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8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 63 out of 78
  2. Negative: 12 out of 78

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  1. Dec 29, 2020
    10
    The game has an amazing variety of combos and ways to play it, an amazing soundtrack and even better boss battles
  2. Oct 10, 2020
    10
    La inspiración tanto cultural y de otras grandes historias qué todos degustamos y conocemos. Excelente, juego hispano que habla por si solo 10/10
  3. Jul 31, 2020
    9
    Gran ambientación, originalidad y reto. A lo largo de unas 20 horas juegas en un mundo muy bien trazado, apoyado por una BSO que contribuye al conjunto. Jefes finales magníficos y una en particular digna del dark souls.
  4. 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 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 toBlasphemous 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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  5. Nov 26, 2019
    0
    This game has some of the most pretentious art direction I've ever come across in a game.

    It offers nothing new to the 2D Souls-Borne nor the Metroidvania style game, on top of having some irredeemably terrible controls and platforming mechanics.

    It's Blasphemous that this is a game that exists.
  6. Nov 7, 2019
    8
    Genial juego, la ambientación tétrica me encanta, la música y la jugabilidad también. Es un juego difícil pero satisfactorio al final.
  7. Sep 29, 2019
    0
    The art is definitely beautiful, but it lacks in everything else. Nothing new in metroidvania, terrible mechanics and nonsense progression and enemies design. This game deserves a 5-6 score, leaving a 0 behind to actually hit all those overhyped bois leaving a 10. ugh.
  8. Sep 28, 2019
    9
    Excelent game! The ambient is Excelent and Hard put pleased. The ost on off the best this year.
  9. Sep 19, 2019
    10
    Brutal, ojalá hubiera más juegos así, me ha encantado le tenía muchas ganas y no me ha defraudado
  10. Sep 17, 2019
    10
    Este es el mejor juego español de todos los tiempos. Su Pixel Art es un trabajo fantástico. Su mezcla entre Castlevania y Dark Souls hace que sea un juego rico en exploración y brutal en sus combates. Este es el tipo de juego indie que hay que apoyar, ya que las grandes compañías en la actualidad tienen abandonado este estilo de juego.
  11. Sep 13, 2019
    9
    Blasphermous' 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 musicBlasphermous' 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. Expand
  12. Sep 12, 2019
    10
    Desafiante, absorbente y tremendamente adictivo. Posee una estética alucinante.
  13. Sep 11, 2019
    10
    Awesome 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.
  14. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Blasphemous 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!
  15. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Felicidades por este gran juego! Si te gustan los 2D algo de dark souls, castlevania, este te va a encantar
  16. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Sensacional propuesta del estudio español The Game Kitchen. Un "metroidvania" endiabladamente difícil con temática relacionada con la Semana Santa y el folklore español. El juego es una auténtica sorpresa para este 2019 y muy recomendable para jugadores que hayan disfrutado títulos como BloodStained, Hollow Knight o Dead Cells. Gustará a los más jugones.
  17. Sep 10, 2019
    10
    Fantastica historia y gameplay en este metroidvania que es toda una sorpresa del estudio español
  18. Sep 29, 2019
    0
    The art is definitely beautiful, but it lacks in everything else. Nothing new in metroidvania, terrible mechanics and nonsense progression and enemies design. This game deserves a 5-6 score, leaving a 0 behind to actually hit all those overhyped bois leaving a 10. ugh.
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 20, 2019
    82
    Blasphemous is a brilliant soulsvania. Even though some mechanics are not polished as they should, combats, artistic design and specially bosses make Blasphemous a well deserved game for every kind of players.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.