BLOODBORNE given Feb '15 Euro/NA release date, deemed worthy of own thread by ilxor

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rU8HfemdFc

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:30 (seven years ago) link

psyched

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:32 (seven years ago) link

this is the goth Dark Souls, right?

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:33 (seven years ago) link

steamgothhorror

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:38 (seven years ago) link

day after my birthday, seems like as good a time as any to buy a PS4.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:51 (seven years ago) link

siiick

💻 👀 (am0n), Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:24 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Anyone else playing the alpha?

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 3 October 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link

no i watched some of the videos

am0n, Friday, 3 October 2014 17:01 (seven years ago) link

you got in?

am0n, Friday, 3 October 2014 17:03 (seven years ago) link

Yeah - only had a chance to play 30 minutes or so far, but first impressions are great. Feels like an interesting new avenue for the Souls series - not having a shield will take a bit of getting used to.

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 3 October 2014 18:09 (seven years ago) link

whats your impression of the a.i.? i was wondering if things respawn always in the same position or if next-gen allows them to randomize the interactions a bit

am0n, Friday, 3 October 2014 20:39 (seven years ago) link

Hard to say for sure cuz I haven't played much - hoping to get some more time on Sunday before the alpha ends. Didn't seem randomised in the time I played, though, just the traditional Souls repetition.

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 3 October 2014 21:27 (seven years ago) link

thats what i got from the videos i saw, stationary dudes but there also seems to roving groups which is awesome. the message and bloodstain markers looked cool too, so much detail

kernel poo (am0n), Monday, 6 October 2014 16:47 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

The development team at From Software say there are about ten areas like Yharnam to survive, one of which is called the Chalice Dungeon; an underground catacomb that procedurally generates its pathways.

whoa

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 8 December 2014 20:34 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

sooo, i'll be able to play this online without getting PS+, right?

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 February 2015 18:31 (six years ago) link

i think ps+ is now necessary for that. the days of free online w/ ps3 are over

ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ (am0n), Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:43 (six years ago) link

if you need me i'll be in an induced coma so mvrch comes tomorrow

ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ (am0n), Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:43 (six years ago) link

otm

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:48 (six years ago) link

word, thanks. btw i believe my screen name is "Mr_Kitka".

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:51 (six years ago) link

players who pre-order this from game stores in the uk get an exclusive lolfedora skin for their in-game messengers:

https://img.game.co.uk/widgets/images/Bloodborne/widget_Bloodborne.jpg

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:03 (six years ago) link

:(

ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ (am0n), Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:26 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

have these fuckers finally figured out the killer app to get me to buy the goddamn system?
ahma wait for the first batch of reviews but if it's generally positive i guess i'm all in.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:33 (six years ago) link

next edition of edge due out tomorrow calls it 'the first true next gen essential' apparently

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 19:36 (six years ago) link

cannot wait. what's the ilg co-op password gonna be?

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:05 (six years ago) link

YOU DIED

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:08 (six years ago) link

i read that it needs to be 8 letters, so YALL DIED

lil urbane (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:28 (six years ago) link

sold

bizarro gazzara, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:32 (six years ago) link

first post in this lolneogaf thread summarises the edge article for those interested: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1008499

key bullet point: "Bloodborne is Hidetaka Miyazaki's brutal riposte to the section of his playerbase that thinks it has seen it all before."

psyched

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:33 (six years ago) link

http://www.mcvuk.com/special-features/read/the-big-game-bloodborne/0166

“Yes,” Miyazaki confirms. “There will be a New Game Plus mode.” He laughs. “We’re having trouble beating it, though.”

Infostealer.Steamfishi (am0n), Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:43 (six years ago) link

am0n, can we be PS4 friends?

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:31 (six years ago) link

yes psn is online7845789547

Infostealer.Steamfishi (am0n), Friday, 13 March 2015 01:31 (six years ago) link

The Souls games are about dying - every feeble creature and majestically grotesque monster and crumbling castle in those games is a manifestation of death in its many scary and sometimes beautiful forms. But Bloodborne? Bloodborne’s more about killing.

