The Bloodstained franchise has returned with another spinoff title in with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, from Inti Software.
Going the Castlevania 3 route with multiple characters fighting against hordes of monsters and demons, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 has four characters to play as, Zangetsu, Dominique, Robert, and Hachi on their quest to defeat their foes. Each of the four characters have their own strengths and weaknesses, which you must use to navigate difficult combat and platforming challenges across multiple world maps.
The special abilities of the allies are more than just combat ones, as each of them has a different play style and abilities to access new areas in a given stage. Dominique, for example, can use her spear to pole vault to higher platforms in the level, giving her exceptional reach and jump height to hard to reach areas.
Curse of the Moon 2 captures the direct feel of Castlevania 3, with pixelated-styled graphics, midi sounding music, and classic platforming gameplay. What adds to this is new features in Curse of the Moon 2, most notably a new 'Veteran' style mode, where enemy attacks are so powerful, they knock the character back in a way that can easily lead to their deaths. This of course is echoing one of the harder elements in the NES Castlevania series, and is a nice little throwback for fans pining for a more authentic experience, along with the limited lives and continues that are missing from the games 'Casual' mode.
Players can expect Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.