Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Preview
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night started on Kickstarter way back in 2015. It has garnered 64, 867 backers to the tune of $5,545,991. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an action-adventure game that is being produced by Koji Igarashi. Mr. Igarashi was the former producer of the Castlevania series, including Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Mr. Igarashi left Konami in 2014 and used Kickstarter to fund his idea for a new Metroidvania-style of game back in 2015. It’s easy to see why everyone is so excited about this game. A companion game, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, was already released in May 2018.
Bloostained: Ritual of the Night follows the story of an orphan named Miriam who wakes up out of a coma and decides to venture into the Demon Castle to save the world and prevent a demonic outbreak. The gameplay of the game (obviously) is similar to Symphony of the Night and Order of Ecclesia. Miriam gains powers empowered by the crystals on her body. Additionally, she will also acquire new items to forge all sorts of weapons and armor. True to the Metroidvania-style 2.5D form, there are inaccessible areas you can’t access until you have been granted the correct power-up or ability. The game also features a very handy mini-map where you can see where you have, and haven’t, been.
Your main attack in the game is with a sword, but you have to study many of the enemies beforehand. If you just go charging in sword-first, you’ll likely suffer a quick death. Some enemies can be attacked up close, but others require you to keep your distance. And yes, there are pattern-flying flying enemies again (remember those dreadful Medusa heads)?
You also have access to some special abilities in the game. You of course have a power-up gauge that you have to keep an eye on. One special move we saw slung a flurry of projectiles in all different directions towards your enemies. The beauty of this game, like Castlevania, is all about mastering platforming skills to dodge dangers, waiting for your time to strike, and then unleashing a barrage of attacks on your enemies. The combat in the game already feels very solid and satisfying (and familiar). There’s a precise feeling of control between risks and rewards. The 2.5D graphics are retro and gorgeous. Think Castlevania with a huge visual upgrade. The sprites are perfect, the lighting effects are great, and the sound and music are beautiful. This game truly does feel like Castlevania reincarnated – which is exactly what we are all looking forward to.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night releases on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC this summer.