Bloodborne, spiritual successor to games of legendary difficulty like Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, provides a serious challenge even to hardcore gamers. While beating the game normally is reason enough for gamers to pat themselves on the back, some take it a step further.
For example, one gamer used glitches to beat Bloodborne in less than an hour, while another defeated the game without ever leveling. However, one Twitch streamer has taken these feats a step further by defeating the game while using an unusual game controller.
Twitch streamer Bearzly has made a name for himself by streaming playthroughs of a variety of games while using what he referred to as “terrible controllers”, and now Bloodborne has joined the ranks. Bearzly played Bloodborne using a Xbox 360 Rock Band Fender Stratocaster controller, and actually finished the entire game.
His entire “Guitarborne” playthrough can be found on his Twitch channel, and his attempts to defeat the Shadows of Yharnam can be seen in the video above. The skill with which he takes down each of the shadows is admirable, especially considering how difficult the fight can be with a normal controller.
For some gamers, simply beating a game isn’t enough of a challenge all on its own, and these efforts aren’t limited to Bloodborne. Gamers have previously embarked on outlandish self-imposed challenges like beating The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time while blindfolded, defeating games using a Dance Dance Revolution dance pad, or completing Ninja Gaiden II on Master Ninja difficulty without taking any damage. With the popularity of Twitch streaming continuing to rise amongst gamers, chances are this is far from the last intense challenge Bloodborne players will attempt.
Playing a game as difficult as Bloodborne with a crazy self-imposed challenge tacked on top of it definitely isn’t for everyone, but it is a lot of fun to watch other players put themselves through it. These streamers appeal to us both because of the awe-inspiring skill and determination involved, but probably also because of the schadenfreude we feel when they fail repeatedly.
Some may not see the point in challenges like these, though. Why torture yourself over playing a game in a way it was never meant to be played when you could move on and master a new game instead?
Bloodborne is currently available on the Playstation 4.