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Very Quick Tips: Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

Wake up from the nightmare
Nov 24
When Bloodborne launched, I provided a series of tips for newcomers. They're still very much relevant for the dawn of the Old Hunters DLC pack, which debuts today, but I figured I'd provide a few add-on specific pieces of info. Note that there are light non-specific spoilers involved.

Here's how to access the Bloodborne: The Old Hunters DLC

Step by step
Nov 23
Bloodborne, much like its predecessors, is a relatively esoteric game. Even simple things like locating a $20 DLC package can be hidden beneath the surface, so here's a quick rundown of how to enter the Old Hunters add-...

Review: Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

All Nightmare Long
Nov 23
While many gamers out there are fighting the good fight against DLC, From Software is certainly making the case for it. Dark Souls had one of the most fantastic add-ons of all time in the form of Artorias of the Abyss, w...

A nice big 9GB patch just landed for Bloodborne

In preparation for that new DLC
Nov 20
If you're an avid Bloodborne fan eagerly awaiting more content, you're likely already aware that The Old Hunters is just four days away from launch. What you might not have been aware of is that a 9GB patch for the game lande...

Another covenant is coming to Bloodborne

As part of a patch, not the expansion
Nov 05
Even if you're planning to pass on The Old Hunters expansion for Bloodborne later this month, there will still be a reason to revisit Yharnam. From Software is preparing a free patch that will introduce another covenant, The ...

Bloodborne, an actually worthy game, is getting a GOTY edition later this year

Every game gets GOTY these days
Oct 13
I find it funny when developers release GOTY editions when the title completely doesn't deserve it. It's always interesting to see how marketing hype plays into some re-releases, as a bunch of titles don't even get the "Of th...

There is a friendly carrion crow in Bloodborne

And other assorted tidbits
Oct 12
YouTuber VaatiVidya is back with another Bloodborne lore video. This time, he examines a slew of smaller discoveries that didn't make it into his prior videos. A few of them surprised me. Pebbles being eyes, for one, because ...

PlayStation boss: Bloodborne was too big of a risk for From Software to take alone

It was too early into the PS4 life-cycle
Oct 01
In recent years, From Software's come into an increasingly fortuitous situation with its games. The cult classic Demon's Souls has grown into a mainstream series after the critical and commercial acclaim of Dark Souls&nb...

Sony rewards Bloodborne platinum trophies with custom theme

In Europe
Sep 28
Are you a bad enough snood that you spent hundreds of hours getting the platinum trophy in Bloodborne? Well, if you're in Europe, Sony is rewarding your efforts by sending out emails containing codes for an exclusive PlayStat...

Bloodborne's expansion looks nuts

Put that thing out of its misery
Sep 15
Some of us are going to face this monstrosity in Bloodborne's first and hopefully not final expansion, The Old Hunters, in late November. Please wish us luck. I'm having Bloodletting Beast flashbacks. You've probably seen the...

Bloodborne patch 1.05 brings more co-op improvements

Stat scaling for password matches
Jul 06
The next patch for Bloodborne (1.05) is suitably cryptic and intriguing. It's going to further tweak cooperative play as well as provide the usual undisclosed fixes and matchmaking improvements. If a player uses the Beckonin...

Batman Arkham Knight 40% off discount storms onto the scene

Its raining deals!
May 30
As June creeps around the corner, we're now less than a month away from the release of Batman: Arkham Knight. This weekend the PC pre-order became very enticing at GMG where a both Arkham Knight edition is at 40% off - d...

Bloodborne patch 1.04 arrives with some tweaks that make the game easier

Passworded co-op is now easier to play
May 25
Ah, Bloodborne. While I'm not quite sure how it ranks overall in terms of the Souls games (I need a few more years to ponder that), there's no doubt in my mind that I'll be returning to it periodically. A steady str...

Sony boss confirms Bloodborne expansion, more info late this year

May 20
Despite the successes of Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls 2, recent PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne sold well enough that Sony was still surprised with the results. It's not surprising, then, that the game would b...

Sony surprised by Bloodborne sales

The PS4's unexpected system seller
May 18
Before Bloodborne was released on PS4 a few months ago, Sony had optimistic expectations for how the game would perform. Apparently, even going in with optimistic expectations for its performance, Sony were surprised by how w...

This Bloodborne map sure would've helped

Curse the wretched woods
Apr 28
First the patch for faster load times, now this fan-made map of Bloodborne -- damn, shouldn't have raced through the game like that. I'm missing out! There's always the inevitable fourth playthrough and beyond, I suppose. Thi...

That fix for Bloodborne's long load times is out now

And a new jazzed up loading screen!
Apr 23
Bloodborne is a pretty fantastic action game, but as I mentioned in my review, it had a few annoying issues at launch. My chief complaint was the long load times, accompanied by a boring black screen with the game's logo. Tod...

