Bloodborne - The Nightly Hunt begins... (The Old Hunters DLC out Tuesday!)
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:36 am
Gamespot 9I finished Bloodborne in less time than I did Dark Souls II, yet I treasure it more in spite of its few missteps. In death there is life, and in blood, there is redemption. More hyperbole, yes, but for a game this theatrical, only hyperbole will do.
http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/bloodbo ... 0-6416078/
IGN Review in progressThere’s so much left to see and do, and many cryptic mysteries left to solve. As I keep going, I’ll be paying many, many more visits to Bloodborne’s Chalice Dungeons, and look to give special attention to the cooperative elements on tap.
Eurogamer 1st impressionsWhich leads to the overwhelming question: is Bloodborne better than Dark Souls? I don't know, and anyone who says they do is a fool. I knew from the start that Dark Souls was brilliant, but it took months until I appreciated just how deep and complex a masterpiece it was. The most important thing about Bloodborne is that, despite the surface similarities, it plays and feels very different. Who knows how I'll feel in a few months? But first impressions are easy. Bloodborne is brilliant.
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Polygon Review in ProgressBloodborne has already won me over with its distinct look, its expert design and its focus on the core combat that I loved so much in previous Souls games. It also goes in directions I never expected. I can't wait to play more.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/3/23/828122 ... m-software
Destructoid 9Bloodborne is an interesting mix of everything From Software has learned throughout its storied developmental career. Not everything will gel with fans old and new, but for the most part, the shift towards a combat-oriented game is a net positive. From Software is still one of the only developers left that makes you work for your satisfaction, and Bloodborne is damn satisfying.
http://www.destructoid.com/review-blood ... 8934.phtml
US Gamer Review in progressAs I write this, I haven't finished Bloodborne, and won't be able to explore the various multiplayer options until its release, but I've been nothing but thoroughly impressed in my 30-odd hours with the game. Every area brings untold surprises, nasty traps, and terrible bosses that made me say "No frickin' way" upon their first appearance. And even though I've encountered some roadblocks, the open-ended nature of Bloodborne acts as a release valve if you reach a frustrating sticking point: After bashing my head against a boss for the dozenth time, I decided to explore a bit more, and found two new areas I gradually conquered before returning to kick said boss' butt. As of this writing, there's nothing I want to do other than play more Bloodborne, but honestly, what I'm most looking forward to is how much mileage the Souls community will get out of this experience. There's so many lore videos to make, speedruns to shatter minds, and discussions to be had about just what the hell's up with Bloodborne's twisted, Gothic world. And I can see myself staying up way too late for the next year wrapping my brain around all of it.
EGM 9.5Though built on the same core as the Souls games, Bloodborne marks the largest departure from the status quo to date. The numerous changes, many in service of a faster and more aggressive playstyle, might not be for everyone, but if you embrace that shift, you might well have a new favorite in the From Software canon.
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Gameinformer 9.75Bloodborne is a blood-drenched horror gem that has only the faintest of cracks in its façade. Bloodborne succeeds through sparse storytelling, lush atmospheres (conjuring up notions of the best of Lovecraft’s work), and tight combat that forces you to be aggressive. While this new IP doesn’t stray far from the established Souls franchise, it is a magical, wondrous work that admirably instills both terror and triumph in those brave enough to delve into it.
http://www.gameinformer.com/games/blood ... piece.aspx
Gamesradar 4.5/5Bloodborne lies somewhere between Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2, better than the latter but not quite as good as the former. The fourth time following the same template means the master strokes, however masterful they are, are anticipated. But take nothing away from this brilliant, brooding, brutal reinvention, because almost as great as the best game ever is pretty bloody great.
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