Bloodborne: The Old Hunters on PS4
After a week of losing sleep and battling accursed bosses at four in the morning, I’ve done it. I’ve finally overcome the towering challenge that was Bloodborne: The Old Hunters.
Let’s get the essentials out of the way. Should you buy this expansion? If you’ve played through the base game of Bloodborne and absolutely loved it, the answer is a resounding “yes.” The Old Hunters offers re-imagined versions of two locations from the base game, along with another two additional areas we’ve never seen before. Along with that, the expansion also provides us with four challenging bosses, and one optional boss. However, perhaps the biggest reason for getting this expansion is the fact that it provides players with the toughest challenges we’ve encountered in Bloodborne yet.
Allow me to provide a little bit of context: I, like most other people, beat Bloodborne back when it came out earlier this year. I hopped into new game plus, messed around with the Cleric Beast and beat him, then left the game alone for a good 8 months until The Old Hunters dropped. The problem is, the new content in The Old Hunters has a level recommendation of 65 for those playing through a new game. As my character was already on new game plus, the enemies were significantly tougher, and so the level requirement was much higher, as well.
Even when I finally got my character up to an acceptable level (read: a level where I stopped getting embarrassingly whipped by the first boss), The Old Hunters doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to trying to kill you. Indeed, the very first enemy type you encounter is a hunter-like foe that wields weapons similar to yours. While they’re not quite as deadly as the hunter enemies from the base game, these guys have no qualms whatsoever about exploiting your unfamiliarity with their movesets to send you back to the Hunter’s Dream.
There are also full-fledged blood-addled hunters to fight in this expansion, and boy, are they scary. It’s absolutely terrifying to hear the cry of a human NPC and turn around to see a red-eyed madman swinging at you wildly with a dangerous weapon. It’s not all bad, though. Those new weapons you see these guys slinging around? You get to check them out, too.