Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network A Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Sequel is in the Works https://www.gameskinny.com/kdfak/a-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-sequel-is-in-the-works https://www.gameskinny.com/kdfak/a-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-sequel-is-in-the-works Mon, 07 Jun 2021 17:14:34 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It looks like Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be getting a sequel at some point, and it's currently in the very (very) early stages of development. The news of a sequel was packed into a recent financial report before being confirmed by the game's official Twitter account. 

Aside from the fact that the game is in development, there isn't much else to go on at this point. Neither publisher 505 Games nor developer ArtPlay gave any further information on the RotN sequel. There's no release window or release date, and it's unclear on which platforms the Metroidvania action-platformer will whip onto. 

The tweet from the Bloodstained Twitter accounts said: "Regarding recent reports, 505 Games and Artplay are in very early planning stages for a Bloodstained sequel. However, current development resources are focused on completing Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's upcoming content. We have a lot planned for you."

While there's an official Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night sequel in the works, and ArtPlay is working on even more content for the original, the Koji Igarashi spiritual successor to Castlevania has received quite a bit of love since its release in June 2019.

Since then, the game has received two new playable characters, classic mode (and inside that the unforgiving 1986 mode), boss rush mode, and a crossover event, to name a few. 

The game's 2021 roadmap looks to bring to RotN Chaos Mode, Versus Mode, another crossover, and a third playable character. According to the roadmap, ArtPlay has plans to bring even more to the game after that, though nothing appears to be set in stone just yet. 

That means that Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 2 (or whatever the sequel ends up getting named) could be quite a ways off. Hopefully, not. We'll just have to wait and see. Either way, RotN Is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and Android. Its 2D spinoffs, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, are available as well, though not on mobile devices. 

[Source: PC Gamer]

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Trademarks for Castlevania Series, Metal Gear Rising Filed by Konami https://www.gameskinny.com/8jv56/trademarks-for-castlevania-series-metal-gear-rising-filed-by-konami https://www.gameskinny.com/8jv56/trademarks-for-castlevania-series-metal-gear-rising-filed-by-konami Tue, 20 Apr 2021 20:35:32 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It's been a while since the last good Castlevania game that was actually a Castlevania game. Koji Igarashi's 2019 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night scratched the vania itch well enough, but you'd have to go back to 2010's Lords of Shadow to argue for a good and proper entry in the iconic series.

And as for 2013's Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, well, there hasn't been much news at all about the MGS spinoff since its console port was released for PC in 2014. 

While Konami may not have new games or remasters or remakes in the works for either Castlevania or Metal Gear Rising, the developer did register trademarks for the series and game on April 6 in Japan, according to Gematsu.

The report points out that the trademark for Castlevania is actually for Akumajo Dracula, which is not only "the Japanese for the Castlevania series" but also the title of a port of the original Castlevania, which is known as Castlevania Chronicles in the West. 

Of course, trademark filings don't necessarily mean anything at all when it comes to the resurrection or redeployment of any franchise or title. Konami could simply be securing future rights to both of these in case they decide to revisit them.

And even so, there's currently no idea what those would look like at all (though I'll take any chance to evangelize the desperate need of a decent re-release of Super Castlevania IV that's not part of an Anniversary Collection). It's likely some Metal Gear fans wouldn't mind seeing a Revengeance resurgence, considering the game currently sits around 8 user score on Metacritic and a "very positive" on Steam. 

Regardless of what Konami decides to do with Castlevania as a whole and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, if anything, fans will just have to wait and see. 

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Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Mobile Update Brings Zangetsu Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/f7oca/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-mobile-update-brings-zangetsu-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/f7oca/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-mobile-update-brings-zangetsu-mode Tue, 06 Apr 2021 14:03:49 -0400 David Carcasole

The mobile version of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night has just received a free update in the form of Zangetsu mode, putting it almost on par with the PC and console versions of the game.

The new addition works just the way it does on other platforms, in that you must complete the game first with the good ending to unlock Zangetsu in all his sword-wielding-chain-hooking glory. Once you've begun your journey, Zangetsu comes equipped with his own special abilities and skills right from the start, giving players a fresh experience through the campaign. 

This now further rounds out the additions previously made to the mobile version of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night after the last DLC release for all versions just two short months ago. 

The mobile version of Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night only released in December 2020, and the continued support for it through added DLC and modes available on the PC and console versions should indicate the mobile version will soon be up to par with its PC and console siblings.

The next piece of the puzzle will hopefully be the addition of Classic Mode, which turns the clocks back on the 2.5-D perspective to a traditional 2D perspective. Until then, Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night and the rest of the DLC and modes are available on iOS and Android for $9.99

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Mobile Gets Modes, DLC from Console and PC https://www.gameskinny.com/yuuhq/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-on-mobile-gets-modes-dlc-from-console-and-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/yuuhq/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-on-mobile-gets-modes-dlc-from-console-and-pc Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:58:59 -0500 GS_Staff

Koji Igarashi's excellent Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was released for iOS and Android devices back in December 2020. While it meant fans had yet another way to play the new Castlevania action-platformer, the launch didn't bring with it all the bells and whistles found in the console and PC versions of the game.

Namely, some of Bloodstained's modes were missing, as was a previous console and PC launch day DLC, Iga's Backpack.

A relatively new iOS and Android update (which was released last week, and we just missed at the time) moves Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on mobile a step closer to those other versions with the inclusion of Boss Rush Mode, Speed Run Mode, and Sound Mode. 

Boss Rush is exactly what it sounds like: a mode for the most hardcore Ritual of the Night players. It pits you against a continuous stream of the game's bosses, some of which are incredibly unforgiving, with Zangetsu being only the beginning. 

Speed Run Mode is for those that want to test their skills at beating the game as quickly as possible. It features the basic game, just with all of the cutscenes and dialog bits removed.

Finally, Sound Mode is a way to simply listen to Bloodstained's score on the go (since it's criminally not on Spotify already). It also allows for listening to every bit of the game's soundscape, including individuals sounds, tracks, and other recordings. 

The update squashes a few "known" bugs, "optimizes the operating system," and adds "operation panel customization function in configuration." 

All of that comes alongside the release of the Iga's Backpack DLC for mobile. It adds a new whip to Ritual of the Night, as well as "a super powerful boss: Koji Igarashi himself." 

The mobile versions have sadly yet to receive the Classic Mode DLC, which turns Ritual of the Night's 2.5D perspective into traditional, old-school 2D, but maybe that's coming soon. Fans can only hope. 

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is available on iOS and Android devices for $9.99. The Iga's Backpack DLC is $0.99. 

[Source: Destructoid, Bloodstained.com]

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Receives Free DLC Update That Launches Today https://www.gameskinny.com/4dn1l/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-receives-free-dlc-update-that-launches-today https://www.gameskinny.com/4dn1l/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-receives-free-dlc-update-that-launches-today Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:54:12 -0500 Dylan Webb

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has been out for nearly two years now but producer Koji Igarashi and his development team at ArtPlay aren't done yet. The anticipated Bloodstained Classic Mode DLC update has dropped today for free, and it comes with two brand new modes for fans to enjoy.

The biggest addition is undeniably neat Classic Mode, which offers a host of new stages, sub-bosses, and difficulty options to choose from. Better yet, this mode also features a retro-inspired 8-bit aesthetic, one that really drives home it's Castlevania influences. 

The other option is admittedly more surprising. Called Kingdom Crossover, it's a collaborative effort between publishers 505 Games and Raw Fury, bringing the latter's Kingdom: Two Crowns into Bloodstained.

This mode features a brand new area and boss, incorporating the more modern visual approach that Kingdom offers in comparison to Classic Mode. 

Available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, this free DLC update sadly skips mobile platforms, though Ritual of the Night did just release for iOS and Android back in December. Stay tuned for more on the Bloodstained franchise, as well as other Igarashi projects. 

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Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 Release Date, New Characters Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/67lme/bloodstained-curse-of-the-moon-2-release-date-new-characters-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/67lme/bloodstained-curse-of-the-moon-2-release-date-new-characters-revealed Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:04:04 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Bloodstained Curse of the Moon 2 was announced last week during NGPX. The reveal was somewhat of a surprise considering the first game was a companion game to Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and there had been no previous word on a sequel. 

However, we now know Curse of the Moon 2 is just around the corner. The 8-bit retro-style platformer will release on July 10, 2020. 

The release announcement comes alongside a trailer showcasing brand-new gameplay, as well as a few familiar faces. 

While the original trailer and announcement only revealed four playable characters, this new trailer nearly doubles that. There are now seven playable characters in Curse of the Moon 2.

