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 39 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

26%

Critics Recommend

Based on 39 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

GameOctane
B-
B-
Apr 22, 2020

Even though I ran into some pretty heavy technical glitches on my playthroughs, Blacksad: Under the Skin was a really fun game. The story was fun and enjoyable. The way the characters were presented was really well done too. If you are an adventure or mystery fan, this game could be right up your alley. It was for me, and I hope a sequel is being spoke of.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Disliked
Disliked
Nov 27, 2019

There’s the potential for a good game here, but there’s no internal logic to the storytelling, controls are exhausting, it’s a bug addled mess, and its reliance on shock value and ham-fisted treatment of delicate topics drive me up the wall.

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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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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 14, 2019

Blacksad:Under the Skin is game could aim very high, but the problems along the developing and the rush to publish it went its worst enemy. The game is very beautiful in both the artistic and musical sections, but the game is unplayable the most part of game due to technical problems.

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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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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2020

Blacksad: Under the Skin is an interesting tale of murder and corruption that presents in one of the best takes on the adventure game formula-multiple endings, choices that really matter, and a cast of characters that are extremely engaging.

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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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Player.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin is a beautiful title, with no twists and turns. If on the one hand there are obvious flaws, and the launch price may be too high for a title that lasts only 10 hours, you can not deny that, controller in hand, the game knows how to conquer, overshadowing anything else. The developers have managed to strike the right balance between linear narrative and interactive mechanics, putting the player in a position not only to enjoy a good story, but also to feel part of it. Paradoxically, it succeeds in everything that tries to innovate, and tends to fall into the more standard and classic elements of the game (menus, transitions, state changes, etc.) But despite everything, Blacksad is a title that leaves us with the desire to play more and more, and that makes us pray for a second chapter that will fix the problems found in this one. There is perhaps an element of uniqueness missing in the gameplay, something that in the future will make you say "It's clearly inspired by Blacksad", but it matters little, because Blacksad is after all everything it promised to be, a beautiful game.

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33bits
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 18, 2019

With an interesting track system, a very good audiovisual section, acceptable and replayable duration, Blacksad: Under the Skin is recommended for both comic fans and those who love the American noir theme. Some improvements in the animations and a slightly more polished visual section would not have gone wrong, as well as a deeper gameplay.

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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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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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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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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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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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Cram-Gaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2019
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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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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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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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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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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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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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NoobFeed
55 / 100
55 / 100
Dec 29, 2019

Blacksad: Under the Skin's many technical issues make it an absolute letdown.

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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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KeenGamer
5 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Conor Mitchell

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2020

Grab your fedora and trench coat as we review Blacksad: Under the Skin, a game with as many problems as there are solutions. A boxing gym owner is dead, and his protege has disappeared; only one detective can solve the crime, John Blacksad. But, do the game’s issues outweigh the overall enjoyment factor, let’s find out.

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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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