Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Review time!

Review time! Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a crowd-funded Return of Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night. It is directed by Koji Igarashi. Produced by studio ArtPlay.

It is a series sequel of Castlevania. Whilst, admittedly, it lacks a last-minute coat of perfecting polish. Bloodstained is a delightful traditional 2D platformer stuffed with charm, humour, and astonishing attention to detail.

Review time! Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night


Offering a meaty campaign, multiple endings and numerous side quests and collectables. Bloodstained is a perfect blend of contemporary design with old-school mechanics.

  • Name – Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Available for – PC, Xbox One, Switch, PS4.
  • Publisher  – 505 Games.
  • Release date – June 18, 2019
  • Price – 40$/2770 INR.

My review

Allowing more versatile build options is one arena where Bloodstained might surpass its predecessors. With shortcuts, you can swap to entirely different loadouts, like a super quick “enhanced movement speed power boots” build that allows you to zip around lightning fast.

It still manages to recapture that fine balance between RPG flexibility and tricky platform combat.

Review time! Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night


I think I actually appreciate combat the most though. What I appreciate about Bloodstained is that there’s a formidable foe nearly every few minutes that grants worthwhile gear and upgrades. Minibosses are a frequent occurrence when running around randomly, and bosses come at a decent cadence.

You also continue to gain skills in the game very frequently upon killing. Thus there are little to none dull moments in the gameplay.

Other features from its predecessors

  • Sequence breaking is present.
  • Puzzles and their solutions are still intact in the gameplay.
  • The features are a bit different now.
  • Some characters still lack a storyline.
  • A number of NPC’s are scattered on the map.

There’s a lot of character that you need to see in-game to believe.

Amid all of the delays, Bloodstained actually shipped with a decent amount of content and there’s more on the way. When it just comes to the campaign, it’s roughly comparable to an ‘IGA-vania’.


Still, there are bugs in the game on PS4, there are some dark areas where the games slow down. The AI acts sluggishly and the game also freezes during boss fights. Also, there are some missing items and opaque puzzles in the game which may cause irritation.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a Castlevania game in all but name, and in some ways, it’s a little sad it’s not an official sequel that sits proudly in Castlevania’s long and storied history. It is occasionally frustrating, refreshingly open, and as promised ‘whole’.

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