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  • Summary: A dark corruption scandal in the heart of the New York City's underworld for charismatic detective John Blacksad!

    The 50s, New York City: Joe Dunn, owner of a boxing club, is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale, due to take to the ring for the most important fight of his career,
    A dark corruption scandal in the heart of the New York City's underworld for charismatic detective John Blacksad!

    The 50s, New York City: Joe Dunn, owner of a boxing club, is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale, due to take to the ring for the most important fight of his career, has mysteriously disappeared. Sonia Dunn, Joe's daughter, takes over the gym and must deal with its financial woes. She hires private detective John Blacksad to investigate Yale's disappearance. This sinister case will take our investigator to the darkest, most dismal depths of New York.

    With its anthropomorphic characters and its incredible 1950s feel, BLACKSAD: Under the Skin promises all the eerily dark adventure of a detective novel, just like the eponymous comic book series.

    Conduct the investigation in your own way. Make use of your feline senses as you hunt for new clues. Make decisions on behalf of Blacksad and influence the outcome of the case.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 11, 2020
    75
    Despite its flaws — both performance and otherwise — Blacksad: Under The Skin still makes for an interesting game. It’s clunky (in more ways than one), but it’s also got a gripping story at its core, and it’s oozing style. I’ve certainly played better adventure games than this one, but there’s enough interesting stuff going on here that fans of the genre could do worse than checking it out.
  2. Nov 18, 2019
    65
    Blacksad: Under the Skin is a true adaptation of the comic album series created by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido but delivers an overall frustrating experience due to technical issues.
  3. Jan 7, 2020
    50
    Overall, Blacksad: Under the Skin is both a faithful adaptation and a frustrating example of modern adventure game pitfalls. Fans of the original comics will enjoy seeing Blacksad himself brought to life so accurately, but some inconsistent performances in the voiceover department and some frustratingly unresponsive controls make it a far less enjoyable experience. There’s a really intriguing mystery to unfold and solve, but with some technical problems and a little too much blurring for our liking, you’ll have to grit your teeth if you really want to crack this case on the go.
  4. Jan 28, 2020
    49
    A story true to the essence of the franchise, intriguing and fun. However, it doesn't compensate for the bad graphic and playable section of this title.
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  2. Negative: 8 out of 10
  1. May 8, 2020
    6
    So, in the first 2 hours using the current patch (1.02) the game has crashed three times and glitched badly enough that I needed to close andSo, in the first 2 hours using the current patch (1.02) the game has crashed three times and glitched badly enough that I needed to close and reopen the game once. That’s really bad - worse than any game I’ve seen on the Switch by far.

    Aside from that, it’s often slow to transition between animations, loading times are fairly poor, and textures occasionally fail to load in.

    I’m giving it a 6 because despite all of those failures, there really is a gem of a game underneath all the bugs, and it’s one that I keep coming back despite all the aggravation those bugs cause.

    It’s quite beautiful when the graphics are working properly, the soundtrack is exceptional, the writing is excellent and the acting is decent. There’s a story and a world here that I absolutely adore. The gameplay mechanics are well thought through too. If it were less glitchy and better optimised, this could be a classic - and slow as the patches are, they’ve already announced the third one to be released so it is being worked on. If they can fix the game, this could be a 9/10 for me. As it stands, it’s impossible to recommend to someone unless they know exactly what kind if frustration awaits them. I hope they are able to fix it, because it really is worth fixing.
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  2. Aug 26, 2020
    6
    Inintially playing on the release bulid, then quiting within 10 minutes due to framerate issues and waiting for the patch, continuing playingInintially playing on the release bulid, then quiting within 10 minutes due to framerate issues and waiting for the patch, continuing playing on the 1.02 patch build, after initially starting without it, game has a great story, but character is able to walk far off camera on the street, seems like sloppy game direction, and still needs patching and optimising for the switch. the 1.02 build suffers frequent lack of texture loading for characters in the gym area, often left with Sonia and Jake entirely missing textures, (just completely black models, sometimes invisible) and in various areas of the game early on the games deduction mode was funtional, but layering issues duplicated the images overlapping the text U.I, and duplicating the games text backwards...this was a mess. Somehow after perservering with many issues, over 8 hours in, you start to see there is a gem here, that said...this game still needs a lot of work to make it less frustrating to play...Will try and perservere for the intriguing story...ambitious game...just think it was handled by too small a team, overall...it's a mediocre experience on the switch due to frame rate / load times / terrible optimization for what it is, you will be frustrated / upset with it. Not sure how it fares on more superior platforms but I'll be cautious of the publishers/developers work on ports in the future. Expand
  3. Feb 23, 2020
    4
    Раскидаю по пунктам
    Техническое исполнение:
    Минусы: – много вылетов, – долгие загрузки и выгрузки меню, – долгие загрузки между уровнями,
    Раскидаю по пунктам
    Техническое исполнение:
    Минусы:
    – много вылетов,
    – долгие загрузки и выгрузки меню,
    – долгие загрузки между уровнями, при этом текстуры не успевают прогружаться,
    – чувствуется тормознутость управления даже в режиме хендхелда,
    – стабильные вылеты после финальных титров, в итоге, я не знаю, прошёл я игру или не прошёл, и есть ли что-нибудь после титров.
    Плюсы:
    – всё вышеперечисленное не мешает прохождению игры.

