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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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A dark fantasy game that takes inspiration from Scandinavian and Celtic folklore, Hellblade is set in a gritty barbarian world full of weird wooden structures and creepily masked enemies.

The player assumes the role of Senua, a traumatized female warrior from the Pict tribe. She suffers from a growing psychosis after her lover Dillion was brutally murdered by Vikings. Carrying his severed head, Senua sets out to Helheim, the underworld of the dead, to bring her lover's soul back. Her grim and bloody journey mirrors her descent into madness. It becomes increasingly difficult for her (and, thus, the player) to tell fact from fantasy, as she hears voices in her head and sees hallucinations.

When not fighting her enemies, Senua has to solve puzzles to move forward. This is where her distorted perception actually comes out handy, enabling her to "focus" and see what regular people can not. The ghostly voices, recorded using the binaural method to create an eery effect, also help to guide Senua or to warn her about dangers. All of Senua movements, expressions and reactions were recorded through motion capture to make them more realistic and emotional.

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Minimum: OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 Processor: Intel i5 3570K / AMD FX-8350 Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: GTX 770 with 2GB VRAM / Radeon R9 280X 3GB DirectX: Version 11 Storage: 30 GB available space Additional Notes: Minimum spec screen resolution: 1280x720
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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice reviews and comments

Incredible experience!
«Blew my mind»
Play with headphones for the full experience.
combat is decent, puzzles are repetitive but level design changes it up enough to stay fresh for the couple hours it takes to finish this game. I honestly don't have much to say about the psychosis part because I have no experience with psychosis whatsoever. My only real gripe here is the absolute abysmal walking speed
The story, atmosphere and visuals are amazing! The game takes place in some very interesting places. But the actual gameplay... While the puzzles and combat feel OK in the beginning, towards the end I just felt annoyed when I saw a door with runes on it or Senua drew her sword. And the length of the combat phases as well as their frequency just went up in the last chapters. 
Definitly a must play if you like story based games.
«Blew my mind»
«Sit back and relax»
As far as post-millennial awareness games go, this could've been far worse, especially considering it comes from Ninja Theory. Slow and whispery with ham and cheese acting accompanied by a stale hack and slash system doesn't make up for how pretty it looks but that's ok because it's about psychosis. I'm thankful I don't suffer from similar issues myself but I can't imagine this makes people more appreciative of how able they are when they have to deal with pretentious narrative trumping the "message." It checks off a bunch of boxes you have to expect from AAA-Indie at this point - if you love tearing up when female protags find their strength like the lyrics to Fight Song, you'll probably also enjoy this. The very definition of meh. Imagine Dear Esther but you can mash X.
«Disappointment of the year»
«Waste of time»
One of the best games I've played. The story, the music and the art are flawless, the combat is a bit underwhelming but it is not the main focus of the game so it barely matters. I cannot recommend it enough.
«Blew my mind»
«OST on repeat»
An incredibly original game that really tries something new with it's story and character(s). Gameplay however isn't the greatest and neither was it the games main focus. What it lacks in fluid combat it makes up for in story. The detail that both you and your enemies get weary during a fight is amazing and i'd love to see that more in other titles. Can't wait for part 2. 
What a Tour de force!
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
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