As the first game in Dark Souls’ lineage that doesn’t actually have “Souls” in its name, you might expect Bloodborne to be a little different — and you’d be right. Dark Souls, this is not.
With that in mind, even veteran Souls players are going to need some help starting out in Bloodborne. From Software has altered the very DNA of its punishing and rewarding signature formula, and you’re going to have to adjust the way you approach the developers’ newest dark, twisted world.
If you’re new to the series entirely, this applies triple — and you’ll need a lot of luck besides to progress in Bloodborne. So before Digital Trends’ full Bloodborne review goes live at a later date, check out these tips and explanations to help ease you into the world of Yharnam and beyond.
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