"You have to incorporate it into your strategy of how you play and fight."
If you favour a more defensive stance in games, you may opt to use a shield, giving your character that extra layer of protection. In From Software's PS4 exclusive Bloodborne you'll be able to use those hardened safety blankets, but don't be hiding behind them all the time.
Speaking to IGN Sony Japan Studio producer Masaaki Yamagiwa said, "“If you’re always standing back and guarding, you’ll die very quickly.
"So you have to incorporate it into your strategy of how you play and fight.
“We wanted to encourage players to not hide and wait, but instead be more aggressive and pro-active in battle.”
So there, you've heard it direct from the horses mouth, so to speak, don't be cowardly hiding with that shield of yours or you'll end up getting wrecked.
Bloodborne is due for release on 24th March in the US and 25th March in Europe on PS4.