• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2015
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  • Summary: Bloodborne is an action RPG in which you hunt for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like a disease. Peril, death and madness infest this dark world, and you're tasked with uncovering its darkest secrets which willBloodborne is an action RPG in which you hunt for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like a disease. Peril, death and madness infest this dark world, and you're tasked with uncovering its darkest secrets which will be necessary for you to survive. Armed with a singular arsenal of weaponry, including guns and saw cleavers, you'll require wits, strategy and reflexes to dispatch the agile and intelligent enemies that guard the city's underbelly. You will utility holy chalices to access an array of vast underground ruins, chock full of traps, beasts, and rewards, to explore and conquer on your own or with other people. Expand
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  1. Positive: 99 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 12, 2015
    100
    Bloodborne takes the best of Dark Souls and builds the unrelenting gaming challenge on a prefect foundation - it will test your abilities to the max. The first true must-have exclusive for PS4 is here. [Issue#252]
  2. Mar 23, 2015
    100
    I want to keep playing, I want to discover its secrets, I want to fight every monster, try every weapon, discuss theories and explore as many of the community dungeons as possible. To put it bluntly, I want to bleed the game dry.
  3. Mar 24, 2015
    95
    FromSoftware has a unique style when creating incredibly well-designed worlds. The new offensive combat system gives a fresh start to the series, and while it is more direct in its conception, it doesn’t lose an ounce of depth.
  4. Mar 24, 2015
    90
    A dark and engaging adventure, with an excellent combat system, an ideal dose of innovation and fascinating exploration.
  5. Apr 25, 2015
    90
    Bloodborne is an incredible game; tight in its mechanics, logical in its systems, rewarding, intense, gloriously frustrating and exciting in equal measure. The PS4 has its first absolutely essential game. As if there was ever any doubt.
  6. Apr 1, 2015
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. May 3, 2015
    70
    In its current state, it feels like it caters too much to the twitch experts, and doesn't bend for the rest of us. A challenge that feels like a learning experience is welcome, but Bloodborne too often felt like it was kicking me in the balls and leaving me helpless to do anything about it.

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  1. Mar 24, 2015
    10
    This is the best game you will get on any next game console and i can see it being my game of the year. If you have a PS4 there is no reasonThis is the best game you will get on any next game console and i can see it being my game of the year. If you have a PS4 there is no reason what so ever not to run and get this game ASAP. Fantastic game. A true gem!!! Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2015
    10
    Bloodborne is very misleading. You see stellar reviews from both users and critics which is totally rare. This lead me to purchase the gameBloodborne is very misleading. You see stellar reviews from both users and critics which is totally rare. This lead me to purchase the game (digitally) which i soon regretted....immensely. It’s not the difficulty that got me though...

    First of all, I've never played Dark Souls so have no background on the story. If you're not a fan of the series or familiar with the story you will have a lot to catch-up on through online channels. The good news is this game is mostly loved so there are fantastic communities that will help you.

    Difficulty: I'm not afraid of hard games at all (I grew up on Megaman and Ninja Gaiden, among others). The game is challenging and grindy but also sort of forgiving; you don't seem to lose items when you revive and progress (other than enemies) will mostly stay the same from where you died. It's a HARD game, not for casuals, so just be aware. I like challenging games so this wasn't an issue for me.

    What I disliked:

    As soon as I started the game up, I noticed that the graphics were dark mostly pretty, however, it was not graphically impressive to me; it seemed rather dark and much of the environment, while shiny and having a nice gothic feel, seemed more like a set than an impressive 9+ score modern gen game. This is the first game on PS4 that I’ve played that I felt like I was playing a previous generation ported game. The character’s clothes, for example, are totally static. They don’t seem to move or interact like I would expect. Part of this is that Japanese game design style but to me it just feels like corners were cut.

    The second huge issue that I noticed immediately was when I started walking and heard the horrible pit-pat-pit-pat sound of the footsteps. These are generic PS1 sounding footsteps... I thought maybe it was just a joke and I would stop hearing it however it wasn't and soon that pit-pat was driving me nuts. This game looks and sounds like a last generation Resident Evil game.

    The story: I initially didn't know what was going on despite reading all of the clues in the game. There is an assumption of knowledge about the game that I missed. After reading online and clicking on absolutely everything, I finally figured out the very basics and was able to get my weapons and move forward. I fought and killed the first enemy and laughed out loud at how horrible the physics of this game are. You have got to be kidding me with this game! The enemies all die exactly the same way and then collapse into a blobby heep; like the enemies have jello for bones.

    Despite these frustrations, I pushed on with the game and soon ran into the challenges that I had heard about; the enemies soon are very difficult but that is doable with patience and practice, however, the horrible game design, audio, confusing story, and just ridiculous physics would not allow me to enjoy this game.

    I feel like this game masks it's generic features with high difficulty and an inside-joke-like story that I somehow never could understand or get into. What is worse is that this game is defended so venomously by fans that I feel that others would agree but have been silenced online. Had I been able to read the above concerns, I would never have purchased this game. If you enjoy the game then I’m super glad for you and wish you the best but if the above items give you pause, please rent the game before dropping good money on it (especially digital copies which you can’t trade in).
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  3. Oct 21, 2018
    10
    Bloodborne is a solid game and still worth getting in 2018 even if you never played any game of the franchise.
  4. Mar 27, 2015
    10
    Gaming nirvana. Perfection. Everything you could ever want out of a video game is here.

    Anyone giving this game a Zero should be ashamed to
    Gaming nirvana. Perfection. Everything you could ever want out of a video game is here.

    Anyone giving this game a Zero should be ashamed to call themselves a gamer.
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  5. Mar 2, 2018
    9
    Adventures like Bloodborne are the reason that I love video games. This experience of suspense, mystery & co gives no book, no movie - and noAdventures like Bloodborne are the reason that I love video games. This experience of suspense, mystery & co gives no book, no movie - and no other game. Here I do not live the typical triple-A one-way street for six or eight hours, but a challenging adventure over three to four hours. Everyone, the Demons Souls and Dark Souls, has a hat on their heads. I love the art design, combat system, world structure & Co and I like the principle of random dungeons as well as the multiplayer components for up to three people. In the latter, nasty traps are added. The heaviness is easier than in Demons Souls, but the new comfort and multiple healing potions, but the adventure after the game is not so bad. Look forward to characters with several consecutive tasks and tragic consequences. The load times, collision and frame rate issues are natural, but in any case the gap with the number of confusing features and functions with spectacular jobs. Software can also be used on PlayStation 4 to thrill in a ridiculous horror world. Expand
  6. Mar 31, 2015
    9
    This game is not a 10. It's extraordinary and exquisite and a huge cut above your average game but it isn't a better souls game. It's much onThis game is not a 10. It's extraordinary and exquisite and a huge cut above your average game but it isn't a better souls game. It's much on par with DS2. Long load times and frame rate drops along with an easier NG than most souls series games (Although an extremely difficult NG+) it boasts a wide array of enemies and is really good but it falls short of DS1.

    As with many Souls games this is yet another flawed masterpiece.
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  7. Mar 29, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A unique and horrific work of art, gripping from start to finish that will never and can never be replicated in what it achieved.
    Grotesque abominations twisting into cosmic horrors is symbolic for how twisted your imagination will become after experience this title
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