Take me to church, but not this one.
Blasphemous, the new gothic title from Team17, it set to release on September 10th. It’s gruesome, its punishing, its a metroidvania – no we’re not going to compare it to Dark Souls. Although it is a very tempting comparison.
Blasphemous stands out from similar Metroidvania titles for its particularly horrifying brand of pixel violence. There’s something hopeless and suffocating about the knight we meet in the trailer. They put on a helmet filled with the blood of a corpses body, the helmet itself an exaggerated and uncomfortable looking cone perched above their head. Our narrator talks ominously of religious guilt. Oh boy, it’s looking bleak.
The game itself takes the form of an action-platformer with combat mostly consisting of hacking and slashing your way through an expansive, non-linear world. You play as The Penitent One – “a sole survivor of the massacre of the ‘Silent Sorrow'”. As usual you are tasked with the redemption of the human race, and with your punishing perpetual life cycle of death and rebirth, you’re the best person for the job.
As The Penitent One, the enemy you’re fighting is the result of a curse that has fallen on the world of Cystodia. It’s known, somewhat ironically, as The Miracle. What follows is a combat-laden exploration into a twisted world of religion, where nothing feels quite right. Defeat bosses with devastating combos and buff up your build with rosary beads, prayers and relics you find along the way.
For this weekend only, Blasphemous has a demo available on Steam for you to try. So if you’re liking the look of it, but not sure if it’s going to be too much like Dark Souls (shh we didn’t say it), now is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. The full game is out of September 10th for consoles and PC.
Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.