Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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3.9 / 5.0
Apr 22, 2019

A tragic, compelling love story that demands you play it till the very end...

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Essential
Aug 8, 2017

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

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78 / 100
Aug 8, 2017

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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9 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

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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Aug 13, 2017
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Metro GameCentral

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6 / 10
Aug 8, 2017

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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8 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

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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Polygon

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2017

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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8 / 10
Aug 8, 2017

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

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Aug 9, 2017

This intense exploration of a young woman's personal anguish is a triumph of interactive storytelling.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

Slowly but surely Ninja Theory has moved into film territory, but they can't let go of their need to shove action mechanics into everything they do. With the increased focus and acceptance of so-called "walking simulators" there's a huge market they can tap into, and I hope they end up doing that in the future. I enjoyed pretty much every facet of Hellblade that didn't involve combat, which unfortunately pops up a little too often on top of the aforementioned technical problems -- just enough to grate.

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91 / 100
Apr 13, 2019

A new example on how Switch is capable of succeding in any challenge, with no sacrifices in the process. It's not as graphically astonishing as the other versions but it feels really, really close. A gaming experience everyone should try.

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8 / 10
Aug 8, 2017

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a profound sensual experience that's unmissable. The way it highlights psychosis and incorporates it isn't just a part of the aesthetic, but it also makes for fascinating gameplay. This is a phenomenal achievement for the discussion of mental health that we'll be talking about for years to come.

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Hobby Consolas
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91 / 100
Aug 8, 2017

Hellblade approaches psychosis in a videogame in a mature and original way. The game has a perfect balance of combat, puzzles and exploration, with great sound and graphics, but it fells too short, about 8 hours length.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2017

Ninja Theory, you moved me. Hellblade's gameplay is polished, the writing is fantastic, the acting is superb, and the ending managed to make me cry. But even then, all of this pales in comparison to everything this art piece truly represents.

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9 / 10
Aug 8, 2017

Hellblade overcomes very minor hiccups with incredible presence, immersive design, and an overall package that truly leaves an impression

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8 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2019

An outstanding game that work pretty well on a consola like Switch, especially on TV mode. Its performance on handheld mode is not good. That paired with some boring/repetitive mechanics that were on the other versions make this Switch version the less recommendable of them all, but still a fun and interesting game.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2017

Ninja Theory has tried to provide a game with a distinctive fighting style with a strong story for the main character, a unique environment, and a promise of an experience that matches the games with huge budgets and at a lower price. I can say that the studio succeeded in its quest with Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice With 10 hours of gameplay fighting to save her beloved from the dark, in a dreary, bleak environment full of exciting and mysterious details, we are facing one of the most powerful games of the year, at a price of up to half of what other AAA games will cost you.

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Unscored
Aug 8, 2017

For the majority of its run time, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice felt like something much more meaningful than a generic action video game. It felt like a work with something to say, and it made me want to listen, even when what I heard frightened me so badly I could barely press on.

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8.8 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2017

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is an excellent demonstration of quality with an absorbing history and an outstanding artistic direction. Joining concepts such as Norse mythology and psychosis was not easy, but the mixture has been respectful and interesting.

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