The rhythm and style of the combat is different, you see, even if it might look broadly similar. In Souls you’re usually on the defensive - you walk into a room with your shield up and can take a few hits before reacting. That just does not happen in Bloodborne. You don’t even have a shield. When something hits you, you have to hit back, and quickly, to regain health.

http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2015/03/16/dark-souls-death-bloodborne-killing

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 16 March 2015 11:50 (six years ago) link

Giv dit blud!
I would do this in a second

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:19 (six years ago) link

i don't actually want to know anything more before i play, but i can't look away:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GtcEBBs4rE

lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:35 (six years ago) link

i want a positive critical consensus and two freaked out ILXor reviews
and then i'm buying the fucking system god help me

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:36 (six years ago) link

i can't remember the last time i was so hyped for a game, honestly

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:42 (six years ago) link

argh i refuse to watch videos!

Infostealer.Steamfishi (am0n), Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:57 (six years ago) link

Downloading now, it's gonna take days. No more videos or links for me until Thursday (the first chance I'll get to dig in).

lil urbane (Jordan), Sunday, 22 March 2015 19:55 (six years ago) link

http://www.thejimquisition.com/2015/03/bloodborne-review-die-die-again/

glowing reviews so far

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:28 (six years ago) link

Yeah, it's looking good. Common complaint seems to be loading times. 40 seconds after dying? Jeez.

Anyway, psyched.

circa1916, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:36 (six years ago) link

early reviews obsessively positive:
http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/bloodborne/critic-reviews
i'm hoping the long loading time complaint is addressed by the patch?
Jordan, you are gonna be the guy who determines how my bank account looks in April.

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 04:41 (six years ago) link

downloading now!

bizarro gazzara, Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:34 (six years ago) link

so ready for this

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:05 (six years ago) link

Jordan, you are gonna be the guy who determines how my bank account looks in April.

ha, that's a big responsibility but i will let you know.

it took massive willpower not to start this before work today, there should be some sort of award.

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:19 (six years ago) link

i'm hoping the long loading time complaint is addressed by the patch?

apparently not yet, but soon:

http://www.justpushstart.com/2015/03/bloodborne-long-load-times-will-be-addressed-in-the-next-patch/

lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:20 (six years ago) link

hm, will def wait for that to come to fruition

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 14:43 (six years ago) link

played the first hour. as good as I hoped. one of the character classes is "waste of skin" and has terrible stats haha.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Tuesday, 24 March 2015 18:20 (six years ago) link

Can't even get past the first two enemies who I used to OP any more. I am currently seeking legal advice against From Software

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 17:50 (two weeks ago) link

Hmmm, wish I could see what you're doing and do Souls tech support!

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 October 2021 17:52 (two weeks ago) link

Oh! Your weapon is broken! You need to repair it:
https://twinfinite.net/2018/03/bloodborne-repair-weapons-how/

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 October 2021 17:53 (two weeks ago) link

There's a degradation mechanic, which is pretty lame tbh. I forgot it was in BB too.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 October 2021 17:55 (two weeks ago) link

Hmmm... I'm not getting anything that says it's blunt. And when I get to the memory altar it says the workshop tool is missing

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 18:09 (two weeks ago) link

Oh wait wrong desk. Found it!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

*sigh* not enough blood echoes. I need like 450 and I have 40. This game...

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 18:12 (two weeks ago) link

Okay I sold a bunch of bullets and fixed it. Oh that's so much better. Bit puzzled why it didn't actually tell me my weapon was worn out though

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 18:21 (two weeks ago) link

Oh my days. This is so much better. I thought I was going mad!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

I guess madness fits with the storyline, lol.

Apparently it shows a 'weapon at risk' message but it's easy to miss:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuON2lsAf30

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 October 2021 18:31 (two weeks ago) link

Ah maybe my old TV could be cutting that bit off the screen as it overscans slightly. But I can see everything else just fine.

In other news: I did it! I got past that goddamn burning pyre, killed an ogre, decked some crows, did a whole bunch of stuff but then fell off a ledge and got mauled by giant rats. And now I'm back where I started! Dang!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

And a very cool thing is that (with help from a vid) I managed to open up a shortcut so I shouldn't need to keep playing through that part. Also, I guess if you've already grabbed items from an area, there's no real need to keep killing all the enemies there, you can run past them?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

Yep! Unless you want to keep killing them for echoes and to refill your blood vials/bullets.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 October 2021 19:47 (two weeks ago) link

xp yeah once you've opened up the shortcut and got the items you can do exactly that, it's part of the fun of these games, the level design is so great that the world visibly opens up as you play through. Finding those shortcuts is one of gaming's great pleasures!

