Last up for me on the game front was Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. New York Comic-Con represented Bloodstained‘s first ever public demo and the game, which the press materials said was as a “spiritual successor” to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, was more than just a side-scrolling platformer in the same vein, it was designed by Koji Igarashi, who worked on a number of Castlevania titles including, yes, Symphony of the Night.
I have always been impressed by how “new” a side-scroller can feel despite the fact that the genre that has been around for so long. As with so many other folks, the first game I think of when I think “side-scroller” is the original Super Mario Bros., but Bloodstained‘s graphics and controls showed just how much more a side-scrolling platformer can be in this day and age.
Running (and jumping) through a level definitely brought out a Castlevania-like feel. Floaty heads bobbed up and down towards the player, creepy things threw bones (their own?), there was the whole castle aesthetic, and finally some weird boss who used blood and umbrellas as weapons.
Side-scrollers tend to have a very pick-up-and-play feel, and Bloodstained was no exception. Running through the level available at the con highlighted fun graphics, plenty of weapon choices, and some interesting magic options (who doesn’t want to launch magic apes at enemies?). Beating the boss without dying proved relatively easy as well, but then again, this was not necessarily the final version of the level that will ship with the game… when the game ships sometime in 2018.
BloodyTears92: I should note I haven't set myself up to be disappointing if there's no "hype party" for the launch, we can throw our own launch party, but it strikes me as something the team might do.
Nov 20, 2017 14:55:24 GMT -6
Galamoth: If they actually do such a stream, I wonder if Ben Judd & the staff of Inti-Creates would join them in the celebration.
Nov 20, 2017 15:17:55 GMT -6
Redogan: must be thrown at said launch party! Have at you!
Nov 21, 2017 5:52:59 GMT -6
Enkeria Gin: My party-celebration will be a stream, with my wineglass and Bloodstained.
Nov 21, 2017 16:51:44 GMT -6
Astaroth: i wonder if editing in an @ breaks the tag system
Nov 21, 2017 16:56:17 GMT -6
Galamoth: Astaroth Meaning that said tag will not notify the tagged individual if it's an Edit?
Nov 21, 2017 17:22:53 GMT -6