Bless Unleashed Review (PlayStation 4)

Bless Unleashed Review (PlayStation 4)

Bless Unleashed is an open-world online game that can be enjoyed with your friends and countless others. Venture out to engage in intense combat while exploring vast regions and treacherous dungeons.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics.
  • 49.52GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Free to play.
  • HDR support.
  • Five character slots.
  • No PlayStation Plus subscription needed for online play.
  • Five character classes-Crusader, Berserker, Ranger, Mage, and Priest. Some classes allow you to pick a race and all allow you to be male or female characters.
  • Link your Namco account for a golden Mount.
  • In-depth character creator.
  • Multiple character slots.
  • ARPG MMO gameplay.
  • An opening tutorial segment with a boss fight.
  • Rebind controls.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity sliders.
  • Quests can be pinned to the menu, markers are displayed as beams of colored light.
  • Big epic enemies and boss encounters.
  • Full guild support.
  • Can see other players running around.
  • Much better loading times on the PlayStation 5.
  • Map-shows quests, points of interest, characters and you can mark your own pins on it.
  • Gather materials from the land.
  • Gorgeous locations.
  • Shortcut menu to show all current events and buffs that are active on the server.
  • Teleport posts-discover these to use fast travel.
  • Cool intro scene when entering a new area.
  • Soul Pyre- interact with this to salvage items, sit and share food, cook, or change blessing.
  • Can revive other players even if you are not grouped up.
  • Full quest management system.
  • You go down but not out and can use scrolls to heal or wait to be revived or choose a respawn.
  • Full character sheet showing level, exp, stats, ranks for battlefield and arena along with gear score and rune management.
  • Decent soundtrack.
  • Season pass-bless pass which has a free and a premium tier of rewards.
  • Stamina system for rolling.
  • Handy lock-on button for combat.
  • Bag merchants-they have repeatable quests where you can expand the size of your bag.
  • Metropolitan pipes-fast travels between parts of a city or two quickly.
  • Shops for everything from weapons, armor, potions to upgrading gear, mixing dyes, and crafting materials.
  • Inventory is pretty straightforward as all gear is broken down into sections and has a handy icon when new items are in them.
  • The hot bar is used for potions, misc, and lunchbox can be quickly navigated with the d-pad.
  • Fishing-quite in-depth as you have to have a rod, reel, and line. The act of fishing is a mini-game in the vein of a quick time event.
  • Satisfying pop-ups when discovering new teleports or fires.
  • Mailbox-retrieve any mail. You will get an envelope icon on the screen when you have mail.
  • In-game cutscenes.

Bless Unleashed Review (PlayStation 4)

Cons:

  • A lot to take in all the time.
  • Menus are so vast it’s overwhelming.
  • Combat is very button-mashy.
  • Busy screen.
  • Enemies respawn back almost instantly.
  • The gathering takes an age.
  • So much is going on it’s hard to knuckle down.
  • No way to rotate the camera.
  • When crafting it always has a splash screen on completion and slows it all down.
  • Just a sea of menus and sub-menus.
  • Not the best game to get back into after a break.

Bless Unleashed Review (PlayStation 4)

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.4/10

Summary

For me Bless Unleashed felt like every other MMO except for it was definitely one of the better-looking games on the market. I say it felt like every other MMO but the truth is I haven’t played that many, I just found I unlocked the same activities I do in the other ones and it’s very fetch quest happy. The story seemed good but the mission manager wasn’t the easiest and I would do a side mission thinking it was the story and it wasn’t and vice versa. That’s basically what I think of Bless Unleashed, it’s a game where the true battle is played out in layer upon layer of menus and systems at play. Crafting looked really simple but it wasn’t, fishing is easy to learn Controls but everything else sucks. I wanted to play the game as the combat is just as bombastic and over the top as any other game but the actual game made it hard to penetrate. I loved just wandering around and fucking shit up with my magic powers but it was such an enslaught of information that I never knew why I was doing what I was doing and I didn’t much care. Bless Unleashed is stylish as hell mind and if you can put the time in then it will repay you with so much content but I just wish it would make it easier in new players.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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