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Monday, 4 October 2021 19:49 (two weeks ago) link

It's very easy to get lost, I will say. Knowing where to actually go next, or if the route you're taking is the wisest one is very tricky. I'm following a short intro guide but it only goes up to the first boss.

If you all hadn't told me about the weapon thing I'd be in so much shit

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 4 October 2021 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

Level design in Bloodborne is as good as it is in the first Dark Souls.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 4 October 2021 20:36 (two weeks ago) link

Agree but tbh I do find it more labyrinthine...I have a harder time visualizing the level compared to Dark Sousl, and I can never remember how to navigate Cathedral Ward and the surrounding areas.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 4 October 2021 20:46 (two weeks ago) link

Okay I'm ready for the first boss

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 00:07 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah so the boss is tricky. The vid I'm following suggests throwing Molotovs at its head, but of course you need a fair few and it's easier said than done. Farming them each time and then dying is pretty tedious, but I have to say I'm enjoying this now. It's true you get into the rhythm of it.

In the tutorial I was watching, the dude was able to summon an NPC to help him using the Beckoning Bell. This didn't work for me, but I'm playing offline?

Also, here's a little Easter egg: if you let the title menu play for a few minutes there's a cool intro featuring (I think) Cleric Beast at the end

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 01:23 (two weeks ago) link

But yeah, I love how much this is reminding me of Super Metroid aka one of the GOAT games

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 01:24 (two weeks ago) link

I want to say the first boss in Bloodborne is meant to intimidate you, but in the end is pretty standard (that is, stab it in the butt). The next boss is a lot tougher and less predictable, but pretty fun, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 03:10 (two weeks ago) link

You can summon npcs offline, but only with insight points, which you earn primarily through meeting bosses. You also need to pick up or buy the Beckoning Bell in the dream, I think?

If you had go to the other boss first, then you can summon for the Cleric Beast iirc.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 04:34 (two weeks ago) link

Miyazaki is really into bells.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:13 (two weeks ago) link

I have the Beckoning Bell and two insight points. In the vid I'm watching, there's a little glowing spot that gives you a hint about ringing the bell, and they do and the NPC comes and trashes everything. It's great but I'm not even getting the glowy message.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

Also, you know when you're fighting enemies and you sometimes hear "AWAY! AWAY!" or "YOU CURSED BEAST!", is that you speaking or is it them? It's a strange thing for literal zombie monsters to say, but maybe that's the idea?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

That's them, I think only non-beasts speak? But they are going slowly insane iirc.

Ohhh, apparently you may need to grab a different bell from the dream?
https://bloodborne.wiki.fextralife.com/Old+Hunter+Bell

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:41 (two weeks ago) link

Well, I've looked it up and it's defo the Beckoning Bell and a bunch of people are having the same problem (note not turning up) but haven't found a solution yet. I'll work it out. Just currently farming Blood Echoes so I can beat Cleric Beast as he's kicking my arse

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 22:52 (two weeks ago) link

everything i'm reading says you need the old hunter's bell to summon npcs? you still use the beckoning bell for the actual summoning

ufo, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:57 (two weeks ago) link

if you're having trouble with the cleric beast there are other ways forward, it's not a mandatory boss despite being the first most people encounter

ufo, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 00:59 (two weeks ago) link

Fair dos. I guess as he's apparently not as hard as the second boss (whom I haven't tried yet but looks NAILS) I may as well try him. I find the hardest bit is not getting the camera too tangled up in the scenery as sometimes I've no idea what's going on. Apparently I have to use a lot of Molotovs on him and try to parry attack while slashing him in the back, but he keeps going utterly berserk and smashing me to pieces whenever I get anywhere close

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:05 (two weeks ago) link

So I'm just farming Blood Echoes and Molotovs by luring the two werewolves down to the house as I seem to be using a lot on him.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:06 (two weeks ago) link

Mashed up the Cleric Beast tonight after a bit of grinding. I did accidentally use my Iosefka Potion though.

