What you need to know
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a Castlevania-like gothic horror game.
- The title was delayed for many months.
- The game runs at native 4K resolution on Xbox One X according to Digital Foundry.
- It's available for $40 on Amazon (opens in new tab) and other retailers.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic horror game set in the ninth century. Unlike traditional side-scrolling adventures, the title features role-playing mechanics and takes a lot of inspirations from Castlevania. The story revolves around a mysterious paranormal force summoning a demon-infested castle.
Whenever a major game like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night releases, gamers want to know what resolution it runs at on Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro). According to an analysis by Digital Foundry, the game runs at native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. Unfortunately, it only runs at a 1080p on PS4 Pro. It's using "Unreal Temporal Upscaling" to give the appearance that it's higher than 1080p.
Unlike a lot of games that run at native 4K on Xbox One X, the resolution is 60 frames per second. This means that it's just and crisp and smooth as Forza Motorsport 7. It's great to see that the frame rate is also high because that's usually the compromise developers make when pushing out greater pixels.
Enter a demon-infested castle
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a gothic horror game set in the ninth century. Unlike traditional side-scrolling adventures, the game features role-playing mechanics and takes a lot of inspirations from Castlevania. Bloodstained has been in development for a while, and recently, a lot of gamers criticized the experience for its rough visuals. Now, the team has completely overhauled the graphics.
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It's not just inspired by Castlevania, it's helmed by the original Castlevania creator himself, Koji Igarashi. Having played 13+ hours of it so far, I can attest to the sharp and smooth graphics, and the number of times it has noticeably slowed/stuttered can be counted on one hand. If you're a fan of Metroidvania type games, this is a no-brainer and worth the $40.
I'm picking up a copy tonight after work. Can't wait to sink my teeth into this one.
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