5 Reasons You Don’t Need a Bloodborne PC Release

Discover why PC gamers are already spoiled for choice.

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  • Dark Souls III offers a similar dark and challenging experience.
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice provides unique combat and stealth mechanics.
  • Nioh 2 combines fast-paced combat with extensive customization.
  • Hollow Knight, albeit a 2D platformer, perfectly captures the essence of challenging gameplay.
  • Elden Ring, the latest hit, offers an expansive and immersive world.
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For years, fans have clamored for a Bloodborne PC release, hoping to experience the hauntingly beautiful world of Yharnam with enhanced graphics and smoother gameplay. However, as much as we love Bloodborne, the truth is, PC gamers already have access to plenty of titles that scratch the same gaming itch – albeit without satisfying the ‘exclusivity’ factor that Bloodborne continues to maintain.

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Here are five reasons why a Bloodborne PC release isn’t as necessary as you might think!

Reason #1: Dark Souls III (2016)

A screenshot from Dark Souls III showing a knight with a shield facing a dragon that is breathing fire in a gothic, castle-like environment.
Facing a fiery dragon in Dark Souls III | Image via FromSoftware

Dark Souls III, another well-known masterpiece from Hidetaka Miyazaki and FromSoftware, offers a dark and challenging experience that is quite similar to Bloodborne. With its intricate level design, hard-core combat, and deep lore, Dark Souls III provides a satisfying alternative. The game’s gothic atmosphere and relentless difficulty will make any Bloodborne fan feel right at home.

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The interconnected world design and sense of accomplishment after defeating a tough boss are reminiscent of what made Bloodborne so popular. Plus – credit where it’s due – the PC modding community has developed numerous enhancements and tweaks for the game, guaranteeing that Dark Souls III remains fresh and engaging for years to come!

Reason #2: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (2019)

A scene from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice showing the protagonist leaping towards an enemy with an axe, surrounded by autumn leaves on a bridge.
Intense combat in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice | Image via FromSoftware

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, also directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, takes a different approach—focusing on precise combat and stealth mechanics. While it deviates from the gothic horror of Bloodborne, it offers a unique and equally rewarding experience. The game’s emphasis on timing and strategy, combined with its beautiful world inspired by Japanese mythology, makes it a must-play for any FromSoftware enthusiast.

Sekiro’s combat system, which revolves around posture and deflection, adds yet another layer of challenge that requires players to master a new set of skills. The story, steeped in Japanese folklore, and the stunning visuals make Sekiro a standout title that can easily fill the void left by Bloodborne’s absence for the PC master race.

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Reason #3: Nioh 2 (2020)

A scene from Nioh 2 where a warrior confronts a giant, glowing-eyed serpent-like boss in a dark, mystical setting.
The dreaded ‘Yatsu-No-Kami’ giant serpent boss of Nioh 2 | Image via Team Ninja

Nioh 2, developed by Team Ninja, is another excellent alternative. This action RPG combines fast-paced combat with extensive customization and a rich, supernatural storyline. Its challenging gameplay and intricate mechanics are reminiscent of Bloodborne, but it also introduces unique elements like Yokai Skills and a more extensive loot system, providing a fresh yet familiar experience.

Nioh 2’s setting in a war-torn, demon-infested Japan offers a different kind of dark fantasy that is equally compelling. The game’s character creation and extensive skill trees allow for a highly personalized experience, ensuring that no two playthroughs are the same. After all, what good is a Bloodborne substitute if it lacks replayability?

Reason #4: Hollow Knight (2017)

A screenshot from Hollow Knight showing the main character facing a giant insect-like creature in a dark, eerie environment.
Hollow Knight’s beautifully mysterious art style | Image via Team Cherry

Hollow Knight, despite being a 2D metroidvania, captures the essence of challenging gameplay and atmospheric storytelling that Bloodborne fans crave. Its vast, interconnected world, filled with secrets and tough enemies, offers hours of exploration and combat. The game’s beautiful hand-drawn art and haunting soundtrack add to its appeal, making it a viable alternative to Bloodborne.

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The emphasis on exploration in Hollow Knight, as well as the intricate map design, creates a sense of discovery that any Bloodborne fan seeks in their next adventure. Furthermore, the game’s numerous updates and expansions have added even more content, making it a rich and rewarding experience for those who enjoy immersing themselves in dark, mysterious worlds.

Reason #5: Elden Ring (2022)

A scene from Elden Ring where a mounted warrior faces the Wormface field boss in a forest with autumn leaves.

You guessed it! Elden Ring, the latest offering from Hidetaka Miyazaki and FromSoftware (that makes three!), has taken the gaming world by storm. With its expansive open world, deep lore, and challenging combat, it builds on the legacy of Bloodborne and other Souls games. Elden Ring’s success and critical praise are perfect indicators that FromSoftware continues to innovate and deliver exceptional experiences, making it a perfect choice for those longing for a new adventure.

The game’s collaboration with George R.R. Martin has resulted in an incredibly detailed world that is both vast and immersive. Elden Ring’s open-world design (and the secrets hidden within) allows for unprecedented freedom in exploration and gameplay, making sure that players can approach challenges in a variety of ways. This flexibility, combined with the familiar difficulty and rewarding combat, makes Elden Ring a must-play for any fan of FromSoftware’s previous titles.

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Dark Souls III, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Nioh 2, Hollow Knight, and Elden Ring are all available to purchase on Steam.

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Written by Soumyajit Mukherjee

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Soumyajit (ign: LockDown) is a die-hard PC gamer with a passion for competitive FPS games, having played Rainbow Six Siege at a competitive level in the past. For nearly two years, he has turned his love for gaming and writing into a profession, delivering the latest gaming news and guides to his readers. And when he is not writing or dominating the lobby in Call of Duty or Valorant, you can find him in theaters watching the latest comic book films or binge-watching anime and thriller flicks!