Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Why we're so excited for Bloodborne

So we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Bloodborne Alpha Test Demo. Imagine our excitement, considering our huge love for the Souls games, when we found out that From Software were releasing a new, original IP! We haven’t played for long, but it’s shaping up to be a real beauty. Here’s five reasons why we can’t wait for Bloodborne.

1. It’s so pretty!
Let’s be honest, the Souls games were never ugly. They boasted uniquely terrifying monsters, breathtaking landscapes and some incredible weapon detail. Bloodborne leads From into the next generation, with some of the best visuals I’ve seen in a long time. It’s seriously gorgeous!

2. It plays like a dream
The responsive action you got from the Souls series makes a welcome return here. Fighting feels fluid and satisfying. You get a nice array of weaponry to play with too, mixing medieval melee weapons, such as axes, daggers and hammers, with the explosive power of a blunderbuss, or the precise shots of a pistol.

3. Death. Lots of death
The Souls games were a rarity in that death was pretty much guaranteed. Bloodborne follows this level of difficulty, but as with the Souls games, never strays into the territory of unfair or sadistic. You’ll die a lot, but it’s your fault when you do, and next time you learn which enemies to block, and which to dodge.

4. So I can get my…satisfaction.
The combat is satisfying, the enemies are brutal and the developers know how to make a gamer feel proud. Each victory seems like an accomplishment in itself. Even the smallest of enemies feel incredibly satisfying to crush. It’s a way of playing that not many other games can come close to rivalling.

5. That Souls Feeling
Bloodborne feels like a Souls game, but feels different. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a marvellous thing! It feels enough like Souls to attract fans of the series, but feels different enough to make a name for itself. For example, that feeling of trepidation and tension as you edge around the next corner is back, and that’s a feeling that you only get with one of these games.

So if you weren’t excited for Bloodborne before, you should be now. We definitely are. Roll on February!

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