Zangetsu returns from Curse of the Moon and Ritual of the Night, alongside Miriam, Gebel, and Alfred. They're joined by exorcist Dominique (RotN), as well as newcomers Robert and Hachi, a long-range sharpshooter and a mech-commanding corgi. Transformations also make a return, and players can still swap characters at any time. 

Curse of the Moon 2 will release for PC (Steam), PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. According to its Steam and Nintendo eShop pages, it will support split-screen co-op. 

The game is developed and published by Inti Creates and comes from the mind of Koji Igarashi, perhaps best known for his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Announced, "Coming Soon" https://www.gameskinny.com/gcyj1/bloodstained-curse-of-the-moon-2-announced-coming-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/gcyj1/bloodstained-curse-of-the-moon-2-announced-coming-soon Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:07:13 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Before Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launched, we got Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, an 8-bit throwback to classic Castlevania games. Now we know that we're getting a sequel, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, which is set for release sometime soon for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Curse of the Moon 2 stars two familiar characters and two new ones. Zangetsu (Curse of the Moon, Ritual of the Night) and Dominique (RotN) are two of the game's playable characters, while Robert, a sniper who uses a wide-ranging arsenal to take out foes from afar, and Hachi, a Corgi using a magic suit of armor to squash foes, round out the roster.

There were no transformation powers shown in the trailer, but we'll see if those reappear as we learn more, hopefully, later this year.

So far, there's no word on a sequel to Ritual of the Night. Whereas Curse of the Moon was a companion title to RotN, Curse of the Moon 2 is currently a standalone game brought forth thanks to the first one's popularity. However, series creator Koji Igarashi has said in the past that he would like to make Bloodstained into a larger series. 

We're big fans of Bloodstained and will definitely be keeping an eye on this. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 news as it develops.

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1,500+ Games Discounted During Good Old Games' Lunar New Year Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/em6wr/1500-games-discounted-during-good-old-games-lunar-new-year-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/em6wr/1500-games-discounted-during-good-old-games-lunar-new-year-sale Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:01:08 -0500 GS_Staff

Joining the likes of Steam, Fanatical, and Ubisoft, Good Old Games is holding its own sale to celebrate the Lunar New Year. From January 24 to January 31, more than 1,500 games and game bundles are on sale, some upwards of 90% off. 

Though the name might suggest these discounts are relegated to the ephemeral "old" games available on the platform, GoG has actually been selling newer games for a while now.

As such, highlighted deals include those on Disco Elysium, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Everspace, Greedfall, Vampyr, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Children of Morta, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Although it doesn't look like there are many, if any, deals on upcoming games like Cyberpunk 2077 or Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2, GoG has helpfully separated its sales by genre and the cleverly useful "only the highest discounts" category. 

Here are some of the best deals we saw while readying our wallets for the inevitable mass exodus of money. 

 

Game Regular Price Sale Price
2064: Read Only Memories $19.99 $3.99
Abzu $19.99 $9.99
Age of Wonders 3 $29.99 $7.49
Age of Wonders: Planetfall $49.99 $33.49
Alan Wake $14.99 $2.99
Ape Out $14.99 $7.49
Atom RPG $14.99  $11.99
Baldur's Gate Enhanced $9.99 $4.99
Baldur's Gate 2 Enhanced $19.99 $9.99
Banner Saga $24.99 $7.49
Banner Saga 2 $24.99 $9.99
Banner Saga 3 $24.99 $14.99
Battletech $39.99 $13.59
Bioshock Remastered $19.99 $4.99
Bioshock 2 Remastered $19.99 $4.99
Bioshock Infinite Complete $54.99 $18.14
BIT.TRIP Runner 2 $14.99 $7.49
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night $39.99 $25.99
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger $14.99 $5.99
Children of Morta $21.99      $15.39
Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 $12.99 $3.24
Cossacks 3 $19.99 $7.99
Cuphead $19.99 $14.99
Daikatana $6.99 $0.97
Darkest Dungeon $24.99 $7.49
Darkwood $14.99 $5.99
Dead Cells $24.99   $17.49
Death's Gambit $19.99 $9.99
Doom 2 + Final Doom $9.99 $2.99
Doom 3 BFG $19.99 $5.99 
Dragon Age Origins Ultimate $19.99 $4.99
Dying Light $59.99   $17.99
Enter the Gungeon $9.99  $5.99
Everspace $29.99 $4.49
Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark $29.99 $14.99
Figment $19.99  $6.79
Firewatch $19.99 $4.99
Frostpunk $29.99 $11.99
Greedfall $49.99 $37.49
Grim Dawn $24.99 $4.99
Gris $16.99 $8.49
Headlander $19.99  $5.99
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice $29.99 $10.19
Hollow Knight $14.99 $7.49
Hotline Miami $9.99 $2.49
Katana Zero $14.99 $9.69
Kingdom Come: Deliverance $29.99 $14.99
Layers of Fear $19.99 $3.99
Layers of Fear 2 $29.99 $14.99
Mafia 3 $39.99  $7.99
Metro 2033: Redux $19.99 $4.99
Metro Last Light: Redux $19.99  $4.99
Mutant Year Zero $34.99 $17.49
Nex Machina $19.99 $9.99
Outlast $19.99 $3.99
Outlast 2 $29.99 $7.49
Pillars of Eternity Definitive $39.99 $19.99
Prison Architect $29.99  $7.49
Rime $29.99  $5.99
Ruiner $19.99  $9.99
Shadow Warrior $39.99 $9.99
Shadow Warrior 2 $39.99  $9.99
Shadowrun Returns $14.99 $3.74
Shovel Knight: King of Cards $9.99 $7.19
Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope $14.99 $10.79
Slime Rancher $19.99 $7.99
Spec Ops: The Line $29.99  $5.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Ultimate Sith Ed. 
$19.99  $6.99
Stories Untold $9.99 $2.49
Superhot $24.99  $9.99
Surviving Mars $29.99 $10.19
Tangledeep $14.99  $5.99
The Saboteur $19.99 $4.99
The Signal From Tova $19.99 $4.99
The Surge $19.99  $6.79
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt $39.99  $11.99
Thronebreaker: the Witcher Tales $29.99 $14.99
Titan Souls $14.99 $3.79
Vampyr $49.99 $16.99
Wasteland 2 Director's Cut $44.99  $17.99
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Complete $49.99  $9.99

 

That's only a small fraction of the games currently on sale during Good Old Game's Lunar New Year sale. Currently, there are dozens of DLC and expansion packs also available.

On top of that, legitimately good old games, such as those in the Warcraft, Caesar, Sim City, and King's Bounty series, are available at steep discounts. You can see everything that's on sale over at GoG.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more sales and discounts. And be sure to head over to Steam, Fanatical, and Ubisoft to see what's on sale for those storefronts and if it's cheaper than what's available here. 

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Start the New Year Right with Nintendo's Massive New Year Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/5piib/start-the-new-year-right-with-nintendos-massive-new-year-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/5piib/start-the-new-year-right-with-nintendos-massive-new-year-sale Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:16:02 -0500 Josh Broadwell

It's a new year, and Nintendo is celebrating with a week-long sale featuring discounts on some of the Nintendo Switch's hottest titles, and even some Nintendo 3DS titles.

The sale is live now and runs until January 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Here's some of the discounted goodness on offer, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Stardew Valley, and a whole lot more.

 

Game Sale Price
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
 $41.99
Splatoon 2  $41.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
 $41.99
Yoshi's Crafted World
 $41.99
Kirby: Star Allies  $41.99
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
 $41.99
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
 $34.99
Resident Evil 4
 $19.99
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
 $27.99
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
 $14.99
Wargroove $15.99
Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection
 $29.99
New Super Lucky's Tale  $35.99
Stardew Valley
 $9.99
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
 $13.99
Celeste  $9.99
Divinity: Original Sin 2 — Definitive Edition
 $39.99
Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
 $17.49
Fire Emblem Awakening (3DS)  $23.99
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
 $11.99

 

There's a whole lot more on offer as well. Check out the full listing here, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo and video game sale news as it breaks.

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GameSkinny's Best Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/td48x/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/td48x/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2019 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:47:58 -0500 GS_Staff

Some truly amazing games came out in 2019. From monolithic AAAs like Gears 5 and Pokemon Sword and Shield to unassuming indies like Wattam and Disco Elysium, the last year of the decade hasn't left us wanting.

To celebrate the year that was, we've collected our highest-reviewed games of 2019 into a pseudo "best of" list. We're a small staff at GameSkinny, so going the traditional "staff voting route" didn't really make a whole lot of sense. The most democratic way to make a list like this was to include any game with a score of "8" or higher. 

Such a rubric might not be perfect as it leaves out some of the year's tentpole titles like Modern Warfare and Death Stranding, but a list like this is never perfect. It will always create some form of controversy. 

