Welcome to The Nightmare: Bloodborne’s High Art Horror
~ essay on Bloodborne (2015), the ultimate in action-horror role-playing.
Shortly after my journey through the Lands Between, I entered the nightmare world of Bloodborne (2015) due to some friendly recommendations. With it, FromSoftware’s transcendent Souls action-RPG formula shifted into the realm of gothic horror and cosmicism. Much like Elden Ring (2022), the game is a triumph — and has instantly become one of my favorites. From the twisted environment and visceral gameplay, to the music and the characters and the deep, dark l o r e — Bloodborne is a visionary masterpiece. It’s no wonder, 7 years on, the PS4 exclusive title still trends on Twitter and harbors a cult of die-hards.
Here, I have shared some thoughts on my own experience in Yharnam, no less severe in its die-hardiness.