Why you should play Blasphemous if you like Elden Ring
Here are some reasons why you should play the brilliant Blasphemous if you like Elden Ring. While there are very distinct differences between the two games, there are elements in Blasphemous that will appeal to Elden Ring fans.
What is Blasphemous?
2019’s Blasphemous is a Souls-like Metroidvania game with a retro art style. It’s a very bizarre game with ample strangeness. It was developed by The Game Kitchen and published by Team17. Being a Souls-like, it’s quite difficult and rewarding. The in-game architecture and many visual elements of the game are very gothic, and it’s hard not to notice the inspiration the game drew from Catholicism. The novel The Monk by Matthew Lewis also inspired the game greatly. Recently, it got a free DLC which is exceptional in its own right. A sequel has been announced, and I for one am immensely hyped for it.
Is it similar to Elden Ring?
Elden Ring is a third-person action RPG set in a huge open world and Blasphemous is smaller in scale. And of course, it’s a 2D platformer type of game and that’s completely different from the perspective of Elden Ring. In all honesty, there isn’t much in terms of similarity between these two games. In fact, one could say that they are very different games, the only similarity being the Souls-like formula. So, why should you bother playing Blasphemous? Let’s discuss this.
The Lore of Blasphemous
The lore of Blasphemous is one of the main elements of attraction. It’s why many Elden Ring Lore enthusiasts would love Blasphemous. Like Elden Ring, Blasphemous discusses its own version of organized religion. Blasphemous may be a smaller game in comparison, but its lore is very deep and complex. While many of us know to expect great lore from Souls-like games, I guarantee that Blasphemous’s lore is quite eccentric and vastly different from that of many other games.
The Enemy Design and Character Design of Blasphemous
While Elden Ring and other Souls games have enemies that are based on real-life counterparts (for example, the Banished Knights from Elden Ring), Blasphemous strays far from that formula and includes enemies that have very little or no similarities to historic characters or armies. The appearance of enemies is authentic and unique to Blasphemous. The weapons and armor of characters (including the main character) are very outlandish. They’re grotesque and odd, and they suit the theme of Blasphemous perfectly. The enemies are very bizarre and it’s hard to explain just what they are, at some points. They are almost always linked to the religion in Cvstodia.
The World of Blasphemous
Blasphemous is set in the world of Cvstodia. It’s a land of faith, disease, and oddness. There’s a wide array of different locations you can visit in this great odd world and each of these locations has items to discover and quests to unlock. There’s a lot of platforming in this world and each location has enemy placements that allow you to test your prowess in combat. The architecture and natural beauty of Cvstodia are very quaint and encourage exploration.
If you’re into the lore and the design of Elden Ring, Blasphemous may be a game that you will love. While it may be different from the gameplay and world design of Elden Ring in many ways, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone in gaming and try Blasphemous.