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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night review

One of the most stubborn stains

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4 weeks ago

Bloodstained will not get a roguelike mode, despite hitting that $5m stretch goal

The "roguelike" mode touted as a stretch goal on the 2015 Kickstarter campaign behind Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night will not be made, the developers have announced, to be replaced with a smaller feature. Roguelike Dungeon was the stretch goal for $5m (£3.9m), and the campaign hit that. The mode would rebuild the Castlevania 'em up as a a roguelikelike, sending players to plunder procedurally-generated…

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8 months ago

Feature: One of the most stubborn stains

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night review

I’ve put in dozens of hours into as many Metroidvania games at this point, and whenever I play them I get anxious. Mostly about getting hopelessly lost, failing to circle back for something important, or forgetting the extensive and mostly unspoken rules the genre has developed over its history. After playing Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, I think I’m starting to properly get the appeal.

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9 months ago

Feature: It's all in bad fun

Steam Charts: Summer Sale Silliness sEdition

If there's one thing that's guaranteed to sweep through the Steam Charts like a giant fart, it's a Steam Sale. Blowing out all the fresh, original or interesting new releases, the mid-year discount warehouse (Junction 45 off the M91) ensures it's a top 10 of games you already bought or decided you don't want to buy. So who is buying them? Baddies. You lot are…

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Feature: Trollerant

Steam Charts: Meaningful Effluence Edition

Hello friendly people! Welcome to the always-lovely, always-cheerful soft-play-of-fun-and-hyphens that is Steam Charts! Today we're going to laugh together, learn together, and maybe, just maybe, if we're lucky, laugh and learn a little. Please, pull up a trouser, take a seat (take as many seats as you need - we have too many seats), and prepare to enjoy, laugh, and maybe even learn.

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10 months ago

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night whips it good today

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, the crowdfunded return of Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night director Koji Igarashi, is out now. Produced by his new studio, ArtPlay, it's a series successor in all but name. There might be a shortage of Belmonts or Draculas, but there's a big gothic castle to explore, bosses to clobber, and a bundle of RPG elements to pad out the platform…

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11 months ago

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night is all dressed up for a June 18th launch

As much faith as I have in Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night as a game, the Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night spiritual successor (headed up by SOTN director Koji Igarashi) has looked a little rough up until now. Today, along with announcing a June 18th release date, developers ArtPlay put out a a very self-aware new trailer, highlighting just how far the game has come.…

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2 years ago

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night delayed into 2019

Draculas are notoriously fond of a lie-in, rarely even opening the curtains before dusk, so it's no surprised that the launch of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night is delayed again. The vampiric new metroidvania from Koji Igarashi, who's best known as assistant director of the seminal Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night, and his gang at ArtPlay is now expected to launch in 2019. Responses from…

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Castlevania successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night looks the part in its new story trailer

Castlevania is on its way back, whether Konami want it to or not. Minus the license but not much else, Symphony of the Night director Koji Igarashi and his new crew, Artplay, have been busy on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Some were disappointed that we didn't see anything new of the game at E3, and now it seems the team were busy putting the…

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon shines on the PC today

You spend forever waiting for a new Castlevania (that isn't a weird God Of War clone), and two come along at once, albeit under a different name thanks to Konami doing their thing. We're still waiting on Koji 'IGA' Igarashi's full resurrection with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but its pseudo-8-bit Kickstarter stretch-goal companion game Curse of the Moon just rolled out on Steam, and by…

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon will be out this month

Koji Igarashi’s Kickstarter for an exploration heavy Castlevania throwback Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set for release later in 2018. But a stretch goal reward for one of the most successful crowdfunding titles of all time will reach your unholy game devices sooner than you might expect. The spin-off title Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon was just announced in Kyoto at BitSummit, and it…

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4 years ago

Castlevania ‘Em Up Bloodstained Delayed Into 2018

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night [official site], the crowdfunded Castletroid from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night assistant director Koji Igarashi, has been delayed into 2018. They'd been planning a release in March 2017 when when they turned to Kickstarter in 2015, which drew a grand $5.5 million, but now they say they want more time to make it good. Fair enough! Better a good game…

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5 years ago

Crowdfundvania: Castlevania Chap Igarashi’s Bloodstained

A new RPG from former Planescape: Torment folks, a new adventure game from Tim Schafer, a new Mega Man from the Mega Man man: some game pitches sound such sure-fire hits and strike such nostalgic nerves that they effortlessly breeze past crowdfunding goals. To that list you can now add a new Castlevania from a big Castlevania name. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night [Kickstarter] is…

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