Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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Eurogamer

Top Critic

Recommended
Jun 24, 2019

The wait was worth it - this spiritual successor to Castlevania is a gorgeous, accessible 2D platformer stuffed with nostalgia.

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8.8 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2019

The wait was worth it. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a whole new castle to crash full of unexpected monsters and mysteries in the vein of classic Castlevania.

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PC Gamer

Top Critic

77 / 100
Jun 25, 2019

Bloodstained: ROTN faithfully recreates the metroidvania experience of the 2000s—a feast for fans of a very specific experience; a bit too old-fashioned for anyone else.

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8 / 10
Jun 24, 2019

The best Castlevania game never made and while it adds relatively little to the formula it is the best example of its use in many years.

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Easy Allies
Bradley Ellis

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8 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2019
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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2019

Ritual of the Night starts off a little too familiar, but quickly ramps up into an impressive exemplar of the genre it's retreading

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6 / 10
Jul 3, 2019

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night suffers on Nintendo Switch due to distracting technical issues.

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Jun 25, 2019

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been a long time coming, but now that it's here, fans of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night have everything to gain. Playing through Bloodstained feels great if you're already a fan of Koji Igarashi's work—and if you're a fan of action-adventure games in general. There are some unfortunate bugs, hitches, and glitches, but once you download the 1.02 patch, you should be through the worst of them.

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Jul 4, 2019

Ritual of the Night is one of the best games released so far this year, and even if you don’t love 2D platformers, the excellent exploration elements, movement, and combat are good enough to win anyone over.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

Bloodstained is occasionally frustrating, refreshingly open, and as promised, wholly Castlevania. Hopefully some polish is on the way for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night as to not alienate folks who are new to the genre, but as any Castlevania fan knows, partial jank comes with the territory.

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