The first time I played Demon Souls I didn’t make it far, I’m not kidding I didn’t even make it off the first bridge, the skeleton kept killing me. I consider myself an experienced gamer but “From Software” kicks my ass every time. I’m a big fan of fantasy games, so looking at demon souls without any context seemed like a slam dunk. But once I got it home I immediately regretted it. That’s not to say I think these games are bad, in fact its the opposite these games are so good that I don’t even want to play them.
The minute I stopped playing demon souls the first time, I thought to myself “Ugh this game is awful.” but once I started paying attention to the gaming atmosphere around it, I realized that I was wrong. this game is incredible and I’m not good at it. And that’s fine because I’m sure If I was good at it I would lose hours of my life trying to grind through this beautifully created world. Its a game I respect but I also keep my distance.
Every time I see Bloodborne being played I think “Wow I think I would love this.” its a bit quicker, its gorgeous, its violent, and incredibly Gothic. But then I remember getting my ass handed to me by a simple skeleton on the first bridge of demon souls. Its not that I’m afraid of dying in Bloodborne, if that were the case I would never play video games ever again. Its probably the fact that taking my time and burying hours into learning and perfecting this sort of game is daunting. Obviously this is overly dramatic for a video game but ever since getting demon souls and watching the uproar of fans for the series, I’ve been wondering why this kind of game doesn’t appeal to me.
All over social media I see people drooling over the amazingness that is Bloodborne, and that’s great, for multiple reasons. This is the first “Great” PlayStation exclusive and its also a deep and careful game, it doesn’t hold your hand or drive you down one hallway, its thoughtful and crazy at the same time. This series may never be for me. But its certainly spoke to millions of others. mindsets like this that publishers and fans should be open too. Gaming is to broad a media to not include games like bloodborne.