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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Hard, bloody side-scrolling action game with strong heroine.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+
I enjoyed this game. It does have older and more mature content and envolves daggers, blood, and horrid demons. It takes a while to learn the basic controls, but from there, it is relatively easy. I think it provides a great chance for girls to be able to play using a girl character. Often times, boys are the main characters.
age 16+

Good Castlevania Clone; perhaps less sexualization in the next title

Has lots of Castlevania easter eggs, and is challenging. If you are a fan, you can pinpoint which easter egg came from which game. Has a bit of an identity crisis until about 70% through the game where you finally get some unique qualities. One thing to add is that it's not just the first boss that shows breasts, but there is a vampire boss that is sexualized, as well as some of the lesser enemies and even a nun wearing skin tight clothing, each character I have mentioned has big breasts. The main character herself is sexualized a little, showing her big breasts just enough to show a crystalized tattoo, which the story justifies as too painful to cover and happens to be on her heart... The main character also stands in a way that shows her figure (the game justifies this as a sword stance) There are better examples of characters that aren't sexualized within the game, but contrasted with bosses and jiggle physics (big breasts being overrepresented), they could do better on the character designs. Otherwise, the game is quite fun and challenging.

Is It Any Good?

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Players looking for an old-school side-scrolling action adventure game in the tradition of classics like Castlevania and Metroid will find it here. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set in beautifully rendered, atmospheric gothic settings and is populated by lots of imaginative demon enemies, each with their own attack patterns that players need to learn in order to defeat them. Miriam's arsenal includes a satisfying array of melee and ranged weapons that ought to appeal to a variety of play styles, whether you prefer the lightning-quick short-range thrusts of a dagger or the slower but more powerful longer range attacks of whips and greatswords. But the real combat highlight is Miriam's slowly growing collection of magical attacks, some of which can wipe out an entire room of enemies with one properly-timed button tap. Indeed, knowing which weapon and attack to use at the right time is the key to working through some of the game's harder levels and boss fights.

Just as appealing is the world's mazelike design and finely crafted mapping system. Exploring the dungeons, finding secret rooms, earning the ability to access new areas, and slowly expanding the map you've revealed is rarely anything less than satisfying. There's even a tool that lets you customize how the mini-map appears during play. Admittedly, some players will grow frustrated at seeing their progress erased when they die -- including any areas of the map revealed since your last save -- which is bound to happen more often than you might like, given how hard this game is. Keep in mind, too, that success demands more than simply mashing the attack button. Learning enemy patterns and the combination attacks associated with specific weapons is vital, which may prove annoying for those who simply want to sprint and swing their way through each room. But fans of so-called "metroidvania" games aren't likely to complain much. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a welcome throwback to the challenging side-scrolling action games of decades past.

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