RE: Mitchell and Bloodborne, and a well done for continuing. For these type of games, a slow and cautious style is the best way to do this – as trying to quickly get through a level is either going to get you killed or miss out on some sort of helpful item or secret.
I find in these games I forget how much easier the first walkthrough is. It’s hard, but then you start New Game+ and then ++ and keep getting slapped about by some bosses you ought to be killing quickly by now.
I found that in Bloodborne in particular the arcane/magic was not that effective at all on bosses, unlike Demon’s/Dark Souls games. And maybe for the first time I had to literally take out bosses with more melee than the other From Software games. Hardly any of the bosses had many easy killing tactics. And as for the seven Chalice Dungeons I had to get through to defeat Yharnam the Phtumerian Queen for the hardest trophy in the game, I was absolutely exhausted.
The bosses I defeated on the way were just some of the toughest foes I have ever fought in games, and it took so many hours to get through all the necessary dungeons for the trophy. When I came out of this section of the game I was a much harder and skilled person. My character level was more than doubled and with two more playthroughs to do to get all ending trophies, which will unlock the Platinum, I was chuffed. But still with a massive hurdle in the way of my goal and still no quick way to kill a lot of the harder bosses.
Eventually, after many still tough boss battles (the game does not let up), I defeated the Wet Nurse and as the game’s end bosses did not need to be defeated again, due to the way that I worked out the best order to get the three different endings.
So yes, I finally unlocked the platinum and I was drained. But with the adrenaline still flowing through my veins. To be honest, I felt chuffed with the awesome quickness you had to be and so very dexterous also, that I had to be a good gamer! So I YouTubed battles of other players and they just seemed to be better again, with a much more amazing dodging technique than I could master. Plus, they were better at shooting to stun for a visceral attack. Ah well, I must have been good enough to get the platinum, which is all I cared about.
The story does not end there either, because a few days later I had an email from Sony giving me a code to redeem a special exclusive Bloodborne desktop with an awesome Bloodborne background. And by heck it looks good. ‘Claim your reward Bold Hunter’ it says. ‘Only Hunters who have won the Platinum Trophy can garb their home screen in the trappings of the hunt. Congratulations – the Platinum Hunter PlayStation®4 Theme is yours.’ How cool is that? Something I can say is very suitable and a great looking prize for all the many hours of hard gaming over the last three months, thanks From Software – it’s been a pleasure.
I think I’ll play something else now and do the Old Hunters DLC later in the year, as I am Bloodborned out now.