BLACKSAD: Under the Skin

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BLACKSAD: Under the Skin is ranked in the 20th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

61

Top Critic Average

24%

Critics Recommend

Based on 30 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 18, 2019

Overall, despite all the frustrations, I enjoyed being a broody detective cat. I just wish the game itself was as strong as the story it was trying to tell.

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Scored Reviews

Darkstation
Nov 20, 2019

It took about 15 tumultuous hours to see Blacksad’s investigation through, including repeated quick-time events. Years’ worth of reading and watching detective stories didn’t go wasted as I figured out early on who must be the mastermind behind the crimes and in the end, I was really pleased that I got it right. I was happy how my story concluded but there’s a lot of variation how individual scenes or even bigger lines can turn out based on choices you have made along the journey.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2020

Blacksad: Under the Skin is not only the work of maturity of a veteran studio like Pendulo Studios, but also possibly the best and most respectful adaptation of the rich world of Blacksad that is possible today

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Impulsegamer
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Dec 13, 2019

Detective Noir with a furry bent.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 18, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is a great adventure game with a charismatic cat-detective, variable dialogues, well-written story, high-quality translation into Russian, with the exception of one not voiced piece, and well-chosen music. A large number of bugs is a disappointment. However, most of them will be fixed by the nearest patches. Therefore, you can simply postpone the purchase of this wonderful game until the second half of December, when everything will be corrected.

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The Games Machine
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is an adventure that moves away from the classic point and click structure, but it's far from perfect in the ambitious game design. That said, Pendulo Studios game is pleasant to play and overall unmissable by fans of the original comic.

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WellPlayed
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

Pendulo Studios have managed to create something that feels unbelievably faithful to its source material, with an admittedly small number of teething problems that really don’t detract from the overall experience

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is both a good videogame adaptation of the original comics and a great detective for those who will meet John Blacksad for the first time.

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 29, 2019

Blacksad might bot be the thing that we expected it to be, but it is still a good choice for adventure fans, at least for a few hours. There is nothing specifically wrong with Blacksad, but some minor issues, a bit of a slow tempo and of course tons of bugs hurt the overall experience.

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Hobby Consolas
70 / 100
70 / 100
Nov 19, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is a game that detective fans will like with a new case that could be taken from the original comics, but the technical problems weigh too much on the final result and we will see if in the future they can be solved .

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GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2020

If you’re a fan of point-and-click adventure games and have a penchant for gritty murder mysteries, there’s a lot to like in Blacksad: Under the Skin.

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GamesFinest
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 5, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is an exciting adventure game that will take you back to the 50s. Only in the technical implementation there are flaws that cloud the overall picture of the game. Apart from that, Blacksad entertains well and offers some entertaining hours, especially for fans of detective stories.

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Gamerweb.pl
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2019

Does Blacksad: Under the Skin can stand as a worthy succesor to Telltale style adventure games after its bancrucy? Well, not quite, but it's still a good game on its own. It has some flaws like absolutely awful controls on PC keybord or not that polished quick time events but you will definatelly like it if you want to participate in a climatic and clever writed detective story with many plot twists. Even if character depiction as an animals is not necessary at all.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Good adventure game, however nos as good as original comics. There should be better controls and memorable characters.

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PC Gamer
68 / 100
68 / 100
Nov 13, 2019

Unaware of its absurdity, Blacksad: Under The Skin fails at much of what it attempts

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Worth Playing
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2019

There's a shimmer of something good in Blacksad: Under the Skin.

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The Digital Fix
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin has a pleasantly engaging story and fine, if somewhat repetitive, game play mechanics. Unfortunately, the end result just did not seem to be a finished product. Significant patch work will be needed to do justice to the story.

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AnaitGames
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 12, 2019

A clever but too unpolished adventure game that does a few interesting things in the detective genre.

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TechRaptor
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin has a wonderful story, setting, and set of characters, and it clearly loves its source material. I just wish it also loved my time, as I often found it wasted by pixel hunting, pointless choices, and tons of glitches.

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IGN Italy
5.8 / 10.0
IGN Italy

Top Critic

5.8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

A bad game that ruins a beautiful, brand new story of the most famous noir-cat in the world. Blacksad is better than ever, and "Under the Skin" is potentially the spin-off that every fan could dream of. As a game, unfortunately, it lacks of polishness, with terrible camera and controls, too much obvious and guided deductive mechanics and unconvincing pacing. Too many bugs sadly complete the mess.

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TrueGaming
5.5 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

5.5 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin didn't make use of the best aspects of the comic books, although it still presents an interesting whodunit mystery noir that can be enjoyed, provided you could ignore its various technical issues.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 26, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is a decent detect-'em-up that lacks a bit of noir style.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 19, 2019

Even if you're not familiar with Blacksad's previous adventures, fans of games like L.A. Noire or any of the Telltale adventures will find something to like about Blacksad: Under the Skin. It's a real shame, then, that the game is so buggy on release. Numerous technical issues really spoil what would otherwise be a very entertaining whodunit.

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Gameblog
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 11, 2019

Despite its trueness to the original comic books, Blacksad : Under the Skin is way too weak on a technical point of view to keep the adventure interesting until the end. Meanwhile a serious update to correct all the visible flaws, only the true hardcore fans should jump in.

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DualShockers
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is a twisty whodunit that is unraveled by more bugs than you can count.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 7, 2020

Overall, Blacksad: Under the Skin is both a faithful adaptation and a frustrating example of modern adventure game pitfalls. Fans of the original comics will enjoy seeing Blacksad himself brought to life so accurately, but some inconsistent performances in the voiceover department and some frustratingly unresponsive controls make it a far less enjoyable experience. There's a really intriguing mystery to unfold and solve, but with some technical problems and a little too much blurring for our liking, you'll have to grit your teeth if you really want to crack this case on the go.

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Hardcore Gamer
2.5 / 5.0
2.5 / 5.0
Dec 2, 2019

While Blacksad: Under the Skin shows a lot of promise in its story, world and a couple of neat gameplay mechanics that help put you right in Blacksad's shoes, it unfortunately suffers when it comes to the execution.

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New Game Network
50 / 100
50 / 100
Dec 24, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin holds promise, and it makes good on a few ideas. The noir storytelling is appropriately entertaining, and the gameplay manages to hold up, even if it doesn't strive for much. However, the inconsistent graphics and terrible performance mar what would otherwise be a solid little adventure.

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SomHráč.sk
50%
50%
Dec 26, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is a solid detective story aside from the technical difficulties that the game suffers from and various other mishaps. Hopefully one day, the game will be fixed and we'll be able to recommend this game with a clear conscience.

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TheSixthAxis
3 / 10
3 / 10
Nov 25, 2019

I really, really wanted to like Blacksad: Under the Skin. I love the original graphic novels and just wanted this to be an interactive version of that. Perhaps it could have been, but we're unlikely ever to know thanks to a torrent of technical faults that kill any enjoyment it might give. Pendulo Studios need to urgently fix nearly every aspect of Blacksad: Under the Skin on PS4, and until they do that, this is one mystery best left unsolved.

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