My Favourite Video Game is a guest feature from bands and artists where we set them a simple task… tell us about your favourite video game. In this feature drummer Vin from dark rock/alternative band The Last Martyr took up the mantle and you can read all about his choice below.
I guess my favourite video game has changed over the years. I grew up playing Sonic on the SEGA Megadrive and then there was that time I was really obsessed with the entire half-life franchise. Also, not my proudest endeavour but I have gotten into countless arguments with randoms on Overwatch for a good part of my adult life. All that being said, the one game that has continually drawn me back in since the first time I played it back in 2015, has to be FromSoftware’s Bloodborne.
Bloodborne is a 3rd person action RPG set in a pseudo 1800s old English-esk town called Yharnam, which is sprawling with gothic architecture and a sense of eerie calm.
The plot starts off simple enough, the townsfolk have been experimenting with cursed blood as a form of medicine that can cure ailments. Surprise surprise! It corrupts everyone and turns them into beasts. As a hunter, armed with a badass steampunk shotgun and what looks like a guitar sized cut-throat razor, you make your way through the town, purging the infected. Little do you know that a much more sinister scheme at the hands of four opposing factions and ancient god-like beings awaits as you dive through each level, drenched in the blood of beasts you’ve slain.
Similar to its Dark Souls counterparts, Bloodborne in many ways is a test of humanity. The punishing combat system requires you to strike, dodge and parry at just the right times. Going in too early or being greedy with the amount of damage you dish out results in a humbling death at the hands of the most basic ghouls in the game. Getting killed by your own stupidity is also something that every Bloodborne player knows all too well. For all its frustrations, nothing beats the wave of bliss that fills your soul after you stagger the blood starved beast and put her down on attempt 19.
There’s something about this game that keeps me coming back every couple of years. It could be the rich lore that seems to reveal more of itself with every playthrough or the triumph of knowing that your reflexes are still sharp every time you dodge a swipe from a burling demon. Either way, Bloodborne is a game that I highly recommend you get your hands on because the joy of playing it is something that I can’t do justice with my words. It’s something you have to experience for yourself to truly understand.