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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Ninja Theory
Aug 8, 2017 - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
Essential
IGN
9 / 10
PC Gamer
78 / 100
Easy Allies
4.5 / 5
Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Game Informer
8 / 10
Polygon
8.5 / 10
GameSpot
8 / 10

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Review Summary

MightyCritic Consensus

Masterful Atmosphere

Memorable Storytelling

Short but Sweet

With Hellblade, Ninja Theory delivers a focused and engaging take on action games with a message behind it. Critics love the presentation and the inventive nature of the gameplay.


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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Trailers

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice | Senua's Psychosis Teaser | PS4 & PC thumbnail

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice | Senua's Psychosis Teaser | PS4 & PC

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice | Official Trailer | PS4 & PC thumbnail

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice | Official Trailer | PS4 & PC

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice | Hela Trailer | PS4 & PC thumbnail

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice | Hela Trailer | PS4 & PC


Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Screenshots



Critic Reviews for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Ninja Theory crafts a highly competent action game and a nuanced, powerful exploration of mental health.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a masterclass of atmosphere, storytelling, and the marriage of mechanical and conceptual design. While there are moments that feel shoehorned in to remind us we're playing a videogame, the care and attention Ninja Theory has clearly poured into Senua and her story has created something amazing. This is a game everyone should play, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to have lived inside the mind of Senua, however briefly.

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Hellblade could benefit from more exploration and enemy variety, but it's a powerful portrait of the strength of will over personal demons.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

A technical masterpiece with some of the best swordfighting combat in years, but the storytelling and puzzle elements come across as muddled and awkwardly mismatched.

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Given the heavy subject matter, calling Hellblade "entertaining" feels inappropriate. However, it is undeniably memorable, telling a compelling tale that explores subject matter many consider taboo

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Hellblade is not an Orphean quest to retrieve a dead lover from the underworld. It's not some epic tale of revenge. It's an education and contextualization of being psychologically different in the time of Vikings and Celts. Nearly every facet of the game — whether it's combat, puzzles or exploration — is deliberate, pointing back to the overarching theme of what people called “cursed” during that time. Hellblade successfully weaves metaphors of grief and loss into fundamental game mechanics and rich folklore, and through these I felt like I truly was able to understand how someone else sees the world.

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Hellblade is a spellbinding and sympathetic game about loss and redemption.

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OpenCritic Coverage

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Has Received an Upgrade for the Xbox Series X

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Has Received an Upgrade for the Xbox Series X

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has received a boost on the Xbox Series X/S

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice headed to VR

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice headed to VR



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