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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: 17 out of 73
  2. Negative: 38 out of 73
  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. Jun 25, 2019
    8
    Presentation. 8/10
    Graphics TV. 7.7/10
    Graphics Handheld. 8.1/10
    Music. 9./10
    Controls. 9/10
    Funfactor. 8.5/10
    Score. 8.4/10
  3. Jul 29, 2019
    7
    Great game. Terrible port. That's really all that has to be said about the Switch version of Bloodstained. I really hope Iga comes back andGreat game. Terrible port. That's really all that has to be said about the Switch version of Bloodstained. I really hope Iga comes back and patches this for us! Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2019
    4
    Terrible, terrible port... Don’t spend your money on this overpriced version, pick a discounted one on PC or any of the other console ones...Terrible, terrible port... Don’t spend your money on this overpriced version, pick a discounted one on PC or any of the other console ones... What a shame! Expand
  5. Aug 6, 2019
    3
    Do not waste your money on this game.  On top of unmemorable music, ugly graphics, trivial and flavorless gameplay, and uninterestingDo not waste your money on this game.  On top of unmemorable music, ugly graphics, trivial and flavorless gameplay, and uninteresting characters and plot, this game has dreadful lag, bugs, and crashes.  This does not hold a candle to Order of Ecclesia.  Get that game is you want a uniformally better version of this game, or Curse of the Moon. Tremendously disappointed within minutes of starting this game, and it does not get better. Expand
  6. Jun 26, 2019
    1
    720p docked... 540p portable... 30fps... Game crash all time...
    Various other bugs...
  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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