    Графика:
    – низкие разрешения текстур, алиайзинг, но на телеке с препроцессингом картинки смотрится отлично;
    – есть баги в движке;
    – местами так темно, что невозможно ничего увидеть;
    – если убрать проблемы, то графика производит нужное впечатление: персонажи прорисованы красиво, и местами выглядят отлично, но чаще смотрятся, как фигурки с натянутыми текстурами. На Switch есть примеры с гораздо лучшей графикой.

    Звук:
    – в наушниках лучше не слушать: есть резкие моменты, которые не удаётся сгладить настройкой громкости, а есть диалоги очень тихие, что местами влияет на прохождение игры;
    – при построении звуковой сцены есть рассинхрон между сменами картинки и позиционированием звука.

    Музыка
    – атмосферно, хороший джаз, но треклист небольшой.

    Сюжет/сеттинг:
    – проработаны детали, по крайней мере на том уровне, который требуется для игры,
    – персонажи прописаны,
    – придраться не к чему, есть желание перепройти.

    Геймплей:
    – в каком-нибудь месте можно втупить и ходить кругами;
    – не понравилось, что между местами, где ты уже был, нужно ходить ногами. При этом игровой мир не наполнен и не меняется, чтобы был смысл по нему ходить. Почему было не сделать быстрое перемещение?
    – остальные элементы геймплея идеальны: есть всё, что я ожидал увидеть в детективной игре.

    Перевод:
    – русская озвучка отличная, но есть целый монолог, который остался без оной – пришлось включать субтитры, чтобы понять смысл.

    Рекомендую покупать только после выхода патча.
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  4. Sep 10, 2020
    2
    I cannot express through words how thoroughly disappointed and irritated I am with this game. It is LITERALLY unplayable. Textures won't everI cannot express through words how thoroughly disappointed and irritated I am with this game. It is LITERALLY unplayable. Textures won't ever fully load in or won't stay loaded in, the game lags constantly, there are glitches oozing from every pixel, it's very obviously unfinished, and this was AFTER the hour and 30 minute long update I had to sit through before starting. All of the cosmetics I could and did mostly ignore but what I could NOT ignore was the fact that I only made it 25% of the way through the game before it decided to lock up and keep me stranded in the boxing gym office area with no way to exit and with the only NPC up there banished to the dark realm. I restart just to find that my progress of TWO HOURS has been completely reset, and yes it had saved numerous times. I don't give it a complete 0 because the story was really captivating and the characters were likable. A shame the game part was utterly broken. Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2020
    2
    When even the title screen has glitches and causes game crashes, you know you're in trouble.

    I went into this game with somewhat decent
    When even the title screen has glitches and causes game crashes, you know you're in trouble.

    I went into this game with somewhat decent expectations after catching a glimpse of its PC version. Unfortunately I failed to look up the Switch version ahead of seeing it on offer, which was a huge mistake in purchasing. Frequent crashes, textures that completely fail to load, faceless characters, random blurring, crossing voicelines, lines and music that refuses to play--the list goes on. Most annoying of all is a glitch where upon starting the game, Blacksad cannot be moved at all. You must restart the game entirely to fix this, and even then it's a gamble. Combined with the huge loading times, this is a total recipe for disaster.

    Without a doubt one of the most horribly put together ports of a game I've ever seen in my life. And this was at a time where updates had already occurred with absolutely no fixes to the problem. It's a shame because the underlying mystery is a fascinating one, but my patience ran out due to the most shoddy coding the Switch has to offer in a game. Avoid unless you're actively looking for glitches to poke fun at.
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  6. Dec 19, 2019
    2
    Worst quality Switch game I ever played, or probably I ever played in any platform. The switch version seems like a closed beta version. AsWorst quality Switch game I ever played, or probably I ever played in any platform. The switch version seems like a closed beta version. As its textures popping, sometimes there is no sound, graphical lags like huge FPS drops, but this is not the worst!
    There are several blocking issues. Now this is the third time I said this is it, it's over. I cannot go through at opened doors! I checked the walkthroughs, there are nothing I done worng. I restarted the game several time (which is loooong long time) but no luck.
    Before this, there was a time when I had to restart the game 8 times (which was around 10 minutes/round couse of unskippable cinematics, etc so Summ almost 1,5 hours) to make it load the next scene and not freeze out.

    Sooo its really sad, but I wish to never bought this game to switch. probably the other platform's version are much better. But this is just garbage, unusable garbage which didnt have real QA. I can belive, how nobody played this troughbefore release, which is unbelievable! And yeah... there is no refund on nintendo eShop. Great.

    So I finish the game on youtube. I only miss about 1 hour to complete, but I won't wait for the next patch which MAYBE will fix my problems. ...this is a joke. from the bad ones. If you want to play with it, buy it on another platform, couse the music, the story and the characters are quite ok.
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  7. Feb 13, 2020
    0
    El juego tiene varios aspectos positivos: trama, ambientación...pero tiene demasiados fallos técnicos. En mi caso, hay un fallo que no meEl juego tiene varios aspectos positivos: trama, ambientación...pero tiene demasiados fallos técnicos. En mi caso, hay un fallo que no me permite seguir jugando tras la partida de póquer. Un juego que no se puede jugar no es un juego. Expand

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