Sorry, this turned out longer than I thought it would.
Man, these Souls games really are on the razor’s edge between mysterious/challenging on the one side and obtuse/frustrating on the other. I’ve been toggling between Darks Souls 3 and Bloodborne, settling on this one because of the quicker combat. But while I really like being dropped into a world, uncovering story threads and honing combat skills against the trash mobs, things almost turned sour pretty quickly. For a game that punishes mistakes so unforgivingly, the controls are not as precise as they should be and the lock features can create awkward camera angles.
And while there is a lot to be said for dropping a player in the a world and have them figure things out on their own, I wish there was more clarity on basic game features like, you know…levelling? I honestly don’t know how I was able to start levelling. One second, I am about to quit and play something a little less rage inducing and the next second, I turn left instead of right, fall down a couple of levels and find some thingy that gives me an insight point, whatever that is. I stumble out and find my way back to a safe area, unlocking a new passage in the process.
Next thing you know, I am levelling, though not really sure what attributes I should be levelling. Because I am using a cane, I put points in the “skill” attribute, figuring that it must behave like “dexterity” in other games. I also put points in “vitality” because I figure that means more hit points and more hit points is good because I get hit a lot.
Now that I have levelled, I push further in a new area and touch something which makes me lose my insight point. But I get some follower. Not sure if that would have prevented me from levelling anymore, I decided to use the follower to help me clear up some of the harder mobs on the map. He is about halfway through his health when we stumble without warning on a big boss called the cleric. My follower dies pretty quickly but somehow I am dodging and hitting the cleric with my chain whip. I toss my few firebombs but even with the locking, only a couple hit. At the end, we are both down to a sliver of health and I am blinding whacking him with my cane, I mean I have nothing else to lose. Don’t know how I did it but I won the battle.
I will be pressing on now because of the way things broke. Had events turned on the other side of the razor’s edge though, and I went right instead of left and never started that lucky sequence of events, there would now be a controller shaped hole in my door. Not sure what to make of all this.