Sunday, May 3, 2015

On Bloodborne



I did it... I bought Bloodborne for Playstation 4. It's my favorite game for the PS4 so far, with Shadow of Mordor a close second.

I'm not one for reviews. They typically require more structure than I'm willing to succumb to. So instead, here's my own take on Bloodborne.

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I heard it was hard. "You die a lot." That's what I know about it. And so I begin. A quick intro clip reveals little to nothing as far as instruction or back story. That's fine. I climb off a bloody table where human evisceration seems to take place. I find an enemy. It's a lycanthrope twice my size. It hastily claws me to death. I come back to life and find a saw blade mounted on a curved wooden handle, not unlike a straight razor but more likely to casserole your face. I return and hack the lycanthrope until its blood paints the floor, the walls, and my clothes. I progress and find a mob of angry villagers, all in various states of transformation into beastitude. I slay them by the ones and twos. I get cocky and run into a clearing where about twelve are watching a monster burn at the stake. I'm overrun and demolished with blunderbusses and pitchforks. I die. I return. I kill. I die. Repeat.

That's the game. Except it's not as boring as that sounds. Somehow, it's incredibly addictive.

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To me, the game is the spiritual successor to the golden Castlevania games of old. You're an agile warrior, alone on a gothic frontier, clueless as to what vile threats lie ahead, each more likely to rip out your soul than the last. Your enemies are abominations. Twisted humanoids, monstrous apparitions, mutated beasts. It's hard, just like the NES titles. For that, frustration is amplified... but so is your sense of accomplishment when you finally manage to slay the Blood-Starved Beast. Or Father Gascoigne.

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The setting is a Transylvania-esque town at dusk, with sharp spires, tight alleys, piles of caskets, rust-colored clouds rolling over a fiery sunset. As you progress, so does the night. Eventually the full moon shows its face. Now, upon streets where once stalked maddened villagers, stand ghouls, silhouetted against the pale moon, able to kill you with one stomp. Where eerily-tall clerics shambled wearing wide-brimmed hats and dead eyes, the streets have grown silent, blanketed by the shadow of an enormous void beast, perched across the steeples of the cathedral like a great spider.

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All this game lacks to be one of the best Castlevanias of all time is Castlevania's soundtrack. Especially the Bloody Tears theme from the previous titles. Or Smooth McGroove's rendition. Or Jonny Atma's rendition.

Arghh, can you f-ing imagine?!

I'm going to play it now.

21 comments:

  1. I'm more of a fantasy RPG guy, but I might have to check this one out.

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    1. It's definitely action RPG. More action than Skyrim, but a good amount of RPG as well, with inventory and leveling and customization.

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  2. My friends picked it up about three weeks ago. Haven't given it a go myself, but I can attest to how punishing it looks. Definitely not for the easily frustrated gamers out there. :

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    1. Super punishing. Modern gamers who've never known the struggle of Ninja Gaiden or Mega Man (one, not two) can feel some part of it in Bloodborne.

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  3. I also think this was my favorite for PS4 so far. Definitely a lot of Lovecraft influence with the mysterious "Great Ones", who become increasingly visible as you gain "Madman's Knowledge" (insight). The boss battles almost ruined the game for me... they were just too damn hard. Good luck with the Cainhurst boss.

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    1. Shoot, man. Some of those boss battles are freaking ridiculous. And it doesn't always seem levelling helps your chances...
      Those are some Ctuhlhu looking mofo's, aren't they?

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  4. Looks cool:) Unfortunately, I doubt I'll ever play it...at least until my newborn reaches college age;)

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  5. Oh, man. I have a playlist full of game soundtracks that I use as background music whilst working. Now I've got to dig out Castlevania.

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    1. That might be how my video game soundtrack collection started... Now it's taken over my entire music library

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    1. Not gonna lie, Rose. You lost me at 'best'.

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  7. Of your articles is very interesting and can add my insight.

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    1. Madman's knowledge is good for adding insight.

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    1. Yo. What did you expect, Sperma? Can I call ya Sperma?

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