During NYCC 2019 I was given the chance to sit down at the Microïds booth and get my hands on the upcoming game Blacksad: Under the Skin. Thanks to another appointment not showing up, I got some pretty decent time to explore the world they built while also getting a quick peak at the story as it unfolds. I can not wait until this game goes live and I can figure out just where this story is leading.

Blacksad: Under the Skin follows the story of a private eye, John Blacksad, as he unravels the mystery of a local boxing gym owners death. It is set up in a walking adventure that allows you to interact with items in the world to learn clues and find collectables through the story. The walking controls felt fluid and even the actions felt smooth. The three action mechanics I experienced during the play through were a click and hold, tap, and hitting the button at the right time. All three felt smooth and worked into the gameplay well. Movement in the world is a bit slow, but I can’t imagine Blacksad running from place to place. 

The story is really what drew me into this game. Based on the character from a comic created by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad: Under the Skin features a whole new story. This means fans that have read the comic won’t have to worry about everything being spoiled. The characters are well thought out and as you progress in the story you can really see how well the pieces come together. The conversations with other NPCS can play out two ways. One is a dialogue tree that provides you with information and the other is quick answers that make you think on your toes.

The final thing that really stuck out to me were the visuals. I was able to meet and interact with several different characters and they all have their own charms that vary from each other. I wasn’t sure how I would feel with the characters all being animals, however as I was playing I completely looked past that. The world they built is beautiful and really sings the praises of 1950s NYC. It was easy to see where they got a lot of their inspiration while I was traveling in and out of the city. I was only able to see the first couple of places, so I am excited to see what else they were able to create.

Blacksad: Under the Skin was a terrific game and I am so happy I was able to get my hands on it during the convention. It is set to release on November 5, 2019 for PC, Xbox One and PS4. A version for the Nintendo Switch will release a bit later. My recommendation? Get your little paws on this bad boy quick! You can repurchase the game on Steam here.

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Julia Roth
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