Meta-Review: Bloodborne (PS4)

Bloodborne

March is proving itself to be a terrific month for games of the highest quality. A few weeks ago we had what is arguably one of the best Xbox One exclusives released with Ori and the Blind Forest, and today we get to celebrate the launch of Bloodborne, a blood-soaked masterpiece of a game that looks toward punishing all players who dare walk its narrow Victorian alleyways. Bloodborne is a spiritual successor to the “Souls” series of games from From Software. The developers seem to have really honed the proper formula with their latest outing as Bloodborne is proving itself to be the most well-reviewed game of the year. Check out what everyone is saying below:

bloodbornemonsterThe Telegraph: Bloodborne is one of those experiences that totally consumes you when you’re involved in it and working to see all that it has to offer. In that sense it’s the digital edition of a round-the-world trip to foreign continents, each turning of a corner providing equal helpings of excitement and trepidation. That recipe brings it own rewards by simply being a part of it, the seemingly effortless delivery indicative of a design team and philosophy that is only getting sharper. (5/5)

Game Trailers: Between the expansive story, PvP, Chalice Dungeons, the significantly harder new game plus mode, and the countless number of secrets, Bloodborne seems almost limitless. Yet breadth wouldn’t matter if the game wasn’t so captivating. Several moments had us in awe, making us feel things we haven’t felt since the original Dark Souls. Whatever it takes, find a way to join the ranks of the hunters. (9.6/10)

Hardcore Gamer: Make no mistake: Bloodborne will put hair on your chest. There will be disagreement on whether or not it’s harder than the Souls series, but it’s clear From Software did not dumb down the formula. It will be interesting to see how the general public reacts to such a punishing experience, but those who brave it will be rewarded with a true sense of accomplishment rarely felt in the medium. This is an expertly designed action title that blows most every other game in its genre out of the water. 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. (4.5/5)

The Escapist: All things considered, Bloodborne is an absolute must-buy for fans of the Souls series and for fans of games that push a player’s skill to the absolute limit. It’s easily the best PS4 exclusive title yet, a game that’s more than worthy to be considered a part of the fantastic Souls series, and it’s one of the best games of 2015 thus far. (4.5/5)

DestructoidBloodborne 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. (9/10)

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