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  • Summary: You are Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.

    * Exploration: Bloodstained's story unfolds as you explore
    You are Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your skin. You must battle your way through a demon-filled castle summoned by Gebel, your old friend whose body has become more crystal than flesh.

    * Exploration: Bloodstained's story unfolds as you explore Gebel's hellish castle; a sprawling structure that features a variety of locations. As you explore the massive castle you'll find warp gates that will allow you to travel quickly without having to backtrack too much.
    * RPG Elements: It's not an Igavania without leveling, and Bloodstained will be no exception. In addition to the classic elements everyones come to expect, enemies in Bloodstained will drop a wide variety of items, materials, and magi-crystals necessary to create the items that will get you safely through Gebels castle.
    * Crafting: As you explore, fight enemies, and complete quests you will gain experience and become more powerful, acquiring a variety of weapons along the way. Enemies will also drop materials you can use to craft new weapons and abilities using Miriam's training in alchemy.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jun 25, 2019
    100
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is as close to perfect as fans of metroidvania games could hope for. Exploration is absolutely a blast; the enemies are as enjoyable to kill as they are creative, and aspects such as backtracking and grinding are actually fun. Plus, plenty of other game modes await after the final boss is slain, such as Boss Rush. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has enough to keep gamers hooked for nights on end, and it’s only going to get bigger as time goes on.
  2. Jul 11, 2019
    90
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the best love letter to Castlevania addicted. Created by the programmer, director and producer from titles like Simon’s Quest, Vampire’s Kiss and Symphony of the Night, Koji Igarashi, the game finally arrives to home consoles and PC after a successful crowdfunding campaign, but also a troubled development. Thankfully, the wait was definitely worth and we finally have a huge game, with deep combat and craft systems and loads of game modes. This is without any doubts one of the best Metroidvania of the year and a great Castlevania spiritual successor.
  3. Jun 23, 2019
    89
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the Castlevania that fans deserve.
  4. Jun 25, 2019
    85
    Is Bloodstained better for me than the Castlevania template? Probably it fails very close because Symphony of the Night keeps a very special nostalgic place in my heart.
  5. Jun 25, 2019
    80
    If you are looking for a game that captures pretty much everything that was great about Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, look no further: Bloodstained is the real deal, with a vast castle to explore, tight action, tons of upgrades and plenty of loot. That being said, the game is not perfect and some might argue that it sticks a little bit too close to its roots. That didn't stop me from enjoying the hell out of it though - after all, the game is exactly what the Kickstarter campaign promised.
  6. Jun 21, 2019
    80
    Bloodstained has some mighty big shoes to fill but does so admirably. It delivers a classic, yet satisfying experience that fans have been wanting for years.
  7. Jun 23, 2019
    65
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is not a bad game but it is disappointing, a metroidvania all too anchored in the past that doesn't really add anything new to the genre that Koji Igarashi himself contributed. Beyond the bland execution and the continuous plagiarism of Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow, Bloodstained is plagued by too many problems, especially in terms of combat and the hitbox system, preventing an enjoyable gaming experience. It hurts to say this, but there are too many better alternatives to Bloodstained on the market. We expected a lot more than this from Igarashi-san.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 66
  2. Negative: 5 out of 66
  1. Jun 18, 2019
    10
    This is like the OoE sequel we never got, it feels like they took what made the previous games great and made it even better, i couldn't ask for more
  2. Jun 18, 2019
    10
    I was wary of disappointment when the first demo gameplay footage came out, but all concerns have been allayed. I've been playing for fiveI was wary of disappointment when the first demo gameplay footage came out, but all concerns have been allayed. I've been playing for five hours now, and I couldn't be happier with the result--truly, the game is everything a contemporary Metroidvania should be. I'm perplexed by all the complaints about bugs, because I haven't encountered a single one. Everything is perfectly smooth, polished, and dare I say slick. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2019
    10
    I have currently played the game for 32 hours on GoG.

    This is a fantastic spiritual successor to the old school castlevania games that
    I have currently played the game for 32 hours on GoG.

    This is a fantastic spiritual successor to the old school castlevania games that builds on the mechanics from some of the best of them in very fun way. The three games that feel like they contributed the most to the design of Ritual of the Night are Symphony of the Night, the Sorrow series, and Order of Ecclesia. If you liked any of these I would recommend this game to you. I had no problems with bugs or glitches despite what a couple people are saying below, however I had to wait a couple days to begin playing due to work and by the time I started the 1.02 patch had been implemented which was the one that caused some glitches on the first day and once I finished the True Ending on Normal Difficulty the game was up to version 1.05 with no observed problems in my game.

    The 3D graphics give a different feel than the old school sprites, but overall I enjoyed them. There is customization for Miriam, and some accessories are also visible which is a nice improvement from old school castlevania games which had fixed sprites.
    The music is very clearly castlevania inspired and is merely legally distinct.
    The handling and the combat systems are tight and a lot of fun, though being restricted to Normal difficulty to start means that castlevania veterans may find the first run too easy, but since you retain most of your stuff in New Game+ it's a good opportunity to try to push towards completion before starting your playthrough. I've found that you also have to complete Hard difficulty before starting Nightmare, if the game weren't so fun, and I wasn't sure that I'd be able to speed run this playthrough this would have been a demerit, but in the circumstances I don't mind, as it means I'll be able to collect more things before the truly challenging run.
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  4. Jun 19, 2019
    10
    I've played this game, it is a masterpiece. Great OST, beautiful art and the gameplay is awesome. To anyone who's giving this game a score ofI've played this game, it is a masterpiece. Great OST, beautiful art and the gameplay is awesome. To anyone who's giving this game a score of 0.
    Just because YOU don't like the game it DOESN'T MEAN that the game is TRASH. You just don't like it and don't even dare to make your opinion a fact. Opinions are opinions. Facts are facts.
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  5. Jun 20, 2019
    9
    Igarashi have made something that is worth celebrating here. RotN is very much the little sister of SotN in evert way but name. You could evenIgarashi have made something that is worth celebrating here. RotN is very much the little sister of SotN in evert way but name. You could even argue that it's a Castlevania reboot. However you look at it, backers of the game will mostly be elated with the final product, as it delivers one of the finest Metroidvania games in years. Graphics are a gorgeous 2.5D cell shaded, Michiru Yamane returns with the soundtrack and though it isn't a grand of an opus as her work in SotN, it's still good. The controls are tight, responsive and the gameplay is instantly recognizable and nostalgic. Voice acting is also good and the story is interesting enough to keep you going. If you like Castlevania, you will like this Bloodstained. Expand
  6. Aug 21, 2019
    9
    Finally a worthy successor to SotN. Grind is a bit cheesy, first couple bosses were disproportionately hard, rest was a modernized blast fromFinally a worthy successor to SotN. Grind is a bit cheesy, first couple bosses were disproportionately hard, rest was a modernized blast from the past. Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2019
    0
    Extremely bad game, full of bugs and glitches. This is unacceptable even for an indie product. Even if they fix all these bugs and glitches,Extremely bad game, full of bugs and glitches. This is unacceptable even for an indie product. Even if they fix all these bugs and glitches, they won't be able to fix the terrible art style, 2.5D graphics style, animations and aesthetics. This is just an abomination and an overpriced one at that! Do not waste your money on this garbage, Iga has proven to be hack and a conman. There are much better Metroidvania games out there that are cheaper, such as Hollow Knight and the upcoming Blasphemous and Hollow Knight: Silksong! Avoid Bloodstained or you will regret wasting your money, thank GOD I could refund this piece of trash. Expand

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