Ready to take in the darkest depths of 1950’s New York? Blacksad: Under the Skin will whisk you away to that dismal place, putting you in the shoes of a John Blacksad – a private detective attempting to uncover the mysteries behind the disappearance of a young boxing star.
Available today on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with a Nintendo Switch launch occurring shortly after, Blacksad: Under the Skin promises to deliver a dark 1950s tale; one in which anthropomorphic characters are the main focus.
If you’re a sucker for detective thrillers then spending time with Blacksad seems to be a bit of a no-brainer, and it’ll be this experience which winds its way inside your head like no other, as you take to the shoes of John Blacksad and make the most of your feline senses to uncover all-important clues. With the decisions you make bearing direct influence on the case at hand, you’ll not be able to be flippant with your choices either; it’s quite possibly a case of life or death.
- Investigation phases and deduction – As the story progresses, players will be able to explore the game areas (with more or less freedom depending on the situation), in order to find clues and question potential witnesses. Blacksad must analyze the clues gathered to draw conclusions. This deduction system enables players to link up various elements (clues, observations, etc.) in order to come up with theories and open up new leads. If the association work matches up, the detective will come to a conclusion. If the deduction fails, the clues will remain available for a new attempt.
- Multiple choice dialogue – Dialogue scenes offer players the chance to move the conversation in different directions. They will need to choose the options they think will be the most useful to their investigation. These choices will decide Blacksad’s development and relationships, as well as future opportunities. Players will have the option to remain silent during certain exchanges, directly affecting his profile, unique to each player.
- Cat senses – Being a cat gives Blacksad several significant advantages. His sharp feline senses like his vision, smell and hearing will help analyze certain situations with more depth. By doing so, players will be able to identify previously inaccessible details.
- Quick Time Events – QTEs can be related to various actions or action scenes and must be completed in order to progress through the game (all failed attempts will have to be replayed). Players will face two types of QTE: pressing a given button at the right time or filling a bar by repeatedly pressing a button.
Want to see how this 1950’s New York City played out? The usual digital stores will see you right with a download of Blacksad: Under the Skin; our preferred choice is obviously the Xbox Store where you’ll find it for £33.49.
Keep an eye out for our review of Blacksad on Xbox One too. We’ll be sure to have some thoughts coming your way asap.
The 50s, New York City: Joe Dunn, owner of a boxing club, is found dead. Meanwhile, rising star Bobby Yale, due to take to the ring for the most important fight of his career, has mysteriously disappeared. Sonia Dunn, Joe’s daughter, takes over the gym and must deal with its financial woes. She hires private detective John Blacksad to investigate Yale’s disappearance. This sinister case will take our investigator to the darkest, most dismal depths of New York. With its anthropomorphic characters and its incredible 1950s feel, BLACKSAD: Under the Skin promises all the eerily dark adventure of a detective novel, just like the eponymous comic book series. Conduct the investigation in your own way. Make use of your feline senses as you hunt for new clues. Make decisions on behalf of Blacksad and influence the outcome of the case.