In Defense of Bloodborne (and Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls and…)

I hear gamers refuse to play Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, or the new Bloodborne title all the time: “The game(s) is too difficult.” I cry foul! Digging deeper, the same gamer may claim these games have too steep a learning curve; the game takes too long to learn; “I don’t have the time.” Again, I cry foul!

Here’s the rub: How many hours a week do these same gamers spend on other games? I bet they’ve spent a bunch. If they’ll blister their thumbs with other titles, then why not Dark Souls? Dark Souls is not impossible. But you must learn to build your character and practice, practice, and practice. A gamer does the same with most any other title. Like a sim–don’t fib: You didn’t learn how to build that awesome city in a one hour sitting. I bet you’ve even looked online for tips. More time spent. Ka-ching! goes the weekly time register.

So, there’s more to this Bloodborne difficulty thing than a time requirement. Something stinks.

2 thoughts on “In Defense of Bloodborne (and Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls and…)

  1. Ben

    You’re becoming obsessed! I won’t be playing it, mostly because I don’t own a PS4. But I have been enjoying watching a streamer go through it in my free time.

    Bloodbourne is an interesting style of game. I compare it the most to games like Mega Man, Super Meat Boy, and WoW raids. Randomness is reduced to almost nothing and situational awareness is the key to progression. Dying frequently and experiencing failure serves to iterate your knowledge of the game.

    They key point of these unforgiving games is the payoff. When you are attuned to the game and can predict its actions. It’s been said many times, but the feeling from beating a boss that you’ve been dying to for hours is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things in gaming. These victories are based purely off skill and knowledge. Unlike modern Mario games, these don’t put on kid gloves when you fail a few times. While there are definitely low points, the highs make up for it.

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