Bloodborne is by far the best game in the series. I dont think i can go back to playing dark souls games after bb.
It's actually more casual friendly than dark souls
-no more item weight to worry about
-hp pickups all over the place and extra ones you pickup go right to your storage bin
-fewer weapons to choose from but they all seem more powerful in general but theres still a ton of choices because of all the ways you can customize them and they transform
-if you spend your "insight points" (points earned from killiing bosses, helping others kill bosses or discovered on levels) you can summon other players to help you kill bosses and the game is ridiculously easy.
-apparently spending your "insight" points actually makes the game easier. the more insight you have, the harder it becomes so like pro players can keep helping newbies/accumulating points to face a harder game while people who just wanna relax can keep summoning and also enjoy the game spending their points to see the story. its pretty brilliant.
-it's now very, very easy to summon your specific friend. you go to network settings and set a password to your summon. if you and your friend use the same password, when you use the summon bell and they use theirs youll get matched together. i had no problem match making with my friend from ds/ds1/ds2 to kill a couple bosses together. party chat makes for some very strong coordination. it was also alot of fun exchanging secrets we learned about npcs/areas and the different turn of events depending on how you interact with them.
-nearly every level has a shortcut very close to the boss. so like you clear out an area and collect stuff to open a shortcut then theres no pressure if you dont kill the boss first attempt because you can get back easy or just spend your blood and take the shortcut to get to the boss. no penalty for dying as far as anyone can tell so far.
-Invasion mechanics don't begin until after you've killed like 7 or 8 bosses and are a good chunk through the game and your character is significantly developed.
I one shot the first boss. Difficultywise, i'd say its easier than the souls games your first time through because you get more health pickups and you can get your health back by attacking enemies after you get hit if youre fast enough.
Loading times are not that bad. I bought an ssd to speed up my load times and a patch will further improve.
Just play smart/careful and use your items like moltovs, poison knives when you come across something hard and the stakes are high blood wise. This game will only really punish you if you dont give it your attention. If you read the notes on the ground and are careful youll be fine.
Can already tell you that BB is my goty. Looks amazing. Blast to play. All the weapons special transformations are just sick. And then theres a beastmode and all the secrets to uncover with the npcs running around. alright back to bb.
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