VGChartz’s Paul Broussard: “The original Blasphemous was a title that I (and the games Creative Director, for that matter) ultimately concluded was very good, but not really a Metroidvania. With that in mind, I hadnt really planned to write about the sequel when it was announced, but Blasphemous 2 changed that part of its formula quite a bit and has a much greater emphasis on ability-gated progression. So just how does Blasphemous hold up, now that its actually a Metroidvania?”

Source: N4G PC Metroidvania Corner: Blasphemous 2