So without further ado, here is GameSkinny's "Best Games of 2019" list. We have arranged the following games in alphabetical order. Be sure to sound off in the comments at the end of the article. We're certain you will have thoughts — and we want to hear them! 

A Place for the Unwilling

Publisher: ALPixel Games
Developer: ALPixel Games
Initial Release Date: July 25, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: A Place for the Unwilling offers a delightfully sinister tale of mystery and destruction with a staggering number of branching paths that guarantee no playthrough will be the same.

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Initial Release Date: January 18, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The VR Mode is the big draw of Bandai Namco's new flight combat simulator, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, but it is more limited than you might have hoped.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Triumph Studios
Initial Release Date: August 6, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: The turn-based strategy game of the year has arrived, and the unexpected transition from fantasy to sci-fi is handled superbly.

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Ape Out

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developers: Bennett Foddy, Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch
Initial Release Date: February 28, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: There's a lot to love about Ape Out and not many glaring flaws to point to... It may be a simple game with basic controls, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still provide a challenge that rewards sound, strategic play. 

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Astral Chain

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Platinum Games
Initial Release Date: August 30, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Astral Chain presents an experience that might be familiar to those familiar with Platinum Games, but there's enough to keep you engaged and excited... But even if you're just looking for a new, fairly linear story to dive into, or dying to get your hands on a game whose combat actually involves new ideas and executes them well, then this is the game for you.

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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Initial Release Date: May 21, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: It's more of the same Atelier, but it also takes the best from its predecessors to synthesize a fun and customizable adventure. It might not be a huge leap forward for the series, but it combines the best elements from previous Atelier games to make this new entry a contender for best of the crop and an excellent starting point for newbies.

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Atelier Ryza Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Initial Release Date: September 26, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Atelier Ryza is the best Atelier game to date, with some much-needed improvements that make for a more compelling package on the whole.

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Blasphemous

Publisher: Team 17
Developer: The Game Kitchen
Initial Release Date: September 10, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: If you love SNES platformers and aren't concerned by the possibility of an angry god pressing its "smite" button to rain lightning upon you, Blasphemous is simply a must-play.

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Blazing Chrome

Publisher: The Arcade Crew, Limited Run Games
Developer: JoyMasher
Initial Release Date: July 11, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Rad and totally kickass, Blazing Chrome stands as one of the best run n' gun games of all time. A worthy successor to the Contra crown from concept to execution.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Artplay
Initial Release Date: June 18, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stands as one of the best Vania games of recent memory, and one of the most satisfying games of 2019 so far.

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Borderlands 3

Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Gearbox Software
Initial Release Date: September 13, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Borderlands 3 is the best Borderlands has ever been. It's beautiful, funny, and frantic in the best ways. There are issues, but those shouldn't deter you too much from having an absolute blast.

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Cadence of Hyrule

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Brace Yourself Games
Initial Release Date: June 13, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Cadence of Hyrule is a fresh approach to the classic 2D Legend titles that looks and sounds amazing, but it doesn't last long.

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Cardpocalypse

Publisher: Versus Evil
Developer: Gambrinous
Initial Release Date: December 6, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Cute graphics, funny writing, and good gameplay make Cardpocalypse a rousing good time.

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Children of Morta

Publisher: 11 Bit Studios
Developer: Dead Mage Studios
Initial Release Date: September 3, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Children of Morta is a standout roguelike RPG with a solid central hook, satisfying gameplay, and gorgeous art style all piled on top of huge replay value.

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Code Vein

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Bandai Namco
Initial Release Date: June 5, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Code Vein is an anime souls-like featuring great customization and a wonderfully bizarre world.

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Control

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Remedy Entertainment
Initial Release Date: August 27, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Control is undoubtedly Remedy's biggest and weirdest game yet. In many ways, it's also their best, all while it paves the way for a Marvel-like connected universe.

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Cooking Simulator

Publisher: PlayWay
Developers: Big Cheese Studio, Wastelands Interactive
Initial Release Date: June 6, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The simple fact that Cooking Simulator does what it says on the label makes it a must-have for anyone who loves cooking as much as they love gaming.

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Dark Devotion

Publisher: The Arcade Crew, DotEmu, Maple Whispering Co.
Developer: Hibernian Workshop
Initial Release Date: April 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Get ready to die with another killer 2D souls-like that flips the script in several ways for a refreshing take on the genre.

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Devil May Cry 5

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Initial Release Date: March 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Devil May Cry 5 is back, bringing with it the same hack-and-slash action that made it one of the best action franchises of all time.

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Dick Wilde 2

Publisher: PlayStack
Developer: Bolverk Games
Initial Release Date: February 19, 2019
Platforms (VR): PS4, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: With humor, stylish visuals, and solid shooting mechanics, Bolverk Games' Dick Wilde 2 is a great little VR diversion for those that dig on-rails shooters.

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Disco Elysium

Publisher: ZA/UM
Developer: ZA/UM
Initial Release Date: October 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Looking for something even weirder than Torment and with even more character customization options? Disco Elysium is RPG of the year. Hell, maybe even the decade.

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Doraemon: Story of Seasons

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developers: Marvelous Inc., Brownies Inc.
Initial Release Date: October 10, 2019
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Doraemon: Story of Seasons borrows from both franchises while managing to be a stand-out farm-sim game in its own right.

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Dragon Star Varnir

Publisher: Idea Factory
Developer: Compile Heart
Initial Release Date: June 11, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Dragon Star Varnir could use some polishing in a few areas, but the combat, setting, and story make for a dark and compelling RPG nonetheless.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2

Publisher: Square-Enix
Developers: Square-Enix, Omega Force
Initial Release Date: July 12, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Dragon Quest Builders 2 takes just about everything that made the original so enjoyable and improves upon it.

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Initial Release Date: February 5, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Etrian Odyssey Nexus is an excellent way to end the franchise's time on the 3DS, beckoning old and new fans alike back into the labyrinth.

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Far Cry New Dawn

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Initial Release Date: February 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Far Cry New Dawn recycles the same general setting from last year's Far Cry 5, but this time with a post-apocalyptic twist and healthy injection of creative, colorful, and bombastic content.

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Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

Publisher: 1C Entertainment
Developer: 6 eyes Studio
Initial Release Date: August 16, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark is a deep and engrossing tactical RPG no genre fan should miss. With interesting characters and complex combat, it's a poster child for the greatest the genre can provide.

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FIFA 20

Publisher: EA Games
Developers: EA Vancouver, EA Romania
Initial Release Date: September 27, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: For fun and realistic gameplay, FIFA 20 can't be beat, though the specter of card packs looms large over the game's Ultimate Team mode.

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Figment

Publisher: Bedtime Digital Games
Developer: Bedtime Digital Games
Initial Release Date: September 22, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Figment turns a touchy topic into an engaging puzzle adventure that's filled with heart and some excellent setting and soundtrack designs.

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Publisher: Nintendo
Developers: Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo
Initial Release Date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the definitive Fire Emblem experience, with a compelling story, streamlined gameplay, and a staggering amount of content.

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Gears 5

Publisher: Xbox Game Studio
Developer: The Coalition
Initial Release Date: September 10, 2019
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: The Coalition has set a new benchmark for Microsoft's first-party campaigns. By taking huge risks, subverting expectations, and delivering a visual spectacle, Gears 5 is the best in the series.

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God's Trigger

Publisher: Techland
Developer: One More Level
Initial Release Date: April 18, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Heaven's under new management. It takes a little while to come into its own, but God’s Trigger is a decent weekend’s worth of splatterpunk entertainment.

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Gorn

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer:
Free Lives
Initial Release Date: August 24, 2019
Platforms (VR): PS4, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Gorn is challenging, horrifying, hilarious, and a genuine joy to play. It manages to be brilliant in both short bursts and long sessions.

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Heroland

Publisher: XSeed Games, FuRyu, Marvelous Inc.
Developer: FuRyu, Netchubiyori Limited
Initial Release Date: December 3, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Heroland offers a hilarious take on working life, RPGs, and fan culture, wrapped in a clever combat system.

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Indivisible

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Lab Zero Games
Initial Release Date: October 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Indivisible brings its own mix of genres, packed with the best group of characters in years.

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Ion Fury

Publisher: 3D Realms, 1C Company
Developers: Voidpoint LLC
Initial Release Date: February 28, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ion Fury mixes old and new in a throwback FPS that deftly builds its own enduring identity.

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John Wick Hex

Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
Developer:
Bithell Games
Initial Release Date: October 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: John Wick Hex puts you in the well-trained shoes of a master assassin, but without a lot of planning, you'll find yourself no more use than a kid with a water pistol.