So that's where Bloodborne's infamous closed door leads

Well that was anticlimactic
Apr 22
Have you been to Bloodborne's best room yet? The one filled with pottery just begging to be smashed to pieces? If you walk past the pots (after breaking them, of course) there's a curious door. You can interact with it, but ...

Bloodborne completed with Rock Band controller

Sweet music of death
Apr 20
Have you defeated Bloodborne yet and patted yourself on the back? Well stop everything you're doing and reflect upon your life, because long time Souls fan bearzly went ahead and beat the grueling crimson plasma loving ...

Bags, shirts, pints: Sony selling Bloodborne merchandise

Also a fancy statue
Apr 16
Do you like Bloodborne so much that you want to have a $20 shirt that says "Bloodborne?" Well, if that is the case, then boy howdy does Sony have something for you: a black shirt that says "Bloodborne" on it for $20. You can ...

Snappier Bloodborne load times coming this month

As well as a fix for 'abnormal game behavior'
Apr 14
How much time have we spent staring at that damned Bloodborne logo during the game's long loading screens? Actually, I'm not so sure I want to know. With save files totaling 50+ hours of play, my number would be gross. From S...

Bloodborne sells over one million, Sony has announced

It deserves it
Apr 14
With the tough-as-nails approach, cryptic story, and ethereal aesthetic, Souls games are a tough sell. But the quality of each game (and the talent of director Hidetaka Miyazaki) shines through, and Bloodborne is th...

Save our souls by rating notes 'fine' in Bloodborne

That's why you always rate a note
Apr 09
[Spoilers for one of the main bosses in Bloodborne.] The next time you see a note left by another player in Bloodborne, consider rating it "fine" even if it's not all that insightful. As shown in this clip from Chief023, you...

Official Bloodborne Soundtrack available to pre-order, releases April 21

"Rom only knows what I'd be without you..."
Apr 08
I'm terrible at Dark Souls, and I'm too broken to play Bloodborne, but at least I can always appreciate the amazing score as the phrase "You Died, Ya' Feckin' Ejit!" seeps into view for the trillionth time. Thankfully, for mu...

Game News Haikus: Sexy Final Fantasy, amiibogeddon, Bloodborne trick, and more

Zen distilled stories
Apr 07
Nintendo took a big spot in last week's news, with the highs of the Nintendo Direct and the lows of the Wave 4 amiibo rollout. Does that give the company perfect balance, like a haiku? I'm not sure. In this series, we take a...

Bloodborne creator's favorite Souls boss is from Demon's Souls

Old Monk look at your life, I'm a lot like you were
Apr 06
The increasingly impressive From Software president, Demon's Souls and Bloodborne creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, has told Official PlayStation Magazine UK (via PSU) which Souls series boss is his favorite, going back to what a lo...

Beware this naked fatty in Bloodborne

Not even gravity can stop him
Apr 06
This guy. This guy right here. It was late at night and I was already on edge in one of Bloodborne's unnerving Chalice Dungeons. I had hoped to quickly find the lever so I could proceed to the boss, get my ass kicked a few t...

Bloodborne bug basically activates easy mode

You can do it too, you big baby
Apr 03
Did you seem to have an easier time with certain Bloodborne bosses than other people? Well, unless you are real good/Chris Carter, this might just be because you have too much time on your hands. Reddit user meatballz is repo...

Guy 'gits gud,' beats Bloodborne without leveling

No guns, either
Apr 03
YouTube user BOYvsVIDEOGAME decided to beat Bloodborne without leveling up or using a gun, and he's done it. Somehow -- with a lot of patience and practice, I'd imagine -- he's done it. He went with the Waste of Skin origin f...

What is your favorite Souls game?

Demon's, Dark, Dark II, or Bloodborne
Apr 02
Between the recent release of Bloodborne and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, I've completed five playthroughs between them. It's a perfect time as there aren't a lot of huge releases currently, and I'll rarely, if ever, see the release of two Souls games at basically the same time. So that got me thinking, what's your favorite?

You can put enemies to work in Bloodborne while farming Blood Echoes

I get by with a little help from my pigs
Apr 01
Depending on how far you are into Bloodborne, you've probably come to realize that this late-game area, accessible using the "Mergo's Loft: Middle" warp from the Hunter's Dream, is one of the best spots to quickly earn Blood...

Ico showed Bloodborne's Hidetaka Miyazaki the 'possibilities of the medium'

Demon's Souls creator on his meteoric rise to From Software president
Apr 01
Simon Parkin got a rare interview with From Software president, Demon's Souls and Bloodborne creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and it is fascinating stuff, charting Miyazaki's dramatic career change at age 29 (and equally dramatic 80...

Bloodborne beaten in under 40 minutes

6 hours in and I haven't beaten a boss
Apr 01
Oginam has beaten Bloodborne with an in-game time of 36 minutes and 59 seconds, currently the world record for an any percentage completion. As with most speedruns, multiple game-breaking glitches are used to achieve this sh...

