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 is finally available and features a graphical overhaul.
  • It's available for $40 on Amazon 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.

The game places you in the shoes of Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist's curse which slowly crystallizes her body. However, it's more than just about your immediate needs. She has to save humanity, and herself, by fighting through the castle and defeating the summoner Gebel. Even though the traversal and combat seem trivial due to its flat presentation, you have to collect, craft, and unlock a number of weapons to succeed.

After months of delays, Bloodstained is finally available on Xbox One at other platforms. The game costs $40 and features a number of enhancements. For example, it renders at 4K resolution on Xbox One X and appears to be running at 60 frames per second.

Are you interested in Bloodstained? Did you back the game on Kickstarter all those years ago? Let us know.

Castlevania successor

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Enter a demon-infested castle

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an upcoming 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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