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Essential
Mar 26, 2015

The structure underlying Bloodborne is not just original but coherent, and because of this the impact of everything it does is commensurately greater. This is total design. It feels wonderful to have a world like this and, over a week of solid play later, feel that there's so much more to discover. And it's awful to know that, in all likelihood, it will be a painfully long time until I play anything else that matches up to Bloodborne's breadth of vision, generosity of content, and - yes - genius.

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9.1 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2015

Bloodborne delivers an exhausting and exhilarating journey into the depths of madness.

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Mar 23, 2015

An invigorated spirit occupying a reassuringly recognisable body, Dark Souls' life force flows through Bloodborne's revitalised veins. Intelligent and intense, it's simply PS4's best exclusive game.

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9 / 10
Mar 23, 2015

One of the best action games of the generation and a stunning achievement in terms of gameplay, art design, and encouraging players to push themselves beyond their limits.

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9.8 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2015

An unsettling, Lovecraftian adventure through nightmares that constantly tests and enthralls the player. Just when you think you have things figured out, new elements come into play

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9 / 10
Mar 22, 2015

Bloodborne's excellent action, beautiful artistry, and religious melodrama make it another must-play in the Demon's Souls tradition.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2015

Bloodborne is a shrewd turn from its souls lineage

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Yes
Apr 2, 2015

The most rewarding game experience I've had this year.

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Mar 27, 2015

Refreshingly, Bloodborne knows what it is, and doesn't stray too far from the Souls formula—but its few alterations make for a fresh experience that will challenge even the most hardened Souls veterans. If you're looking to justify the purchase of a PS4, I can't think of a better reason.

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Mar 22, 2015

Bloodborne may feel like a shapeshifted offshoot of the Souls series, but it remains a beast which carries that elite badge of honor for those who can slay it.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2015

Bloodborne is an interesting mix of everything From Software has learned throughout its storied developmental career. Not everything will gel with fans old and new, but for the most part, the shift towards a combat-oriented game is a net positive. From Software is still one of the only developers left that makes you work for your satisfaction, and Bloodborne is damn satisfying.

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9 / 10
Mar 30, 2015

Overall Bloodborne is a fantastic game and could be considered one of the best exclusives available on the PS4 so far. The gameplay will not be for everyone, with the difficulty and repetition a potential turn off, but if you are looking for a new challenge, Bloodborne is a fantastic choice. The twisted atmosphere of Yharnam, the great design of the monsters, and the fear it can instil within you is something that won't be forgotten in a hurry. There's a time when you realise a game will be revered and spoken of fondly years from now, and Bloodborne will be one of them.

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9.6 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2015
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Erik Kain

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2015

I give Bloodborne a resounding Buy in my Buy/Hold/Sell rating scale. This is the first true system-seller for the PS4, the first game that convinces me that the PS4 is a system worth purchasing. It isn't for everyone, of course. If you don't like hard games you probably won't like this one. But even gamers who didn't like the Souls games have been pleased with Bloodborne, like our own Paul Tassi. So who knows?

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9 / 10
Apr 6, 2015

From Software's Bloodborne is quite the intimidating game, but if you're able to stick with it, you'll find an extremely worthwhile experience underneath its intimidating exterior.

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Mar 22, 2015

Those that are up for the challenge of Bloodborne are going to find a game that plays better, looks better, and has more to keep you occupied than any of the Souls games had.

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10 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2015

Thrilling and masterfully crafted, Bloodborne is a gorgeous, grim and gruelling adventure,and unarguably the first essential exclusive of this generation.

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10 / 10
Mar 23, 2015

A superb, intelligent evolution of the series.

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88 / 100
Mar 22, 2015

Bloodborne is the system seller for all dedicated gamers that don't already own a PS4.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2015

From Software's daunting new RPG may not be to all tastes, but it can be pure masochistic pleasure if you let its claws dig in

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