GameSpot Captures the Very Essence of Bloodborne

It's hugely atmospheric and a veritable feast for the senses!

It’s hugely atmospheric and a veritable feast for the senses!

Critics are in love with From Software’s latest gem, the PlayStation 4 exclusive¬†Bloodborne. We’ve greatly enjoyed reading all the glowing reviews out there and it was difficult to pick just one. But GameSpot gave us what we really wanted for this one: A review that captured the dark, sinister, yet engaging essence of the game. Nobody did it better than veteran critic Kevin VanOrd.

Given the style and nature of the game in question, a great review should reflect the developer’s vision. It seemed to us that VanOrd honed in on that vision from the start, and his understanding of the designer’s goal is obvious. Yes, it’s a difficult game and one could argue that developers are glossing over some clear flaws (poor camera, less-than-perfect control, little story, etc.), but this masterpiece seems to embody the “greater than the sum of its parts” mantra.

And when it comes to a bit of sentimentality and emotion, we know VanOrd is always up to the challenge. There are few critics out there who can so easily bring you into the virtual world via text. This particular reviewer is a multiple honoree at VGRHQ.

Congrats, Kevin!

You'll die plenty but if you can persevere, it will become one of your most rewarding experiences.

You’ll die plenty but if you can persevere, it will become one of your most rewarding experiences.

Why We Like It:

— Much like the game in question, it’s atmospheric and well-paced. We get a real sense of what to expect in terms of the overall experience.

Doesn’t waste too much time with the nuts and bolts of the game. Very deep titles can cause critics to spend a lot of lines breaking down the trivial details; this reviewer doesn’t fall prey to that.

— Above all else, the critic appreciates the developer’s goals and rewards them for delivering a product that challenges and satisfies.

2 thoughts on “GameSpot Captures the Very Essence of Bloodborne”

This really is a good review. I have to say, though…I don’t always like VanOrd’s reviews. He very often spends way too much time philosophizing and not actually telling us about the game.

But I like this one.

Eh…VanOrd tends to rub me the wrong way.

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