Initial release date: March 24, 2015
Developer: From Software
Designer: Hidetaka Miyazaki
Platform: PlayStation 4
Why a new OT for a 3 year old game?
This OT is being posted to help with the influx of newbies about to enter this deadly world via the PS+ March offering. Rather than a bunch of LTTP threads, use this thread to discuss the game, support newbs entering the world for the first time, as well as, group up for this game. There is a lot to learn and a lot to do in order to stay alive, so as a plea to BB vets, please post any tips, tricks or anything else that may help the newbs survive.
Bloodborne takes place in Yharnam, a decrepit Gothic city known for its medical advances using blood as a primary tool. Over the years, many travelers journey to the city seeking the remedy to cure their afflictions; the player's character journeys to Yharnam seeking something known as Paleblood for reasons unknown. Upon arriving in the city, however, it is discovered that Yharnam is plagued with an endemic illness that has transformed most of its citizens into bestial creatures. The player must navigate the streets of Yharnam during the night of The Hunt, and overcome its violently deranged inhabitants and horrifying monsters in order to stop the source of the plague and escape the nightmare.
C'mon now, these aren't meant to scare you away, they are here to get you excited. I mean, the aesthetics of this world are amazing... Don't back down now, you can do it!
Yeah, OK, it's time to visit here first:
Tips for Playing Bloodborne:
Don't worry it's just the way this game is. It's bound to happen to you once or twice, maybe three times..... okay, maybe a bunch of times along the way....
Three items needed to access multiplayer:
. The Beckoning Bell allows you to send out a signal, broadcasting your interest in having another player join you in a co-op multiplayer session
Small Resonant Bell
The Small Resonant Bell is used to send a signal that you're available to join another player's game
Sinister Resonant Bell
The Sinister Resonant Bell lets you invade another player's world, hunt them down and kill them if you want.
- The Sinister Resonant Bell and Small Resonant Bell aren't available until you've collected 10 insight, which happens by encountering bosses, beating bosses, and consuming Madman's Knowledge. When you've reached 10 insight, there will be a second shop available
Once you have these items, there are three options in Bloodborne:
- Co-Op With A Stranger
* Warning: By looking for help from strangers, you're also open to being invaded by strangers.
- Co-Op With A Friend
* matchmaking is done through a password system
- Invading Others Players And Killing Them
Additional Multiplayer info:
Polygon MP Guide
How to co-opp with Friends
Please add your tips and tricks here! NEWBS READ UP!
(I will continually update as new tips and tricks are posted that are helpful for the community)
Let's get those tips for the rookies going!
1. It is sometimes better to dodge toward and through the enemy instead of away from them.
2. Master the parry/visceral combo as soon as possible. You don't need to rely on it but it is very useful in combat.
3. Explore. Explore. Explore. The level design encourages it and you will benefit quite a bit from it in more ways than one.
4. Don't be hesitant to just run pass enemies. You can always backtrack after you've got your bearings.
I got the platinum trophy for Bloodborne back in January, so I'll try to pop in and help answer questions for people who are new to the game. I can through out a few tips real quick for those jumping in,
I hope you enjoy the game new hunters. The night is long and beasts thirst for blood. However, while you need that blood to grow stronger, remember to fear the old blood. ;)
- You won't be able to level up until you get one insight. This is gained from meeting a boss or picking up and consuming a madman's knowledge. I wouldn't mess with enemies and try to avoid them until you find one of these things.
- If you see a window to a house lit up or a red lantern outside it, then there is a npc voice you can talk to. This can sometimes be just lore, or a side quest. ;)
- When you first start you won't have weapons, but when you arrive at the hunter's dream for the first time upon death, there will be little puddles with messengers behind the doll. Each on of these will ask you to chose your starter weapon and your type of parry gun. I know some will ask why this is tip, but I've heard that some people didn't know this is where you get your weapons.
- Finally, and this is for those that have played the dark souls games, there are no hidden pathways blocked by a imaginary wall in the main game. This tip is just so you'll save time from running around hitting walls that look like they may hold a secret. There is however some imaginary walls in the chalice dungeons, but I wouldn't worry about that stuff until you're almost done with the game.
My advice for new players:
- Use the Threaded Cane and spec out your character in the SKILL stat
- Don't worry about losing blood echoes when you die. Don't let the game stress you out. Later bad guys will be dropping those by the thousands, anyway.