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Judgment

Publisher: Sega
Developers: Sega, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Initial Release Date: June 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Though there are some hiccups along the way, Judgment proves without a doubt that Ryu Ga Gotoku studio doesn't need Kazuma Kiryu to sell a great game.

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Katana Zero

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Askiisoft
Initial Release Date: April 18, 2019
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: If I have one complaint about Katana ZERO, it's that there's not already a sequel.

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Kingdom Hearts 3

Publisher: Square-Enix
Developer: Square-Enix
Initial Release Date: January 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Kingdom Hearts 3 delivers an amazingly fun and intense experience in a long-awaited title that lives up to the hype.

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Luigi's Mansion 3

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Next Level Games
Initial Release Date: October 31, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Luigi's Mansion 3 is almost non-stop fun and is another must-have for the Switch's library.

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Madden NFL 20

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Tiburon
Initial Release Date: August 2, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Madden NFL 20's major new features are good on their own, but they are even better as a foundation for the years to come.

Read the review.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Team Ninja
Initial Release Date: July 19, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a more-than-solid release that will interest most Switch owners. While some fans of the original games might have gripes, it's still likely to be a solid choice.

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Metro Exodus

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: 4A Games
Initial Release Date: February 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Metro Exodus, 4A's new first-person shooter, is almost a perfect game, introducing exciting new elements while still offering the classic Metro experience.

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Mini-Mech Mayhem

Publisher: FuturLab
Developer: FuturLab
Initial Release Date: June 18, 2019
Platforms (VR): PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: If you want a new, randomized strategy title for the PSVR that you can sink dozens of hours into, Mini-Mech Mayhem should be on your wishlist immediately.

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MLB The Show 19

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE San Diego Studio
Initial Release Date: March 26, 2019
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Show is back with the latest, but just barely the greatest addition to the world of baseball video games.

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Mortal Kombat 11

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios
Initial Release Date: April 23, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Almost three decades since the original, Mortal Kombat 11 proves the fighter's might is still strong.

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Need for Speed: Heat

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Ghost Games
initial Release Date: November 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though it still can't match the scope of Forza Horizon 4, Need for Speed: Heat is a great racing game in its own right.

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NHL 20

Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Vancouver
Initial Release Date: September 13, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: NHL 20 delivers an enjoyable simulation of the NHL experience, with new modes and features adding additional fun to the strong framework provided by prior years' releases.

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Night Call

Publisher: Raw Fury, MonkeyMoon
Developers: BlackMuffin, MonkeyMoon
Initial Release Date: July 17, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Night Call is an intriguing ride through Paris full of intriguing tales and conversations. Too bad its detective elements aren't as compelling.

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One Finger Death Punch 2

Publisher: Silver Dollar Games
Developer: Silver Dollar Games
Initial Release Date: April 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: One Finger Death Punch 2 is a deep, rhythmic fighting game that attempts to replicate the feel of classic kung fu movies.

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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: P-Studio
Initial Release Date: June 4, 2019
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: New Cinema Labyrinth is a brilliant combination of game mechanics with a heap of Persona charm and style that's sure to keep you busy for a long time to come.

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Planet Zoo

Publisher: Frontier Developments
Developer: Frontier Developments
Initial Release Date: November 5, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Planet Zoo is a deep management sim featuring some beautiful animal recreations. It's a must-have for any animal lover.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Game Freak 
Initial Release Date: November 15, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Pokemon Sword and Shield breathe a joyous breath of life back into the series, with great improvements and a stellar batch of new 'mon.

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RAD

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Double Fine
Initial Release Date: August 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: RAD is a fantastic roguelike that creates a world worth fighting for and a game well worth playing over and over again.

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Rebel Galaxy Outlaw

Publisher: Double Damage Games
Developer: Double Damage Games
Initial Release Date: October 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Despite a few stumbles, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is one of the best space sims of recent memory, with strong characters, fast-paced combat, and amazing music.

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Remnant: From the Ashes

Publisher: Perfect World Entertainment
Developer: Gunfire Games
Initial Release Date: August 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Remnant: From the Ashes is a tough-as-nails cooperative shooter that brings together the best elements of games like Dark Souls and Left 4 Dead.

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Ring Fit Adventure

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo 
Initial Release Date: October 18, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ring Fit Adventure may be the best exercise video game, blending strength and aerobics training into an impeccably designed package.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Publisher: From Software, Activision
Developer: From Software
Initial Release Date: March 22, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is probably the best game From Software has ever made, and it's worth every second of your time playing.

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Shenmue 3

Publisher: Deep Silver, Shibuya Productions
Developers: Ys Net, Yu Suzuki
Initial Release Date: November 19, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: For better or worse, Shenmue 3 is a blast from the past. It's a beautiful world marred only by its insistence to stay the same.

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Sparklite

Publisher: Merge Games
Developer: Red Blue Games
Initial Release Date: November 14, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Sparklite is a good example of how creativity and sharp game design can elevate a genre even if you thought you'd seen everything it has to offer.

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Spinnortality

Publisher: James Patton
Developer: James Patton
Initial Release Date: February 1, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Spinnortality is tightly focused on the bleak but shiny transhumanist megacorp side of cyberpunk, putting it in unique territory.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Initial Release Date: November 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has some technical issues and poor pacing but is still an amazing single-player Star Wars game.

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Steel Division 2

Publisher: Eugen Systems
Developer: Eugen Systems
Initial Release Date: June 20, 2019
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Steel Division 2 proves to be a much better game than its predecessor in terms of graphics and mechanics, even if it still needs to solve a few balancing problems before it can be called "definitive."

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Stranded Sails

Publisher: Maple Whispering Co
Developer: Lemonbomb Entertainment
Initial Release Date: October 17, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though it's a bit more survival-focused than other games of its kind, Stranded Sails is still a mostly quaint and worthwhile farm life sim any genre fan will enjoy.

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Stranger Things 3: The Game

Publisher: BonusXP
Developer: BonusXP
Initial Release Date: July 4, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, Android
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Stranger Things 3 has taken over the pop culture world like it always does when a new season hits Netflix. If you've binged it already and need more, the console game is a fun adaptation worth any fan's time.

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Super Mario Maker 2

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Initial Release Date: June 28, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Super Mario Maker 2 fulfills just about everything it set out to do, making it a must-play for Mario fans.

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Team Sonic Racing

Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sumo Digital
Initial Release Date: May 21, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, iOS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Team Sonic Racing is closer to a 3D Sonic game to a kart racer, and we love it. Sonic Heroes Racing, anyone?

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The Blackout Club

Publisher: Question
Developer: Question
Initial Release Date: July 29, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Stranger things have happened, but they're rarely as scary or as fun as The Blackout Club, a dynamic co-op adventure that beckons with its bellowing song of hypnosis.

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The Church in the Darkness

Publisher: Fellow Traveler
Developer: Paranoid Productions
Initial Release Date: August 2, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Church in the Darkness is an ambitious game and delivers on its premise almost all the way. It's worth sipping this Kool-Aid.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3

Publisher: NISA
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Initial Release Date: October 22, 2019
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Trails of Cold Steel 3 is a masterclass in storytelling that improves nearly everything in the franchise's history.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Publisher: Nintendo
Developers: Grezzo
Initial Release Date: September 20, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: With a host of enhancements that more than make it worth playing for newcomers and old fans alike, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remains a brilliant example of impeccable design.

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The Outer Worlds

Publisher: Private Division, Take-Two Interactive
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Initial Release Date: October 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Outer Worlds is a goofy, full to the brim RPG that liberally samples from other giants in the genre. It's a fun romp through a neon universe.

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The Sinking City

Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Developer: Frogwares
Initial Release Date: June 25, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: With a distinct lack of hand-holding, in-depth investigative mechanics, and a solid mix of open-world design with mythos monsters, The Sinking City is the standard for Lovecraftian games.

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The Sojourn

Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Developer: Shifting Tides
Initial Release Date: September 20, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: The Sojourn elevates simple mechanics and creative level design to create a thoroughly enjoyable puzzling experience and a game any fan of the genre should play.

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The Surge 2

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Deck 13
Initial Release Date: September 24, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: With more options, more weapons, and a much bigger environment to play with, The Surge 2 improves on everything from its predecessor.

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ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove

Publisher: HumaNature Studios
Developer: HumaNature Studios
Initial Release Date: March 1, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove isn't a blast FROM the past, it's a blast TO the past.

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developers: Massive Entertainment
Initial Release Date: March 15, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Division 2 is an improvement on the first game in almost every way, and it's both a fun game and a satisfying investment.

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Trine 4

Publisher: Modus Games
Developer: Frozenbyte
Initial Release Date: October 8, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The puzzles and banter are as good as they've ever been, though Trine 4 has a hard time overcoming some dodgy combat mechanics.

