I am impatient. After 35 years on this planet, I can say that with surety. Consequently, this article is a little premature. I have one (or maybe two) bosses to go in order to complete the Bloodborne campaign, but it feels like the right time to express my final thoughts on the game, so here goes.
Big Spoilers below of course.
Compulsion. That is the one word that comes to mind when I think of Bloodborne. I am compelled to play it each and every night until I’ve accomplished something. Usually that something involves beating a boss or uncovering a secret.
The game is excellent.
It’s beautiful - In a totally disturbing way.
It’s precise - The gameplay is so smooth and polished that I can’t tear myself away from one more attempt at beating each ridiculously hard boss.
It’s engrossing - The world and narrative fit together seamlessly. Though I don’t totally understand everything, even that seems consistent with the intent of the experience.
In short, I put this game up there with the best of them and surely the best of the current gen game systems. If you want to know if you should play it or not, that’s not really what this article is about, but the short answer is yes.
IF you’re going to, or are playing Bloodborne, here are a few things I would recommend.
- Bosses - Try them fresh each time, then if you get stuck, check out a strategy video. I saved all of mine and wrote out a strategy in each description. Ebrietas was the toughest of them all in my opinion:
- Record your gameplay - Anytime you do something cool or beat a boss, hit that share button. It’s fun to go back and see how you did it and how close you were to death. Plus in the heat of the moment, you might miss how cool the fight really was. The Vicar Amelia fight comes to mind for me, that is one cool looking boss in motion.
- Go to Cainhurst Castle. It takes some effort, is optional, and the boss there is tough, but it was one of my favorite areas of the whole game. Plus some of the best gear becomes available after beating him.
- Big Spoiler - You can still accomplish a lot of things after beating Mergo’s Wet Nurse, but do not go talk to Gehrman until you are sure you are ready to be done with your first playthrough. If you are a completionist, you may want to check some guides to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Also, be aware that you cannot enter all of the chalice dungeons without beating many of the optional bosses.
Things I love about Bloodborne: Pretty much all of it
Things I hate about Bloodborne: Loading Screens, Ebrietas, Sweaty Palms
Good luck to you. If you have any questions about the game, shoot me a comment!
One final note:
A lot of people wonder about the difficulty, and yes it is difficult. What I think is strange about the difficulty is that some of the hardest parts come very early in the game. Like Father Gascoigne. Once you get past him, the game opens up and becomes easier in my opinion. There are some more really tough fights, but a lot of them are optional. So, if you're just getting started, be calm and carry on. Get through the first few areas and things get easier.