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Blasphemous

A foul curse has fallen upon the land of Cvstodia and all its inhabitants - it is simply known as The Miracle. Play as The Penitent One - a sole survivor of the massacre of the ‘Silent Sorrow’. Trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth, it’s down to you to free the world from this terrible fate and reach the origin of your anguish. Explore this nightmarish world of twisted religion and discover its many secrets hidden deep inside. Use devastating combos and brutal executions to smite the hordes of grotesque monsters and titanic bosses, who are all ready to rip your limbs off. Locate and equip relics, rosary beads and prayers that call on the powers of the heavens to aid you in your quest to break your eternal damnation.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Spain sure is scary

Review from Steam

I F*CKING LOVE CHRISTIANITY!!!!!

Review from Steam

I'm Catholic so this is pretty normal stuff for me.

Review from Steam

Don't listen to IGN

Review from Steam

A Punishing Metroidvania with a Fantastic, Grotesque Setting
It took me a while to really *get* this game but in the end I loved it! Let's break down some pros and cons.
Pros
1. Incredible setting and art direction. Cvstodia is 15th century Catholic Spain on steroids. The sense of dread is palpable, the fervor of the characters is overwhelming and the brutality on display is gruesome. The pixel art is on point and the monster design is almost aggressively original and intensely horrifying.
2. Intriguing story. From my experience, most Metriodvanias don't really have an expansive plot, preferring instead to let the gameplay take the spotlight, but Blasphemous has a very engaging, and very mysterious, premise. Piecing together the lore is a game unto itself.
3. Tight combat. It can take a while to get used to as the player character moves like a truck but if you take the time to really learn it, you'll find there's a very deliberate and rewarding combat system in Blasphemous.
4. The music. Dark and somber, the music is a great accompaniment to the levels.
5. Fantastic dev team and DLCs. These guys are amazing. Not only did they work their asses off to patch this game but they also added three free DLCs.
Cons
1. Frustrating platforming. Honestly, platforming isn't Blasphemous' strong suit. The player character is slow and clumsy and the amount of insta-kill spikes and sudden pitfalls, and the subsequent slog back to that location from the nearest save point when you inevitably die, can be extremely tiring. This wouldn't have been so egregious if the game wasn't so fond of putting these traps everywhere.
2. Bugs. Even with all the patching, there are still bugs present. Imprecise movement, animation glitches and screen gray-outs are just some of the frustrations I've experienced. Thankfully, there wasn't any game breaking bug.
3. Annoying enemies. Funnily enough, I found the bosses in this game to be on the easier side with a few exceptions that can stun lock you. What was really grating was the amount of enemies with cheap attacks like those dudes throwing crosses.
Conclusion
All in all, while Blasphemous isn't perfect, it's a must play for anyone who enjoys Metroidvanias or finds the setting/plot interesting. Hopefully, we'll get more amazing games from the devs in the future.
PS: Do yourself a favor and play with Spanish audio. It's SOOOOO much more atmospheric that way,

Review from Steam

Blasphemous is a game about pain, illustrated in striking detail, to skillfully communicate the shock value thats inherent in the religious imagery it plays with.
Each character in the game is steeped in dark, religious overtones and are designed based on the penance they are serving.
Blasphemous has slick combat animations, great boss fights, stunning pixel art and a compelling dark tale waiting to be uncovered.
This game is unforgiving, brutal and at times even unfair. If you are willing to endure its frustrations, you will be rewarded with grim and spectacular visuals that will be forever burned into your mind.

Review from Steam

YOU CAN PET THE DOG!!!