- Play at your own pace
- The first few areas in the game I would practice until I could reliably 100% clear them while chatting with other folks. It's oddly calming
- Enjoy the boss fights. In general, I don't use a single consumable item in a boss fight until I manage to get the boss down to ~40% HP. Learn their moves. Play them solo. But--I'm a pretty low stress guy.
- If a boss is stressing you out then you should help out other people to kill the boss. After doing that a few times call in some random friends and have them help you out.
Here are some of my tips:
- Learn your weapons moveset. Your dash attack may be poor, but your transformation attack may be awesome. It all depends on your weapon choice.
- Parry. There are some enemies and bosses you'll never really beat without learning how to do this. (I'm looking at you, Bloody Crow of Cainhurst.)
- Not everybody you meet in the game will be an enemy. Don't just attack everything because it's there. Some NPCs have very worthwhile quests.
- Some equipment you might see in the shops are expensive, but it's worth it to invest in some cases.
I found this beginner guide for choosing class and weapons helpful when I started the game:
- Inspect the surroundings to find shortcuts and items, and read through all what's been presented to you.
- Use Pebbles to lure the enemies away from the herd.
- Practise parrying with gun, it'll make things much easier in the long run. The large brick-carrying trolls are good for practise.
- Use all spare echoes from levelling up to gather Blood Vials.
- You can find 8 Bloodstone Shards and Hunter armor set in the first area. The former can be used to upgrade your weapon, and you can also buy the armor set from the Bath Messengers in the Hunter's Dream.
You only need to concentrate on three stats on your first playthrough, Vitality, Endurance, and Skill/Strength. The latter depending on what weapon you choose. I chose Threaded Cane and Blunderbuss myself, and platinumed the game with that setup.
EDIT: I also found it handy to use the touchpad menu for items like Antidote and Sedative. That way you don't have to scroll though the other inventory, when you're in a dire need of them.
- Don't sleep on the Hunter Blunderbuss. It can make parrying a lot easier for a lot of players, especially on certain bosses. Kinda depends on your style, but it's the best gun for me.
- Don't be afraid to grind and "over level" a bit if you're stuck. The game can be immensely satisfying when returning to a previously frustrating area as a one-shot hype beast.
- Get the Yarnham Hunter set from the shop. It's the best looking one.
- There's no spells like in the Souls-games, but there are occult eldritch items you can use that function in a similar way and are super OP.One of the items literally summons parts of a late game boss as an attack. How fucking glorious is that?
Also, as an added bonus, Great prices on replacement PS4 controllers at Wal-mart.comPlatinum Trophy holder (100% DLC as well). Proud to say I can provide some tips they may not have been covered if anyone cares:
1) Time Your Heal/Satus-Cure Item: During boss fights/small melees, you will sometimes have an inclination to rush away and heal when you get hit (often without clear view of your nemesis). This is a good way to get killed. Bosses will zone in on you when you heal clearly in their view. Wait till an enemy to finish attack, dodge and heal while keeping them in your view. A viable tactic in a PvP fight as well (provided you're not following the "rules of PVP" as some Souls people will tell you). The same can be applied to healing status ailments such as frenzy and slow/rapid poison.
2) Avoid Panic Rolling/Dodging: This will come with confidence but sometimes 1 good roll/sidestep is enough to avoid an enemy's attack. This leaves you open to get a shot in at times. Panic rolling can again make you lose sight of your enemy and this can be extremely dangerous so a controlled dodge/escape is key. As someone also pointed out, dodging forward can actually make sense.
3) Abuse Rally To Heal: The rally mechanic allows you to heal by striking enemies within a short window of being hit yourself. This can be a valuable way to claw back health without using a vial. This, combine with Point 1, can help with your Vial/healing economy. Common sense though: rally only if you have an opening. Rushing to reclaim your health is a good way to get dead.
4) You Can Get Through The Entire Game With Any Weapon: While I cannot attest to following this myself (purely out of selfish preference for 2 DLC weapons which I love), every weapon has their own quirkiness and charm. Don't feel afraid to stick with a weapon you love in spite of people luring you to the Thread Cane or the Axe (for that Spin2Win).
5) Observe then Act: This has been covered but I can't stress this enough. This is not a hack and slash game. It's about watching, learning and adapting. It's about learning an enemy's tell, the range and variety of attacks, the length of combos, etc. Some bosses have phases where attacks/behaviors change. You will die but you will learn. Refuse to learn and you will never win. It's really that simple.
*Please keep the thread spoiler free!
*Please help and support the newbs!
*Thanks Dussck for the title
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