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Bloodborne Official Artworks

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Unfortunately, this document is only aimed at people who have finished (all three endings of) the game. I was happy to finally get this artbook as Bloodborne is my favorite game of all time and served as my entry point to From Software's dark (and punishing) fantasy worlds. From Dark Souls to Elden Ring, each game had something new to offer me in terms of combat difficulty, fantasy settings and memorable bosses (I'm currently playing Sekiro, love the medieval Japanese setting).

Each chapter is mostly independent. The final one is pure speculation building on everything from the previous chapters. Great fan-made summary of Bloodborne’s more than meets the eye lore. So well researched that I could see someone getting a lot out of just reading this without ever having played the game. What a fascinatingly macabre world Miyazaki has created here and this book helps detail just how interesting and immersive it all is. If you are any sort of a fan of gothic or Victorian aesthetics you really need to play this game or read this book. Hell, even gameplay and explanation videos will captivate you even if that doesn’t sound appealing. The story is just that damn interesting. One of my favorite games ever and I’m still randomly learning more and more after all these years due to dedicated fans like this. Information that was always there, we just had to piece it together. There’s some speculation towards the very end on account of the author but a majority of the book contains well evidenced “facts” that can all be subtly found in the game.

I saw The Paleblood Hunt being recommended to people who finished the game and wanted to understand it more and I was not disappointed. It is a combination of an encyclopedia and speculative world-building. Each chapter presents the readers with "solid facts" -- pieces of dialogue or other knowledge that's explicitly in the game. And follows up with the author's interpretation of said facts, building a picture of what happened, who these beings were and why they did what they did. FromSoftware, Inc. is a Japanese video game development company founded in November 1986. The company is known primarily outside Japan for being the developers of the Armored Core and Souls series, as well as Bloodborne.

I have loved the game but missed pretty much everything about its history, characters, connections and the deeper lore (BB starts as a gothic horror game, but eventually turns into a fully-fledged cosmic horror).The worlds you traverse in From Software's titles are littered with items, enemies, corpses and so on, and it may seem as if they are all randomly placed, but nothing here is random. Everything is hand placed and tells just a little bit more of the world you're visiting and the story you're taking part in. This is the real reason why people hold games like Dark Souls in such a lofty regard. It isn't a bunch of morons wanking off the hard difficulty or anything like that; it's the fact that the story and world within has been crafted with such care and passion, the likes of which is very rarely seen in games, if at all. In the realm of fan theory and the investigative efforts and research required for its creation, the Paleblood Hunt is second to none. As someone who loves content like this (I was a huge fan of the Mass Effect Indoctrination Theory), I applaud Redgrave very much for his work in this masterpiece of a game.

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