Bloodstained: Ritual of The Night is a Crowd Funded Love Letter

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

‘Spiritual successor’ and ‘crowdfunded’ can be troublesome words in game development. An excuse to churn out a game with brand recognition for little investment from a studio. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night does not fall into this category.  Former Castlevania developer Koji Igarashi took the time to iron out a wonderfully crafted passion project. Taking his years of experience and feedback from a loyal fan base to heart to create a worthy spiritual successor.  Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night launched on all consoles in June, picking up where Castlevania: Symphony of the Night left off 22 years ago.  The ‘Spiritual […]

The Subtle Differences: What Separates “Good” Games from “Bad” Games

The easiest way to determine a “good” game from a “bad” game is to ask yourself: “Am I enjoying this?” The answer likely comes easily and you move on, either continuing to delight in your game or abandoning it in search of something more pleasant. But what factors play a role in that split-second decision? Some factors are obvious, such as players facing constant bugs, uninteresting narratives, and lack of creativity. Often times, however, the same features that make players love one game cause them to hate another. The following two examples should hopefully illuminate just how thin the line […]