Verdict

8.0 Awesome

The game involves struggle of Senua who suffers from psychosis and went to Northmen Land to fight for it. She then figures out how to discover the power inside herself to live. The game offers a unique experience to the player. The video and audio outputs are beautifully managed. The TechSeer gives it an 8 out of a solid 10.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice might be the best game developed by Ninja Theory. It revealed the battle of learning to live with past suffering and regrets in various amazing ways. The game places the illness of main character front and center of the whole experience rather than shying from it.

During playing you will constantly hear senna’s voices, remarking, panicking, advising herself, falsifying, telling her point of view, raised senses, fear and her vision of seeing things. Senua survival is only possible by fighting with her demons and believing in herself. The game puts the player in a position where he is confused between his real and imaginary current state.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Review

It shows a stunning and mysterious novel setting natural performance of its main character into the Northmen land. Hellblade is made on a smaller scale but presents a great experience of combining magnificent vocals, visuals, and gameplay together. It involves historical non-fiction and fictional mythology.

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Senua, a young Celtic warrior, who starts her journey to the Northman homeland to enter in their version of hell, Helheim known as the mythological Norse land of the dead for reclaiming the soul of her loved ones. Complex, reality-defying puzzles and a battle of an apparently infinite horde of opponent that tries to stop her mission will come on her journey. Senua, afflicted by severe psychosis, hear voices, has her own demons and visions.  It’s all tackled carefully by Developer Ninja theory with advice from Paul Fletcher, Professor of Health Neuroscience.

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The story is impressive but the audio and video design are next level crafted. Before starting the game, you will prompt to play with earphones to capitalizing on the binaural sound design. The game is third person play by default but you can change it with a focus button which puts you in the Senua’s eye.

The experience will be amazingly splanchnic and sometimes it is close to intolerable. Cutscenes and stone glyphs are used to present the story, its world and for illustrating the history of the land. Live action cut scenes are cleverly used in the game. The combination of in-game graphics and cinematic moments will give you a fantastical feeling of watching a live playback.

Senua will fight with the Northmen during her mission. Northmen is a berserkers’ army that comes out of thin air. Action will come into the game at this time and make the game most exciting and breathtaking. Senua is still very skilled at battling and can go up against various adversaries without a moment’s delay regardless of her illness. Using light combos, heavy, quick swords, dodges and hand to hand strikes for repelling Northmen strikes, you can chop away the Northman to take the upper hand.

In spite the fact that combat is the main center in Hellblade; different and complex weapons are not offered in this game rather some new battle skills opened up that‘s why till end Senua’s store of weapons is held subtle. Responsive and fluid base combat mechanics that let you jump between multiple opponents with her alarming inner voices that tell you about the incoming strikes. Learning this skill is a real challenge.

Senua exceptionally raised perception, which shows out in solving unique puzzles, makes her capable to handle different hardships despite her psychosis disease. Puzzles include the discovering of hidden glyphs for unlocking doors. Many dangers come in her way like the frightful illusion of the dead, a sacrifice by an insane fire god, and starving beasts hidden in the shadows, a constant threat appears in her mind that can cause terrible results.

Verdict:

Managing a sensitive topic in an adventurous game is Hellblade’s most admirable achievement. Basically, the game involves struggle of Senua who suffers from psychosis and went to Northmen Land to fight for it. She then figures out how to discover the power inside herself to live. The game offers a unique experience to the player. The video and audio outputs are beautifully managed. The TechSeer gives it an 8 out of a solid 10.

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