"Welcome home, good hunter.
What is it you desire?"


Developed by FromSoftware and published exclusively for Playstation 4, Bloodborne is an action role-playing game I'll never forget. I had lots of trouble with it back in 2018, trying it again in 2019 and finally, finishing it (and achieving platinum!) in July 2020. It took so long for me to go back to the game because going up against Rom and Amygdala was a very frustrating experience. I like how the game forces me to think on my feet and there is no hand-holding. I really enjoyed figuring things out and exploring everything around me. Everything about this game is simply sublime: boss design, environment, lore, exploration, characters, and right down to the clothings. My only criticism is the chalice dungeons. I think some more variations to the environment would've made the dungeon crawling experience less boring. Also, reusing Amygdala and Rom, The Vacuous Spider was NOT cool. Rom and Amygdala was a little "easier" here but still quite infuriating.

I wish I could erase everything from my memory and start over from the very beginning. I wish I could have the same feeling of discovering the hidden areas and uncovering its secrets for the first time. Maybe not the chalice dungeons but I wouldn't mind going through the frustrations again.

Bloodborne takes place in Yharnam, a Victorian era fictional city and has a Gothic-Lovecraftian feel to it. The player takes on a role as a hunter and their main objective is to seek out a cure and the source of a blood-borne disease plaguing Yharnam's residents. It's dark, haunting, unsettling, and beautiful all at once. There are crazed people, nightmarish creatures, and horrifying beasts. Some lurk in dark corners awaiting the hunter to get close. It's best for the hunter to be cautious of their surroundings, plan accordingly, and be ready to compromise on the spot lest they face unpleasant outcomes or death.

Favorite Boss Fights:
Martyr Logarius
Vicar Amelia
Micolash, Host of the Nightmare
Gehrman, The First Hunter
Ludwig, The Holy Blade or The Accursed
Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower



Favorite Go-To Weapons:
Ludwig's Holy Sword (first playthrough) & Holy Moonlight Sword (new grounds)



Least Favorite Boss Fights:
Rom, the Vacuous Spider
Amygdala
Laurence, the First Vicar
Orphan of Kos
Pthumerian Descendant
Headless Bloodletting Beast



Intense Dislikes:
Brainsuckers & Winter Lanterns;
Thankfully, there aren't many but I always felt a sense of dread
everytime I came across them.



Most Horrific:
One Reborn
Moon Presence
Ebrietas, Daughter of the Cosmos


My character, Helaina, is wearing a bit of everything. I was going to change to wearing the Crowfeather set but upon standing here, I had to take a screenshot.



I love the clothing sets but if I had to pick one, it would be the Cainhurst set.



The Knight's set is my second favorite.



My favorite location is the Hunter's Dream. I find it relaxing to sit in or around the area of the workshop. My other favorite is Cainhurst Castle. Even though the cutscene is simple, it's one of the little things which makes Bloodborne a quality game.


Last but not least, it has an incredible OST. Even if I've never heard of the game before and come across it randomly, I would've loved it either way. The soundtrack is almost two hours long. It has 25 tracks plus 5 tracks from The Old Hunters DLC. It's great to listen to Orphan of Kos' track without all the wailing.




Tidbits:
★ This is the second game I've played by FromSoftware.
★ I once had a dream that I was a hunter myself hunting beasts. I felt the same feelings when I played the game but raise the intensity a few more levels. I woke up thinking I wouldn't want to live in Bloodborne's world. It would be too frightening.

"Farewell, good hunter.
May you find your worth in the waking world."



Background and these images: lamps, lantern, doll, and my character screenshots are taken and cut by me. To prevent spoilers, I refrained from posting images of the creatures and bosses as well as discussing details about the story.
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