Bloodborne is finally out in the open as PS4 users find out what it feels like to be a hunter at Yharnam. The game was anyway tipped to be one of the top titles heading deep into the year, and it's safe to say that From Software has delivered quite the ready and presentable final product.
Sony, meanwhile, has already revealed that a new patch is in the works for Bloodborne that aims to reduce load times. "The development team is currently exploring another patch for Bloodborne, seeking ways to improve load time duration, in addition to other performance optimizations and miscellaneous bug fixes," a statement from Sony to IGN reads. "We will provide more information as soon as possible."
However, here are the best 24 tips revealed by Sony on how to survive the nightmare that is Yharnam.
BloodBorne Tips: Character Development
- Choose carefully: Spend time selecting your "Origin" during character customisation. Selecting the one that fits your play style will save you time and Blood Echoes in the long run.
- Stats 101: Vitality grants more health and is always helpful. Endurance and Strength are good bets if you want to maximise your melee, while Bloodtinge boosts the effectiveness of your firearms. Whichever play style you prefer, pick a few key stats and pump them. Don't spread yourself thin!
- Blood money: Blood Echoes are your sole form of currency, both for purchasing items and leveling up. If you die (and you will), you'll lose them... but if you can get back to your body without dying again, you can reclaim them. Look for a puddle on the ground or an enemy with glowing eyes.
- Dress to kill: As soon as possible, save up Blood Echoes to buy the Yharnam attire from the shop in Hunter's Dream. This new garb will greatly increase your defence and help keep you breathing early in the game.
- Invest for success: Use Blood Stone Shards to "reinforce" (aka upgrade) a weapon's damage. You can do this in the workshop located in Hunter's Dream. Once you've chosen a good melee weapon, reinforce it as much as possible as early as you can. The extra damage will make your life so much easier.
- You are the weapon: It's best to stick with one weapon and learn its intricacies — how far it reaches, how long it takes to swing, which buttons yield the best attacks. For example, the Kirkhammer starts as a humble sword, but tap L1 and it transforms into a mighty hammer that can eradicate mobs of beasts with one swing.
- Smart shopping: Quicksilver Bullets are hugely overpriced in Hunter's Dream, so make runs through Central Yharnam and scoop them off the snipers instead. Save your Blood Echoes for Molotovs and other, more exotic purchases.
- Insightful mind: Your Insight level is shown in the upper right-hand corner of the screen under your Blood Echoes. It indicates the depth of inhuman knowledge you have attained, and you can spend a point to call in other players for help. Pay close attention to your Insight level — things around you may change as it increases.
BloodBorne Tips: Combat Strategies
- The best defence: Bloodborne rewards a smart offense. After you take damage, for a few seconds you can regain lost health by landing blows on enemies. In tough combat scenarios, it may pay to launch into a berserker rage and earn back every possible drop of life.
- Lock and load: You can click R3 to lock onto a foe, and you'll circle strafe around it. You'll need to lock on to throw items or fire projectiles. Locking on isn't always the best choice, though. When fighting multiple foes or certain bosses, you may want to preserve your freedom of movement. Generally, it's best to lock on when you're facing one tough enemy, such as a Wolf Beast or Brick Troll.
- Gun stunner: Bloodborne's firearms inflict little direct damage. Instead, use them to stun enemies and set up devastating Visceral Strikes. Lock on to an enemy (click R3) and press L2 to fire. A well-timed shot, landed just as the enemy is attacking, will briefly stun it. Then, at close range, quickly tap R1 to inflict a deadly Visceral Strike. This will kill most beasts in just one hit, and even works against many bosses. Practice this and you'll be unstoppable.
- Free ammo: Heading into a crucial battle and need Quicksilver Bullets? No worries. Tap Up on the directional pad and, at the cost of a little life, you'll snag five free rounds. If you're quick, you can even regain that lost life by slashing at a nearby foe.
- Drink up: Blood Vials are quite common in Yharnam, so don't skimp on healing. Tap Triangle whenever you're not at maximum health — yes, even during a fight.
- Meet the Molotov: Early on, Molotovs will be your best friend. They're affordable, inflict significant damage, and will allow you to defeat enemies that are much tougher than you. Combine them with the Oil Urns to inflict grave damage.
- Hit and run: The lunging attack (Up on the left analog stick and R2, simultaneously) is a powerful move you'll want to use again and again. Use it to land the first strike on a dangerous enemy or to deliver a final blow from afar.
- Wear and tear: Inflicting less melee damage than normal? Your weapon is probably in disrepair. Keep your weapons in tip-top shape by visiting the workshop in Hunter's Dream.
- Flame on: The torch illuminates dark spaces, and can inflict decent damage up close. But when equipped, it will also keep certain, dangerous enemy types at bay. It's a useful tool for any Hunter.
- Trap 'em: Try to lure large enemies into smaller pathways where they cannot easily get through, and then perform thrusting attacks to kill them from relative safety.
- Build a combo: Hops and rolls count as a "move" in a combo. Try dodge rolling and following that up with L1 or R1. You'll attack in a unique way.
BloodBorne Tips: For Central Yharnam
- Fear the wolves: Wolf Beasts spell trouble. You'll first encounter a pair of them on the Great Bridge in Yharnam en route to the Cleric Beast. Throw a Pebble to lure one out, then fight it one-on-one, being mindful to hop backwards before it attacks. If that doesn't work, melt 'em with Molotovs.
- Troll the Trolls: A Brick Troll can be a handful. Early in the game, don't mess around: Toss two Molotovs and be on your way. If you don't have that luxury, use lock on (click R3) and work your way around to its backside. Land a blow or two, then get out of the way.
- Stone's throw: In Central Yharnam, the Hunter mobs crowded around the fire pit can easily overwhelm you. Throw a Pebble to lure one away and deal with him Mano-y-mano.
- Cut corners: Explore the environment to find secret paths and routes, and be sure to unlock doors and gates to create shortcuts. When you need to return later to pick up your dropped Blood Echoes, shortcuts may be a big time saver!
- Watch the windows: Keep an eye out for illuminated lanterns near doors or windows. These signify that you can interact with an NPC inside. Some of these NPCs will issue side quests.