A reader reveals his experiences with Dark Souls’ sister series and the comedy errors that almost made him give up on it.
I just read Mitchell’s letter on the Friday morning Inbox. It was about their experience with Bloodborne and I thought I’d also write in with my own comedy experience of it.
I’ve never played a Dark Souls or Demon’s Souls game, so I didn’t know what to expect. I saw Bloodborne Game Of The Year Edition (which includes the DLC) for half price on a recent PS store sale, so I was tempted even though I thought it seemed a bit hack and slashy for my liking. I then thought of GC’s review, so I checked it out and could see how highly it was thought of and that it was going to be a challenge.
To echo Mitchell’s comments my first thoughts were ‘I hate it’ and ‘I’ve wasted my money on this’. But I was doing lots wrong and feel free to laugh at my first mistakes. So, I chose my character and met the werewolf who proceeded to kill me quite easily and then I ended up in the dream. I noticed that there were a lot of notes around the place. I read a couple of them and then thought ‘Yeah, yeah, I’ll pick it up as I go along, I’m an experienced gamer’.
This is the funny bit. I then completely missed the gifts on the steps, as I thought they were just more notes so had no weapons whatsoever. I then realised you had to awaken back in the clinic and lo and behold you have to meet the werewolf again. But without weapons each time! Needless to say I died many times (something you will get used to in Bloodborne!) and then realised that I could run past him and open the doors and exit.
I would then end up running past as many enemies as I could, as they didn’t seem to like being slapped to death with my gloved hand, but wherever I looked I could not figure out where the weapons were. I had to google it and then slapped my head in a ‘D’oh’ moment. I then didn’t have a clue how to arm the weapons so I had to google that too.
Finally, the moment had come and I had some weapons. I killed that damned werewolf and he did not appear again. Although most other enemies did respawn after you’d died and returned.
My second comedy mistake was after throwing the lever and climbing that first ladder. I somehow completely missed the lantern that was at the top of the steps. So each time I died with the villagers (which was a lot) I ended up starting back in the clinic each time, which was all the more frustrating.
When I had got over these issues and started levelling up, things started to get a lot better. But there was a big learning curve for me, and many challenges along the way, but I quickly realised that if you rush in there and spam buttons then that usually spells certain death.
My first boss happened to be the Cleric Beast (it’s possible that you could do Father Gasgoine first I understand). Bizarrely, I managed to beat him on my first attempt. I generally just stayed very close to his legs and slashed away and dodged and dived and somehow did it. Interesting, I thought, maybe the bosses aren’t so bad after all.
I then met Daddy Gazza and I thought I was going to have to give up the game completely. I really struggled. He would wipe me out pretty much as soon as I shuffled through the fog! In the end I called out to other hunters for help and did it that way, which was a relief. Bosses after that were very much a mixed bag. Some I would end up doing on my own, others I would need help for.
I also found that the enemy hunters were often as hard, if not harder, than some of the bosses. The one in the chapel at the end of the Eileen the Crow quest was particularly hard I thought.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, stick with it. The graphics, sound and weird setting are all top notch and it really is an excellent game. I’m certainly glad I took the plunge. I’m now on the DLC, which was very hard to start with. I’m not quite done yet but I’m at the Fishing Hamlets, so quite near the end.
I guess that I’m just very stubborn and doesn’t like to quit (I got platinum on Dead Space 2 whereby it had that level where you could only save three times in the game. That was very hard too) and I’m so glad I stuck with it. I also like to ring my little bell and help other hunters out a bit these days, and take great pleasure in bringing down the witches or Daddy Gazza to help people out.
Give it a try if you’re on the fence. It is certainly extremely challenging at times, but if you learn from my comedy mistakes then at least you’ll have some weapons and a lantern to spawn at.
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