Bloodborne - Demon's Souls Spiritual Successor's Spiritual Successor

VERY MUCH looking forward to my second play through. Sometimes I just replay past boss fights in my head.

edit: I do like the gun parries in BB. very fitting for this game. and it feels good to blast something in the face as it’s lunging at you.

Old Yharnam was quite the puzzle. I went over the level a few times before discovering the proper way to go (at the bottom of the ladder I walked past that tunnel at least twice without seeing it). That central courtyard was such a deathtrap. Machine gunner peppering me, shrouded beasts trying to poison me, fucking crows scaring the shit out of me, and that hunter zipping around trying to murder me.

I eventually found my way up the turret to confront the gunner. Holy shit. That guy destroyed me. Even my visceral attacks seemed to do zero damage. I left him there for now. I guess I’m not strong enough yet.

The sight from the top of the hill, looking down the cracked path flanked by burning crosses, was unreal.

The Blood Starved Beast carved me up, but I think I have a handle on that fight. I hope Gascoigne’s poison resist armor will serve me well.

Things are getting weird. I got kidnapped! I stumbled onto an altar to some lovecraft demon, then got my throat slit by an old woman.

Looks like I have a few different places to go: to the top of Oedon Chapel (a door that was locked somehow opened), to the “round plaza of the Great Cathedral” (bought that 10k handkerchief), or I can “break the seal of the old underground labyrinth."

I did enough exploring around the lovecraft place to find the area boss, some electro-beast, and I wandered around the central area of the Cathedral Ward until I got smacked around by some new enemy types. Seems like I may be too low for either of those places.

Gehrman seems to think I should “ascend the Oedon Chapel,” so I guess that’s where I’m going. Or maybe i’ll check out this labyrinth first…

All I want to do is play Bloodborne, and when I can’t play it, all I want to do is think about it. Usually when I feel this way about a game, I start reading a bunch of stuff and listening to podcasts about it, but I soooo don’t want anything spoiled.

This game has my head spinning.

Took down Vicar Amelia; found my way into The Forbidden Woods (found out WHY they are forbidden); paid Iosefka a visit and figured out just WTF she was doing behind those closed doors; wandered into a small church off the beaten path that was surprisingly well guarded and ended up getting the pants scared off me and whisked away to…where exactly? Some hellish other dimension?

I have no idea what’s going on and I love it.

quick Q: are chalice dungeons just for farming mats?

Mostly, although there are a couple unique bosses down there. It’s unnecessarily grindy and repetitive, unfortunately, but if you like the combat loop it can still be fun and in the random ones every once in a while you’ll see something wacky or cool.

Playtime has been seriously scarce lately due to a bunch of random things, but I’m still enamored with this game. Pretty sure it’s going to end up being my favorite souls game. Got through the Forbidden Wood and the trio of bosses there, through Byrgenwerth and the spider, and Hemwick and the witch. All three bosses were pretty okay, nothing too fancy or difficult.

Game is beyond wild right now. The world is just completely upside-down!

I paused my solo game to play co-op with a friend, and got up to the point I stopped. It’s slow going hopping back and forth between solo and co-op but I love the game and the world so much it’s amazing fun.

The cutscene after Rom is right up there with the one after Amelia. It’s great stuff. And the witch of Hemwick is not “okay”, get off your difficulty high horse and recognize that she’s got eyes everywhere and it’s awesome :p

There are two optional areas that are definitely worth visiting at around this point in the game, but in true Souls fashion they’re very easy to miss. If you haven’t been to Cainhurst or the Upper Cathedral Ward it’s worth looking up how to get to each. Canhurst you may have stumbled upon already. Upper Cathedral Ward isn’t accessible until you get to the area after Rom so you may not have found the key for that yet.

Yeah it was a poor choice of words, point taken! In my head it’s usually about difficulty. So when I say it was “okay” I mean I didn’t shit my pants or break out in a cold sweat.

The boss fights in BB have been great. I’m happy to face encounters that don’t seem insurmountable, and the bosses I mentioned all fit into that category, especially since the areas leading up to them were pretty harrowing. Like the snake infested part of the woods, and those fucccccccccccccccccking Cronenberg fly monsters in byrgenwerth.

Cainhurst I think I’m on my way to…Upper Cathedral Ward I know I haven’t been to because I’m pretty sure it’s behind a locked door that yeah, I don’t think I have the key to yet.

Found the key for Upper Cathedral Ward! Messed around in that area a bit last night after I backtracked and finished off Darkbeast Paarl.

I love how the statues continue to get weirder and creepier in every new area. The statues in Upper CW being the creepiest so far.

Bloodborne will not be out-statued.

I am thinking I want to dig back into this sometime soon and when I do I want to include the DLC since it seems to be pretty darn good. I will either totally restart or continue my 1/2 way or more save.

Is there anyway to get an alert about a sale on the DLC? I wish PSN had a wishlist like Steam. I am in no hurry, so I figure I might as well wait on a sale.

Not that I know of but I’m pretty sure there is a Sony sale coming up on the 13th so set yourself a reminder to check then.

If you’re a premium member of PS Deals you can get DLC alerts. It seems a safe bet to me, though, that if the DLC is on sale, the base game will be, too, so set an alert for that.

I just got a PS4 because my girlfriend, who’s been wanting a Switch since forever, refused to get herself a Switch for graduation unless I got a PS4 for myself, which, ok whatever. Was going to impluse buy this with the 20% off code that came with the system, but apparently the fuckers who sold it to me through Amazon gave me a Canadian PS4, because the code won’t work in the USA, which, like, why are these things even country locked. Anyway, Sony says they can’t issue me another code, so I guess they aren’t getting my money right now! I’ll wait for a sale, and they can have $12 instead of $28.

I am confused by this relationship dynamic, but it all seems pretty win/win to me. =)

I can’t seem to tag the base Bloodborne for a sale alert (to hopefully alert me of the DLC) as I already own it. I will keep any eye out on the 13th, but let me know if you spot it later as you try to get Canadian coupon revenge (pretty messed up deal, sorry).

That’s just the kind of lady she is.

I have an alert set up, so I’ll let you know if and when it triggers.

Hey @Chaplin, Old Hunters is on sale for 50% off right now (the base game and bundle, too, but those aren’t relevant to you).

Thanks for the heads up! I’ll grab it tonight.

On a related note for when I do my replay/next play, is the DLC a post or parallel game thing? I just hear it’s really good and I never got to the end of Bloodborne. I am thinking since I forgot so much, I might as well start again with a different weapon. I did Hunters Axe the first time and really liked it, but maybe something else would be cool. But does that mean I can do Old Hunt stuff early and maybe use its weapons?

It is not a post-game thing. This article lays out the (obtuse, as it says) path to accessing it, if you want that:

I don’t think it can be done early. I’m not aware of any scaling in these games, though some might exist I suppose. I entered the Old Hunter’s area pretty late in the game (I think I was almost finished, but I can’t be sure), and I’m definitely having a tough time in there for the last (checks notes) 16 months. (To be fair, I only played the DLC for 4 months, but got stuck on a boss, and I’m still stuck there).