Video Game Review: Bloodborne

I won’t lie, I’ve been waiting to cover this game for a while now!  I won’t deny it, I’m a huge fan of From Software’s line of brutally challenging fantasy-horror games!  Since 2009, they’ve delivered punishing, but fair action strategy games which force the player to study the environment and learn from their continuous failures.  The previous Soul series in particular relied on defending yourself from danger while striking the foe at the right time.  You could shield an enemy’s devastating attack while delivering one of your own.  And lucky for you, your armor can sometimes absorb some of that pain.  Of course, this is all to reflect those worlds’ faux-Medieval fantasy analogue.  Bloodborne discards many of those concepts, while still keeping a lot of familiarity.  The land of Yharnam is one emerging into an industrial age.  But, before modernization truly takes off, a sickening plague has washed over the lands.  Of course, this concept should seem familiar to Souls fans everywhere.  However, this one plays it up a bit differently.  Instead of a curse that drains life from the world, this infectious plague spread madness and mutation.  If Souls is gritty pulp, Bloodborne is a hybrid of Gothic and Lovecraftian style horror.  Does it live up to the legacy?  Does it do something different?  If so, is it too far or not far enough?

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The Doc Speaks: Can Survival Horror… Survive Itself?

action vs survival horror

 

As many other writers have mentioned, the video game genre of “survival horror” has struggled immensely; especially in the last few years. Is the genre gone for good? Certainly not! We’ve had quite a few entries to entertain and terrify in the past few years alone. That said, survival horror has mostly faded into obscurity, as its fandom has been equally brushed to the side. So, what gives? Why is everything about hyper-graphic action horror rather than atmospheric horror with a more psychological tinge? Let’s welcome ourselves back to a world of survival horror!
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From The Vaults: BioShock

Admittedly, this wasn’t a favorite review of mine, despite BioShock being one of my all time favorite video games! But, you might think differently… Enjoy.

BioShock

“A man chooses! A slave obeys! A man chooses… A SLAVE OBEYS! OBEY!!!”

Bioshock is a 2007 retro-science fiction themed Action-Horror game. The setting is an undersea paradise that was not meant to be, named “Rapture.” The root of Rapture is the Objective philosophy ruling in full force and eventually caving in on itself. The story of the city of Rapture is rife with tragedy and corruption. Today we venture beyond the sea with Bioshock! (Spoilers ahead!)
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