Review

Review: Bloodstained is a Gothic oddball of an action RPG

Koji Igarashi delivers the revamp Castlevania fans asked for

Game Director
Shūtarō Iida
Key Credits
Koji Igarashi (Producer), Michiru Yamane (Composer), Erica Lindbeck (Miriam Actor)

Bloodstained is a baroque Gothic oddball of an action role-playing game. It's very much the Symphony of the Night revamp Castlevania fans asked for, but newcomers may relish its eccentricities too.

  • Whip-smart action-platforming
  • Great range of playstyles care of a flexible Shards system
  • Endearingly nonsensical architecture
  • Captures the best of vintage Castlevania
  • Very much preaching to the choir
4 / 5
Version tested
PC
Game Director
Shūtarō Iida
Key Credits
Koji Igarashi (Producer), Michiru Yamane (Composer), Erica Lindbeck (Miriam Actor)

Bloodstained is a baroque Gothic oddball of an action role-playing game. It's very much the Symphony of the Night revamp Castlevania fans asked for, but newcomers may relish its eccentricities too.

  • Whip-smart action-platforming
  • Great range of playstyles care of a flexible Shards system
  • Endearingly nonsensical architecture
  • Captures the best of vintage Castlevania
  • Very much preaching to the choir
4 / 5
Version tested
PC