Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 9, 2019
    100
    A brilliantly realized, brutal and bloody Metroidvania that is the next best thing to reading up on Catholic Martyrs while you whip yourself with a barbed cat-o-nine-tails.
  2. Sep 9, 2019
    90
    Blasphemous is hands down one of my favourite games of 2019. I wasn’t expecting it to be, but it’s one of those unexpected surprises; a gift that you didn’t think that you wanted but quickly becomes to be loved.
  3. Oct 10, 2019
    85
    Blasphemous treats the player mercilessly, but it's solid controls and mechanics, in addition to it's absolutely stunning aesthetics and complex and vast lore turns the game into fascinating (yet not flawless) experience.
  4. Oct 11, 2019
    82
    Challenging and forceful 2D action-adventure set within a straggly world – each and every of the many deaths will be worthwhile.
  5. Sep 9, 2019
    82
    If you like Souls-like or metroidvania games, you should check it out; if you like both, go and buy it now. Blasphemous is a challenging and addictive game, with small flaws, but something unique we’ve really enjoyed.
  6. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Oct 13, 2019
    80
    Dark, bold and satisfying. Like all the best sins, Blasphemous is bloody good fun. [Issue#183, p.83]
  7. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    Just one more Metroidvania? Not really. Blasphemous has its own thing, with its grim, gloomy atmosphere and tight combats. We could have used some more save points though.
  8. Sep 19, 2019
    80
    Praise be to Blasphemous, for it’s an impressive game that has truly joined together the peanut-butter-and-chocolate-style union that is souls-likes and metroidvania games. While certain levels and enemies could benefit from a bit more polish, the end result is still a sinful delight filled with heavily-enjoyable combat, tons of areas to explore and secrets to uncover, and some jaw-dropping (if brutal) sights. It may be a game filled with countless unholy terrors, but it also oddly has a lot of love put into it as well, so don’t miss out on it (if you don’t mind the occasional nightmare).
  9. Sep 15, 2019
    80
    Blasphemous may not have the best combat, but its intriguing premise and visuals elevate it.
  10. Sep 11, 2019
    80
    Blasphemous is a superb example of a metroidvania. Incredibly captivating and lengthy, it’s a deep, dark, scary hole to jump into that won’t let you out until you reach the end. And once you get out, you’ll want to jump straight back in.
  11. Sep 9, 2019
    80
    For an action-adventure title, inaccurate hit-boxes and level-design that's even slightly off can be a deal-breaker. Rather than get dragged down by its deficiencies, Blasphemous rises above to create a uniquely engaging experience. Exploring the dire realm of Cvstodia is a treat in itself. The lore is intriguing, and the few characters you meet weave compelling narratives. Still, there remains an unshakeable thought that this game is a beautiful painting, but with an askew frame. Then again, maybe it's because of the imperfections that players start to question everything around them. Whatever the case, you'll definitely want to give this a look.
  12. Oct 2, 2019
    76
    Blasphemous has an astonishingly good looking art style, making the oft used pixel art look feel fresh, even after all these years. But beyond that, there’s a solid game here, with a decent challenge that will keep you hooked. That the story is also captivating – steeping you in the lore of the universe here – is just another upside to this brilliant adventure.
  13. Oct 2, 2019
    75
    Blasphemous is an absolutely stunning game everyone should see in motion. I loved it for the first 10 or so hours, but then it just continues to stay the course throughout. With a little more variety this could have been a true classic. Still this developer has some talent and I would love a follow-up with a little more flavor and a lot less bulk. On a purely visual scale this game has few equals and for that I can recommend it easily, just be aware that not much changes as far as game play goes throughout the entire journey.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 59
  2. Negative: 9 out of 59
  1. Sep 13, 2019
    9
    Blasphermous' largest strength is 100% in is stunning presentation presentation. The sprite artwork is absolutely amazing, and the artBlasphermous' largest strength is 100% in is stunning presentation presentation. The sprite artwork is absolutely amazing, and the art direction is very unique indeed. I can't think of any other game that borrows on the catholic themes and images and imagination in the game. The music is also very nice score which accompanies your journey to the tone of perfection.In some ways the music score even compliments the world to utter perfection at times. The gameplay is overly fun, even if a if a tad on the basic side. The combat consists of parrying enemies and occasionally using some questionably useful magic attacks to defeat your foes. You can unlock special moves along the way as well, but I rarely found a use for the special moves although they did look nice. There's also a lot of platforming, which is probably where you're going to die the most. Most bosses are tough, but don't fell cheap, and there is a checkpoint just before each one, so complaints there. While there aren't any major flaws apart from some bugs, I do have some gripes with the game. Firstly, there aren't enough fast travel locations in the world, and you're gonna be doing a ton of backtracking if you want to 100% the game. If you're going for 100% you're gonna have a frustrating experience, since there is no way to quickly check certain collectibles, and the map is incredibly basic without any option to leave markers or waypoints to help you along your journey, But overall I truly enjoyed my time with Blasphermous and I can only hope were to see more DLC for this Xbox gem in the future. Full Review »
  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! Full Review »
  3. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Felicidades por este gran juego! Si te gustan los 2D algo de dark souls, castlevania, este te va a encantar