New Gamer Nation:
From Software’s Bloodborne was a title that I enjoyed greatly earlier this year. The shift from fluted armor and dragons to cosmic Eldritch horror, the avoidance of lumbering rolls in favor of greased lightning dodges, and the effective removal of shields all seemed to cohesively reflect a new design ethos: face your fears, and react quickly to them. Bloodborne’s new expansion, The Old Hunters, stays true to this formula, and offers up some of the best twisted atmosphere and tense combat that has come out of From – but it’s also wildly uneven, disappointingly shallow, and accentuates the flaws of the base game. If you’re a die-hard fan who’s still running chalice dungeons 8 months after release, The Old Hunters will definitely offer some new weapons to swing around, and new bosses to swing them against. But if your copy of Bloodborne has been collecting dust, The Old Hunters’ limited content and high asking price fail to provide enough incentive to jump into Yharnam again.