Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice: Late to the Party23rd April 2019
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an unusual game, to say the least. The action adventure game created by Ninja Theory and received to rave reviews across the board. Not only for the technical feat that it is graphically for a AA game and the great storytelling but also for tackling mental health issues.
What’s it about?
You play Senua a Pict warrior, a troubled woman battling her inner demons. She is on a difficult journey battling her way to Helheim by defeating mysterious entities and facing their challenges head-on, in order to rescue the soul of her dead lover from the goddess Hela.
The game acts as a metaphor for the Senua’s struggle with psychosis. She suffers from the condition and believes it to be a curse. Throughout the game, our character is haunted by an entity known as the Darkness, voices in her head called Furies, and past memories.
How Does Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Play?
The game handles well and is not too taxing. There’s a lot of walking and strange moments that make you think what the ‘Hellblade’ is going on here!
There are puzzles for you to figure out which usually play out around trying to match up symbols with environmental set pieces that create the same symbol shape. Some of these are simple to find while others take a bit of wandering around to find.
There is combat in the game though there is no tutorial on how to fight. You can struggle for a bit pressing the buttons to figure out what they do or you could simply pause the game and learn the controls in the menu. I wish I’d have thought of that first. Lolz.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Final Thoughts
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a great looking game and to think it was developed by a team of just twenty developers. If you want a game that doesn’t take over your life, a game you can pick up and get through in a couple of evenings, a good looking game with a deep story then this game is definitely worth a play through.
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