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Trover Saves the Universe

Publisher: Squanch Games
Developer: Squanch Games
Initial Release Date: May 31, 2019
Platforms: PS4 (VR), Xbox One, PC (VR), Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: A surprisingly entertaining platformer smothered in Roiland-brand humor. Trover Save the Universe is a title well worth playing whether you have a VR headset or not.

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Truberbrook

Publisher: Headup Games
Developers: btf GmBH
Initial Release Date: March 12, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Truberbrook has a few faults, but its engaging characters, enjoyable narrative, and fantastic atmosphere make it easy to recommend.

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Vambrace Cold Soul

Publisher: Headup Games
Developer: Devespresso Games
Initial Release Date: May 28, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: If you don't mind being actively abused and tortured for hours on end, Vambrace can become extremely addicting for fans of either Darkest Dungeon or classic SNES RPGs.

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Void Bastards

Publisher: Humble Bundle
Developer: Blu Manchu
Initial Release Date: May 28, 2019
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Void Bastards is a roguelite shooter that encourages experimentation and smart thinking in outer space, and it mostly works to great effect.

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Wattam

Publisher: Annapurna
Developer: Funomena, SIE Santa Monica Studio
Initial Release Date: December 17, 2019
Platforms: PS4, PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Wattam is a rare wonder of a game, full of hope, charm, and poop. But it's also one of the kindest games to come out all year.

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We. The Revolution

Publisher: Klabater
Developer: Polyash
Initial Release Date: March 21, 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: All told, We. The Revolution comes together to make a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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What the Golf? 

Publisher: Triband
Developer: Triband
Initial Release Date: October 1, 2019
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: What the Golf? is a funny hole-in-one success of a game that keeps surprising and captivating with unfiltered creativity.

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Witcheye

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Moon Kid
Initial Release Date: August 15, 2019
Platforms: Android, iOS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Witcheye is the most fun you can have as a floating eye in a mobile game.

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Yoshi's Crafted World

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: good-Feel
Initial Release Date: March 29, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Don't let the green dino's mid-tier status fool you. With fluid platforming, incredible attention to detail, and a huge variety of content, Yoshi's Crafted World is a must-have Switch game.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution

Publisher: Konami
Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Initial Release Date: August 20, 2019
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is the most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! title to date, with a great price tag for its infinitely replayable content.

Read the review.

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That's it for our list of the best games of 2019. What were your favorite games? Sound off in the comments below. 

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Best Buy's Scary Games Sale Has Frights, Dark (Empty) Knights, and a Scared Green Plumber https://www.gameskinny.com/jtgaa/best-buys-scary-games-sale-has-frights-dark-empty-knights-and-a-scared-green-plumber https://www.gameskinny.com/jtgaa/best-buys-scary-games-sale-has-frights-dark-empty-knights-and-a-scared-green-plumber Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:34:49 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Best Buy is running a limited-time Halloween sale as part of its weekly bundle of deals. There's a fair bit on offer here, from this year's frightening favorites to the tried-and-true horror staples of days gone by.

Here's a bit of what you can expect from the Scary Games sale, including Resident Evil 2, Hollow Knight, Bloodborne, Luigi's Mansion, Dead by Daylight, and dozens more. 

Here are some of the highlights.

Best Buy Halloween Sale Highlights

Game Sales Price
Resident Evil 2 — Standard Edition (PS4 and XB1) $24.99
Undertale (Switch)  $24.99
Resident Evil Origins Collection (Switch) $29.99
Devil May Cry 5 Standard Edition (PS4 and XB1)  $24.99
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek (PS4 and XB1) $4.99
Hollow Knight (Switch)  $29.99
Luigi's Mansion (3DS) $29.99
Bloodborne (PS4) $16.99
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PS4 and XB1)  $29.99
The Sinking City (PS4)  $49.99
A Plague Tale: Innocence (PS4 and XB1) $42.99
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
 $24.99
Dead by Daylight: Definitive Edition (Switch) $29.99
Call of Cthulu (PS4)  $24.99
We Happy Few (PS4 and XB1) $14.99

 

That's but a sampling of the close to 50 games included in the sale. You can check out the full list here, and if that's not enough Halloween for your video game, be sure to take a gander at our games with Halloween events list as well. 

If you're a PlayStation player, be sure to check out PlayStation's Halloween sale, which is full of devilishly good deals. 

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We're Giving Away 5 Keys for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4o7gv/were-giving-away-5-keys-for-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-on-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/4o7gv/were-giving-away-5-keys-for-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-on-ps4 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:25:15 -0400 GS_Staff

Grab your whip, your short sword, and your holy water. We're giving away 5 PS4 keys for the criminally awesome IGA-vania that is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

To enter, all you have to do is use the nifty widget below!

Each action will give you a certain amount of entries, meaning the more actions you perform, the more entries you'll get, and the greater chance you have at winning.  

Please note that must be 18 years or older to enter

Any of the information provided below is only used to contact you in the event you are chosen as a winner. 

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Giveaway PS4

After a lengthy development cycle, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night finally released on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch earlier this summer. Although the Switch version suffered from frame-rate and optimization issues at launch, all three other versions of the game were universally praised.

Our review of the game said: 

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stands as one of the best Vania games of recent memory, and one of the most satisfying games of 2019 so far.

If you were hoping Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be the game that brought back the Castlevania feel for the first time in years, your hopes are answered. This game is everything fans of the genre look for in a title: tight controls, a vast, sprawling map, unique enemies, and powerful abilities to destroy said enemies with.

Bloodstained has a good bit of replayability as well, with a New Game+ mode, boss rush mode, and secret endgame bosses to defeat. Plus, with 13 free DLC packs on the way, Iga has more to deliver if you didn’t get enough from the base game.

If you want to take on Hell itself with sword and spell, there are few better places to do it than in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

When We’ll Announce the Winner:

There will be 5 Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night PS4 keys given away and the winners will be announced August 13, 2019. The contest closes on Monday, August 12 at 11:59 p.m. That's less than a week away. Good luck, everyone!

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Hair Apparent Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/bx0m3/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-hair-apparent-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/bx0m3/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-hair-apparent-locations Thu, 04 Jul 2019 12:23:06 -0400 Jason Coles

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has secret character customisation. In order to unlock a lot of the options, you need to get your hands on the Hair Apparent books, all of which are numbered using Roman numerals like Hair Apparent V. While you always play as the enchanting Miriam, you can actually do a lot more with the way she looks than you would initially think.

After meeting Todd (a Killer Barber who isn’t a killer), you’ll be able to sit down and change your hairstyle, as well as hair, skin,and eye colour. It’s a strange place to keep the customisation, but who are we to judge.

In order to unlock new hairstyles, you need to find the Hair Apparent books, which we'll be going over in this guide.

Hair Apparent I

Found within the Dian Cecht Cathedral just before the Craftwork Boss at the bottom of a room.

Hair Apparent II

Found within the Dian Cecht Cathedral but you have to go through the Oriental Sorcery Lab to actually get to it.

Hair Apparent III

A reward for completing ‘Avenge the death of Dan!’ for Lindsay. You have to kill 3 Wolfman to complete it.

Hair Apparent IV

A reward for giving Susie some cookies as part of her side quests.

Hair Apparent V

Doesn’t exist. For some reason, this book seems to be Hair Apparent XII, and if it’s a deep cut (get it) then I don’t get it.

Hair Apparent VI

At the bottom of the first portion of the Towers of Twin Dragons. There are five collapsing gold platforms to go down. Make your way left at the bottom to grab this.

Hair Apparent VII

After gaining the Invert Shard, head back to Towers of Twin Dragons. In the upper portion of the first tower, you need to head to the bottom. You will see two green chests on otherwise unreachable platforms, the one on the right has this.

Hair Apparent VIII

You can find this in the Oriental Sorcery Lab, in the upper left of the room with the big cat enemy.

Hair Apparent IX

Gained as a reward for completing ‘In Memory of Edith’ for Abigail.

Hair Apparent X

As you explore the bell towers of Dian Cecht Cathedral you will reach the room directly above where you got Hair Apparent I. If you break the floor here, you can drop down into a secret area that has Hair Apparent X.  

Hair Apparent XI

In the room above the Fast Travel room just before the boss fight in the Hall of Extermination.

Hair Apparent XII

In the left-hand open area of the Galleon Minerva. You need to use the Invert Shard and go to the top-right of the screen to grab this.

That's every Hair Apparent location in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Now you can live your dreams of having perfect hair no matter how many demons you fight. Make sure to head over to our Bloodstained guides list to sort out any other issues you're having too. 

