How to unlock 1986 mode in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Is Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Too Easy? Even the newly released classic mode has a bigger challenge for you, hidden behind some classic code.

Modern Metroidvania Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has received two new free downloadable content for users of all platforms. The most exciting for fans was the inclusion of Classic Mode, a higher difficulty setting that increased the challenge of the game. Present players with a five-stage glove of daunting trials and diabolical sub-bosses to really put both their skills and patience to the test.

However, many were unaware of the even more difficult challenge mode buried in the classic mode. The aptly titled 1986 Mode takes things from the early days of Castlevania and stacks the odds even further against the player.

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1986 Mode truly lives up to its namesake by taking its incredibly useful skills, limiting the player’s move pool to what was available on the original NES Castlevania games. This means there are no back flips, backward steps, or the ability to slide. His maneuverability in the air is also reduced and he can no longer perform jumps when on stairs. The extended range whip is also not available, and you cannot stand or crouch while in the medium whip animation, severely limiting your options in combat.

All of these disadvantages perfectly emulate Simon Belmont’s control scheme in the original game and will certainly give the fans among us the challenge they crave. Forcing them to completely rethink their strategies and tactics in the face of formidable bosses and obstacles in Classic Mode.

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Players can access classic mode by entering the legendary Konami code when on the game’s classic mode title screen. The classic Konami Code – Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left Right, B, A – was a saving grace for many gamers in the difficult and exhausting days of the arcade and NES days. Usually grants players a generous amount of extra lives or level jumps, Bloody Instead, he has decided to turn it around and have him guard the craziest challenges in the game.

This new difficulty mode will undoubtedly appeal to those who love punitive difficulty than the old Castlevania games so lovingly spread and they will Bloody Get even closer to the legendary series that directly inspired its creation.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, developed by ArtPlay and published by 505 Games, is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and PC.

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