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  • Summary: A foul curse has fallen upon the land of Cvstodia and all its inhabitants - it is simply known as The Miracle.

    Play as The Penitent One - a sole survivor of the massacre of the ‘Silent Sorrow’. Trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth, it’s down to you to free the world from this
    A foul curse has fallen upon the land of Cvstodia and all its inhabitants - it is simply known as The Miracle.

    Play as The Penitent One - a sole survivor of the massacre of the ‘Silent Sorrow’. Trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth, it’s down to you to free the world from this terrible fate and reach the origin of your anguish.
    Explore this nightmarish world of twisted religion and discover its many secrets hidden deep inside. Use devastating combos and brutal executions to smite the hordes of grotesque monsters and titanic bosses, who are all ready to rip your limbs off. Locate and equip relics, rosary beads and prayers that call on the powers of the heavens to aid you in your quest to break your eternal damnation.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Apr 1, 2020
    97
    Blasphemous is a gothic horror masterpiece that can't be missed.
  2. Sep 17, 2019
    90
    Blasphemous takes a few well trodden genres and mashes them into something that is fun, rewarding and downright beautiful. Its story, themes and macabre nature will not suit everyone but I could not get enough of it. Its difficulty is near-perfect, not too hard but enough of a challenge to please most players. Metroidvania fans, Souls-like fans and gamers who want a challenge will revel in this games gorgeously crafted world. Its a brilliantly crafted experience that needs to be played.
  3. Sep 30, 2019
    85
    Blasphemous is one of the most interesting metroidvanias recently. It offers a great gameplay and exquisite visual presentation. A simple sound production and several technical errors can be annoying, but they do not prevent you from appreciating the great quality of this game.
  4. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    Blasphemous is a great mix between Dark Souls and Castlevania. what we loved about it the most is how welcoming it was to its sorrowful world, it is simple but well designed. The pace can be slow though, as the moment to moment gameplay is less engaging than Castlevania's tight game design.
  5. Sep 20, 2019
    80
    It’s probably one of the best looking indie games of the year, accompanied by incredibly effective notes of religious horror. More importantly, minus a few small gripes, it’s still a very enjoyable game to play through. Definitely one to sink into when the clocks go back in time for the dawn of All Hallows Eve.
  6. Sep 16, 2019
    77
    As it stands in its current form, I will say that if Blasphemous’ aesthetic interests you even a little, or if you’re a fan of metroidvania-style games, then it’s absolutely worth checking out in its current form. I will also say though that despite how good the performance is on the Switch version, there are bugs and animations/interactions that could use more tuning. Blasphemous in its current state is a strong entry in the genre, and definitely stands close to the top, but with further refinement, it could turn from an interesting title to a true must-play experience.
  7. 50
    Unfortunately the game is too bogged down with a high difficulty level that is more tedious than challenging, dragging the entire experience down into something I can hardly bring myself to play. Blasphemous is a beautiful game that I wish I could enjoy more, but the extremely high difficulty of combat and platforming simply does not mesh well with the amount of exploration and backtracking needed from a world as expansive as this one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Mar 19, 2020
    10
    Games like this make your heart beat faster! This is one of the best games in the metroidvania genre in its entire thirty-five years history!Games like this make your heart beat faster! This is one of the best games in the metroidvania genre in its entire thirty-five years history! Almoust all aspects of the game is superb, starting from absolutely gorgeous art style, world design, atmospheric soundtrack, creepy characters and solid combat. And please do not listen to crooke-handed critics, this game is not easy walk but I assure you there is nothing that can not be managed. I am pretty average player but more than half of the game bosses were beaten after the very first encounter.

    P.S. I only have two complains:

    1st - You can only equip 3 relics. This gets really tedious and adds nothing to gameplay, as you just always need constantly pause to swap out exploration abilities. These relics should just all be equipped!

    2nd - Game needs more polish, we already on vesion 1.02 but there is pretty much bugs around. None of them was life breaking but still they are here and some of them are annoying. For example - sometimes you can load save data and start in different room not where you supose to be, some platform glitches when you stuck in the air or in the middle of enviroment, if you press map button during falling from hights player character just vanish to nowhere. I hope devs will cure all game bugs in the future updates and give us some cool DLC :-)
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  2. Dec 12, 2020
    10
    Awesome indie game! Incorporates a lot of good stuff from both Castlevania and Soulsborne games! The artstyle and atmosphere is extremelyAwesome indie game! Incorporates a lot of good stuff from both Castlevania and Soulsborne games! The artstyle and atmosphere is extremely good, buy it and enjoy it, it is worth the money. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Fantastica historia y gameplay en este metroidvania que es toda una sorpresa del estudio español
  4. Oct 16, 2019
    9
    Juegazo. No sé si saldría roto, pero tras conseguir los dos finales, solo puedo decir que me ha parecido tremendo. Hay que cogerle el punto,Juegazo. No sé si saldría roto, pero tras conseguir los dos finales, solo puedo decir que me ha parecido tremendo. Hay que cogerle el punto, pero el control es correcto. El combate tiene cierta profundidad para un juego de este tipo. El diseño de enemigos, jefes y mapa es magnífico, así como todo lo relativo al arte del juego. Largo y adictivo.
    Solo una pega: los trofeos perdibles. Concretamente "dieta mediterránea": no conseguirlo, aunque tengas el 99% del juego, afecta a otros tres o cuatro trofeos y te obliga a iniciar una nueva partida, pero logrando el 100% del juego.
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  5. Nov 22, 2020
    8
    Многие жаловались на кривой платформинг, но ничего такого я не заметил. Не очень удобная карта, в которой не всегда удобно ориентироваться.Многие жаловались на кривой платформинг, но ничего такого я не заметил. Не очень удобная карта, в которой не всегда удобно ориентироваться. Побочные квесты в основном это сбор предметов для NPC, тоже не особо порадовало. По итогу до финала игры так и не понял как дополз всего с парой апгрейдов HP и меча.
    Затянула боевкой, офигенным лором и визуальным оформлением, залипнуть можно рассматривая задники локаций и персонажей. Очень крутые и запоминающиеся боссы, кроме трёх сестёр.
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  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. Aug 6, 2020
    2
    So I came back after hearing about a big patch and dlc with NG+ mode.
    So here we go.. From the very start the game wipes your save slot to
    So I came back after hearing about a big patch and dlc with NG+ mode.
    So here we go.. From the very start the game wipes your save slot to make the NG+ then asks you to choose from 3 pentances or nothing at all, though the game hints into some hidden content that only made through penitence. So I try to read the description and it was in all gibberish lingo that the game uses. I say **** I'll give it a go anyway, I chose poorly and want to chose otherwise and try out the other pentinence to understand what I me getting myself into. The game then says **** you you shouldn't have done that and gets you out of the whole pentinence dlc RIGHT FROM THE START. So yeah Took me around 5 minutes to start and I'm already finished. Goodbye!
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