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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (PS4)
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- Evocative Storyline - An atmospheric masterclass with a powerful narrative unlike anything you have experienced before!
- Visceral Combat - Battle against dark and twisted foes, execute combos and master your sword fighting abilities to overcome Senua's haunting nightmares.
- Powerful exploration of mental health - Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis.
- Multi Award winning game - Winner of 5 BAFTAs including British game and Artistic & Audio Achievement.
- Feature Documentary - The retail version of Hellblade also comes with a digital documentary exploring the origins of the game
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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Journey into myth and madness
Embark on a brutal journey into the Viking heartland as Celtic warrior Senua in a new adventure from the makers of Heavenly Sword and DmC: Devil May Cry.
Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and those with lived experience of psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into the mind of lead character Senua. A broken and troubled individual, follow her as she traverses the depths of the Norse underworld in search of the lost soul of a fallen lover.
A personal and emotional journey through a vividly-detailed recreation of Viking mythology, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice places equal weight on both the internal and external struggles of conflict and loss and long-term effects of trauma.
Go behind the scenes with developers Ninja Theory as they reveal what it takes to bring Senua and their vision for Hellblade to life.
Follow the game's development from initial conception through varying test phases in an intimate series of video diaries following the artists, programmers and actors as they craft the finished game.
From the makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, comes a warrior's brutal journey into myth and madness.
Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover.
Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will pull you deep into Senua's mind.
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The story of the main character, Senua, is both heartbreaking and fascinating. It’s a story about psychosis, but in her world she thinks it’s a darkness and a curse. She goes through this whole journey to save her lover, Dillion, from Hel. Many times you ask yourself if everything she sees or hears is in her head or real, you just get so submerged in her mind and it’s amazing how the creators were able to do that.
The graphics are phenomenal, I couldn’t believe how beautiful they made everything but also in a very scary and dark way. I wouldn’t really consider it a horror game, there’s no cheesy jump scares or anything but it is creepy in the way that this is a real thing that people go through. It really opened my eyes and understanding of people with psychosis and what they go through on a daily basis.
All in all, I highly recommend this game for people looking for a different gaming experience.
Caution: It does have the main character experience psychosis mental health. This game is truly for mature audiences only.
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First off, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a relatively short game (took me 7hrs) which is ideal for gamers that have limited time on their hands to play (not to mention the game being squarely aimed at a more mature audience). The game has a fixed over-the-shoulder camera that keeps you close to Senua throughout, while keeping peripheral vision limited just enough that you'll want to keep checking over your shoulder. Gameplay is exploration interspersed with puzzles and the occasional fight.
Exploration of this dark world is fun. The game looks and sounds great. Puzzles are often interesting in the way they ask you to manipulate your view of the world around you, though every now and then they feel like they go on for a bit too long.
Fighting. Personally, I have often felt that Ninja Theory's combat systems are little clunky and finnicky, and you never feel quite as in control as you want. Add to this animations that are canned (rolls/dives out of the way of enemies) and it doesn't feel quite as dynamic as it could. Attacks are light or hard, you can parry and defend. Combat gets the job done but it is by no means a highlight of the game until you are quite close to the end. Enemies are huge men, and their countenance can be terrifying as they stride towards you menacingly, raising their arms wide to beckon an attack. Honestly, they're a really cool design, but they are overused. The first few fights are tense despite the controls, but as the game wears on you'll groan a little when you need to enter a battle again (unless you are fighting a unique style of boss, which I won't spoil!).
But I gave this game four stars, so obviously there is more to this.
Story and sound design is where the game shines, and it is what you'll remember long after you've finished the game. Hellblade is one of those rare games where the memories of playing through it are often better than the time you had with it. This is due in part to Senua herself, a deeply disturbed individual lost in psychosis and at the absolute mercy of the voices in her head. Some of the voices chide her, some want the others to leave her alone. Some mutter in disbelief when Senua (you) fail to accomplish something satisfactorily. I cannot stress enough that this game must be played with headphones. The voices fly in from all angles. You'll resent what they have to say to you, but as a character on a lone mission, you'll actually come to enjoy their company in the desolate and violent world you are working your way through. You want Senua to be free, but you don't want to be left alone. It all works really well, and is the defining aspect of this game, easily worth the asking price even you might only feel like you want to play it once.
For trophy hunters, the game is fairly simple on requirements, and just requires you to pay attention to the world as you play for the full complement. Additionally, without wanting to spoil the plot, the game does get better as you play, and the payoff at the end is one of the most memorable moments in gaming of recent years (for myself, at least).
To summarise, an excitingly dark and twisted story about a woman lost, roughly wrapped up in a so-so combat system.
I don't no why it says to wear earphones for the sound as it sounds just the same on the tv.
I wouldn't recommend this to anybody and now know why it was cheap to buy.
I loved the combat, puzzles, story and the way Senua was bought to life. The hellblade feature is a must watch too, after you have completed the game.
TL;DR: buy this, play it through, play it through again.