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Our examiner, Oli Hawkins, first checked Blasphemous 3 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
You are the only survivor of a bloody massacre. Now trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth, you must free the world from its cycle of violence and fear. You traverse the nightmarish world of twisted religion to uncover its secrets. Along with well-timed jumps you use weapon combos to kill and execute enemies. The twist is that when you die you become weaker through lost items and must decide whether to return to retrieve these things or press on without them.
As you progress you locate relics, rosary beads and prayers that extend your powers and abilities. But the world itself also poses a challenge with traps and dead-ends, only giving up its secrets as you gain the powers to get to hard-to-reach areas. Along the way, you find tormented souls who offer you aid for completing their quests. The combat is tight but well-balanced and has a parry mechanic that doesn't require over-the-top reflexes.
The result is a game that leans on its horrifying visuals and dark story to create a mature experience. But this isn't only gratuitous violence. Those with the stomach and ability to progress its non-linear adventure, are rewarded with a surprisingly deep story about the mysteries of its dark world.
The developer states that the game contains "Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content." Specifically, it includes executions that aim to relish in the gory dismemberment of your adversaries - although depicted with pixels rather than life-like visuals.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to have good resilience to meet the tough challenge. Also, a good sense of direction to get around efficiently.
Release Date: 10/09/2019, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Accessibility: 15 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
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