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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: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night demonstrates a lot of dedication and passion for Metroidvanias. It is a fantastic rendition of the genre. Even with some predictable plot moments and a platforming learning curve, it manages to be one of my favorite games of this year. The gameplay is tremendously well-crafted, and the addictive factor is through the roof. The style and art direction are complemented with old-fashioned ’90s-style timeless tunes that never bore or disappoint. Miriam and her adventure are a must if you have a Nintendo Switch. Playing Bloodstained has become my ritual of the night.
  2. Jun 25, 2019
    90
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has had me hooked like no other game released this year. Koji Igarashi and those who have worked with him have proved that there’s still life in the old Metroidvania formula and delivered a modern-day classic. It perhaps loses a little something without the iconic Dracula as the big-bad, but the gameplay surpasses that of any previous Castlevania games created with the same mould. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night looks great, has a brilliant soundtrack and is overwhelmingly gratifying to play. If only it had a little more polish, then it’d be pretty much perfect.
  3. Jul 16, 2019
    85
    A game worthy of being called a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and one of the great examples of a very good Kickstarter video game.
  4. Jul 2, 2019
    80
    It’s exactly what fans expect from an Igrashi-produced Metroidvania game, and even the inferior Switch port is still a fun time that should satisfy Castlevania fans who are tired of waiting for Konami to properly continue the series.
  5. Jul 3, 2019
    78
    The work of 505 Games is a proposal that pays homage to the metroidvania genre in a conservative way. Polishing with great success its formula but without offering anything innovative to what we already know about it.
  6. Jul 4, 2019
    75
    The Nintendo Switch version of Bloodstained is certainly the worst, for an extraordinary game that deserves more.
  7. Jul 8, 2019
    50
    So, what we’ve got in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a well-designed game that’s poorly developed. A championship-caliber team that needs another few months (or perhaps another year) of training camp. 505 Games has promised to fix the glaring problems, but I can’t review a game based on promises. There’s still some fun to be had here, but it shouldn’t have been released in its current state. Wait for the updates. If they don’t come, wait for a sale…and stay away from the bookshelves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 56
  2. Negative: 31 out of 56
  1. Jun 25, 2019
    10
    This game is awesome, it's a great experience for people who wants play a good game, obviously needs more optimization, but man, please, aThis game is awesome, it's a great experience for people who wants play a good game, obviously needs more optimization, but man, please, a good game is a good game, it's totally playable, even symphony of the night had fps problems or stuff like that, excellent game. Expand
  2. Jul 13, 2019
    9
    Ahora después de jugarlo mas tiempo siento que el juego esta muy bien, aveces se caen lo frames pero en momentos muy específicos, no estorbaAhora después de jugarlo mas tiempo siento que el juego esta muy bien, aveces se caen lo frames pero en momentos muy específicos, no estorba en nada, como es habitual el modo portátil el glorioso y el de sobremesa no es tanto, la música es muy buena, el juego es muy bueno, falta pulirlo mas en esta consola, pues pude probar otra versión y se nota que les falto trabajo en la versión para switch. Apenas salga el parche prometido le pongo el 10 que se merece. Un castelbania para viciar. Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2019
    7
    Oh Iga.. I know you were trying hard, but this.. was just.. *sigh*

    Allow me to begin on the first let down of the game, the voicing. The
    Oh Iga.. I know you were trying hard, but this.. was just.. *sigh*

    Allow me to begin on the first let down of the game, the voicing. The characters sound so bored, let alone tired. Half the time, the personalities do not match. When it comes to Miriam getting a new soul.. I honestly can't stand her scream of 'agony' (Or was it pleasure.. I have no idea.)

    The next thing I have trouble with is controls. They are seriously in need of better response time. I can recall the many times I had pressed a button for her to jump and she.. stood there was if very confused and no jumping happened. I had to press it three times in succession before she finally was "Oh! I'm supposed to jump, sorry I fell asleep." The input for special moves were especially bad, since it's a 1/7 chance it succeeds. (The roll forward is the most troubled one, because it's not reading it well enough. I have to go snail mode just for it to get it.)

    The graphic use of this I was shocked.. I had no idea on how to put it, and still have no idea on what to say. Impressed? No.. Disappointed? Again.. no.. it's hard to tell really.

    But that aside, I find the game ok, but as a fan, this I feel is a 'hiccup'. Iga, I loved SOTN and I know you definitely made it clear on what your intent was when it came to making it, as also prior titles before Mirror of Fate or Lords of Shadow came along. I think that with a few patches to fix the controls and voice acting (Like, remove it.) , I think this can boost my confidence and will definitely having me sing a different tune.
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  4. Jul 4, 2019
    4
    There's really not any excuse for this miserably bad port on the Nintendo Switch. The resolution is unbelievably low, game looks blurry andThere's really not any excuse for this miserably bad port on the Nintendo Switch. The resolution is unbelievably low, game looks blurry and bland, there's frame rate drops even without any action on the screen (just walking) and there's input lag. Even the sound seems to be compressed... This may be the Nintendo Switch we're talking about but it feels like the 2.5D remake of Castlevania Rondo of Blood on the original PSP. I give it a 4 because it gets the Castlevania feel right but everything else is terrible. The characters and the dialogues are a joke. Expand
  5. Jun 29, 2019
    2
    I had the option to purchase this on PC or Switch, and man oh man, do I regret getting the Switch version.

    It runs at 30 fps tops, which
    I had the option to purchase this on PC or Switch, and man oh man, do I regret getting the Switch version.

    It runs at 30 fps tops, which wouldn't be so bad if there wasn't any massive slowdown. There's input lag, too. And on top of that it crashes unexpectedly. Always after you haven't been able to find a save point in a long time.

    In all honesty, I'm not THAT impressed with the game yet, as I feel there are all sorts of issues with the game itself - graphics, balancing, and otherwise - but I won't play until it gets patched, and hope it becomes playable. If I already felt the game was awesome but the experience was meh, I'd rate this higher, but for now there is absolutely no reason to purchase this game on Switch.
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  6. Jun 25, 2019
    1
    Game is broken for the most part. I did all the research and the reviews were positive.. that is none of them talked about the switch versionGame is broken for the most part. I did all the research and the reviews were positive.. that is none of them talked about the switch version until today. To late for me since adter the good reviews i pre ordered. So i feel i was largely mislead believing that the reviews covered all ports but sadly wasnt the case. Thanks to Nintendo not allowing refunds im pretty **** on this deal.dont waste your money on the switch version. Expand
  7. Jul 28, 2019
    0
    Downgraded graphics, an unstable frame rate, and a ton of input lag turn this into an unplayable mess. If you must play this game, buy anyDowngraded graphics, an unstable frame rate, and a ton of input lag turn this into an unplayable mess. If you must play this game, buy any other version instead. The Switch was a mistake. Expand

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