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  • Summary: Blasphemous is a punishing action-platformer that combines the fast-paced, skilled combat of a hack-n-slash game with a deep and evocative narrative core, delivered through exploration of a huge universe comprised of non-linear levels.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Oct 28, 2019
    90
    Blasphemous combines extreme difficulty, some religious elements and a beautiful pixel-art-world in a truly fascinating way. Recommended for everybody who does not only want to be entertained, but also challenged.
  2. Sep 20, 2019
    85
    Blasphemous is a twisted take on religion and Metroidvanias, providing great combat, fantastic visuals and a world that’s soaked in both blood and well-written lore.
  3. Oct 6, 2019
    85
    Having a subtractive design at its core, Blasphemous doesn't fiddle with the tried-and-true Metroidvania formula. Instead, it keeps things simple and grabs the player's attention with its despondent imagery and its riveting atmosphere and world building.
  4. Sep 19, 2019
    78
    All in all, I would have liked a bit more narrative narrative and a more level-focused skill design that would not let me search the needle in a haystack in the vast world alone.
  5. Sep 11, 2019
    75
    You will enjoy with the epic battles from Blasphemous and its amazing retro art style, but this metroidvania action game doesn't reach its best version because a simple combat system and an irregular level design.
  6. Oct 10, 2019
    73
    Besides the astonishing art design and the rich and imaginative dark-fantasy world, Blasphemous doesn't know how to mix perfectly the different genres it belongs to.
  7. Sep 12, 2019
    70
    Blasphemous may be a case of style over substance, but that style still carries it a long way. It's very clear that a lot of time and effort went into making this game look and sound as good as possible. If you're craving a well-produced Soulslike or Metroidvania and you don't mind slower combat and a one-note narrative, then Blasphemous will give you an intense fix.

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  1. Positive: 46 out of 70
  2. Negative: 8 out of 70
  1. Sep 12, 2019
    10
    - good atmosphere
    - engaging story ( inspired from inquisition era)
    - interesting characters - good art and design - top notch music -
    - good atmosphere
    - engaging story ( inspired from inquisition era)
    - interesting characters
    - good art and design
    - top notch music
    - souls and castlevania inspirations done right
    - tight level design (interconnected areas)
    - challenging combat
    - coherent ennemy and boss design

    Hats off, game of the year material.
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  2. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Blasphemous is an absolutely gorgeous game, the art style, characters, world design, and gameplay is amazing. Can definitely see this becomeBlasphemous is an absolutely gorgeous game, the art style, characters, world design, and gameplay is amazing. Can definitely see this become one of my all-time favourite game! Beautiful! Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2020
    10
    La posibilidad de hacer parry y contraatacar son elementos simples que le dan mucha profundidad al juego. El diseño de niveles y personajes esLa posibilidad de hacer parry y contraatacar son elementos simples que le dan mucha profundidad al juego. El diseño de niveles y personajes es excelente y la ambientación mucho más. Lo recomiendo do 100% Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2019
    8
    Blasphemous, que nos sitúa en Cvstodia, logra, en lineas generales, su propósito, cual es entregarnos un buen metroidvania, con muchasBlasphemous, que nos sitúa en Cvstodia, logra, en lineas generales, su propósito, cual es entregarnos un buen metroidvania, con muchas plataformas y con ciertos elementos de un "soulsgame".
    Sus características son:
    - Gran ambientación e inmersión, basada en referencias religiosas españolas y distintas obras artísticas de dicho país.
    - La banda sonora, de gran calidad, que está precisamente seleccionada y ajustada a el lugar que nos encontremos.
    - Método de progresión del personaje de acuerdo a descubrimiento del mapa, por lo que no se siente nunca un desnivel en la dificultad
    - Los bosses son coherentes, algunos con interesantes mecánicas, otros no tanto
    - El diseño de niveles esta bien, mas no una obra maestra ni nada cerca
    - Elementos coleccionares para los que les interesa
    - Los putos pinchos y las distancias de las plataformas en algunos puntos son algo ridículos en la precisión requerida
    - Algunos bugs que te obligan a volver a cargar partida y que fastidian, pero tampoco tanto...
    - La personalización del personajes, en su apartado jugable, entrega entrega variados elementos, por lo que interesa obtenerlos y ponerlos en practica.
    - Duración de 12 horas mas menos, o quizá mas dependiendo de lo torpe o ciego que seas.

