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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
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Developer: Inti Creates
Content Rating: Teen
Bloodstained is 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.
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There’s more to come for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night too. As of the time of this review, it has a New Game Plus, Boss Rush Mode, higher difficulties, and so on. Later on down the line, the developers plan to add local & online multiplayer mode, two other playable characters, a roguelike dungeon mode, and more. I’m excited to see how it all pans out but what I got right now was a pretty cool successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and that’s alright with me.
Castlevania fans should be very happy with this one, as should the developers, as they succeeded in meeting expectations, which isn’t always feasible in the age of crowdfunding. The game is definitely worth picking up for people who have been looking forward to it and, hopefully, it’ll be the same for players who may not be familiar with the series from which it sprung.
There is no shortage of good Metroidvanias these days, but Bloodstained does show that Koji Igarashi’s particular brand of “Igavania” still has teeth. Exploring the castle’s many secrets is a delight, and there is a dizzying array of weapons and powers waiting to be bent to your will. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, one of the greatest games ever made, finally has a worthy successor on consoles and now on PC.