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6 Games to Play if You Like Castlevania

games like Castlevania

It’s been nearly a decade since the last Castlevania was released. How terrible is that? We keep hearing rumours that Konami is working on a new game, perhaps even more than one, but nothing official has been announced yet and that makes us sad. Thankfully there are other developers out there making games that offer similar experience, though. So, if you want to play games like Castlevania, you’re covered.

We’ve assembled a short list of the best games like Castlevania that you can play right now. Some of them are inspired by the golden age of Castlevania games, with large interconnected worlds and RPG elements. Others take inspiration from the classics, with a focus on challenging platforming. In any case, as long as you love Castlevania, you’re likely to love these. The icing on the cake? Most of them are available on nearly all formats currently available.

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1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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  • Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC

If you’re after one of the best games like Castlevania, look no further than Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Created by Koji Igarashi, a name that devout Castlevania fans will be familiar with thanks to his work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and many subsequent entries in the series, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a Castlevania game in all but name.

Put in control of a character named Miriam, it challenges players to explore a demon-infested castle, gaining new abilities and developing their powers as they go. This is a sizable adventure, packed with secrets to discover. And since launch it’s been tweaked and expanded upon to make it even bigger and better.

Read our review of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

2. The Last Faith

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  • Available on: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch & PC

The newest game on this list, The Last Faith is an unholy combination of Castlevania and Bloodborne. And if that doesn’t make you want to play it, we don’t know what will. Taking control of an amnesiac protagonist called Eryk, who’s afflicted with a mysterious curse, The Last Faith presents you with a large interconnected world to explore, and it doesn’t hold your hand.

You’re free to combat your enemies with melee weapons, guns or magic, and the essence collected on your exploits can be used to level up and upgrade your arsenal. Be careful though, because if you die you could lose it all. For those up to the challenge, this is one Castlevania-inspired game not to be missed.

Read our review of The Last Faith

3. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

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  • Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC

There’s already one Bloodstained games on this list, but Curse of the Moon offers something a little bit different. While Ritual of the Night will please those who are fans of the later Castlevania titles, which added exploration and RPG elements onto the mix, Curse of the Moon is for old-school Castlevania fans.

This is all about challenging platforming, with numerous stages set to push players to their limits. In addition to the retro-inspired gameplay, the visuals are suitably basic, too. In any case, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is a treat for classic Castlevania fans, and there’s a sequel available for those who want more of what it offers.

4. Blasphemous 2

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  • Available on: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch & PC

The original Blasphemous is great, and Castlevania fans are sure to love it. But Blasphemous 2 is better in just about every way, and with its Metroidvania elements brought to the forefront, we’d wager Castlevania fans will enjoy it even more. The Penitent One returns for this sequel, which finds him exploring yet another mysterious location where danger lurks around every corner.

This time he’s got more weapons and magical abilities at his disposal, making his journey more enjoyable. The great thing about Blasphemous 2 is that you don’t need to play the first game to truly enjoy it, what with its story being relatively self-contained and extremely obscure. Just be aware that it can be very challenging.

Read our review of Blasphemous 2

5. Infernax

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  • Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch & PC

Infernax is inspired by one of the most divisive Castlevania games of all time: Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. It’s not quite a Metroidvania but it boasts some open world and RPG elements, making it feel more like an adventure. Depending on your actions and choices, there are multiple endings to discover, too.

Regardless of all that, the moment-to-moment gameplay is very reminiscent of old-school Castlevania games, with you engaging in lots of platforming while combating grotesque enemies with your trusty mace. It also has a very similar aesthetic. If you’re after games like Castlevania, be sure to check it out.

Read our review of Infernax

6. Dead Cells

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  • Available on: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch & PC

Rounding out this list is something a little different. Dead Cells is a roguelite, which means that every time you die you start right back at the beginning again. It’s procedurally-generated world is refreshed, too, meaning no two playthroughs are ever quite the same. To finish Dead Cells, then, you need to learn its ins and outs and master it. Though you do also unlock some permanent abilities and expand the range of items available to make things a little easier.

Dead Cells was already somewhat reminiscent of Castlevania at launch, but since then an official Castlevania-themed expansion has been released for it. It adds familiar enemies, music tracks, and more, making it a must-play for any Castlevania fan.

Read our review of Dead Cells

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!