BloodbornePSX demake reimagines the action RPG as a PlayStation 1 title, dithering and warping polygons included
Bloodborne is one of the most highly praised PlayStation exclusives in recent memory, and PC gamers have been clamoring for a port since its release. Finally, their prayers have been answered… sort of.
BloodbornePSX is a fan-made “demake” of the action RPG made to replicate a release on the original PlayStation (PSX). To be clear, the demake is a PC game and cannot be translated to the PSX, either physically or via emulation. This can only be played on Windows at the moment, though it does support controller input.
The demake currently encompasses only the first area of the game, Yharnam. However, the introductory cinematic is fully intact, rendered in glorious PSX-era polygons with all the jankiness and warping the console is infamous for.
There are a plethora of graphical options as well, including enabling dithering (another PSX staple), support for multiple resolutions, and a CRT filter that adds more than simple scanlines to the image.
The final effect is highly reminiscent of the early 3D worlds that graced the PSX, particularly early horror titles like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Menus for options, entering the player’s name, and choosing the initial starting statistics look like they were ripped right out of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The overall aesthetic is fantastic and looks like it could have been released in 1998.
The demake, which took 13 months to complete, is available for free from the developer’s (LWMedia) website. If you’ve got an itch to play Bloodborne with old-school polygons (or just really want to play the game on PC), head over LWMedia’s dedicated site and snag the 143 MB download.
Disclaimer: Sony, SCEA, and FromSoftware are not affiliated with Bloodborne PSX.