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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 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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. 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.
  3. Jul 8, 2019
    80
    It's Castlevania in everything but name and fans of Igarachi's earlier work will find a lot to love between excellent combat and rewarding traversal. The Switch port is harder to recommend at present, but the game is likely to be among the console's best after a patch or two.
  4. 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.
  5. Nov 6, 2019
    70
    By the time the final performance update drops it will be those who snatch the game at a sale price that will ultimately benefit the most. There’s a 1.04 update that is expected by the end of November, and I would bet money that it won’t be the last. It’s a real shame because underneath the stigma of a troubled release and a lost first impression of a polished product, lies a potentially magnificent game that holds true to what it once ambitiously set out to achieve.
  6. Jul 30, 2019
    60
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a game that many fans wanted and it does a very good job when it comes to its fan service duties. If only the game’s performance matched its level of challenge, this would be an unforgettable, indispensable title but unfortunately, Ritual of the Night’s framerate drops and strange inconsistencies make this an experience that could have been much more of a breeze. Fans of Metroidvania games will still find plenty to be happy about it, though.
  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: 18 out of 75
  2. Negative: 37 out of 75
  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. Odh
    Sep 6, 2019
    9
    The game did crash on me a handful of times, but it also provided a couple of dozen hours of fun Castlevania style gameplay. It might not beThe game did crash on me a handful of times, but it also provided a couple of dozen hours of fun Castlevania style gameplay. It might not be quite as good looking as on other platforms, but is adequate, but it is portable, so there is that. If I were to compare it to other Castlevania/Metroid style games, its nowhere near as good as venerable classics like Symphony of the Night or Super Metroid, but those games are the apex of the genre. I would say it compares favorably to any other similar game other than those two. If you like this style of game, its definitely worth getting. I know there is talk of patches, but overall a few crashes isn't all that bad for such an excellent games 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. Jun 26, 2019
    5
    Yes, as we all know Bloodstained has had a pretty dissapointing launch. I figure if you have read other reviews I don't have to get into whyYes, as we all know Bloodstained has had a pretty dissapointing launch. I figure if you have read other reviews I don't have to get into why it's been dissapointing. For now I will leave my review at a 5 because from what I have played the game is enjoyable and playable despite it's various issues (the game has crashed on me once while reading from one of the games bookcases about an hour in). Also Knowing that it's team is listening and is "shifting resources" to make the game run smoothly on switch is my reason to leave a 5 here for now. If you want the switch port of Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night I'd suggest buying it and waiting for the optimization patches that will be releasing, if not then the game is also on PS4, Xbox one and PC without these issues. Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2019
    3
    Post 1.03 Patch Edit:

    So, patch 1.03 supposedly fixed the bad graphics and input lag. I don't see the difference. I honestly see no
    Post 1.03 Patch Edit:

    So, patch 1.03 supposedly fixed the bad graphics and input lag. I don't see the difference. I honestly see no difference. The game still drops inputs. It still looks kinda bad. I've played some more of it, so I'm at around 80% done.

    Now, before you get your flame-hat on and roast me for my opinions, let me first say I'm a big Castlevania and Metroidvania fan. I own the following games from the series: Castlevania 3, Super Castlevania 4, Symphony of the Night, Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow, Dawn of Sorrow, Order of Ecclesia. I've also played many of the, ahem, less good ones, like Simon's Quest, Dracula X, Circle of the Moon, Castlevania 64 (both versions of it sadly), Lords of Shadow. I also own and really like Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. It recaptures the spirit of the NES games while removing the frustration those games were designed around.

    So what do I find wrong with Ritual of the Night? Many things, yes. Many, many things.

    I don't know if this is because of the Switch version's poor visuals, but a lot of areas have enemy designs and level backgrounds with very similar colour schemes. This makes sense within the world of the game, but makes stuff really hard to see. The inferno area gets particularly bad when it comes to visual confusion, with bright lava flowing in the background, just behind Fire Elementals made of, well, fire. And these Fire Elementals cast - yes, that's right - fire spells. And they are often in a room with fire throwing goop monsters - made of lava, no less - with dogs running around that are also - you guessed it - made of fire and lava. The struggle is real.

    One other important irritant involves bullet sponges (whip sponges?). Both regular enemies and bosses. The second boss in the game has 1000 hp, and I was hitting for a massive 14 points of damage. Now I know what you may be thinking, "git gud", but I'll pre-emptively respond with "hey dingus, this is not Galamoth, this isn't even Olrox. This is the second boss in the game and he shouldn't take over 70 hits to kill on an average playthrough".

    For non-boss enemies, those flaming goop monsters I mentioned earlier - the sit-ins for skeletons from the Castlevania series? They take 4 or 5 hits to take down. Who makes skeletons take more than 2 hits to kill? And their projectiles can fly through ceilings. Why can't mine?

    Also leveling up doesn't seem to increase damage input. I'm trying really, really hard not to curse.

    Crafting decent items always seems to require items that are rare drops, which I don't know where to farm. You'd think a bovine plume would come from that enemy that looks like a cow with wings, but no, it comes from that OTHER palette swap cow with wings you haven't seen yet and is still 6 hours of gameplay away. Why do I have this recipe? I'm always short on cash anyway, so I can't buy extra stuff to craft with either.

    My god, when should I stop? Should I mention the buggy skill list? The average story? The bland characters? The seeker arrows that often lock on off-screen enemies? The still buggy visual effects? The fact that this game has ruined my faith in humanity? My resulting low testosterone count? I don't know...

    I suppose the music is pretty good. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
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  6. Jun 25, 2019
    1
    Absolutely pathetic port. Buy any other version. No wonder they delayed it, they didn’t want the negative press. That gamespew review is BS.
  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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