Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2
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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?
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.
Review in Arabic | Read full review
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.
One way ticket to golden era of 8-bits with great gameplay and frusrating difficulty spikes.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
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.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Curse of the Moon 2 is bigger and better.
"The curse remains strong."
Review in Finnish | Read full review
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!
The classic Castlevania homage is back, and it brings Bloodstained's delightful sense of weirdness with it.
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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