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Bloodstained Ritual Of The Night: How to Farm Gold https://www.gameskinny.com/ufvcn/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-how-to-farm-gold https://www.gameskinny.com/ufvcn/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-how-to-farm-gold Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:13:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

Never seem to have enough gold on hand in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night? It's a resource that's readily available, but you need to spend some time hitting the same locations over and over to get rich quick. You've got to farm gold, baby.

The best method we've found involves hitting a series of breakable objects in rapid succession that respawn when you leave the room. This is a much better route than taking on enemies that have a chance to drop gold, as they will also often drop other items that aren't as useful.

Ready to roll in the cash? Let's get started by looking at what items and shards you need to make this method work.

Farming Gold Using Accelerator 

Augment Gold passive shard in Bloodstained menu.

No matter where you farm, it's critical to place Augment Gold as your passive shard (crafted from Augment Luck) so higher value money bags drop more frequently. You may also want to equip the Gambler's Ring as one of your accessories to increase your luck on drop rates.

From there, equip the Accelerator as your manipulative shard, which lets you move very quickly and deal damage along the way to break objects. With this loadout, you will get either 100, 500, 1,000, or 2,000 gold piece bags every time you hit statues or light sources in the locations listed below.

Finally, make sure to equip Gebel's Glasses. This accessory has a really cryptic description saying "a reminder of days now lost," but what that description doesn't mention is that Miriam doesn't run out of MP while wearing them.

This means you can effectively use Accelerator forever. Without the glasses, the statues may drop MP items instead of gold. To get the glasses, you need to acquire 100% of the available shards and then open the chest at Johannes's workshop in Arvantville. 

What should you do if you don't have Gebel's Glasses yet or haven't acquired the Accelerator? You can also use the Spiked Breastplate to farm these same locations, but it will take significantly longer as you won't move as fast.

Note that you can also use either Nectar or Lemonade to increase Miriam's MP regen, which isn't quite as effective as Gebel's Glasses but is still better than nothing when you are constantly spamming the Accelerator.

Best Accelerator Gold Farming Locations

There are three main places to farm gold with the Accelerator that work very well.

The best is easily in the two short cavern passageway rooms found side by side in the Forbidden Underground Waterway (the two small blue rooms on the map just below the red save point room).

There are three lights in both rooms: one on the wall, and two on the ground. You can hit them endlessly in rapid succession just by using Accelerator to run back and forth.

With this area, it's possible to net several hundred thousand gold in a matter of minutes with a little persistence.

 Two statues on either side of the room always drop money

The second area is a little slower and is found back near the beginning of the game in a room with four statues.

By using Accelerator, you can break all four statues then leave the room through the left side and immediately re-enter (don't use the right side as the door gets in the way). It takes about two seconds or less to clear the room and then repeat the process. 

The third area is in the Tower of the Twin Dragons where you also perform this same trick on a room with three lights. Take the elevator from the top floor down to the second floor of the Tower. In the next room, break the three lights to get the gold drop, then exit and re-enter to do it again and again.

Have you found any other great gold farming spots that we missed? Let us know your favorite gold farming method in the comments below, and check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night guides here:

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Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night - How to Get the Oriental Sorcery Lab Chest in https://www.gameskinny.com/f6dvi/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-how-to-get-the-oriental-sorcery-lab-chest-in https://www.gameskinny.com/f6dvi/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-how-to-get-the-oriental-sorcery-lab-chest-in Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:59:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

Like any great platformer, ode to castle-storming games of yesteryear Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night features a number of items you can only acquire through extensive backtracking after unlocking new abilities.

One particularly vexing chest can be plainly seen, but you won't be able to pick it up until much, much later on in the game.

Astute players have probably already noticed the Oriental Sorcery Lab chest under the bridge near a stranded man. Can't quite reach the chest yet? You'll need to grab a shard from a late game boss first!

How To Reach The Oriental Sorcery Lab Chest

To access the chest, you need the Dimension Shift ability acquired by defeating the penultimate boss before the very last boss in the entire game.

If you haven't done so already, go fight Gremory in the Glacial Tomb after the Den Of Behemoths (make sure to use Zangetsuto as your weapon for extra critical hits against Gremory).

When you've got the Dimension Shift shard, head back to the Oriental Sorcery Lab and use your new ability to pass through the barrier directly to the chest.

Having trouble getting this ability to properly activate? 

To use Dimension Shift and move through the wall, you have to actually aim your movement with the orb of light first -- like with the Reflector Ray ability - rather than just pressing the button Dimension Shift was bound to (if you are using a controller, you aim with the right stick).

If you just tap the button, nothing happens and the Dimension Shift ability doesn't actually activate.

Note that when you have the Dimension Shift shard, you can also reach the treasure chest in the Tower Of Twin Dragons to acquire the The Valkyrie Sword.

Having trouble with Gremory or need help finding any other hidden areas of the game? Pop us off a comment below and then check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night guides here:

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Where to Find Strawberries in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night https://www.gameskinny.com/dbzpy/where-to-find-strawberries-in-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night https://www.gameskinny.com/dbzpy/where-to-find-strawberries-in-bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:26:36 -0400 John Schutt

Strawberries are a major ingredient in several confectionery recipes in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. That means knowing where to find them and how to farm them is essential if you want to eat every dish the game has to offer.

Use this guide to discover what enemy drops strawberries, where they are, and the easiest method of collecting them.

Where to Find Strawberries

The enemy that drops strawberries, the Celaeno, lives in two areas:

The Tower of the Twin Dragons

The Bridge of Evil

The trick with the Bridge of Evil is, you can only farm the Celaenos there after you've gone through the bridge encounter with Zangetsu, and even then, if they don't drop a strawberry, you'll have to reload the area. 

How to Farm Strawberries

First of all, maximize your Luck stat via:

  • Improve LCK shards
  • Whatever your best Luck gear is
  • The Fortune Tome from O.D.
  • The Gambler's Ring and Plunderer's Ring

Now, the easiest way to farm strawberries in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is to head to the fast travel point in the Tower of the Twin Dragons, then head into the first room and immediately drop down.

There are two Celaeno demons in the large room filled with spinning gears, but to start the farm, go to the level pictured above, exit the room and immediately reenter.

One Celaeno will fly toward you. Kill it, then leave the room again and reenter as before. Do this as many times as it takes to grab all the strawberries you need. 

Strawberry Drop in the Tower of Twin Dragons

Strawberry Drop on the Bridge of Evil

If you're looking for additional info on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, be sure to check out any of the other great guides below.

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Bloodstained Imbrued Fang: Where it is and What it Does https://www.gameskinny.com/4fgx2/bloodstained-imbrued-fang-where-it-is-and-what-it-does https://www.gameskinny.com/4fgx2/bloodstained-imbrued-fang-where-it-is-and-what-it-does Sun, 30 Jun 2019 10:53:25 -0400 Jason Coles

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is full to the coffin lid with secrets. There are secret areas, bosses, and abilities, but there are also a few secret items worth chasing down, one of which is the Imbrued Fang.

The Imbrued Fang is a crucial component of one of the most powerful weapons in the game, the Rhava Velar which is the upgraded form of the Rhava Bural.

Getting both of these items to drop requires a bit of luck though, so get ready to farm.

How to get the Imbrued Fang in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

To get the Imbrued Fang, you need to get ready to beat up a slot machine.

First, you need to grab the Millionaire's Key from the Den of Behemoths. This is a late game area, so make sure you prepared. It's fairly high up in the room as you can see below, so just use invert to go and grab it.

Once you have the key, it's time to unlock the door and fight the Millionaire's Bane in the Hall of Terminus. The Imbrued Fang has a chance to drop during the boss fight in this room, so just boost your luck up nice and high and go wild.

You can fight this boss as much as you want, so don't worry if you don't get it first try. It's also next to a save point, which makes it great for farming in general.

How to Use the Imbrued Fang

The Imbrued Fang is used in crafting arguably the best melee weapon in the game, the Rhava Velar.

The Rhava Velar doesn't do much damage, but the attack speed is like nothing else in the game. This means it can dole out critical hits at a far higher rate. 

To craft it, you need 4 Rhava Bular, 1 Crimsonite, 1 Imbrued Fang, and 4 Sharp Razor.

You can get the Rhava Bular and Sharp Razor from Killer Barbers in the Dian Cécht Cathedral, and Crimsonite from Ninjas in the Oriental Sorcery Lab. Again, these are random drops, so it's a good idea to have your luck as high as possible. 

Once you've got all of those items, you can now craft the mighty Rhava Velar, which might seem weak on paper, but is an absurd weapon in reality.

That's all there is to know about the Imbrued Fang, make sure to check out our other Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night guides if you're looking for any other answers.

