Blasphemous (video game)

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Blasphemous
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Developer(s)The Game Kitchen
Publisher(s)Team17
Composer(s)Carlos Viola[citation needed]
Platform(s)
Release10 September 2019
Genre(s)Metroidvania
Mode(s)Single-player

Blasphemous is a Metroidvania video game developed by Spanish studio The Game Kitchen[1] and published by Team17. The game was released for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 10 September 2019.

It began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017.[2]

Development[edit]

Creative director Enrique Cabeza has cited the religious art and iconography of Seville, Spain as a major influence on Blasphemous' story and design.[3] Cabeza has also pointed to Spanish painters such as Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Francisco Goya, Jusepe de Ribera, Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Zurbarán, particularly noting significant inspiration from Goya's A Procession of Flagellants.[3]

Setting and characters[edit]

A foul curse has fallen upon the land of Cvstodia and all its inhabitants – it is known simply as "The Miracle".[4] The game is set in a land of religion and superstition, with multiple influences from Christianity.

The protagonist of the game is The Penitent One – a sole survivor of the massacre of the "Silent Sorrow". He wears a mask and helmet that consists of a crown of thorns and a capirote. The Penitent One wields a sword that has simple slashing attacks, and can also dodge and parry attacks. Certain special abilities can be acquired throughout the game that aid the player in navigating the map in addition to fighting enemies. While the player has a short healthbar, recovery items are available in the form of "Biliary Flasks", which can be refilled when the player visits certain checkpoints in the game. Progress is also saved, with the player reviving at these checkpoints when their healthbar is emptied. When visiting these checkpoints, the player's health is completely refilled, but all enemies previously slain, excluding bosses, will repopulate in the game.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticNS: 76/100[5]
PC: 77/100[6]
PS4: 78/100[7]
XONE: 82/100[8]
Review scores
PublicationScore
4Players82%[9]
DestructoidNS: 8/10[10]
GameSpotPC: 7/10[11]
Hardcore GamerXONE: 4/5[12]
IGNNS: 7/10[13]
Jeuxvideo.com16/20[14]
Nintendo LifeNS: 9/10 stars[15]
Nintendo World ReportNS: 5/10[16]
PC Games9/10[17]
VideoGamer.comPS4: 7/10[18]

Blasphemous received "generally favorable" reviews according to review aggregator Metacritic.[5][6][7][8]

The game won the awards for "Best Spanish Development" and "Indie Game of the Year" at the 2019 Titanium Awards, where it was also nominated for "Best Art".[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brugat, Marc (10 September 2019). "Blasphemous: ya está disponible uno de los videojuegos españoles más esperados del año". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Blasphemous: Dark and brutal 2D non linear platformer". Kickstarter. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b McMullan, Thomas (October 7, 2019). "How Video Game 'Blasphemous' Embraces the Catholic Gothic Tradition". Frieze. Frieze. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "Blasphemous". Steam. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Blasphemous for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Blasphemous for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Blasphemous for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Blasphemous for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  9. ^ Schmid, Matthias (11 October 2019). "Test: Blasphemous". 4Players. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  10. ^ Devore, Jordan (9 September 2019). "Review: Blasphemous". Destructoid. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  11. ^ Fillari, Alessandro (22 September 2019). "Blasphemous Review - Darker Souls". GameSpot. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  12. ^ LeClair, Kyle (16 September 2019). "Review: Blasphemous". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  13. ^ Petite, Steven (9 September 2019). "Blasphemous Review". IGN. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Test : Blasphemous, un Metroidvania macabre et envoûtant". Jeuxvideo.com. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  15. ^ O'Reilly, PJ (9 September 2019). "Blasphemous Review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  16. ^ Zawodniak, Matthew (16 September 2019). "Blasphemous (Switch) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  17. ^ Kilian, Marco (26 October 2019). "Test zu Blasphemous: Ein hartes, aber ebenso brillantes 2D-Abenteuer". PC Games. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  18. ^ Wise, Josh (12 September 2019). "Blasphemous review". VideoGamer. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Titanium Awards 2019". Fun & Serious Game Festival. Archived from the original on 21 November 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Ganadores de los premios Titanium del Fun & Serious 2019". Generación Xbox (in Spanish). 10 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.