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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice review
by Tramandai

This is a unique game, and Ninja Theory cared for every detail they made. It is original, creative, beautiful. Still, it is not for everyone, it is weird. It blends a walking sim and a fighting game. It is simple, I mean, it is not complex, there are few things you do. There's no crafting, no collecting items, no leveling. You just walk, hear the voices whispering the story, solve puzzles, and, when the time comes, draw your sword. The story is very deep and it caught me from the very beginning. It might be even disturbing because it roots in psychological illnesses and fears. I highly recommend playing in headphones, because it uses binaural sounds very effectively to place you in the surroundings. If you like this kind of game, Hellblade is a gem. You will enjoy every minute in its terrifyingly beautiful world.

Other reviews32

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!»
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-