keep playing this game". The answer is simple. For some reason we want to be able to finish a challenging game although these types of games are a little different due to the fact you can not save at any given point and if you decide to kill a friendly NPC well then you are just about done using their services as well as changing additional quests (in some instances but not all). Now for the game rating. Graphics 4 out of 5. Story 4 out of 5 Difficulty 4 out of 5 Game Play (story, character devel etc) 5 out of 5 Lvl of anger due to death and loosing items 6.5 out of 5 Hours of Play (70 thus far without completion of additional dungeon quests). Getting your money's worth of game time 5 out 5 Multiple Endings 5 out 5 (3 different endings depending what you choose) Overall my rating is close to a 4.7 for Bloodborne. One final thought to this. The new patch has fixed multiple issues with the game including loading times.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Most fun you'll never want to have again!

    Posted
    lalit008
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    I've never played any of the soul-series games, such as dark souls and blood souls. One thing I've heard time and time again is the level of difficulty that they present which is why I might've never picked them up. Regardless, the countless positive reviews and hype leading up to it's release was overwhelming and mind-changing, so I bought it. 'I gotta say, it's become one of my favorite games. It's heavy and it's not what I would call a time-filler. This game will require hours of commitment and level of patience that I haven't felt since the days of no-save games on my nintendo. The reputation of this game being challenging is true. You will spend hours and hours before you are able to travel any significant amount of distance. The enemies will be hard and you will suck. This game will not hold your hand, it will give you a sword and throw you into the fire. With all that being said, you will not feel the happiness and relief you will feel when you beat a challenging area or a boss. It makes it all worth it! As far as looks, mechanics, and level design, there is no better on the PS4. Every part of the city you discover is unique and the settings are omnious and beautiful at the same time. The controls are smooth although I've heard if your an old dark souls player it can take some getting used to because the buttons aren't the same. The only negative is the loading screens, which they've patched and made a bit shorter. Personally, I welcome them because they give me a brief moment to collect myself and calm down, but I can see how some people might not like it. If you're on the edge about this game, get it. Even if you end up not liking it, everyone should be experience this type of game once.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A macabre masterpiece

    Posted
    Luiz5905
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    Before Bloodborne, I had never played a game from developer From Software before, partly because of their reputation for difficulty. However, when I saw this game, it's great-looking combat and world drew me in and it was an instant purchase. Suffice to say, i wasn't disappointed. Bloodborne is nearly perfect. The Victorian-esque world looks and sounds amazing, with great level design. The game has tons of horrifying enemy types, all of which are dangerous and can kill you if you're not careful. As with the Dark Souls series, this game is very challenging. There were a few times when I wanted to scream and throw my controller. It's totally worth it though. The sense of achievement, elation and relief when you finally kill a tough enemy is a feeling like nothing else in gaming. Bloodborne is punishing but always gives you the chance to succeed if you proceed cautiously and pay attention to patterns. It rarely feels unfair. The character and swift, bloody combat feel great. The story is a bit opaque, but it is very interesting and fun trying to put all the pieces together. The overall art design of this game is excellent and very original. If you're willing to commit to the game, you are getting a great experience. You won't regret it. This is definitely Game of the Year material. Now I look forward to playing The Old Hunters expansion later this month and the Dark Souls games. From Software has made me a believer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Load time is excessive...

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    druidica
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    I enjoy a FUN challenging game however I'll caveat that statement that if I have to spend half of my limited "self" time waiting for a game to load for long periods with each death then it is no longer fun and no longer worth my time. If you are new to the series like I was, you will find there is no prologue to the story, no grand beginning cut scene (blood transfusion scene was C- at best), tutorial consists of random notes lying around from minions, and once you start playing in the first area you are given no direction as to what you are suppose to accomplish. They only thing you are told is to cut down a few monsters you'll feel better. Combat is sluggish in my opinion. It may be the weapon that I chose, but it seems that the response time between pressing the button and the action occurring has significant delays. Monsters seem to have a great more agility. Upon death you do not get to keep any of the currency you collected and only a few items stay with you after death. Next you are taken to a load screen that is noticeably long. I imagine you could do errands in between load times like visit the restroom, order take out, paint a Picasso, play a different game on your phone while waiting. I don't have patience for that. If you are a person who has a plethora of time to handle the long load features then this may be for you. (I'll even state that I have an upgraded HDD in my system and all other games load 100% faster than this one.) Personally, if you hold only curiosity or mild/medium interest in this game wait for 6 months when it drops to a more reasonable price of $20-30. Hopefully by then there will be a few patches that fix this lost time issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent successor to the Demon/Dark Souls series

