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Hunting the Nightmares

Bloodborne. Yes, Bloodborne. I began playing From Software’s games with Dark Souls. I was hooked in a second back then. Dark Souls II? I played that game four about 2 months straight all day every day when I was really sick. Bloodborne? Yea, I was hooked, but I have to say it’s beginning to lose it’s flair.

From Software’s games will always be high on my list for the simple reason that they actually challenge you. This should come to no surprise to anyway as it’s their main selling point. I grew up with the classic games and like to be challenged; which can be pretty hard to find now-a-days. In fact, I find myself playing most games out of the box on SUPER-EXRA-HARDCORE-PROFESSIONAL mode or whatever and it’s still not very hard. A terrible trend we’re on that I hope changes.

So, yes. That’s the good of Bloodborne and we all already know that already. The part that’s getting old? The story is too vague. I can’t really remember if it was so sparse in the Dark Souls series, but in Bloodborne it’s almost completely not there. Sure there are tidbits here and there and if you read the item descriptions you pick up more and more, but even at that I had no idea what was going on the entire time. Just a vague reference of this huge dream thing and me being a hunter hunting demons or nightmares. Heck, I didn’t even realize it was Love Craft based until I read a great write up on it done on Reddit. I’d link to it but I feel lazy right now. Just search Bloodborne story on Reddit.

If other people have understood what was going on and such then props to you, but to me it was too sporadic to follow.  It’s disappointing really. The gameplay is fantastic, but I found myself asking constantly: why I am doing this? What do I care if I slay this beast. Sure I get further in the game but what’s my purpose? Was I actually enjoying it? Or just blindly running around murdering things.

Is it too much to ask for great challenging gameplay and a story? Maybe.

Either way, if you enjoy their previous games, you’ll like Bloodborne. But if you’re like me and thrive on story, then you’ll probably find it lacking. Still it was fun to play. So, go play it!

NOW!

-Your Noble Vileblood

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Story Matters, and so does a hot Lara Croft.

I’ve never been a fan of the Tomb Raider games over the years. I don’t know why really. I played one or two and couldn’t get into them.  To be honest, I had taken the opinion-like I’m sure others had too- that they were just using the games as an excuse to show off Lara Croft.  

With that said, as soon as I saw the trailer for the reboot I got excited. It looked so raw and rugged; and the new Lara Croft look was also an upgrade IMO. So naturally, I went out on a limb and bought it. What’d I think? It’s awesome.  

 

I don’t think I’ve ever played a game in which I’ve felt constantly in peril. The game keeps you on your toes constantly. Half the time you can’t even walk without something bad happen. It’s great. And you know what surprised me the most? The story. It was actually good and entertaining, which is something to say for most games now a days.

Now, Square has a great history of games with great stories, but even they have been sliding down hill lately. I know some of you don’t play games for their stories, but I am a huge sucker. I find the story of a game to be way more important than it is given credit for. Sure you could mindlessly waste hours away as a Dovahkiin with almost no rhyme or reason (cause let’s face it, the majority of us paid little to no attention to what was actually happening on the side quests. Though I will admit there were one or two that were actually captivating. Like the one where you go on a drunken bender and figure out what you did) but personally I’ve always loved games that held more meaning.

 

Just look at Arkham City. Yes the game play was amazing, but so was the story, and despite how cool it was to be the Batman, the story held my attention from start to finish. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

 

In a sea of games that come up with very poor over all story and character development, Tomb Raider delivered. And I must say I have a new found respect for Lara Croft. She is a straight beast, and a sexy one to boot! I just hope she continues down this path for years to come.

 

-Your Everyday Lara Croft Lover

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