(spoilers about mid game Bloodborne)
When giantbomb first started covering the Souls games I loved watching them play, but I was way to afraid to play myself. But after much back and forth I did finally play Dark Souls 1, and oh my... it quickly turned into what I can only describe as an addiction.
Frustration, horror, patience and defeat upon defeat, but also so much joy. Joy in the discovery of lore and hidden secrets, thrill and adrenaline when killing a hard boss and interesting and fun builds to play with. I went from a strength character to a pure mage, there was so much to play with.Having skipped Dark Souls 2 I felt no fatigue going into DS3. It was a lot of callbacks, nostalgia, and lore follow-up from the earlier games. But besides the great bosses and world, I never found the lore as interesting as the first one. DS1 popped my Souls cherry, but it feels like there's more to it.
I enjoyed DS3s online, which added many hours to my total time, coop and fight clubs in particular. I think that was what made me truly prepared for... Bloodborne.
Eldritch horror in an alternate Victorian England, sign me up! I'm two years late to the party, but damn if it isn't still a great party (no online, non ps+ member). The world, weapons, clothing, characters, music, monster design, it's just so much to love! I especially appreciate how insight works, such an interesting mechanic.
The last boss I fought was Vicar Amelia. After everything I'd heard about her I thought she would thrash me for days, like a different clergy (or Pontiff if you like) most certainly did.
She died on my first try. I don't like boasting, but it was such a thrill to down her in one, my heart was racing! That fealing, that "high", is definitely among why I love this series.
I'm building a skill and arcane character, using the pimp Cain. Having played (among other builds) a pure pyromancer and sorcerer in the earlier games I'm hoping that I'll find some exciting use for arcane later on.
When I last played Cthulhus littler brother just snapped me off to somewhere sunny and frightening, a nightmare of some sort. Total cakewalk, right? This is so much fun.