Bloodstained Ritual of the Night- Metroidvania video game
26-Aug-2020 by Professor Chaos
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a Metroidvania video game developed by ArtPlay and published by 505 Games. Its development was led by producer Koji Igarashi, and is considered a spiritual successor to the series. The game is the second in the Bloodstained series..
Bloodstained takes place in 18th century England during the Industrial Revolution. Fearing the loss of their influence over their wealthy patrons, the Alchemy Guild researched methods to summon demons and created Shardbinders, humans forcibly fused with demonically-charged crystals that attuned them to their powers.
The play follows the post-Metroidvania style game of the Symphony of the Night and the Order of Ecclesia series Castlegumi. Like Miriam, the player explores a labyrinthine series of chambers that have been introduced as a platform game, fighting monsters and bosses and discovering keys or power to allow them to explore previously inaccessible places.
Miriam is able to use various weapons to perform melee to defeat monsters, or special abilities granted by the shards she possesses from monsters to perform magical attacks.
Miriam has a health life bar and a magic power bar. Health is lost in monster attacks and environmental attacks, and if this drops to zero, the game is over, it requires the player to load the final world. It can be restored through the use of substances or the acquisition of health drops from animals or fragments of nature.Magic power is enlightened through the use of shard skills, and if you are out of mana, the player cannot use shard skills, but mana can also be acquired in the same way as in health..
Player equips new weapons, armor and accessories throughout the game by defeating monsters and looting chests. This equipment provides various attributes to Miriam along with offensive and defensive bonuses.
Among the maze of rooms include save rooms, allowing the player to save their game and fully regenerate Miriam's health and magic power. Additionally, warp rooms allow the player to quickly jump from one region of the map to another previously discovered warp room.
The game is presented in a 2.5D style, presenting the game in three-dimensional graphics but restricting movement to a 2D system. Igarashi stated the choice for 2.5D was to follow the style of previous Castlevania games, such as The Dracula X Chronicles and Mirror of Fate
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in June 2019