When we started our monthly Game Club, we had some restrictions set in place. We wanted to cast the widest net and open up availability of the selected title to the biggest potential audience. We wanted to keep the cost of the game under $15, and we wanted it to be multiplatform so that everyone had a chance to play it.

This month, we’re going with something different. Our selection is only available on one platform, and it is at full retail cost. For October 2015, we’re playing FromSoftware’s Bloodborne.

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As the month begins and nature begins to die, we want you to die too, a lot. Bloodborne was first released on March 24, 2015 for the PlayStation 4. It continues in tradition with previous Hidetaka Miyazaki games such as Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, providing an incredibly punishing experience that rewards the patient and talented. You won’t find solace within this world, save for that that you create for yourself.

Unlike previous games that gave birth to this spiritual successor, Bloodborne is set in the Gothic world of Yharnam. The game draws inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft and novels like Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The developers have claimed to draw real-world inspiration for the world from locations such as Romania.

Bloodborne puts the player in the role of a hunter, tossed into Yharnam on the night of the hunt as the city is riddled with diseased inhabitants searching to kill everything and everyone. The goal of the game is to destroy the origin of the plague and escape the nightmare, returning to the “Waking World.”

The game is filled with an incredible amount of lore and background, although most of it is saved for only the most astute of observers. There are countless secrets and paths throughout the game, and the world within Bloodborne feels alive and massive.

As someone originally prudent when considering the title, I found myself quickly falling in love with Bloodborne despite the amount of time spent retreading areas after sudden death. Those fearing this world should, but maybe not enough to keep you out of it entirely.

I hope you’ll be joining us this October for the hunt. Bloodborne is one of the best games of the year and definitely one of the best games for PlayStation 4 right now. Whether you’ve made Father Gascoigne scream with a music box  or you have no idea what that means, now is the time to sink yourself into the world of Bloodborne.

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Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day. He has a disorder that causes him to believe that he is Batman and his favorite video game is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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