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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice review
Meh
by remitoid

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. 

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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
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!»
7/10 - fighting with half of the Norse mythology while experiencing psychosis. 
«Blew my mind»
«Underrated»
Not worth the money.
«Disappointment of the year»
«Waste of time»
This game drew me in right from the get go. I loved the vibe. Visually it looked amazing. The combat is very simple but still feels pretty good. The puzzles in this game were clever and much more enjoyable than I expected. The story was interesting and unique.

Final Score: A-
OMG, I don't know how I haven't played this game earlier.

For those who don't know, this game is about a Celtic warrior with schizophrenia/psychosis that goes to Hellhiem to retrieve her loved one's soul.

I love mythology and theology. Greek is my favorite, but Norse is a close second.
Then there is the mental health theme.
This are two topics that, at first I thought wouldn't work together but Ninja Theory nailed it.
The mental illness part is very well handed and fells real. I really happy to see this theme handled with the care and respect it deserves.

The gameplay is simple works well.
Some say that the combat is janky and not that good. I disagree. 
The slashes fell powerful and meaty. The parry is heavy and you fell the force of the impact.
The only thing I don't like about the combat system is the enemy lock. I really hate that part, and it took a long type to get used to it.

The graphics are pretty damn good looking for a (technically) indie studio.
The facial animations are amazing and really life like.

The voice acting and performance are top notch. You fell what Senua is felling. You look in her eyes and you undestand her.  

Now, the sound, the FRICKING SOUND. It is probably the best technical part of the game.
The music is amazing. It fells grandiose and big. I have the Hellblade's OST on Spotify and I have been listening to it non stop.
The ASMR like voices that circle your head all the time while you play are a great way to make you enter Senua's head space. The ambient sounds really suck you in to that scenery.

This is something I have to say.
I can praise this game for hours, but there is a big problem for me.
I can't replay it.
It is such a heavy and gut punching game that it's really difficult for me to get though it again.
If you have some problem, like for example autism it might be difficult to play it at all.

Overall it's a really immersive, engaging experience that will captivate you, while punch you in the gut all though out it's 8 hour duration.
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«Blew my mind»
«Constantly dying and enjoy it»