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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Blasphemous (2019) is a running, jumping and fighting game set in a horrific world of corrupted catholicism and unnerving contorted characters. You explore, upgrade your abilities, and execute 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 peculiar heavy-metal-tinged blood-bathed narrative.

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.

Our examiner, Oli Hawkins, first checked Blasphemous 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.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong bloody violence in an arcade setting. This game features frequent strong violence. Attacks normally result in little response other than bright flashes and blood splatters, although combo and execution moves can result in enemies being dismembered before they disappear. Cut scenes feature strong fantasy violence, including a woman 'sacrificing' herself in order to create a sword. She is seen plunging a statue into her chest, which then becomes a sword. In another scene, a man drives a sword into his own stomach while he sits on a throne, after which he becomes a statue.

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.

Skill Level

13+ 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. If you mistime a jump you can die instantly.

CostsCosts

Blasphemous usually costs £19.99. 

Blasphemous

XBox StoreSALE Xbox One £19.99 £4.99 until 16/07/2024
XBox StoreSALE PC £19.99 £4.99 until 16/07/2024
Switch Store Switch £19.99
Steam Store PC £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

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

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/09/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 75% off

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

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

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

Accessibility: 15 features

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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