Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Nintendo Switch)

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
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What is a port? A miserable little pile of garbage! How to turn a great game into an insufferable experience.
Protagonist: Miriam

Zangetsu (post launch DLC character) Bloodless (post launch DLC character)

Genre: Action
Adventure
Metroidvania
RPG
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: June 25, 2019 (WW)

October 24, 2019 (Japan)

Game Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Developer: ArtPlay[1]
Publisher: 505 Games
Made in: Japan
United States
Franchise: Bloodstained
Previous Game: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (by release date)
Next Game: Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 (by release date)


NOTE: This article is strictly about the poor performance/technical issues of the Nintendo Switch version.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an action-adventure metroidvania RPG game released in June 2019 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, promoted as the spiritual successor to the Castlevania series.

Upon release, the game was well-received, being considered a worthy successor to the Castlevania series. However, the Switch version was delayed by a week and came out as a lower-quality product in comparison. In which this page focuses on.

Why It Sucks

  1. Many framerate problems such as:
    • Frequent frame drops thought the port. improved via patches but not by much.
    • Capped at 30fps, compared to the other versions which run at 60fps. Made more insulting when the Switch has plenty of 60FPS 2.5D games on the said system such as Dragon Ball: FighterZ, Mega Man 11, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Samurai Shodown (2019), Yoshi's Crafted World, Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, R-Type Final 2, Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash, and Mortal Kombat 11.
    • To rub salt on the wounds, some of the mentioned games such as Dragon Ball: FighterZ, Samurai Shodown (2019), Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash, Yoshi's Crafted World, and R-Type Final 2 run on Unreal Engine 4, the same game engine as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
  2. It runs at a lower resolution compared to the other versions/ports, running at 720p when docked and at 596p on portable mode-which is poor considering the fact that the Switch has other 2.5D games that run at higher native resolutions with better performances.
  3. Noticeable input lag compared to the other versions. It has been reduced via patches but not by much.
  4. Poor-quality textures compared to the other versions even with the lower resolution. Also improved via patches but not by much.
  5. Low-quality visual effects, particularly water and shadows compared to the other versions even with the lower resolution. Also improved via patches but not by much.
  6. Long loading times compared to the other versions. Also improved via patches but not by much.
  7. More bugs and glitches then the other versions such as random crashes.
  8. The port suffers rushed development due to the fact it came out one week after the other systems only to be a hastily done, sub-par version of the game.
  9. The latest patch did not improve much at all.
  10. It gets DLC/Patch support later then the other versions, (likely do to it being a gimped port mentioned above.)
  11. Related with #1 the later released iOS/Android port did get update to support 60FPS gameplay. But sadly the port is still caped at 30FPS even with the Mobile versions 60FPS update. This is inexcusable with the fact that Nintendo Switch/mobile both run on ARM processors (Switch uses Tegra while iOS/Androids use Bionic/Snapdragon chips).
  12. False advertising: On the official Nintendo YouTube account and the February 2019 Nintendo Direct video, it shows video footage from the non-Switch version only to be the polar opposite of what the actual Switch port was like!
    • And related to the False advertising, the official Nintendo website page and eShop page shows screenshots from the non-Switch version and the video on the website is the non-Switch version like the YouTube videos mentioned above.

Reception

While professional critics gave the Switch port middling reviews, fans of the game were much harsher in their assessment, blasting the developers for putting so little effort into making the port, making it the system's most disappointing port of all time!

Despite the port being sub-par and being the worst version of the game, it enjoyed the greatest sales of all the versions.

Trivia

  • During an PAX show in the same year, the Nintendo Switch overheated to the point where input issues and lag were often.
  • The game was originally planned to have Wii U and PlayStation Vita versions, but due to the systems lacking native Unreal Engine 4 support combined with the market for both rapidly declining during development, they were eventually cancelled, with the Switch version replacing both as the Switch version took over the now canceled Wii U version not long after the Switch came out, and the PS Vita version got cancelled shortly before Sony announced the PS Vita system production to end in September 2018 with the system production ending on March 2019, three months before the base game came out.

