Lords of the Fallen features a starting class similar to that of Bloodborne
Lords of the Fallen embraces its inspirations without hesitation. It incorporates elements such as an Estus-like healing mechanic, bonfire equivalents...
Lords of the Fallen embraces its inspirations without hesitation. It incorporates elements such as an Estus-like healing mechanic, bonfire equivalents, and menus that strongly resemble those found in Dark Souls. However, its influences extend beyond FromSoftware's iconic series. Lords of the Fallen even features a starter class reminiscent of Bloodborne.
The available character choices in Lords of the Fallen include the conventional options: knight, barbarian, pyromancer, and, naturally, deprived (each with their unique names in the style of LotF). However, there is also the intriguing Blackfeather Ranger, described as a member of an esteemed group of rangers dedicated to safeguarding the forests of the fief of Kinrangr until a devastating curse, born out of sorrow, ravaged their homeland.
The attire worn by this ranger bears a striking resemblance to the iconic hunters in Bloodborne, although they also carry a shield. Instead of firearms, the ranger relies on a bow and arrows. However, it's worth noting that Bloodborne was not the original source of this aesthetic. The 2001 French film Brotherhood of the Wolf served as a significant inspiration for the look. While it's plausible that Lords of the Fallen may have drawn inspiration from the same film, considering its extensive borrowing from the Souls series and FromSoftware's other Souls-like games, Bloodborne appears to be the more probable influence.
Furthermore, the description of the ranger should not be overlooked. They are described as part of an "elite band" forced to abandon their homeland due to a "terrible curse." Although the details are vague, it's intriguing to speculate that this elite band in Lords of the Fallen could be akin to Bloodborne's Old Hunters, while the curse may be reminiscent of the affliction that transforms individuals into beasts.
There is even a possibility that this elite band resided in an antiquated Victorian-style town with a prominent, foreboding church in close proximity. Considering the relatively modern appearance of the outfit (at least when compared to the high-fantasy medieval setting), it is worth noting that the film from which it originates is set in the 18th century.
With the Blackfeather Ranger class, players have the opportunity to approach Lords of the Fallen with a playstyle reminiscent of Bloodborne. Upon entering the Umbral world through the lamp, your healing is not fully restored. Instead, the equivalent of Estus flasks replenishes only a portion of your health, while a grey bar represents the remaining portion. This grey bar can be refilled by engaging in combat with enemies, which might sound familiar, wouldn't you agree? By donning the Blackfeather Ranger attire and immersing yourself in the world of Umbral, which can be likened to having maximum insight, you can assume the role of a hunter who has unwittingly ventured into a realm that bears resemblance to Dark Souls, much like the enigmatic Marvelous Chester.
Additionally, we have the recently released Souls-like game, Lies of P, which unabashedly draws inspiration from Bloodborne. With both Lords of the Fallen and Lies of P, it's almost as if one can experience a similar gameplay experience to Bloodborne on PC. Perhaps, one day, that dream may become a reality.