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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Bloodborne (2015) is a fighting game where you defeat monsters in demanding combat. As you navigate the labyrinthine levels, you use weapons, which can transform between fast-paced and weak and slower but more powerful forms, to attack, dodge, and parry enemies. It stands out from other Souls-like games for its unique weapon system, Lovecraftian setting, and attack systems that let you slowly regenerate health.

Set in the dark, gothic city of Yharnam, where blood rituals and ceremonies are commonplace, you play a mysterious hunter. You travel the city, searching for a cure for a supernatural plague at the behest of a strange old man. As you explore, you learn of the Healing Church and its dark deeds that threaten to lead to the world's doom.

Play focuses on defeating enemies in fast-paced melee combat. Fights are extremely difficult, sometimes seeming near impossible, requiring you to precisely time attacks, parries, and dodges to ensure survival. You can transform your weapons between a state where they attack quickly but deal less damage and a state that's slower but heavy-hitting. If you get hit by an enemy, if you deal damage right away, you can regain some of the health you lost, encouraging you to take risks and keep fights quick. As you play you unlock new weapons and skills to make your character more powerful.

The result is a game where the fun comes from the challenge of overcoming the immense difficulty that stacks the odds against you; learning to master your abilities and perfect your strategy for each new fight is extremely rewarding.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Bloodborne 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Bloodborne. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Narrative and Role-Play elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. You can invite up to three other players to fight alongside you against the enemies you face. Other players can also invade your game and try to kill you unless you find the item required to stop them.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 23 hours and 55 hours to complete. You can easily spend hours fighting to get past each boss enemy, repeatedly dying and having to try again. Due to it's sheer difficulty, many never even finish the main quest.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Moderate Violence. The violence during the gameplay is fairly mild with characters hacking, slashing and shooting at each other with little physical response to these attacks, however, copious amounts of blood effects are shown. More detailed violence can be found in the cut scenes, in particular the intro, when human-like characters are slashed, stabbed, and shot with realistic consequences. During gameplay, fallen corpses will remain visible in order to affect a sense of realism which can impact on the overall game rating.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The game is very hard and requires perfect reactions and reflexes, as well as determination and persistence in the face of overwhelming challenges. The larger enemies do make attacks easier to read than other Souls games.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Bloodborne usually costs £15.99.


PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99 Free

PS Plus Extra

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
You can buy a piece of extra content called The Old Hunters, which provides a new area to explore filled with new enemies and encounters to overcome, as well as a continuation of the story. The Game of the Year Edition of the game comes with this extra content. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/03/2015

Out Now: PS4

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Narrative and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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