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Blasphemous II (2023) is a running, jumping and fighting game set in the same horrific world as the first game. The follow-up focuses on quality over quirkiness which makes the exploration and combat smoother but a little more derivative. There's more platforming traverse alongside upgrading your abilities and executing the hordes of enemies that stand between you and your quest to break eternal damnation. Like other Metrovania games, it combines exploration and combat, but with a blood-bathed world full of intertwining secrets and an intriguing story.

Having awoken in a strange new land, your journey starts anew in a series of enchantingly grotesque Gothic landscapes. How you tackle the labyrinths is up to you, but combat is unavoidable. Blasphemous 2 picks up after the Wounds of Eventide content of the original game, where The Heart in the Sky heralded the return of The Miracle and foretold the birth of a new miracle child. You again work through the world by exploring levels, violently dispatching enemies and gaining abilities to access previously inaccessible areas. Here though, you have more ways to customise and improve your skill set, and a host of new weapons.

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 new characters who offer you aid for completing their quests.

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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Blasphemous II 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting, Platform and Traversal game with Action and Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for scenes of strong bloody violence. This game features strong bloody violence. Generally, this occurs during frenetic arcade-style 'hack and slash' gameplay, including sight of blood splatter when an arm is severed. During a cutscene, there is also sight of a sword being plunged into a kneeling character in a sacrificial context. The violence is realistic-looking.

There are some particularly gross moments in the game. In addition to the body part torture, we see a young woman getting her skin pulled off over the course of the adventure and there's a grotesque pseudo-breastfeeding scene.

Skill Level

11+ 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. You need patience to be willing to retract your steps and persevere at the traversal. Unlike the original game you only lose energy if you badly miss a jump, rather than die immediatley.

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Blasphemous II

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/08/2023

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Platform, Traversal (Action and Adventure)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: The Game Kitchen (@TheGameKitchen)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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