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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: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 31, 2019
    95
    I have never taken over a week to write a review, but this one took a while because I was too busy enjoying all of it from start to finish and didn't want to put it down. I love, love LOVE Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. A lot of heart went into making this amazing title, and it shows. What are you waiting for? Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is waiting... and so is Gebel. The fate of the world rests on your shoulders. No pressure.
  2. Jun 25, 2019
    90
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of the best metroidvania games of the gen, sitting in a league shared only by an elite few. Everything from its deep story and its diverse combat systems, right through to its remarkable gameplay variation and mechanical depth, is quite simply outstanding. Despite the occasional bug, this is as close to perfect as a game of this type can get, and one that’s certainly been worth the lengthy wait; this, is a must have.
  3. Jun 28, 2019
    90
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an incredibly well-made adventure, and a heartfelt ode to games past.
  4. Jul 1, 2019
    83
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is without a doubt a fine successor of Castlevania. Maybe it doesn't reach the great level of refinement of Symphony of the Night, but it's a great game.
  5. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Aug 8, 2019
    80
    Bloodstained: ROTN is a deceptively hard game (that’s a good thing), so careful exploration of each room and a considered approach to each encounter is required in order to reach the next big boss with enough health and magic points. [Issue#180, p.85]
  6. Jul 1, 2019
    80
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night feels like a real, unlicensed 2D Castlevania sequel, with tactic combat, great variety and and impressive depth. It's not perfect, mainly due to a pretty much anonymous look and the lack of real improvements on the classic metroidvania formula, but it's definitely a must buy for any Castlevania lover.
  7. Jul 12, 2019
    60
    The visuals don’t live up to the standards that one would normally expect at this price range. Bloodstained doesn’t offer much in terms of narrative either, and most of its characters – bar Zangetsu – are downright awful. If you really want to experience this latest project by Koji Igarashi, then consider waiting for it to land on sale, which I think will happen sooner rather than later.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 25, 2019
    10
    Amazing Metroidvania. I find it funny how many negative reviews mentioned Hollow Knight. Why cant they both be good in their own way? IAmazing Metroidvania. I find it funny how many negative reviews mentioned Hollow Knight. Why cant they both be good in their own way? I personally like Bloodstained a lot more but I enjoy the crafting and leveling which are no where to be found in Hollow Knight a game that enjoys punishing the players Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2019
    10
    Perfecccccccccccccccccccccccccccct game have some bugs but is much better then i ever cold imagine### rip Symphony of night . Blodstaineds2longlife
  3. Jun 22, 2019
    10
    Experiência muito boa. Lembra Castlevania
    Jogabilidade excelente, um contra é que o jogo ele ti em dica onde estão os baús. Do resto maravilhoso
  4. Jun 30, 2019
    9
    Bloodstained nos trouxe o que nós fãns de castlevania estavamos sem há quase 10 anos, só ppr esse motivo a espera ja compensa, mas além de terBloodstained nos trouxe o que nós fãns de castlevania estavamos sem há quase 10 anos, só ppr esse motivo a espera ja compensa, mas além de ter entregado essa fórmula nostálgica onfez com grande maestria, opções e apresentações mais variadas e de surpresa até pra veteranos na do genero, se tudo prometido ainda for entregue nas próximas 13 dlcs gratuitas é um 10 com certeza. Expand
  5. Jun 22, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night puts you in in the shoes of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse which slowly crystallizes your pale 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. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Is simply gorgeous and a true homage to SOTN. It has a supernatural storyline, as well as a ton of gameplay value and a challenging game to relish in as well. Simply breathtaking artwork throughout the game accompanied by beautifully composed soundtracks as well. If you were a fan of Symphony Of The Night this will be a must buy for you, and definitely a great addition to your Xbox One library. Even if you're not familiar with SOTN, I have full confidence in recommending Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night to you. It is extremely well done and 505 games has published a masterpiece for the Xbox One family of consoles. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night has a vast array of fighting styles and weapons to choose from to keep you from every getting bored or finding ways to continue pushing on with your quest. Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night is filled with mini side quests, some of which are easily accomplished through just playing or doing a little grinding to level up and complete. I recommend always having two way-stones in your inventory and do a little grinding here and there to make the experience flow even smoother. Know where all your safe rooms are, and explore all areas to be sure to find all the items necessary to complete your epic journey. Break all the lanterns and candelabras etc for loot and mana. When you get the Carabosse as a companion then play the piano in the depths of the garden with her. You won't be disappointed... Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2019
    8
    A good metroidvania game which you will like if you enjoy Symphony of the Night, and/or any of the GBA or Nintendo DS Castlevanias. UI andA good metroidvania game which you will like if you enjoy Symphony of the Night, and/or any of the GBA or Nintendo DS Castlevanias. UI and play experience has been streamlined from those games which is nice. The game looks really nice in 4K, if a bit bland when it comes to the backgrounds and color schemes in some areas.

    A few of the puzzles required to progress are a bit far-fetched and would have been better if they at least had an option to give you more hints if you as a player wanted it. The game overstays its welcome a bit towards the end: As fun as finding new areas to explore is, it tends to get a bit repetitive, especially since you often are underleveled and underequipped when you enter them. Some game-breaking bugs, so save often! Also some nice post-release additions to the map. Story is so-so, but who cares, nobody plays these games for the story. I for one welcome our new Igavania overlords!
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