Bloodborne's game-breaking glitch patched

Long load times remain untouched
Mar 31
Last week, Chris told us about a game-breaking glitch in Bloodborne that made it so an item called the Lunarium Key, which is needed to reach a main-story boss, wouldn't appear. The issue has been fixed, so you can play co-op...

One simple trick to help you kill Bloodborne invaders

Mar 30
Getting invaded sucks. Chances are, you're going to die. There's a reason you're being invaded. The other player is confident in their ability to slaughter you. They are probably nigh impervious to damage and carrying some s...

Amazon's giving away Bloodborne with new PS4s

Now that's a deal
Mar 30
It's not exactly a new concept for Amazon to bundle the hot game of the week with consoles. That's been happening for a while with the likes of Grand Theft Auto V and Dying Light being two of the more recent example...

Game News Haikus: Bloodborne, Grand Theft Auto V, Evolve, and more

Zen distilled stories
Mar 30
This week I was tempted to do all Bloodborne all the time, because we had so many Bloodborne stories go up that got a ton of attention. Instead, I collected them all into one little Bloodball and turned the abundance in...

Can't find anyone for co-op in Bloodborne? Try resetting the game

What a horrible night to have a curse
Mar 30
After struggling to find a co-op partner for a deceptively tricky magic-slinging boss in Bloodborne last week, I started to browse for answers, and it seems like the PlayStation 4's rest mode -- the thing that lets you suspen...

Sony details gamebreaking Bloodborne bug, fix is on the way

Luckily, I didn't encounter it
Mar 27
Sony has just sent word to Destructoid regarding a progression-hindering bug for Bloodborne -- I'll be as vague as possible to avoid spoilers. It specifically deals with an item called the Lunarium Key not appearing...

Let's hope Bloodborne's best room is insured

Mar 26
From Software is onto us. There's a room in Bloodborne full of lots and lots of breakable pots. At the Cathedral Ward lamp, take a left down some stairs and then take a right at the well. Next, swing left past the Church Gia...

How to locate the final hidden boss in Bloodborne, and achieve the true ending

Spoilers, obviously
Mar 26
It's been quite a week since I first obtained Bloodborne. I'm currently on my fourth playthrough and I'm finding out that I missed quite a bit on my first run. Specifically, there's multiple endings, one of which involves a c...

How to find all of Bloodborne's hidden optional bosses

Spoiler-free, other than location information
Mar 25
[Update: I've located the hidden boss, with instructions below.] Bloodborne is officially out, and I've already seen a lot of discussions brewing about the game. Some sentiments are positive, some are negative, but a gre...

Sony: Bloodborne team trying to improve load times

A new patch is on the way
Mar 24
From Software's Bloodborne is by all accounts a superb experience, but it does come with tedious load times. Luckily, the development team is working to remedy the issue. "The development team is currently exploring another p...

Where's the best place to start if you've never played a Souls game?

The two recent entries
Mar 24
Here's a question that I've gotten a lot of in the past 24 hours -- "where do you recommend picking up the Souls series?" Due to quite a bit of buzz behind Bloodborne (which, thankfully, is actually good), people ha...

Very Quick Tips: Bloodborne

Spill the wine, not your blood
Mar 23
Bloodborne can get pretty rough at times. All Souls games can. To help you ease from the frustration to the fun zone, here are a few tips to help you on your way. General non-spoiler tips will be frontloaded at the top, but the progression-spoiler ones will be in the second section. Note that no bosses or story elements are spoiled, just navigational tidbits in case you get lost.

Review: Bloodborne

Simply red
Mar 23
Hidetaka Miyazaki created a legacy with Demon's Souls. With three Armored Core games under his belt at From Software, Miyazaki dared to capture the spirit of the King's Field series for a new era, and thus the Souls...

You missed our Bloodborne stream!

Watch us get gud!
Mar 23
Hey, everybody! The Bloodborne embargo has just lifted, and we've already got a review from the lovely Chris Carter. But that's not all! We're also streaming the game live from the Destructoid Twitch account. I'll be mes...

Donate blood in Denmark & your free copy of Bloodborne will be blood-born

Like, born of blood, as in that will be its origin
Mar 20
As usual, Denmark gets the best promotions. PlayStation Denmark is partnering with GivBlod to give you Bloodborne if you give blood. It's part of an effort to increase the amount of male donors. Or you could get another, undi...

The Bloodborne launch trailer is so deliciously sinister

That closing shot
Mar 13
If you're worried about seeing too much of the game, stay far away from this video. It goes places. That said, you know a trailer is good when, without hesitation, you go back and rewatch it several more times in a row. Admi...

Sony Japan details Bloodborne online play

It's a lot like Dark Souls
Mar 07
In an update to the official Bloodborne website, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has detailed the various modes of online play that will be available.

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