Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  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
    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
    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 25, 2019
    Beyond the time-tested mechanics, gamers also get an experience that looks and sounds really good. Even with the Switch’s inferior processing power, it runs more than well enough. Of course, there are still worthwhile improvements beyond the need to fix any crashes. A few slight tweaks to the early game difficulty curve and earlier access to a few mobility oriented powers would have been nice, but those are small hurdles in lengthy, and fun, enough experience that will almost certainly keep you interested beyond the initial playthrough. Altogether, it’s the worthwhile successor many fans have been waiting for.
  5. Jul 8, 2019
    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.
  6. Jul 3, 2019
    Despite its numerous shortcomings, I can’t shake the feeling of how much I loved playing Bloodstained. It scratches an itch I didn’t think I necessarily had. It’s fun leveling up, crafting bizarre weapons, upgrading my spells, getting sidequests done, and filling out more of the map bit by bit.
  7. 80
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a welcome return to the exploration-heavy Castlevania games of the past. Visually, the art style is likely to be off-putting for some, but the gameplay is fun and varied throughout, and finding hidden passages and treasures never gets old.
  8. Jul 2, 2019
    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.
  9. Jul 3, 2019
    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.
  10. Jul 4, 2019
    The Nintendo Switch version of Bloodstained is certainly the worst, for an extraordinary game that deserves more.
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  1. Jun 25, 2019
    The Switch version...lags way behind the others in nearly every conceivable way.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 195 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 195
  2. Negative: 85 out of 195
  1. Jun 25, 2019
    Pre-ordered the game based on glaring PS4 and PC reviews. Waited for it for so long to play on Switch hand-held. It is absolutely unplayablePre-ordered the game based on glaring PS4 and PC reviews. Waited for it for so long to play on Switch hand-held. It is absolutely unplayable even in earlier areas. Visuals are blurry and janky, long load times and it couldn't even hold 30 FPS! 40 Euros wasted. Full Review »
  2. Jun 25, 2019
    Absolutely pathetic port. Buy any other version. No wonder they delayed it, they didn’t want the negative press. That gamespew review is BS.
  3. Jun 25, 2019
    You would think that after a massive delay and with a not very modern graphic engine this would have been a good porting.

    Wrong. Backers who
    You would think that after a massive delay and with a not very modern graphic engine this would have been a good porting.

    Backers who received this scam should be refunded or receive a steam/alternate console key. The game is neatly unplayable from massive lag spikes the further you go in and the grapgic is incredibly downgrafed conoared to the already meh versions for pc and other consiles. This is a legotimate scam and the devs lied about switch performance: this is why it was released a week later

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