From the creators of Demon's Souls and Dark Souls comes the next chapter in hardcore, dark fantasy action games. From Software's Bloodborne takes players out of their suits of armor and puts them in a Van Helsing's set of leathers -- there are things that go bump in the night to be dealt with. Yes, Bloodborne shifts from fantasy-trope enemies to a more modern, Elizabethan horror. Werewolves, zombies, Jack the Ripper-type monstrosities and so on. Odds are any vampires within will not be sparkly.

That's not all that From Software is changing with Bloodborne. In an attempt to speed up the action and encourage players to dive in as opposed to kite and backstab, a new system of health return has been added. If hit, players can recuperate health by attacking an enemy back. Counter-hits are now also a thing, where well-timed attacks can result in stunned enemies. There's several additional changes, including gun-type weapons and other fun toys.

Despite the changes, or upgrades as I'm sure From Software would call them, much is still the same in Bloodborne. The difficulty is punishing, leveling requires practice and perseverance, the story is told in subtle, nuanced ways, and the world is dark, mysterious and dying thing. There's no saving this world or its people. There's only searching, hoping, and moving forward.

Bloodborne will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, as the game was developed largely in partnership with Sony's Japan Studio in order to speed up development post-Dark Souls 2's launch.

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Oct 27 at 11:47am, by Philip Moody | 1 comment
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters is the game's first and only DLC

Two were planned, but only one survived

Sep 18 at 3:00pm, by Philip Moody | 6 comments
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters arrives November 24 to celebrate 2 million sales

2 million players, 10 million broken controllers

Sep 15 at 9:43am, by Philip Moody | 8 comments
March NPD Number Crunch: Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne lead a month of stingier sales

PS4 retakes hardware sales crown as both it and Xbox One continue to outsell predecessors

Apr 16 at 6:02pm, by Leo Chan | 3 comments
Fear ye, Bloodborne hunters, a progress-barring bug looms while Sony works on quashing it

It's always the Moon's fault, isn't it?

Mar 28 at 12:15am, by Rory Young | 9 comments
Bloodborne's ever-changing 'Chalice Dungeons,' procedurally-generated hell holes detailed

A labyrinth of shifting walls and monstrous creatures? Probably my worst nightmare

Dec 18 at 1:42pm, by Rory Young | 4 comments

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  • North America: Mar 24, 2015
  • Japan: Feb 5, 2015
  • Europe: Mar 25, 2015
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