Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night are two iconic video games that played a pivotal role in shaping and popularizing the Metroidvania genre. Since then, other games have used this blueprint to chart their paths while improving graphics and gameplay.
Blasphemous 2, the latest entry by The Game Kitchen, is a perfect example. The sequel to the original title doesn't reinvent the wheel but certainly adds oomph to the game's style, music, art, and story. Whether you're a fan of the genre or not, this game will beckon your soul with its intrinsic design. So, to cut to the chase, we're breaking down the valuable tips to help you prevent the rebirth of “The Miracle” curse in Blasphemous 2. Here are the five best tips for beginners.
5. Get a Sense of the Environment
As a Metroidvania game, Blasphemous 2 has a colossal commitment to exploration. This emphasis completely separates the game from its predecessor, with the new title rewarding players for exploring every corner and crevice. The game's focus on exploration delivers the ultimate Metroidvania experience while filling the void created by Hollow Knight: Silksong's absence.
Moreover, exploring gives you access to new abilities, weapon upgrades, and Prayer. In some cases, some areas are inaccessible after a jump. However, uncovering the treasure troves is enough incentive to get you to backtrack and search the inaccessible passages. If you need a quick way to retreat to the main city, use the spell in your inventory. This is a fast and convenient way of reaching the city, which is also a hub area.
Furthermore, exploring every area allows you to fill out the map faster as you discover landmarks. Most importantly, you'll access collectibles that make your work easier when completing side quests. So, before you jump into the unnerving storyline as a beginner, you should first get the lay of the land.
4. Movement is Key
You'll inevitably run into enemies as you journey across the 2D world. The game provides you with an inventory of weapons to choose from. However, you'll soon discover that your legwork determines your survivability. Parrying is a solid defensive option, but it barely keeps you alive in the game.
When faced with multiple enemies, quick movement is crucial. You don't have to deal with hordes of enemies. You can dodge them, creating avenues of separation. Then, when the time is right, you can launch an attack.
Moreover, since the bosses are adept at the bullet hell technique, your best bet is to utilize your movement. Moving fast means you can dash enemies and launch a surprise attack when they're not looking. Once you unlock the double jump, you can quickly dash through the air. So, to survive longer in the game, avoid being stationary and embrace mobility.
3. Start with the Side Quests
Blasphemous 2 has plenty of side quests. It is advisable to complete these side quests first to unlock greater rewards. However, the quests are not easy and will require some patience. While some games use side quests to offer various challenging scenarios, in Blasphemous 2, it is worth the trouble. For instance, The Cursed Letters quest unlocks the game's most potent spell. Locating Cherubs and handing the artisan his tools will also grant you greater rewards.
However, the game doesn't keep a list of logs. Quests such as locating the Rosary Beads, Hidden Symbols, and Cobijadas are not trackable. However, you can keep track of other tasks characters assign through dialogue and bizarre appearances. For trackable quests, the Key Items tab comes in handy.
Moreover, if you're unsure of your progress, the Trophy/Achievement list shows you the collectibles you've garnered and how many you have left.
2. Maximize Your Builds
In every Soulslike game, character builds play a crucial role in defining the gameplay experience and shaping how players approach challenges within the game. Blasphemous 2 is no different. The game offers various tools and mechanics to curate a suitable Build for any situation.
You may find the game's arsenal of three weapons an obstacle to your escalation to unparalleled power. However, various buffs make up for this gap. For instance, equipping a Rosary Bead reduces the damage you take from Fire. The Quick Verse and Chant work exceptionally well against enemies vulnerable to Mystical Damage. Also, Altar Pieces of Favors give a buff to your adversaries' damage output.
Moreover, the more you equip your character with these buffs, the more you can toy with your Builds. Flexibility with the Builds is essential since you'll be scaling different environments laden with distinct enemies. So, for a significant boost in the game, the best tip in Blasphemous 2 is to maximize your Builds to your strengths.
1. Embrace Fast Travel
Fast travel is a common feature in the Metroidvania genre. The feature is also present in Blasphemous 2. So what does fast travel mean? It certainly doesn’t mean that you’ll be activating your Flash powers or kicking your boots like Dorothy to warp to a new area. Instead, the game provides Teleporters in almost every zone. This means you can quickly travel from one Teleporter to another. Zones without Teleport are either small, or the Teleporter acts as a passage between two adjacent zones. However, fast travel is not accessible during the first levels of the game
The good news is that you can unlock your fast travel ability by locating all the hidden Cobijadas. The bad news is that the Cobijadas are notoriously challenging to locate. However, if you've activated any Prie-Dieu, finding five Cobijadas gives you access to fast travel. Also, if you're in a room where a Cobijadas is hidden, you can hear their haunting voice. So, to track one easily, pay close attention when traversing a room. You just might be lucky.
Additional good tips for beginners to consider are:
- Pay off your guilt
- Switch your weapons regularly
- Upgrade the silent knight (The Pentinent One)