Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

86%

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Based on 35 critic reviews

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GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Jul 10, 2020
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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 12, 2020

The battle against Demons continues. Help Zangetsu and his friends beat them! Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Curse of the Moon 2 features retro 8-bit graphics and soundtrack just like the classic NES games did. Despite being very short, it will provide you with real fun moments.

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Scored Reviews

Siliconera
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is a superb sequel. It has everything that made the first game a surprise hit, but expands and adds to it with a level of care that shines through the whole thing.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Inti Creates could've done "more of the same" and called it a day, but the new characters lend Curse of the Moon 2 a ton of flexibility, the co-op support is commendable, and the subtle refinements can be found far and wide if you go back to play the original game after spending a weekend with the sequel.

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Anyone who enjoyed Curse of the Moon, will be completely enamored with this sequel. It is more of the same, but the overall design is much more bold and ambitious. The new additions demand more dexterity of the player; and some challenges are white-knuckle, surgical platforming.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 28, 2020

In many aspects, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 reiterates all the good things of the first instalment, and goes beyond just enough to justify its existence. All qualities of its predecessor are in place, with an extra dose of wackiness and originality on top. The classic Castlevania 3-inspired recipe works just as well now, and the retro-stiff but tight and satisfying controls are a joy to experience for any fans of the genre. Inti Creates did it again!

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oprainfall
Jul 10, 2020

Curse of the Moon 2 is great however you slice it. It’s not quite perfect, but it’s so damn close that it barely matters. For $14.99, it’s a bit pricier than the original, but still a great bargain. I enjoyed all the time I spent with the game, especially since there’s more to unlock. I have two mystery modes I’m working to open up, but even then there’s a lot of replay value here. You have multiple endings, as well as plenty of ways to progress through the game, and if a friend is close by, you can also enjoy the co-op mode, which looks really fun. You’ll even unlock cool features like the ability to play as Ultimate Zangetsu, who is even more of a badass than usual. While I would have appreciated a feature like an art gallery or bestiary showing all the enemy names, there’s very little to complain about here. If you like classic platformers and love Castlevania flavor, you absolutely need to own this game. Now I’m just hoping to get an announcement of a Curse of the Moon 3, cause frankly I enjoy these side stories more than Ritual of the Night.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 21, 2020

If you’re familiar with Curse of the Moon, you’ll feel right at home with its sequel. It’s more or less the same great experience you’ve come to expect, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. We may not have needed Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, but now that it’s here, it’s sure to become a staple of my library.

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Atomix
87 / 100
87 / 100
Jul 21, 2020

A great sequel to the prequel of Ritual of the Night. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is just what you are expecting.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 15, 2020

If you liked Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, then you will like Curse of the Moon 2. It's more of the same, but in the best way: more levels, more characters, a cleaner interface, and lots of balance tweaks to make everyone play a bit better. You should check out Curse of the Moon first, since it's an excellent game on its own, but if you have a hankering for '80s Castlevania action, then Curse of the Moon 2 will give you everything you need.

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Noisy Pixel
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 builds upon the foundation that the first entry laid out and made the entire experience more accessible without taking away the challenge for genre lovers. There’s room for balance when switching between single and cooperative modes, but there is nothing more fun than taking down demons with a friend in this adventure.

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I Love Videogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2020

Curse of the Moon 2 is the perfect Classicvania, a Dracula's Curse with a crazy pixel art and a bossy boss design. In short, way better than Ritual of the Night.

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Nintendo Blast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is brutal, intriguing, nostalgic, fun and frustrating. The experience is unlikely to appeal to everyone, and perhaps it exists only for niche players, like people with an interest in difficult games, old platformers or Castlevania fans. However, there is no doubt that the title fulfills what it promises, honoring its traditions and bringing some valid new things that result in a game well done and that deserves to be played. I'm here hoping that a possible third one will take the formula to even less orthodox places, but for now, Curse of the Moon 2 has a lot to offer - especially if you have a friend to play with.