    Posted
    Matt003
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    Bloodborne is a PS4 exclusive developed jointly by Sony's Japan Studios and From Software. From is probably best known for the Demon / Dark Souls series; games that became reknowned for their difficulty, dedication to old school gaming, and deliberately mysterious story-telling conventions. "You Will Die" quickly became the tag line for the Souls games, and Bloodborne continues in that trend, but also makes a conscious effort to expand upon and differentiate itself from its predecessors. I think the tag line for this game should be "You Will Die, and then You Will Kill." Gone are the shields from the Souls game, which are instead replaced by firearms. You will not be able to rely on the same defensive techniques you've learned from the Souls games. Gameplay is noticeably faster and you will be expected to remain on the offensive, whenever reasonably possible in order to keep enemies stunned and your health regenerating. You'll need to learn how to manipulate your opponents, such as drawing enemies away from one another, one or two at time or using chokepoints in the environment to keep yourself from being surrounded. For fans of the Souls games, Bloodborne is a no-brainer. You'll enjoy it without a doubt. For those unfamiliar with the Souls games or those who disliked them, these games are meant to be very different from modern gaming. You are thrown into a world with little explanation and you're expected to adapt and survive without being told how to, whereas most modern games have frequent checkpoints, pop-up reminders, tips, maps, and radars. If you have patience and are willing to lose often, you will get better and you will enjoy it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the hardest games you'll ever play.

    Posted
    Sockobird
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    I was recommended this game by a friend of mine. He told me beforehand that the game was difficult and not for the average casual gamer. When I first began the game I died instantly numerous times. Within the first 15 mins of playing the game I was full convinced thus game needed to be placed under my truck tire and backed over. That was my level of frustration with the game. However, with some coaching by my friend and the stubbornness to not let a game defeat me I gave it another shot. The second time around I loved the game! I began to understand the mechanics of how the game worked, I began to form better strategies for slaughtering enemies and became more patient with my attacks and movements. That is KEY to this game. Patience. If you don't have it and learn to slow down YOU WILL DIE. This is not just a wild hack and slash button masher go in guns blazing type of game. I repeat, if you do this thinking you can Devil May Cry on numerous enemies and come out alive, you will end up dying repeatedly and hating this game. Once you get the feel of the game and start leveling up and progressing you will fall on love with the asthetics of the game, the graphics, and the details that are found throughout the city of Yharnam. In closing, I cannot stress enough the word PATIENCE with this game. Take your time, learn the particular enemy(s) you are fighting and adapt accordingly. For the average gamer, this will be one of the most difficult games you will play.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautifully frustrating

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    Boat72
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    This game is gorgeous and frustrating as hell! I bought Demon's Souls, played it for about a week, and took it back to Best Buy and traded it in. Then Dark Souls & Dark Souls II came out and I passed on them. I thought no way!! But this game caught my eye. There was something about the environment, the enemies, the weapons, etc. So I thought I would give it a try. Bloodborne is very much like the other games developed by From. The enemies' battle style, the scale and difficulty of the enemies, etc. If you aren't not into farming games you may not like this one. I am not and I am still having a hard time accepting it. It can be very redundant and boring. You spend so much time repeating the same area over and over, trying to level up, that it takes the enjoyment out of the game. Yes it is a beautiful environment so you don't mind seeing it but yet it's like, come on already, really?!?! I've only made it past the first boss and have been spending much of my time trying to level up to get past the second boss which I have fought about five times and lost every time thus far. Out of those five times I was very close once. Otherwise he totally destroyed me in a matter of seconds. The combat system feels easier and more responsive than in past games by From. But that does not help much. I am giving it four stars due to the fact that I feel it's just too difficult. Also for the fact that you have to farm so much to level up. If they would have just gotten away from that style of game and made it slightly easier for you to level up and progress, I would without a doubt have given it five stars.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend