With the embargo being raised the night before release and
Bloodborne out for nearly a week, it’s safe to say that the verdict is in about From Software’s Victorian gothic adventure game: it’s a hit. This is to be expected given the studio’s past with RPGs with the notable Dark Souls series. If you’re a hardcore Dark Souls fanatic, though, should you invest in Bloodborne?
Below is just a small sample of the PS4 exclusive currently standing at a healthy 92 on
GameSpot 9/10: “The finest treasures are found within the city of Yharnam and the forests, lakes, and purgatories beyond it. Only Bloodborne would be so bold as to bury an entire factional player-versus-player mechanic within an optional region, which is in turn buried within a series of oblique steps you might miss if you aren’t exploring every nook and cranny, or ignore the game’s enigmatic hints. I 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.” — Kevin VanOrd
Game Informer 9.75/10: “Bloodborne 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.” — Daniel Tack
The Escpaist 4.5/5: “Bloodborne, like the rest of the Souls games, isn’t going to be for everyone. But, if you’re the patient sort and are willing to put in the time and effort to get good at Bloodborne’s complex and punishing combat, you’ll find Bloodborne nearly impossible to put down.” — Mitchell Saltzman
Destructoid 9/10: “Bloodborne 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.” — Chris Carter
GamesRadar+ 4.5/5: “Bloodborne lies somewhere between Dark Souls and Dark Souls II, 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.” — Ben Griffin
HardcoreGamer 4.5/5: “The stages are clever, featuring layouts that perfectly flow in and out of each other, while the Gothic style is a perfect fit for the gameplay and boasts some truly inventive beasts throughout the adventure. On a technical level, the presentation boasts strong framerate and a stunning visual palette that evokes some of the greatest classical horror imagery. The one blemish are the abhorrent loading times, which is a shame as they’re simply an optimization issue rather than a design one. Expertly crafted on practically every level, Bloodborne is a deviously delicious experience that deserves to be experienced by anybody valiant enough to conquer it.” — Steve Hannley
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