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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: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  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 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.
  5. Oct 1, 2019
    80
    Anyone who never liked the Metroidvania entries in the Castlevania series is extremely unlikely to be enthralled by Bloodstained. Koji Igarashi made no intimations of reinventing the wheel in Ritual of the Night, and the game is recognizably from the creator of Symphony of the Night. Playing this game nevertheless reminded me of how much fun a quality Metroidvania can be, and Konami is certainly in no mood to use its own intellectual property for anything other than Pachinko machines lately – plus if it had, something like paying money for additional save slots might have been introduced. Kickstarter-funded games have a decidedly mixed record, but Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is fortunately one of the success stories.
  6. 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.
  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: 60 out of 72
  2. Negative: 5 out of 72
  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 22, 2019
    10
    TL;DR
    1. ROTN is everything good from past Castlevania games mixed together perfectly
    2. It's far from over; 13 free DLCs coming 3. There's
    TL;DR
    1. ROTN is everything good from past Castlevania games mixed together perfectly
    2. It's far from over; 13 free DLCs coming
    3. There's Curse of the Moon for old school Castlevania fans
    4. GOTY for me

    Everything good about Castlevania franchise here. This game is the combination of Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow, and NDS Castlevania games at its finest. If you played any of them in the past, you'll realize this game implemented only good things from them and made it work very smoothly. It's basically all Castlevania games combined together, even story and characters, but done perfectly. The only difference is the name. It does require a lot of grinding for those who run 100% on everything, especially when it comes to perfecting your items and shards, but besides that, I really see no problem in this game. The old lady giving you quests for all those different foods is pretty annoying, but completing all of them will repay you with a super crazy and op item that makes all the effort worth it.

    What's even more exciting is there're 13 FREE DLCs coming. I completed 100% map, quests, and ultimate build for Miriam, but it's still not over. I might have to downgrade her a bit since her build is way too op at this point, but it's still very exciting to see what's coming next.

    If you are more of a retro Castlevania fan like from Simon Belmont to Richter from Rondo of Blood, they already released the game for you last year: Curse of the Moon. It's also another great game for Castlevania fans, especially old school fans, so no worries.

    To put it short, this is the 2019 Game of the Year for me. My only regret is by the time I first found out about this game, Kickstarter backing was already over.
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  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 18, 2019
    10
    This game gives me a lot of SotN vibes. At first i was skeptical, but after playing it for a solid 3 hours i can truely say it's been wellThis game gives me a lot of SotN vibes. At first i was skeptical, but after playing it for a solid 3 hours i can truely say it's been well worth the wait. The music, enemies, bosses, level design, it's like an evolved version of SotN, including the eerie, gothic vibe. If you had any doubts about this game not bearing the 'Castlevania' name, have no fear. It has more of a Castlevania vibe than everything Konami has put out in the last couple of years.

    And yes, the 'hidden' storage rooms are back too.
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  5. Jun 23, 2019
    9
    Fantastic game, worthy successor of Castlevania Symphony of the night, magical music and perfect stage structure. It happens to be one of myFantastic game, worthy successor of Castlevania Symphony of the night, magical music and perfect stage structure. It happens to be one of my favorite games. Fantastico juego, digno sucesor de Castlevania Symphony of the night, música mágnifica y perfecta estructura de escenarios.
    Pasa a ser uno de mis juegos preferidos.
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  6. Jun 25, 2019
    9
    Except for a minors bugs, this game i'ts **** perfect. I've really enjoined it. The true and only rightful sucesor of Castlevania Symphony ofExcept for a minors bugs, this game i'ts **** perfect. I've really enjoined it. The true and only rightful sucesor of Castlevania Symphony of the Night!!! Expand
  7. Jun 19, 2019
    0
    Бледная и карявая пародия на Symphony of the Night. Ни стиля, ни вкуса, ни графики, ни музыки, ни сюжета не завезли - всё на низком уровнеБледная и карявая пародия на Symphony of the Night. Ни стиля, ни вкуса, ни графики, ни музыки, ни сюжета не завезли - всё на низком уровне качества. Expand

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