Can Bloodborne Save the PS4?

With the gaming roster for PS4 looking bleak, will Bloodborne be Playstation's saving grace against Xbox One?

"Greatness Awaits."

That's the slogan for the PlayStation 4. Well, gamers have been kept waiting and waiting for a while now expecting "greatness" in 2015. I personally thought that 2015 will be the year the next-gen, PS4 in particular, would really rise up to the occasion and deliver on many promises they've made to consumers. 

Unfortunately, the majority of the exclusives that would give PS4 the edge on Xbox One have either been delayed or have not panned out the way PlayStation would've liked. Of course, I'm talking about The Order: 1886 not living up to the hype and Uncharted 4 being delayed to Spring next year. But amongst the debris of disappointment that is PS4's March to June games lineup (in terms of exclusive games, at least) is Bloodborne.

There is one lone bright spot that could potentially compensate for the sloppy exclusives roster. That game my friends, is Bloodborne.  

For those of you who may not know, Bloodborne is the latest creation from the makers of the infamously difficult and punishing Dark Souls series. From Software rose to the challenge yet again of making a better Dark Souls experience for players. Now, the combat is faster and encourages aggressive play with some smart mechanics. And for some reason, the developers decided to make it a PS4 exclusive. I'm not complaining. 

From Software is famous for their brutal but fair difficulty level in their games. You feel as though each death was your fault and not the game trying to cheat you of your victory. Needless to say, there is a niche market for these kinds of games that might not translate well to a bigger audience. 

But, at this point, PlayStation owners doesn't really have a choice do they? It's bad enough that they won't have any exclusives coming out this June as compared to the Xbox One with major blockbusters, Halo 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Yes, I know that the new Tomb Raider game is only a timed exclusive but, nevertheless, the June lineup is still not looking good for the PS4. 

Regardless of the odds against PS4 to "win" this year, I'm quite confident that Bloodborne will be more successful than people expect. I feel that the game will just bring more variety and much-needed challenge to compensate for the easy, hand-holding nature of today's AAA games. It's about damn time that we play a game where we once again need GameFAQs (or GameSkinny) to help us. Those were the good ol' days. 

Bloodborne releases March 24th, 2015 exclusively for the PS4. 

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Published Feb. 1st 2018
  • Sascha_2634
    As the other commenters said: the PS4 stands rock solid when it comes to sales. It had an outstanding start and the whole year 2014 was a complete success.

    Nethertheless after round about 30 hours in Bloodborne I would say that this is currently the strongest exclusive Sony has. A very special one, too as for most players Bloodborne will be way to hard and frustrating. I'm not sure if I'm going to see the ending.
  • Daniel R. Miller
    Featured Contributor
    I'm not so sure the PS4 needs saving, but there's no arguing that the lineup of exclusives is pretty barren. But the same can be said for Xbox One as well. Outside of The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive, what does Xbox really have that isn't also on PC?
  • thatzacdavis
    Featured Contributor
    It definitely doesn't need saving. Look at those sales numbers!
  • Farrel Nobel
    Correspondent
    Well, if we're talking about games in general regardless whether their good or not, Xbox one has Ryse: son of rome, later on they get rise of the tomb raider (although timed exclusive), Halo 5 and the games that you mentioned.

    Huh... I guess you do have a point, there's not much good reason to get an Xbox one if you're not a big fan of Halo
  • Victor Ren
    Columnist
    Yeah the delay of Uncharted and the disappointment of the Order pushed back my decision to get a console. Although, Xbox has not had any big releases that have wowed me personally, I think the release of Halo will be a huge day for them.
  • Farrel Nobel
    Correspondent
    I think you should get next-gen console now though, even though some games were delayed, there are plenty of quality games to get for PS4. Especially if you haven't played the PS3 games like Last of Us, GTA and DmC. all excellent games in my opinion, especially Last of Us.
  • Victor Ren
    Columnist
    Agreed, I love the Last of Us and it probably is one of my favorite games of all time. The reason now being is that I do have all my older games on the Ps3 for nostalgia, and for now the PC can compensate for my lust for newer games. It sucks how long I had to wait for GTA though :(

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