    En general me parece un muy buen videojuego, salvo esos bugs que tampoco es para tanto, me entrego todo lo que esperaba y sin duda vale la pena probarlo
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  5. Aug 25, 2020
    8
    amazing metroidvania that does many things right still has some flaws but its amazing experience
  6. Jan 7, 2020
    7
    Blasphemous boasts an incredibly gorgeous and intricately detailed pixel art-style which gives the likes of Hyper Light Drifter and Owl Boy aBlasphemous boasts an incredibly gorgeous and intricately detailed pixel art-style which gives the likes of Hyper Light Drifter and Owl Boy a serious run for their money. The setting is horribly violent and depressing, and it never lets up once in the time you’ll have with it. The story itself takes a great deal of inspiration from The Bible and the Holy Inquisition, but doesn’t exist to advocate or protest The Bible, but simply just take a great deal of inspiration from its themes and narrative. The narrative and lore actually ended up being my favorite part of Blasphemous, I loved how twisted and unrelenting its tale of suffering was, and how it intertwined with its different gameplay mechanics. Upon looking into the games story and world, so much of the games seemingly obscure requirements for beating the game and getting the true ending became far more apparent and made much more sense. The savage world and its enigmatic characters were all interesting and enjoyable, and I was always itching to find out more about while playing.

    Initially the game opens up, letting you tackle three bosses/areas in any order you’d like, but once you’ve completed all three bosses there’s one last big area to complete. But unfortunately that’s where Blasphemous’ important choices end. There are heaps of different abilities and pieces of equipment to try out, but I never found any of them to crucial to beating the game, or even really that fun to use and I have a few specific issues with them;

    - Rosary Bead and Mea Culpa Heart affects were usually pretty minute, and not all that helpful. Most of them had affects that were just not useful at or, or that were so minute in their affects that I didn’t even notice them. The only Rosary Beads that I ended up using consistently were the ones that gave you more HP, MP and defense, which are arguably the most boring.

    - I believe there are only seven Prayers (spells) in the game, and considering you can only have one equipped at once there is simply just not enough variety to make them fun to use. The abilities are fairly fun to use at first, but combined with the fact that you have a very finite MP bar, the abilities have fairly limited practical uses and only being able to have one equipped at once means you’re not only barely using them but you also get stuck with just one at a time – and you can’t even change them unless you’re at a checkpoint. They really should have let you equip multiple at once, or given them more versatile uses because I found that on their own they’re not all that helpful or fun to use, and that I was barely using them.

    - Relics unlock different abilities which are required for finding new areas or hidden objects. This is fine in theory, but two improvements could have been made. 1. You can only have 3 of these 5 relics equipped at once, meaning you have to interchange them instead of just being able to use them all at once. There's no reason to not be able to have all of these effects active at once, it just ends up making them less satisfying to find/use and are tedious to swap in and out. 2. These effects are underwhelming, they do things like make additional platforms appear and give resistances to uncommon hazards like poison smog and water

    The game struggles a little bit with its equipment and abilities, fortunately the games areas are so fun to explore on their own that it is ultimately still very fun to play anyways. Every area has distinct enemies, environments, beautiful music, obstacles and environments to experience, and each is as fun as the last. The games platforming really shines when it’s combined with combat encounters, trying to navigate treacherous traps and tight platforms all while dealing with enemies makes for some really distinct and intense combat encounters, because the game merges the two seamlessly with great success. The controls are tight and responsive, making platforming and combat feel tight and responsive. The great variety in enemies, bosses paired with the amazing animations make for an engaging combat system which is as fun to watch as it is play.

    Blasphemous is certainly worth your time, it’s art direction and story is without a doubt worth the price of admission alone. It controls perfectly, the level design is great, the combat is tight and responsive and all the areas are interesting and fun to explore. It however suffers from some very weak, boring, useless and restraining abilities and items. A lot of potential here, and I look forward to seeing what the developers do next.
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  7. Jan 26, 2020
    0
    Ужасный маппинг, все локации не сложные, а бесячие, тебя просто заставляют бегать туда-сюда без цели, ловушки обходить сложно не потому что тыУжасный маппинг, все локации не сложные, а бесячие, тебя просто заставляют бегать туда-сюда без цели, ловушки обходить сложно не потому что ты неумелый, а потому что ты их не видишь, все шипы расположены за пределами камеры, по факту ты прыгаешь каждый раз наугад, а во второй части игры появились Expand

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