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I started playing Bloodborne last month, but I found that I'm not enjoying myself while playing it. So I'm basically wondering "does Bloodborne get better?"

I've gotten as far as shortly after the Father Gascoigne fight. I'm supposed to tell NPC survivors to gather at a chapel.
My issues with the game so far are the following:

- Because of the way the story and NPC interaction is presented, I have little to no personal attachment to anything or anyone in the game. I also have no idea what's going on.

- The combat seems rather simple. I find the impact of attacks to feel satisfying, but I don't feel any particular satisfaction in beating enemies or bosses. Perhaps because I fight the same way, and only use one weapon, the Saw Cleaver, so far? But it seems like you don't ever learn new attack skills? I've practiced doing counters and Visceral attacks. And while those do feel satisfying, it still feels like something is missing.

- I don't like that if you use all your Blood Vials and die, you start off with 0 (unless you have some saved up in the chest). This happened while I fought the first boss, and instead of running back to the boss to learn its patterns and 'git gud', I instead had to farm up more Blood Vials, which ruins the flow. I honestly don't see the point of this.
In Nioh, when you die you start off with a minimum of healing items, if you had none left at the moment of death. That minimum starts at 3, but can be upgraded to higher numbers later on. It's difficult to beat some bosses with just 3 or so health items, but at least you get a decent amount of time with the boss.

- I didn't particularly enjoy the fight against the Clerical Beast or Father Gascoigne. (But I didn't dislike them either.) It was at this point where I thought to myself "why don't I play a game that does these things, but better?" So I started up Nier: Automata instead. Aside from the fact that combat isn't nearly as difficult in Nier (unless you play on Very Hard), I did enjoy the combat, music, world and story a lot more here. So I played the game through to the end. But now that I'm done and only have some side missions left, I'm thinking if I should go back to Bloodborne, or continue Persona 5 instead and give Bloodborne a pass?

For reference, in terms of similar (Souls type) games, I've played and finished the main story of Nioh. (I have not yet played the DLC, although I have it installed.) So I get the whole feeling of satisfaction after beating a really difficult fight. But I think the novelty of that has worn off a bit for me. I thought Nioh was a pretty good game, and I enjoyed it.
I don't know if Nioh is a more difficult game, but I will say that for the first few hours I found Nioh a lot more difficult than Bloodborne almost entirely because in Nioh if your stamina depletes to 0, you get stunned for a few seconds. That means you can't dodge or attack when your stamina is low in Nioh without taking huge risks. The fact that you can do that in Bloodborne has made it feel less punishing for me at least, so far.

But a lot of people speak very highly of Bloodborne. But so far I'm not seeing any of that. The setting is nice in some portions of the game, but because of the lack of a concrete story, the world is feeling a bit dull and empty to me. Maybe the game isn't for me?

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I played BB and stopped in the middle, 2 years later i finished it and i am glad i did , its fantastic.



 

ClassicGamingWizzz said:
I played BB and stopped in the middle, 2 years later i finished it and i am glad i did , its fantastic.

I played Nier: Automata in early 2017, but stopped after the portion that was in the demo. 1 year later I continued, and I'm very glad I did.
But I can tell you why.

I'd like to know why I should continue Bloodborne. What am I missing.



The lack of story and not knowing why I was doing what I was doing was killing it for me. I will continue it but I have other games I'd rather play first.



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Hiku said:
ClassicGamingWizzz said:
I played BB and stopped in the middle, 2 years later i finished it and i am glad i did , its fantastic.

I played Nier: Automata in early 2017, but stopped after the portion that was in the demo. 1 year later I continued, and I'm very glad I did.
But I can tell you why.

I'd like to know why I should continue Bloodborne. What am I missing.

When i stopped i was burned from the souls games, give it a rest if you are not enjoying, or try a new weapon change your fighting style you might enjoy more after that. Play with a guide, sometimes i wanted to pull my hair because i was getting lost all the time with the game.

 

Playing souls and bb is not just playing, i love to play it, try new way with combat and listen to lore videos that explain the story, story is amazing but is easy to miss.



 

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All I can say is that I played 10-15 hours of Bloodborne and then quit. I normally love the Souls games, but Bloodborne is no Souls game. One of the big things for me is that Souls games give me the freedom to play the way I want. Bloodborne takes that freedom away.

It really killed my enthusiasm for Souls games to the point that I didn't even want to try Dark Souls 3 after that. I've just started playing Dark Souls 3 a little while ago and now I'm getting into the series again. So the Souls games really are great, but Bloodborne is crap.



The_Liquid_Laser said:
All I can say is that I played 10-15 hours of Bloodborne and then quit. I normally love the Souls games, but Bloodborne is no Souls game. One of the big things for me is that Souls games give me the freedom to play the way I want. Bloodborne takes that freedom away.

It really killed my enthusiasm for Souls games to the point that I didn't even want to try Dark Souls 3 after that. I've just started playing Dark Souls 3 a little while ago and now I'm getting into the series again. So the Souls games really are great, but Bloodborne is crap.

And yet you can make a bloodtinge build, an arcane build, a strength build or a skill build. They all require a different play style to git gud. As for OP try different weapons and go to old Yarnham. The game really takes of from that point onward. There is also a lot of lore hidden in Bloodborne. All the notes you read will make sense in the end. As for the regular NPC''s don't care about them to much, since you don't really need them.



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If you're not enjoying it, I think it's best to move onto something else that will leave you more satisfied.



Qwark said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:
All I can say is that I played 10-15 hours of Bloodborne and then quit. I normally love the Souls games, but Bloodborne is no Souls game. One of the big things for me is that Souls games give me the freedom to play the way I want. Bloodborne takes that freedom away.

It really killed my enthusiasm for Souls games to the point that I didn't even want to try Dark Souls 3 after that. I've just started playing Dark Souls 3 a little while ago and now I'm getting into the series again. So the Souls games really are great, but Bloodborne is crap.

And yet you can make a bloodtinge build, an arcane build, a strength build or a skill build. They all require a different play style to git gud. As for OP try different weapons and go to old Yarnham. The game really takes of from that point onward. There is also a lot of lore hidden in Bloodborne. All the notes you read will make sense in the end. As for the regular NPC''s don't care about them to much, since you don't really need them.

You're acting like I haven't played the game.  I have.  Whatever freedom you may get in Bloodborne pales in comparison to a Souls game.



Haha... ditto for me. I bought it years ago and just... stopped. It's an awesome game but cheap as hell because it's all trial and error. When you work for an hour and a half to get to a new place you haven't been yet and then some monster jumps out of nowhere and kills you, you should not have to do all that shit all over again. If they're going to drop randomly overpowered monsters out of trees or from around corners, fine. But give us three lives and let us start at least some where near where we died, so we can practice and feel like we're not losing hours of our life.