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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: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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. Jul 4, 2019
    75
    The Nintendo Switch version of Bloodstained is certainly the worst, for an extraordinary game that deserves more.
  6. Jul 1, 2019
    70
    Despite the fact that this is unquestionably a very fine video game, there's no escaping the fact that the Switch version has some serious issues; assets are noticeably weaker than they are in other versions, the frame rate is halved and the loading times are maddeningly protracted at points. Fingers are crossed that the developers can remedy some of these problems with proposed updates, but for the time being, this is arguably the least impressive edition of the game – although the fact that it's portable perhaps counts for more than you'd think.
  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: 28 out of 99
  2. Negative: 43 out of 99
  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 6, 2019
    8
    Я ждал эту игру с самого запуска сборов на кикстартере в 2015. После выхода крайне убогой mirror of fate на 3ds я поставил крест на серииЯ ждал эту игру с самого запуска сборов на кикстартере в 2015. После выхода крайне убогой mirror of fate на 3ds я поставил крест на серии castlevania, так как конами было плевать на дальнейшую судьбу, это было видно. А последние нормальные части выходили аж на ds.
    Bloodstained мне нужна была именно на портативе ибо формат 2d платформеров я считаю уделом именно их. Так что ждал все эти годы выход на psvita. А потом ее убрали из поддерживаемых платформ. Ну ок, switch намного мощнее, на нем точно не должно быть проблем с этой игрой. Как же я ошибался...
    30 кадров, падающие до 10(да еще и скорость самой игры привязана к ним), долгие загрузки локаций, не подбирающиеся предметы, невозможность пользоваться некоторыми умениями на поворотных локациях, уродливые текстуры. В общем проблем выше крыши.
    Графически как по мне, например, та же castlevania dawn of sorrow куда приятнее смотрится.
    По интересу bloodstained не дотянул до sotn, aria/dawn of sorrow, но мне показался удачнее, чем portrait of ruin, order of ecclesia. Главные проблемы игры - технические. Надеюсь, что их со временем устранят и я смогу перепройти ее еще раз(пока желания такого не возникает)
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  4. Nov 22, 2020
    5
    Not worth a 0 or a 1 like several user reviews say, but definitely inferior to the releases on other platforms. I personally think that theNot worth a 0 or a 1 like several user reviews say, but definitely inferior to the releases on other platforms. I personally think that the resolution and general blurriness is not an issue. I think the PS4 version for example is too clean for the low level of detail in the background and textures and actually makes it look cheap and glassy to me.

    The load times and input delays are definitely what bother me the most about the Switch version of the game. Fighting bosses is quite the pain when the character moves 0.2 sec after you try to dodge something, and some of those rooms take several seconds to load leaving you with just a black screen in the meantime.

    Game has potential but definitely needs a patch. From what I've seen on their social media, they are shifting their efforts to improve this port, which is encouraging. I will potentially increase my rating to a 7 or 8 if the game ends up running smoothly. I would recommend waiting a month or two before buying that version of the game.
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  5. Dec 27, 2020
    4
    I was super excited to play this, as I loved metroid & SotN + all the GBA & DS castlevania games, to which this is clearly an homage.I was super excited to play this, as I loved metroid & SotN + all the GBA & DS castlevania games, to which this is clearly an homage. Generally, I pick which games to buy on Switch based on how graphically fancy they are supposed to be, so this seemed like an ideal candidate.. Sadly, it is choppier than SoTN on the original Playstation. ..Soo.. why? It's hard for me to imagine that anyone thinks 3D looks better than 2D art for this gameplay style; it must be a cost thing. On the Switch it's probably the worst performance of any system, but far more demanding games run better than this on the Switch. Please, either stick to a lower-res and/or use of 2D art or optimize the hell out of the engine, because my GBA runs the same sophistication of *gameplay* at a higher frame rate. It manages to look pretty downgraded and still run poorly on the Switch. Expand
  6. Jul 9, 2019
    2
    The input lag, low frame rate, and constant, constant crashes make the game basically unplayable. Do not buy this game for the Switch.
  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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