- Also Known As
- Project Beast
- Number of Players
- Single Player
- Action, RPG
- Release Date
- 24th Mar 2015
- 27th Mar 2015
PlayStation Plus Extra (Subscription)
- 13th Jun 2022
PlayStation Plus Collection (Subscription)
- Available Now
- Single Player, Multiplayer, Online, Co-Op, Third-Person
- Controller Support
- DualShock 4
- Addons / DLC
- Bloodborne: The Old Hunters (PS4)
The 'borne supremacy
Republished on Wednesday 28th February 2018: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of March's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. It's been an excruciating nine months since Bloodborne was first unveiled to wide-eyed spectators, as, much like more...
And so another yarn has arrived from Yharnam just in time to remind us why Bloodborne is one of the best games of the year. The Old Hunters is a full-blooded expansion, boasting nightmarish new environments and a bevy of brutal beasts to slaughter, but it's the vast array of original equipment that will have moon slaves practically...
A slab of rotten flesh? Brilliant. The One Reborn is seemingly Bloodborne's equivalent of the Gaping Dragon fight from Dark Souls, with casters raining spells from above and a foe that has a penchant for vomiting death around the entire arena. This'll be fun, huh? Luckily, One Reborn can be easy if played correctly. You'll encounter...
Take me to your leader
The Celestial Emissary in Bloodborne is found at the top of The Choir, deep in the Orphanage. It's somewhat of a gimmick fight, with the additional enemies posing as much threat as the boss and none of them having any real power. Much like the Witches of Hemwick earlier in the game, hide and seek is the name of the game for...
Cut down Cthulhu
You'll see a fair few Cthulhu-esque monsters similar to Amygdala throughout Yharnam, hanging from buildings and chapels like a Lovecraftian rendition of King Kong, but as you approach the end of the Nightmare Frontier zone, the chance to do battle with one presents itself. The fight looks a lot tougher than it is, with the size of...
Bloodborne's Darkbeast Paarl can first be encountered blocking the escape route from the Hypogean Gaol. If you're meeting him during the first half of the game, you've likely just experienced an unfortunate case of body snatching and are confused, disorientated, and definitely out of your depth. If you miss your chance to cut Paarl...
You'll encounter Rom, the Vacuous Spider in Bloodborne after a relatively short trek through Byrgenwerth culminating in a jarring leap of faith. Extremely reminiscent of battles like Phalanx from Demon's Souls, the additional enemies in this battle often pose much more of a threat than the boss itself. There are two methods to...
Kill all three shadows
Shadow of Yharnam is the trifecta of pain and suffering wrapped in black cloaks that you'll encounter at the end of the Forbidden Woods zone. Unlike the majority of fights up until this point in Bloodborne, this match will be an all-out duel against three formidable foes at once – positioning and kiting will be keys to your...
Toil and trouble
And now it's time for something a little more tedious. If you've made it this far in PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne you'll have had to off some seriously threatening beasts – but the Witches of Hemwick are more annoying than aggressive. You'll find yourself in a rectangular room with two elevated areas on either side. These...
Biblical beat down
More tea, Vicar Amelia? Bloodborne's long haired she-devil requires a similar strategy to the Cleric Beast to defeat, and is perhaps one of the easier enemies in the game thus far. Many of her attacks are doled out from the front, so our top tip is to get in amongst her straggly mane and give her a good swipe on the bottom...
Break free with your Blood Echoes
Bloodborne loves to toy with you like a predator and its prey, and if you get too comfortable, it'll really kick your ass. Case in point: shortly after navigating the Healing Church Workshop, you'll happen upon a couple of Death Dealers. These may have ridiculous names, but the sack wielding nasties are pretty darn...
You can kill it if it bleeds
Nothing says 'nice and approachable' quite like the name Blood-Starved Beast – but that's because this third Bloodborne boss isn't exactly BFF material. A spindly monster coated with matted fur and dripping with poison, this antagonist's really going to prove a match for your hunting skills. No time to get complacent...
Hunt him down
Good ol' Gazza. No, we're not referring to alcoholic ex-England soccer star Paul Gascoigne, but hunter Father Gascoigne instead. This is the second boss fight that you'll encounter in Bloodborne, and while it's less of a spectacle than the Cleric Beast, it is a bit tougher. There's a Trophy up for grabs if you can beat your rival, so...
Central Yharnam's biggest pain in the ass
And so it begins: the Cleric Beast is the first major boss that you'll encounter in Bloodborne, and also the protector of a nice Bronze Trophy and the Sword Hunter Badge. Despite its ample size and claustrophobic stomping grounds, however, it is very beatable – well, as long as you have the right strategy...
About The Game
Introducing Bloodborne, the latest Action RPG from renowned Japanese developer FromSoftware, exclusively for the PlayStation®4 system. Face your fears as you search for answers in the ancient city of Yharnam, now cursed with a strange endemic illness spreading through the streets like wildfire. Danger, death and madness lurk around every corner of this dark and horrific world, and you must discover its darkest secrets in order to survive.