Father Gascoigne mauled me to death in return

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 7 October 2021 23:57 (two weeks ago) link

So I've watched a bunch of videos of people beating Father Gascoigne. It all looks very simple and easy when they do it. When it's me, I barely have a chance to open my eyes before he's right on top of me and mashing me into a corner

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Sunday, 10 October 2021 22:12 (two weeks ago) link

Did you get or use the music box? That helps later on. The first stage of the fight I want to say is all about teaching you to be aggressive, because iirc if you give him a breather he'll immediately attack or shoot you or whatever. I think you can use gravestones for cover, too.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 10 October 2021 22:36 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I've got the music box. It will be fine, I hope. I've only given him a couple of goes so far (bit annoying having to run down that bridge every time to get to him). Just impressed out how quick he gets on to me, like it feels as though the screen has barely loaded and he's already murking me

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Sunday, 10 October 2021 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

If it makes you feel, I think on my first playthrough I cheesed him by getting him stuck on some trees, and used the spin move with the axe endlessly. Then used the music box and somehow got through the second phase.

Then on the second playthrough, I was able to fight him straight up and it was no big thing.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 10 October 2021 23:51 (two weeks ago) link

*feel any better

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 10 October 2021 23:51 (two weeks ago) link

I was using the saw cleaver but I just ended up buying the axe anyway and wow that spin attack is something!!

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 11 October 2021 07:41 (one week ago) link

I did see a video where someone managed to get him stuck in a flight of steps and just carpet bombed him with Molotovs but it wasn't anywhere close to easy when I tried it

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 11 October 2021 07:42 (one week ago) link

High-level Bloodborne pvp strats:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eV9WswHm7E

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 October 2021 14:39 (one week ago) link

Is it worth me subscribing to PS Plus? I was considering it yesterday cos the game looks quite different online, but £50 in one go feels like a lot to lay down (I know.you can do more frequent payments but they're pricier)

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 11 October 2021 18:14 (one week ago) link

Trying to think of what other games I have that might be enhanced by it. RDR2?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 11 October 2021 18:17 (one week ago) link

Honestly probably not for BB, since I'm guessing you're not too interested in being invaded by people, and while summoning people for help on the bosses is fun, it's not necessary and also isn't as satisfying as figuring it out yourself imo.

But for Dark Souls 3 it's basically the whole game for me, and I anticipate it being a huge part of Elden Ring too. Not that it works much differently in those games, but I think it's more fun after you finish one of them and are comfortable with the mechanics.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 October 2021 18:26 (one week ago) link

I'm so close to beating Gascoigne but once he transforms into that werewolf thing, it's instant game over. He just manages to corner me every time and smash me to bits before I can even begin to use the music box. Having to grind for bullets is tedious and running down that bridge with the burning ball each time is quite annoying cos if I don't do it exactly right I seem to get caught in a melee.
Had to give up again tonight, but there'll be a next time.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 11 October 2021 22:47 (one week ago) link

The tricky thing is knowing when to stand there and wait for him to do a long attack so you can parry-riposte and when to get the hell out the way because he's shooting you or doing that quite vicious jump attack which is really hard to parry. All too often even when I do parry him, I accidentally shoot again or I simply don't reach and end up just doing a weak attack.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 11 October 2021 23:55 (one week ago) link

there's a shortcut allowing you to avoid the bridge IIRC, have you properly explored the sewers? If you do that you can find a way through past a giant angry pig that doesn't involve running over the bridge

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 08:38 (one week ago) link

Ah yeah I saw there was a ladder down. Is it faster to go that way then?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10:02 (one week ago) link

yeah I think so, and you can avoid the hog or farm it for souls as you wish, I think

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 10:05 (one week ago) link

dog latin, definitely utilize the gravestones as cheese and attack selectively.

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 17 October 2021 20:17 (one week ago) link

Meanwhile, rumors abound that a Bloodborne remaster and a sequel are in the works for PS5.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 17 October 2021 21:06 (one week ago) link


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