Videos

References

  1. Additional work by WayForward Technologies, DICO Co., Ltd., Disruptive Games, Inti Creates Co., Ltd., and Neo Future Labs

Comments


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Sonicx9us

2 months ago
Score -1
Can not believe someone gave this god awful port a good grade when it should have gotten a D grade!: https://vide...0990#rev5215
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Hammerheart

2 months ago
Score 3

Bloodstained is a pretty good game even if butchered badly on the Switch. I would say B+ is way generous but there are definitely worse games and ports out there. I wonder if this reviewer would give the PS4 version an A+. Who knows, the reviews for modern games are all over the place, low grades for good games and high grades for bad games, everything is upside down. Dang, Witcher 3 gets a C. Bloodborne a D. God of War a C. Ori and Blind Forest a D. But at least he has no trouble giving Atari 2600 games A's and B's LOL.

Joking apart, I think this is mainly a retro site dude, the reviewer here clearly is not putting much attention to 8th or 9th gen games. It seems most of his forum audience are retro gamers as well and that is this site's hook. I would not personally call this site out given the reviewer largely focuses on retro gaming. I mean he has not even bothered to review modern games like Skyrim, Fallout, Y's, Xenoblades, Fire Emblem on Switch, Assassin's Creed, Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and many of the other big hitting AAA titles this generation. One good thing though is his forums are clean and full of what appear to be decent people that are retro gaming enthusiasts. I will definitely be joining this site because although I do not like his reviews of 8th gen games I do like retro gaming as well. Another thing I will say one thing for sure - this video game reviewer definitely does not write reviews to politically fall in line with others - I guess for him it would be self defeating to have to pretend to like a game for sake of not breaking from the pack.
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The Dunkman

12 days ago
Score 1
Dude, that's someone's opinion, you do not have the right to judge it.
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Sonicx9us

2 months ago
Score -1
Bullshit he is overrated and bias end of story!
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Hammerheart

2 months ago
Score 2
He certainly would not be the first or last person to have a negative impression about 8th/9th gen gaming. But why should you care anyway? It is hard to infer bias from the scattershot reviews. He had positive impressions of Sonic Rise of Lyric and Yooka Laylee but then negative impressions with Samurai Showdown and Tekken 7. Sonic Rise of Lyric ranks equal to Crash Bandicoot 4 and above God of War in his reviews (definitely not going along with the grain). Yooka Laylee got a better grade than Crash Bandicoot 4. To me it is obvious this is a reviewer that emphasis his personal taste over objectively deciding whether a title is good. He is not a classical video game reviewer in the sense he does not appear to calibrate his reviews outside of mere enjoyment. With blog-like sentiment, if you have to fake a review, pretend to enjoy a game you do not like, then why blog, it would be a useless exercise? Does this guy have bad taste? Maybe, by my own personal tastes, but other people are welcome to their own tastes and interests, it is not up to you to draw the calibration line in sand. There are many video game blogs/sites/channels to choose from. I wonder why you pick on one website with a small footprint that attracts little to no controversy (forums and reviews appear religion and politics free). From the tone of your response, I am guessing you have a personal issue with this reviewer that you are flushing out into the public domain.
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Sonicx9us

2 months ago
Score -1
That is correct Hammerheart, I also got banned in the forums so that makes me hate the site and reviewer even more!
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Hammerheart

2 months ago
Score 0
I see. I am guessing they have a zero tolerance policy to arguments amongst users. Outside of whatever got you banned, one must note that this reviewer is no more wrong or right about video games than you are, or me for that matter, or a more well known channel like Jim Sterling. My opinion, with this website you posted, nicely managed forums with a more mature audience, but review wise it is pretty weak in it's consistency. I can easily forgive different gaming likes/dislikes and for sure this Video Game Critic has hugely different opinions to me (but what fun is an echo chamber anyway?). I personally would take his reviews with a pinch of salt but that is not to say another cannot enjoy his blog. There is no transcendental source of video game truth so scrub notions that one can be right or wrong insofar as personal taste is concerned.
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DoubleJumpMan

2 months ago
Score 0
Well, I can always get the Switch Port anyway
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Hammerheart

2 months ago
Score 1
This wiki probably should have emphasized that crashing is the main reason why the Switch port is bad. The graphics and frame rates are the least of this port's problems. This game crashes a lot on the Switch, particularly when you talk to NPC's, but it can randomly dump anywhere. If you do get it just make sure you save every chance you can.
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DoubleJumpMan

2 months ago
Score 1
Thanks for the heads up
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Sonicx9us

2 months ago
Score 1

Hammerheart I mention that with this part saying "More bugs and glitches then the other versions.

It also still has bad game breaking bugs even after several patches."
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Hammerheart

2 months ago
Score 0
Sent you a personal mail with suggestions to your article ;)

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