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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is the FULL game experience, an exploration-focused, side-scroller action RPG packing all of the best features you've come to know and love from the Metroidvania genre into a single, content-packed game. Play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist’s curse which slowly crystallizes her body. In order to save herself, and indeed, all of humanity, she must battle her way through a demon-infested castle summoned by Gebel, her old friend whose body and mind has become more crystal than flesh. 13 FREE DLCs via future content updates. “Speed Demon” Update containing Speed Run Mode, Boss Rush Mode and the Pure Miriam outfit available at launch!
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Fuck you Konami, stop making R-rated pachinko machines with topless Alucard or whatever and give the license to Iga already. You damn hacks.

Review from Steam

Hello friends,
Today i will review the game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. This game is a metroidvania. It combines the best part of Symphony of the Night. Since we do not have it on pc systems yet, this is the best replacement for that game. The game is very much like SOTN that is features a explorable map, secret rooms, side quests, many bosses, and lots of different weapons and spells. The combination of all the weapons and spells makes it like you can play any style you want to play the game, and there are multiple strategies. There is also new dlc still coming for the game down the line. At this time, as of 9/7/2021, the game still has dlc coming for it. As this is the time i am reviewing it, i did not review it for the new dlc for the game. Anyways, here are my pros and cons:
PROS:
- Works great with controllers.
- A nice game in the style of Symphony of the Night.
- Many secrets and side quests.
- Lots of easter eggs.
- Very nice graphics.
- Good storyline.
- Different modes to play and different characters.
- New game plus mode.
CONS:
- Some people have complained about cracking voices. I did not experience this bug myself, but the forum has many people reporting this bug.
- One of the quests have bug where the words are not showing for some reason.
I really recommend this game to fans of the Castlevania series. I enjoyed alot of the game myself and the different strategies i used on beating all the bosses and secret bosses. It is a really good game from a kickstarter game. This is actually one of the few games ive seen that was successful from kickstarter, this and shantai games.

Review from Steam

Its the modern version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
I already played this on Game Pass a couple years ago and it's still fantastic. Everything about the game is masterfully done. 10/10.
Iga does what Konamidon't.

Review from Steam

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a phenomenal game, and the 22,427 other reviews at the time of this writing agree with me. I'm not saying anything controversial, groundbreaking or surprising when I tell you that Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Bloodstained is a game you should be playing already.
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Bloodstain's main character, Shanoa Miriam is not a vampire and uses kickass powers taken from the enemies you encounter over the course of the game. Alucard Miriam is a character defined first and foremost by being a super awesome unstoppable badass and the list of weapons that Soma Cruz Miriam has available, along with the incredible amount of powerups and skills she can collect, boggles the mind.
Castlevania is dead. Long live Castlevania Bloodstained.
Also in the years since release there's been a ton more added to this game and I can confirm everything feels pretty awesome and I highly recommend giving all the bonus stuff a go after your first playthrough.
If you hate this game, that's OK, but I think that's really something you should be talking with your therapist about because whatever horrible damage you've suffered in life is something you need to work through and get past so the healing can begin.

Review from Steam

Excellent metroidvania with a huge amount of enemies, bosses, weapons and upgrades. This is the modern Castlevania that Konami never made. Experimenting with different shards and weapons is incredibly fun, and the game is polished from start to end.
My only point of criticism is that it's very hard to figure out how to get the "real" ending without using a guide. While this is common in modern metroidvanias, Ritual of the Night has a huge amount of content locked after the bad endings. Also, one of the necessary shards being locked behind a 10% drop rate of a certain enemy is even complete BS. But even with this minor flaw, Ritual of the Night is definitely one of the best metroidvanias ever made!

Review from Steam

I've never played any of the Castlevania games, but I've been really enjoying metroidvania games of late. This is an outstanding Methroidvania game, which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre of game.

Review from Steam

Backed it through Kickstarter and not a single regret. It is true that some of the content has been slow, but we have received several pieces such as the Boss Revenge mode which ended up being a lot of fun despite some limitations to it. If you enjoyed any of the DS Castlevania games(Dawn of Sorrow, Portrait of Ruin, Order of Eccelsia), maybe the GBA ones(Circle of Doom, Aria of Sorrow, Harmony of Dissonance), or the acclaimed Symphony of the Night(Or Nocturne in the Moonlight if you've got a Saturn) then you should find elements that you enjoy.
Much like Aria of Sorrow and Dawn of Sorrow, the Shard system works in a similar fashion granting you special abilities and passive bonuses, but you're also granted the use of weaponry ranging from swords to pikes and guns to boots. Some of the weapons contain additional skills you can use to unlock for other weapons of a similar type. For instance, a pair of boots you get early on has a three hit combo. If you use it enough times, you shall be able to use it with most, if not any, other boots.
The whips, however, do not function like those in Castlevania.
The gear system is pretty standard and the same as most others. You have your stats that increase things like health, attack, energy regeration, resistences, etc. This carries over to the shards and weapons. Different shards, particularly passive ones, can give you bonuses whereas weapons can deal certain types of damage like striking or holy. The majority of creatures drop items as well as many to be found within the castle.
For those who have played prior Castlevania games, the castle is the largest of them all, including the later areas found in a few games. So, expect a lot of exploration and secrets. You will also see larger variety in the types of areas now that we are no longer limited to Dracula's castle.
If you enjoy an exploration style of platformer with combat elements, then you will more than likely enjoy this.