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Bloodborne's launch for the PS4 has mostly been a positive one. The game has been receiving some mighty high scores from critics and fans, but there's one minor problem holding the game back: loading times.
In a statement to IGN, Sony revealed that Bloodborne's loading times were under investigation:
The development team is currently exploring another patch for Bloodborne, seeking ways to improve load time duration, in addition to other performance optimisations and miscellaneous bug fixes. [...] We will provide more information as soon as possible.
If the biggest problem to come out of Bloodborne's launch is a few lengthy load times, that's actually pretty good. And once From Software patches the problem, gamers will be even more complimentary.
One user in IGN's comment section named SP_Mantequilla mentioned that the game's load times were already significantly reduced after the day one patch:
The day one patch slightly improved the load times. Before the game launch when I was watching on Twitch, I counted up to between 40 secs to 1 minute, but now it takes 20 to 30 secs. Not really a big deal. I don't feel detracted from the game, and I've died a lot.
Based on the Metacritic scores, the game is far from broken. As we reported earlier, the general consensus is that Bloodborne is one of the PS4's best games (along with Resogun).
The third-person, hack-and-slash action-RPG is similar to Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, insofar as the game is designed to be uncompromisingly difficult and involves being killed over and over again.
From Software has always prided itself on the difficulty of its games, offering players plenty of weapons – or in the case of Bloodborne, upgrades and Blood Gems – to even the odds. But it still takes a lot of skill, patience and determination to overcome the odds.
The game itself is about a hunter traveling to a mysterious town who soon finds himself battling against the forces of darkness using brutal, gruesome methods. Sony and From Software had a video covering the game's weapon customization setup, as well as a few details on how the Blood currency worked in the game.
While some aspects of the game seemed a little too one-track for my tastes (such as the limitations on the weapon selection and the somewhat repetitive combat mechanics), it still appears to be one of the games that really helps the PS4 shine.
You can pick up a digital or physical copy of Bloodborne right now on the PS4. Hopefully, the loading time patch will arrive soon.