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access_time March 11, 2015 at 12:17 PM in Features by Tyler Colp

Bloodborne review says it only has 12 weapons in the first 40 hours – fans are upset


Edge magazine just released its early review-like cover story on From Software’s Bloodborne. The article resembles a traditional review sans numerical score, which the magazine says it coming in the next issue. Almost all of it sounds good for people looking forward to the next Souls-like game, but one specific thing has some fans confused and others upset.

The article states that in the 40 hours the reviewer played the game, he or she has only found 12 weapons. This number might not be shocking alone, but it is when you consider the amount of weapons you’d find in the same amount of time in Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Dark Souls 2: a lot more than 12.

There’s a few things to note though.

1. Bloodborne has different mechanics.

Each of the six melee weapons could technically function like two, so the six melee weaons could actually be closer to 12. Also, enemies and chests don’t contain armor or weapons anymore, so the chance to get new ones is a lot less.

2. Bloodborne is a different game.

There’s a reason it’s not a sequel or titled something Souls. Maybe the 12 weapons are incredibly nuanced and unique and make up for not having more. Who knows? The game isn’t out yet and it’s going to be hard to tell.

3. Edge might have had some restrictions on the article.

Typically, outlets that get to review games this early have some limitations on what they can write. Maybe Edge didn’t include revealing new screenshots and talk about much outside of what we already because it can’t yet. It’s another unknown that’s worth considering.

4. The reviewer could have missed a lot

This happens all the time. Reviewers have to rush through games and may not find all their secrets. Maybe the Edge reviewer missed out on a bunch of weapons or chose not to spend his or her currency on buying new ones.

5. You haven’t played it.

Games like Bloodborne are fueled by so much hype and excitement. Anything to break that illusion gets people upset. It’s understandable that a big expensive game should be worth your time, but there’s definitely an argument for waiting until it’s actually available to everyone. There will be tons of people offering their impressions of the game through text and video. If you look, there will be ways to figure out if it’s good or not.

Or, you could play it and decide. Judging from the review, Bloodborne sounds like a game worth playing. But that says nothing about if it will be a bummer to hardcore fans of the Souls games. So much about games comes clear as you play them. Maybe we should wait until more people are playing it to decide.

Correction: The reviewer found 12 weapons: six guns and six melee weapons. The article has been corrected.


  • Lujo March 11, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    People can be such an idiots because they conclude too early. From GAF :


    “Skip to 3:50 in that video(Beware it spoils the Hub Area). Youll notice 3 slots above where the weapon stats and scaling are. Im assuming this is what will indicate what kind of upgrade you have on your weapon. Watching a bit further when the player equips the weapons shows those slots filled in with a sort of picture. Possibly indicating what goes where.

    I think weapon customization will be a big thing. Especially if we can put 3 different modifiers on 1 weapon.”

    So, even if you find 6 cold weapons and 6 guns in first 40 hours, there will be various combinations and cold weapons customization.

    AND THIS :

    Miyazaki: “What is it like to become a beast?”

    Beast transformation?

    • Lobselvith March 12, 2015 at 2:53 AM

      I for one think the info they are giving is far too nonspecific, we don’t know how much #Edge explored,
      In that 40 hours, and if they where rushing through the game or not.
      “just a thought”
      They could have been playing a none finalized build of the game also, that doesn’t have weapon drops turned on.

      But we all know there is a day one patch, so maybe the patch will turn on a few things not just Chalice Dungeon.

      also Chalice Dungeon should have a few more weapons for us to find.
      so there is that.

  • […] Bloodborne might have the same look and feel as previous Souls games, but it is different. EDGE has published their review of the game in the latest issue, and the reviewer stated the game only has around 12 weapons in the first 40 hours of gameplay. There could have been some weapons missed throughout their journey, but that is far fewer in the amount of time spent than previous Souls games. However, weapons do have dual functions, so that plays a part in weapon diversity and strategy. Bloodborne launches exclusively for PS4 on March 24th. Via: GotGame […]

  • Benx March 12, 2015 at 2:14 AM

    Whatever they say about this game,I’m still getting my copy,already Pre-ordered the Standard Edition,forgive me but I just don’t trust game reviewers now a day,its much better if you research the game by yourself,its like whatever Sony exclusive games is coming out people tent to criticize it,is this a new trend?

  • Truth March 12, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Everything $0N¥ touches turns to sh*t. They now caused the gimping of the awesome Souls games for the casual N00BS.
    Poor dying $0N¥, lies, overhype and underdeliver.

    • Aeser March 12, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      That’s an incredible stupid comment. How did they gimp the souls series?

      Wow, “casual noobs,” how dumb can you be?

      • Aeser March 12, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        On top of everything, what makes you believe they’re dying? You do realize their making profits right?

    • Souls March 13, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Dark Souls 2 is the one that was created with casuals in mind. Miyazaki Souls games are the real deal….

  • ser March 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    This is Sony’s last AAA game for this year already now Uncharted has been moved to 2016 so it needs to be good and so far I’m not that impressed, to much hack and slash and I don’t know why but everything about it reminds me of a Free to play game that would go fairly unnoticed if it were a PC game.
    I hope I’m wrong but I’m certainly not pre ordering will wait and see.

    • Rousku March 14, 2015 at 6:40 AM

      Ser if you have played the souls series you know that its more than hack and slash. Not many games offer such difficult level and the feeling of success when you kill the boss after died 25 times and still you want go on playing. I think sony don t let us down with this game.

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