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GameSkinny Weekend Download: Console Tariffs, Canceled WoW Successor, New PUBG, More https://www.gameskinny.com/w3hpt/gameskinny-weekend-download-console-tariffs-canceled-wow-successor-new-pubg-more https://www.gameskinny.com/w3hpt/gameskinny-weekend-download-console-tariffs-canceled-wow-successor-new-pubg-more Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:00:01 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, Nintendo teamed up with Sony and Microsoft in a rebuttal against the Trump Administration's proposed console tariffs, and PUBG Corp confirmed a new game in the franchise is in development. 

We also published a few fantastic reviews on games such as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Samurai Shodown, Steel Division 2, The Sinking City, and Crash Team Racing. Of course, we've got a handful of guides on many of the latest releases. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 

News

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Reviews

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    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stands as one of the best Vania games of recent memory, and one of the most satisfying games of 2019 so far. Read more

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    When Crash Bandicoot wasn't jumping on crates of wumpa fruit and spin-attacking turtles and wizards, he was racing aliens around the track in a stylish buggy. Crash Team Racing (CTR) has long been regarded as one of the best kart racers of its time, if not of all-time. Read more

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    With a distinct lack of hand-holding, in-depth investigative mechanics, and a solid mix of open world design with mythos monsters, The Sinking City is the standard for Lovecraftian games. Read more

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Guides

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    Learning how to swim in Bloodstained isn’t as simple as just getting in the water. Find out how to do it in our swimming guide. Read more

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    A guide on how to unlock the new character, Rex, in Risk of Rain 2. Read more.

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Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. Be sure to check previous weeks for more content: 

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review — A Masterful Symphony https://www.gameskinny.com/sjmqz/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-review-a-masterful-symphony https://www.gameskinny.com/sjmqz/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-review-a-masterful-symphony Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:03:26 -0400 John Schutt

Four years ago, Koji Igarashi (Iga) set out to create a new vision for what fans call the “Igavania” genre. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be Iga’s answer to a community's burning desire for a classic side-scrolling action game with RPG elements. The only difference? It wouldn’t be Castlevania.

It would be better.

Kickstarted with more than $5.5 million and hyped with frequent updates direct from Iga himself, we’ve now had a chance to see what four years of development time created.

I have good news: Bloodstained is the -Vania game everyone was waiting for and then some.

It offers mechanically-rich systems, plenty of build variety, creative enemy and boss design, a labyrinthine castle, and the engaging gameplay Iga’s classics are known for. And even though it adds some flavorful retooling of established mechanics, players will find a number of callbacks to games from years past, and not without a small amount of fun inside jokes for those familiar with the history of Castlevania.

A Castle Wide, a Castle Deep

No spiritual successor to Symphony of the Night would be complete without a vast, maze-like castle filled with impossible architecture. Iga claims this is the biggest world he’s ever created, and I’m liable to believe him.

In the 15 or so hours it took me to complete the main story (plus some grinding for gear), I managed to explore about 95% of the map and encounter probably 70% of the demons on offer.

The nature of a -Vania-style castle — it comes from Hell and therefore isn’t constrained by human limitations on construction or size — is that it can be as large and as varied as its designers want it to be. The developers at ArtPlay spared no expense in making the Hellhold of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night a massive, multilayered and environmentally diverse locale.

It starts simply enough: a farm village hub leading quickly to an entrance hall built with classic gothic architecture and plenty of Kickstarter backer portraits. Both tutorial and early grinding zone, the entrance level is sometimes breathtaking but rarely mindblowing.

As you progress through the game, however, oddities abound and wonder begins to set in. Environments that astound with their garishness, their unique style, or just by being strange become commonplace.

Traversal is standard at the start as well. Platforming takes few risks, but even in the opening areas, it’s clear players will acquire abilities to let them explore further. In almost every case, you’ll need to defeat a boss and learn their unique shard, which will imbue you with the power to open new paths and discover new secrets.

In many cases, the level where you fight a specific boss has rooms that require their shard to pass, posing both as an obstacle to remember and a handy tutorial once you have your next new tool.

Handy, too, are the various save points and fast-travel points scattered about the map. While neither is so frequent to be overbearing, both make navigating Bloodstained a much less daunting task than something like Symphony of the Night.

Probably the most convenient feature designers provided was a save point directly opposite every boss room, ensuring that even if you need multiple attempts to take down a powerful foe, you won’t have to cross whole sections of the map to do it. Also is the fact that boss doors stand out against every environment. You really can’t miss them.

Fighting Through Hell

Moving about the Bloodstained map is a reasonably linear affair for the first third of the game or so. There are four or five abilities you must have — and an equal number of items you must collect — if you want to open up the later areas of the castle. Exploration is, of course, rewarded, and it is required because there are a few points where the answer to where you need to go and who you need to talk to isn’t exactly clear.

That said, the game pushes you in the right direction through dialogue hints and with the auto-filling minimap. Doors you’ve not gone through are marked, and if you want to know how much you haven’t yet explored, there’s a percentage meter on the map screen with an exact figure for you to reference.

As you explore, you’ll encounter one or more of the hundreds of demons inhabiting the world of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The vast majority of them are unique, with clever, interesting, and sometimes humorous designs. There are some palette swaps to fill out the roster in various areas, particularly in the late game, but even those enemies have new attacks or movement patterns to compensate for the repeated model usage.

You would do well to learn how to fight each one of them, too, because each enemy has a shard — some magical spell or other upgrade ability — that you’ll be able to pick up and farm for if you so desire.

It might be bosses that have plot powers you’ll need to collect, but it’s the shards dropped by more common enemies that sell the combat in Bloodstained. As I said in my early-game build guide, magic, and the various buffs you can acquire from shards quickly trivialize almost every fight. Paired with the proper gear sets and even the final few bosses take less than a minute to burn down to nothing.

The best part about builds in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is how the game makes no apologies or excuses for how overpowered your character can become. It’s a major plot point I won’t go into here.

The trouble with some end-game builds, though, is how much farming it takes to make them viable. The highest level gear in the game requires players to farm for incredibly rare drops, and unless you’re in it for the long haul, that kind of redundancy can be frustrating.

Later game bosses necessitate some grinding as well, especially when it comes to the damage they inflict. Just getting to said bosses can be a slog if you aren’t adequately equipped, and if you’ve cleared every other area of the game up to that point but still find yourself up against a wall, frustration won’t be far behind.

Still, the combat loop I built for myself was satisfying enough that the two hours of total grinding I did wasn’t at all a dealbreaker. It helped build muscle memory for abilities I’d be happy to have in a pinch.

The combat itself is pretty simple, of course. Cast spell, swing weapon, dodge attack, that sort of thing. There are no combat stances, only a few alternate attack types per weapon, and a lack of super-advanced dodging tech to learn here.

Seek Perfection but Never Attain It

I have a few complaints to lodge with Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, primarily around how players are supposed to navigate its world. Like classic -Vania games, you aren’t told where you need to go and what to do. Instead, players are expected to explore every inch of the map, talk to every NPC until they start repeating themselves, then form a plan in their head.

The problem there is that some of the leaps of logic Bloodstained asks its players to make are tiresome at times. The one that sticks out most to me comes near the end of the game when you have to find your way past two spike corridors. You need a specific piece of gear not to take damage, and that gear piece is hidden away on the other end of the castle, on a secret platform, which you’ll only find using an ability gained in a third area. I made it through without the gear, but I used every healing item I had and barely made it to the fast-travel point.

I was also a little annoyed by how linear the first part of the game is. There isn’t much room to move about without following the critical path. I know too much freedom isn’t any better than too little, but in many cases, I felt like I was almost being railroaded in a particular direction. The helpful clues the game threw at me only heightened my frustration, as I couldn’t figure out where the clue was trying to lead me. It seemed, at the time, to show me a new place in an area I thought I’d already fully explored.

Lastly, and these are minor issues, were the quests and occasional typographical errors present throughout the game’s text. The latter two points I chalk up to this being a crowdfunded game, though with the number of people on staff, I’d have hoped typos would be less frequent than they were.

The quest system is essentially a set of bounty boards like you might find in a traditional MMO or open-world game. Kill these monsters, collect these items, turn in for a reward. The repeated dialog didn’t help these quest systems either, and I sometimes wondered why they were included at all.

Again, these are minor things and neither substantially detracts from the overall experience, but they do get in the way just enough to be worth mentioning.

Final Verdict

Pros
  • An immense castle filled with secrets, demons, and no small number of throwbacks
  • Satisfying, varied combat with room for many different playstyles
  • Plenty of reason to play for hours and hours using the abilities you gained through conquest
Cons
  • Occasional obscure answers to simple questions
  • A story you won’t be writing home about
  • Console load times are a bit much

If you were hoping Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night would be the game that brought back the Castlevania feel for the first time in years, your hopes are answered. This game is everything fans of the genre look for in a title: tight controls, a vast, sprawling map, unique enemies, and powerful abilities to destroy said enemies with.

