Bloodborne is one of my favorite games ever made, I love it so much that I got a tattoo of the Hunter’s Mark on my forearm. All I have wanted is for From Software to either remaster the game or make a sequel. However, with the success of Elden Ring and surprise masterpiece that is Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon, I have doubt that Bloodborne will ever get the revisit that it deserves.

Just when I thought all hope had been lost, Lies of P was announced and released. This game was clearly made people who feel the same way I do, and who possess the ability to even outshine From Software in several aspects. Lies of P is the Bloodborne sequel we have been waiting for.

Clocking in at about 30 hours for a first play though, this adventure spans across 11 chapters that take you all over the city of Krat. The amount of different areas, enemy types, and bosses keep this game feeling fresh throughout. Exploration is always rewarded with new weapons, items, quest lines, and lore. Players familiar with Dark Souls/Bloodborne storytelling will find this story much more digestible, while also finding it heart wrenching and fascinating how the developers were able to make the tale of Pinocchio so fitting for a video game like this.

Combat will also feel extremely familiar to Souls fans, but they have made their own choices that make it unique. With the two part weapon system, your options are much more vast than other games of this style. You can really carve out your own niche with this weapon customization to make a tool that fits your build perfectly.

I could go on and on regarding what this game does to improve/innovate on the Souls formula. This would be the part where I list my issues with the game’s design, but I honestly can’t think of any criticism to give it. Very rarely do we get a game as mechanically sound as this one.

Bloodborne 2 is the game that I’m constantly holding my breath for when Sony holds any kind of State of Play, and that will likely continue to be the case forever. With the release of Lies of P, I finally feel content. While From Software will likely never touch that universe again, Lies of P has filled the Bloodborne 2 sized hole in my heart.

This is the kind of game that reminds me just how much I love this hobby.

Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023