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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: 77 out of 97
  2. Negative: 8 out of 97
  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 20, 2019
    10
    You are a nostalgic of castlevania: sotn? You want some more? Then this game is made for you. Yes it has a couple of minor issues, but nothingYou are a nostalgic of castlevania: sotn? You want some more? Then this game is made for you. Yes it has a couple of minor issues, but nothing that will stop you enjoying this gem in the long run. Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2019
    10
    It's everything a Metroidvania fan would want, the amount of content and care put into this is astonishing, the music is on par with the bestIt's everything a Metroidvania fan would want, the amount of content and care put into this is astonishing, the music is on par with the best titles in the genre, and the visuals are stunning. Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2019
    9
    9/10
    -1 point for level ups and skill upgrades feeling lack luster compared to just getting a stronger equipment or a better skill. Kill 100
    9/10
    -1 point for level ups and skill upgrades feeling lack luster compared to just getting a stronger equipment or a better skill. Kill 100 monsters level up, what I think its just 1 point of strength and little health/mana where as with the games it is paying homage to you felt like you got stronger as you went along not just from equipment.

    Otherwise stellar experience and one I would recommend to people who like Symphony of the Night specifically. If you're more of a Shovel Knight and Hollow Knight kind of person this may be a step backwards for you.
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  5. 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
  6. Apr 1, 2020
    8
    IGA finally gives us back his creativity after a long time... without Konami's brand on it. A metroidvania experience that delivers us greatIGA finally gives us back his creativity after a long time... without Konami's brand on it. A metroidvania experience that delivers us great boss battles, majestic soundtrack and many weapons to use. Although, i have to talk about the level design... even though the castle is VERY big, levels just didn't feel too linked like in Symphony of the Night for example.. and sometimes the game pretended you to understand were to go and how to go in certain locations. Like in that water area where i had to use a shard of a certain monster to propel Miriam into the water to reach an opening. How were you supposed to know that? Did i miss some indications? Also i never actually used any food and MOST demon shards. There just seemed to be too many of them. Again, the game is not perfect, but it is a great take on metroidvanias by a forefather of the genre. The game also has many cool secrets to find. Here's my take on this great game. 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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