Bloodstained has a good bit of replayability as well, with a New Game+ mode, boss rush mode, and secret endgame bosses to defeat. Plus, with 13 free DLC packs on the way, Iga has more to deliver if you didn’t get enough from the base game.

If you want to take on Hell itself with sword and spell, there are few better places to do it than in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

[Note: A copy of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night was provided by ArtPlay for the purpose of this review.]

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - All Shards Location Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/b9m9e/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-all-shards-location-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/b9m9e/bloodstained-ritual-of-the-night-all-shards-location-guide Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:10:48 -0400 Jason Coles

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is out now and it is full to the brim with strange abilities for you to absorb into your body via shards. Nearly every monster in the game has something to offer you, you just have to be willing to put in the time to farm them, either that or be incredibly lucky.

In order to help you figure out which ones you are missing, we've put together this list of the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Shard locations just for you. A couple of these repeat, but that's because they can be dropped by different monsters. 

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Shard Locations 

Shard Name Monster Location
Cerulean Splash Seama Galleon Minerva
Flame Cannon Cannon Morte Galleon Minerva, Arvantille, Entrance
Gale Crawler Aello Galleon Minerva. Arvantille, Entrance
Summon Ghost Ghost  Galleon Minerva, Entrance 
Head Flair Dullahammer Galleon Minerva 
Summon Rat Giant Rat  Arvantille 
Bone Toss Bone Morte  Arvantille, Entrance 
Summon Bat Bat Arvantille, Entrance, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Summon Gieremund Gieremund  Entrance, Dian Cécht Cathedral 
Heretical Grinder Blood Grinder Knight  Entrance, Garden of Silence 
Sword Expertise Sabnock Entrance 
Fly Trap Moco Weed  Garden of Silence 
Release Toad Toad  Garden of Silence, Forbidden Underground Waterway
Summon Plume Parma Plume Parma  Garden of Silence 
True Arrow Barbatos  Entrance, Garden of Silence 
Familiar: Carabosse Carabosse Garden of Silence 
Summon Simian Simian  Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral 
Alchemic Bounty Zagan  Garden of Silence 
Welcome Party Poltergeist  Galleon Minerva, Dian Cécht Cathedra, Towers of Twin Dragons, Livre Ex Machina 
Acid Jet Ordog  Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Petra Ray Gargoyle  Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Dagger Expertise Killer Barber  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Augment INT Demon  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina, Forbidden Underground Waterway
Summon Buer Buer  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Bridge of Evil, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Riga Stroaema Nyabon  Entrance, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Summon Insect Scythe Mite Towers of Twin Dragons 
Familiar: Dullahammer Head Dullahammer Head  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Summon Buer Buer Armor Garden of Silence, Towers of Twin Dragons, Forbidden Waterway 
Beast Guardian Wolfman  Towers of Twin Dragons 
Resist Thunder Thunder Elemental Livre Ex Machina 
Firearm Expertise Carriage Morte Livre Ex Machina, Bridge of Evil 
Familiar: Dantalion Dantalion  Livre Ex Machina 
Sacred Shade Rul'sha  Livre Ex Machina 
Circular Ripper Decarabia  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Summon Shovel Armor Shover Armor  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Resist Petrification Malediction  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina
Teps Oceus Celaeno Towers of Twin Dragons, Bridge of Evil 
Directed Shield Shield Outsider Dian Cécht Cathedral, Towers of Twin Dragons
Resist Strike Puppy  Bridge of Evil, Underground Sorcery Lab 
Bunnymorphosis Lili  Bridge of Evil 
Flying Dagger Assassin  Bridge of Evil 
Draconic Rage Dragon  Livre Ex Machina 
Resist Curse Kunekune  ??? 
Resist Poison Poison Toad  Towers of Twin Dragons, Underground Sorcery Lab, Forbidden Underground Waterway, Hidden Desert 
Healing Sidhe  Underground Sorcery Lab 
Bolide Blast Bomber Morte  Underground Sorcery Lab 
Money is Power Mimic  Livre Ex Machina, Underground Sorcery Lab 
Resist Light Light Elemental  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Optimizer Ocypete  Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Death Cry Cyhyraeth  Entrance, Garden of Silence, Dian Cécht Cathedral  
Summon Chair Chair Mimic  Livre Ex Machina, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Chaser Arrow Leraje  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina 
Familiar: Bloodbringer Bloodbringer  Entrance, Dian Cécht Cathedral, Hall of Termination 
Spear Expertise Lance Armor  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Livre Ex Machina 
Upbeat Heat Tamako-Death  Livre Ex Machina 
Familiar: Buer Triwheel Buer  Livre Ex Machina, Hall of Termination 
Kick Expertise Gamigin  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Hall of Termination 
Augment MND Titania  Livre Ex Machina, Hall of Termination 
Throwing Axe Axe Outsider  Livre Ex Machina, Hall of Termination 
Resist Slash Scylla  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Va Ischa Forneus  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Aqua Stream  Deeseama Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Summon Water Leaper Water Leaper  Forbidden Underground Waterway, Hidden Desert 
Amphibian Speed Glashtyn Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Detective's Eye Seeker  Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Words of Wisdom Archdemon  Dian Cécht Cathedral, Forbidden Underground Cathedral 
Lethargy Amy  Hidden Desert 
Augment CON Allocer  Hidden Desert 
Tis Raiff Vul'sha  Hidden Desert 
Resist Thrust Living Fossil  Hidden Desert 
Resist Strike Rocky  Hidden Desert 
Resist Dark Dark Elemental  Secret Sorcery Lab
Whip Expertise Lamashtu  Secret Sorcery Lab 
Toxic Storm Macaron  Underground Sorcery Lab, Secret Sorcery Lab, Forbidden Underground Waterway 
Red Remembrance Blood Bug  Inferno Cave 
Resist Fire Fire Elemental  Inferno Cave 
Flamethrower Volcano Morte  Inferno Cave 
Summon Hellhound Hellhound Inferno Cave 
Throw Spear Zepar  Hidden Desert, Inferno Cave 
Augment LCK Deathtrap  Inferno Cave, Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Pick Pocket Gusion  Livre Ex Machina, Underground Sorcery Lab, Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Augment STR Gaap  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Petra Breath Haagenti  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Tornado Slicer Kamikaze  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Shuriken Ninja  Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Fly Trap Giant Moco  Den of Behemoths 
Summon Bat Giant Bat  Den of Behemoths 
Release Toad Giant Toad  Den of Behemoths 
Flame Cannon Giant Cannon  Den of Behemoths 
Familiar: Buer Giant Buer  Den of Behemoths 
Firearm Expertise Chariot Buer  Den of Behemoths 
Drain Marbas  Den of Behemoths 
Feral Claws Silver Wolfman  Den of Behemoths 
Void Ray Abyssal Guardian  Livre Ex Machina, Den of Behemoths 
Accelerator Harrier  Den of Behemoths 
Resist Ice Ice Elemental  Glacial Tomb 
Summon Tracer Tracer  Glacial Tomb 
Firearm Expertise Gusion Cannon  Glacial Tomb 
Ace Strike G Axe Outsider  Glacial Tomb 
Fald Ciu Demon Lord  Glacial Tomb 
Summon 8-Bit Zombie Eight Bit Zombie   8-Bit Nightmare 
Summon 8-Bit Ghost Eight Bit Ghost 8-Bit Nightmare  
8-Bit Fireball Eight Bit Skull 8-Bit Nightmare  
8-Bit Flame Eight Bit Overlord  8-Bit Nightmare  
Chisel Barrage  Master Carpenter   Oriental Sorcery Lab 
Ruinous Rood Revenant  Garden of Silence 
Jackpot Millionaire's Bane  Hall of Termination 
Thrashing Tentacle  Vepar  Galleon Minerva 
Craftwork Craftwork  Dian Cécht Cathedral
Double Jump Andrealphus  Livre Ex Machina 
Inferno Breath Valac  Towers of Twin Dragons 
Hammer Knuckle Glutton Train  Bridge of Evil 
Reflector Ray Bathin  Underground Sorcery Lab 
Blood Steal  Bloodless Dian Cécht Cathedral 
Shadow Tracer Doppelganger  Secret Sorcery Lab 
Invert Orabas  Inferno Cave 
Gold Bullet Valefar  Den of Behemoths 
Dimension Shift Gremory Glacial Tomb 
Standstill Orlok Dracule  Glacial Tomb 

 

That's every shard you can get from the incredibly varied monsters in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

If you're struggling to get one of these to drop, it's worth upping your luck stat and pushing through. Good luck on your adventure, and if you need more help check out our other Bloodstained guides here on GameSkinny. 

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