I’ve been having this on/off thing with games for a while now, but it was never as bad as how Bloodborne makes me feel.
It happened to me several times already and i am actually even older than you… not that old, of course.
I’ve been having this on/off thing with games for a while now, but it was never as bad as how Bloodborne makes me feel. So let me talk about Bloodborne for a bit. The following is my own, personal, very likely flawed view of the game. It’s probably not fair and possibly not even correct.
Bloodborne and the Souls games are a scam. A scam in which with every new game, the reviews claim that finally, the FROM formula has become accessible enough so more people can enjoy these games. I have found this to be wrong; each and every game in the series (and I’m counting Bloodborne as an entry in the Souls series) has been just as unforgiving and punishing as the games before.
Punishing and unforgiving not only in the sense that they’re hard, but also that they’re simply not very fun. The stories they tell are decidedly non-fun, set in non-fun worlds inhabited by non-fun characters. Even ignoring the high difficulty, the FROM games are probably the harshest, non-fun games I’ve ever seen.
I understand that if you spend enough time with them, you will start seeing and possibly even appreciating the lore, and you will find that there is more to the world and the stories and maybe even the characters than you initially realized; but I think this is mostly a trick your mind is playing on you, as anything that you spend enough time with will eventually meld into something you enjoy.
For me – and I know I will be mocked for this – the Souls games are steps backward in the worst kind possible, not only offering a challenge that supposedly imitates “games of old” (which is not the case – “old” games were never this hard), but also a decidedly un-fun, un-friendly, un-inviting and un-inclusive gaming experience.
If there are games that I like to play while someone else (sane, non-gaming, like my wife) is in the room – and there are many –, then the Souls games are the exact opposite.
But still, after reading the glowing reviews giving assurances that yes, this time even you will like this type of game, people like myself end up buying the latest title, the reviews can’t be wrong, right? And end up disappointed. Again and again.
And Bloodborne is now being hailed as the first true system seller for the PS4, a must-have title. It has a Metascore of 93. Everybody and their dog is loving the game. If you voice even the slightest criticism, the fanbois (and grrls?) will tear you to bits. People will probably tell me that I’m simply not good enough for these games, and while I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with them, I wonder how many of them were actually around to play the challenging, old games that FROM’s titles are supposed to harken back to?
I seriously don’t understand how gaming works anymore.