Bloodborne vs. Dark Souls III

Bloodborne vs. Dark Souls III

2 of FromSoftware's best compete

A.J. Maciejewski

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FromSoftware started the Souls-like genre over a decade ago so let's revisit a couple of their masterpieces and see which one wins.

Photo of Bloodborne and Dark Souls III for PS4
Just looking at the boxes makes me want to play both of these games all over again

Gameplay

Bloodborne took the classic Dark Souls action RPG formula and made it much more visceral and action-packed with impressively streamlined combat that utilizes melee and firearm weapons. Its tug-of-war mechanic where you can gain some health by quickly attacking whenever you take damage is incredibly satisfying. Plus, there's nothing quite like staggering your foes with a gun then slashing them up until they go back to the hell that they crawled out of. Meanwhile, Dark Souls III plays like other games in the series with a few enhancements. Using focus points to unleash awesome abilities and experimenting with the vast assortment of weapons and their skills makes for an enjoyable time. All of that being said, Bloodborne deserves to win this category for being as unique and satisfying as it is.

Worlds

When I started playing Bloodborne, I was blown away by its setting. The immersive atmosphere makes it feel like you're playing through an actual nightmare with organic environments, hideous enemies, and unspeakable abominations lurking around unexpected corners. The fact that the distinct areas throughout its game world actually change and become more terrifying as you progress is downright mind-blowing. Witnessing giant monstrosities suddenly appear and visiting your home base only to see that it's now on fire for some reason will send shivers down your spine. On the other hand, Dark Souls III definitely features more variety although many of its locales feel too similar to other games in the series. Probably the coolest area is an underground cave where a massive worm terrorizes you with blasts of lightning. You can probably already tell but I'll say it anyway; Bloodborne has the better game world by a substantial margin.

Bloodborne screenshot
Bloodborne manages to be both disturbing and captivating from start to finish

Character customization

One aspect that I love about most FromSoftware games is the ability to customize your character and make them fit your play style. Many gamers even enjoy dressing up as distinctly as they can although I merely stick to configuring my character so I'm more comfortable with how they perform in battle. Anyway, Bloodborne definitely doesn't feature as many options as Dark Souls III as it has far fewer weapons and armour pieces. However, Bloodborne's weapons are indeed cooler because they can transform and you can change how they handle in mid-battle. Even with that aspect in play, there's no question that Dark Souls III boasts much more rewarding customization.

DLC

Both games have such notable expansion packs that I figured I'd include a section just for them. The Old Hunters DLC in Bloodborne is kind of like a 3-in-1 bundle in that it includes 3 unique areas. You'll end up fighting 5 memorable bosses throughout them with the final one being one of the toughest bosses that you'll ever face. Dark Souls III's Ashes of Ariandel DLC is very underrated as I found the winter wastelands in The Painted World of Ariandel to be breathtaking and the fight with the Greatwolf was a treat. Next, The Ringed City DLC is a much more linear offering complete with plenty of controller-throwing scenarios. They really went all-out to create the most difficult areas and final boss in the entire franchise. Anyway, Dark Souls III wins here as it offers more remarkable additional adventures.

Dark Souls III screenshot
This dude from Dark Souls III still gives me nightmares

Although these 2 FromSoftware masterpieces are must-play games, I have to pick a winner which is...

Winner Bloodborne

I absolutely love both Bloodborne and Dark Souls III but whenever I think about these epic games, I always want to dive back into the nightmarish world of Bloodborne first. It may be an incredibly frustrating and cryptic game at times yet it manages to stay mysteriously captivating enough to make you want to keep playing even when you have no idea what's going on.

That's just my opinion. Agree? Disagree? Vote now!

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