The Game Kitchen and Team17’s Blasphemous is one of the sickest, goriest games you’ll play this year and it’s due for release on September 10th. You might be thinking “But Billy, didn’t Mortal Kombat 11 come out this year?” and to that I say “Shhh, I’m talking about a game for people who live outside of safe spaces.”
Blasphemous isn’t afraid of ripping and tearing, impalements, dismemberment, and even nudity, the latter of which has been completely barred from showing up in NetherRealm’s latest outing.
The imagery in Blasphemous is absolutely beyond anything on the mainstream market at the moment. It’s themed around a cataclysmic event that ravaged the world called “The Miracle”. This disastrous event reaped the Earth of all its purity and sanity, leaving a battleground of flayed flesh, and celestial monstrosities cursed to roam the lands.
One lone warrior has been tasked to become the Penitent One, to cleanse the land of Cvstodia of the wretched blight, and finally gain freedom from an endless cycle of pain, suffering, and death.
You can check out the trailer below to get an idea of what the visuals and gameplay of Blasphemous are like.
The disturbing gore and detailed violence definitely set it apart from so many other games out there. A lot of it has to do with the fact that it looks so visceral and grounded, despite the appearance of the supernatural beings upon which the violence is enacted.
Splitting open flesh and seeing a mound of intestines fall out is quite something. The fact that the game doesn’t shy away from both nude males and females also speaks volumes to how The Game Kitchen is throwing up a middle-finger to all of the prudish AAA studios out there who have shied away from depicting women in any kind of sexually attractive manner in recent times.
In this case, however, Blasphemous sees players trying to cleanse the land of debauchery and uncleanliness, all for the sake of eventually trying to find peace. So sadly you won’t be out there trying to bang chicks and score ladies like Duke Nukem or Leisure Suit Larry from the 1990s.
A lot of the commenters are also pointing out on the YouTube page how Nintendo is allowing this game on their console, despite all of the very obvious religious imagery and themes.
It’s also quite fascinating to me that we have what’s essentially a new version of Dante’s Inferno… a game where you play as a righteous crusader out to fight against the forces of evil. In today’s anti-Christian society, it’s rare we get heroes actually fighting against degeneracy.
(Thanks for the news tip mrwarmind)