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PC Invasion
9 / 10
PC Invasion

Top Critic

9 / 10
Jul 11, 2020

The visuals are great, the controls are exactly what they should be, and there's plenty of satisfying platform action to be had. Bloodstained: Curse of the moon 2 will make fans feel right at home like it's 1989.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
GameCrate
Angelo M. D'Argenio

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Jul 14, 2020

While this won't keep you playing for much more than 10 hours, it's still a fantastic throwback to classic Castlevania that oldschool action platformer fans will love.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2020
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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 28, 2020

The classic Castlevania homage is back, and it brings Bloodstained's delightful sense of weirdness with it.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 might annoy those who find this continuous use of 8-bit style graphics redundant. If it may appear pimply and technically "comfortable" in development, in reality the pillars that decree a good video game are always the same. Inti Create has created an intriguing action platformer with excellent gameplay potential. With an unexpected endgame for such a "small" title, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 brings with it the legacy of a gameplay of yesteryear, endowed with a rhythm and difficulty not for everyone, but with an internal consistency and a playful force worthy of a triple A.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 10, 2020

Thanks to its somewhat higher difficulty level and a wider cast of characters, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is an extremely solid game that very slightly edges out its already excellent predecessor, and old-school Castlevania fans will absolutely love it.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
DualShockers
Charlie Wacholz

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 takes some of the criticisms the first game received to heart. It takes risks, but only some pay off.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 11, 2020

Bloodstained : Curse of the Moon 2 is a splendid sequel, that has a lot to offer to players that are in need of some classic Castlevania experience. It offers a good challenge and has some pretty brilliant new ideas and feels like a very good NES game, which is compliment, that is very enjoyable for two players. Question : where do we have to sign for a third episode ?

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 21, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is clearly a love letter to the NES Castlvania games.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Overall, though? Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is a great game that pays loving homage to the classic old-school Castlevania games. Here's hoping this does well enough so Inti Creates can go even bigger with a third entry.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2020

One way ticket to golden era of 8-bits with great gameplay and frusrating difficulty spikes.

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TrueGaming
8 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is expertly crafted by veteran developer Inti Creates, it is a highly replayable action game with a lot of options to play and accessible difficulty option. The only thing we didn't like is the jump mechanic and not being able to change direction after jumping.

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Video Chums
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is a worthy successor to the original and I'm very happy that Inti Creates and Koji Igarashi decided to make this sequel. With a cool co-op mode and a wonderful new cast of playable characters, it's one fun retro-inspired game.

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VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 12, 2020

Worry not that Konami shows no interest in authorizing a new Castlevania game, for Inti Creates has picked up the slack.

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Screen Rant
Jul 30, 2020

Curse of the Moon 2 is bigger and better.

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Fintendo
Jul 29, 2020

"The curse remains strong."

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TechRaptor
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2020

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is a great follow-up to the retro throwback that was its predecessor. Simply put, there is more to play and more to enjoy.

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Forever Classic Games
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2020

Curse of the Moon 2 is more of what made the first game so good. I just think that some sections and design choices really put a dark spot on an otherwise incredible release.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 24, 2020

Swapping between your heroes as you tackle different tasks is fun, but the slow action and rigid platforming belong in the past

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Rely On Horror
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2020

Like the first game, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2's 8-bit motif is pure, unmitigated nostalgia for fans of the classic Castlevania games.

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Rapid Reviews UK
4 / 5
4 / 5
Aug 11, 2020

I’m a big fan of platform-adventure games such as Metroid and Castlevania. Their simple yet challenging gameplay has always been a lure to me ever since I first discovered Super Metroid and Super Castlevania IV way back in the 90s on the SNES. The Bloodstained series is considered to be the spiritual successor to Castlevania with both series being developed by Koji Igarashi. Igarashi conceived the idea of Bloodstained after his departure from Konami in 2018 and was prompted by many requests by fans for him to produce another “Metroidvania” style game. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 is the third game released in the Bloodstained series so how does it compare to its already well received brethren?

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RPG Fan
65%
65%
Jul 3, 2019

A huge step down from the first game. Only for the most die-hard retro fans.

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