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  • Summary: An independent game from Ninja Theory - makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West & DmC: Devil May Cry. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice takes you on a journey into savage viking heartland with Senua, a Celtic warrior struggling with trauma & psychosis.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    100
    Hellblade is a kind of a game you have not played yet. Despite the smaller variability of enemies, it offers such a powerful experience that we have to recommend it. Senua's mind suffers and you suffer with her. Ragnarök is coming. [Issue#277]
  2. Aug 14, 2017
    95
    Hellblade is one of the game industry’s few genuine dramas – a dark, uncomfortable experience that makes players suffer alongside its protagonist. By intentionally avoiding the standard power fantasy in their designs, Ninja Theory has shined a light on mental illness, an important subject that many people are ill-informed about, and they’ve portrayed it in an immersive manner that no other storytelling medium could. For those up to the challenge, it’s a must-play, and one of the boldest and most important artistic endeavors games have seen in quite some time.
  3. Aug 17, 2017
    90
    Clocking in at around 6 hours, there isn’t any real replay value unless you’re someone like me who likes to go back to see how the experience changes after I’ve been enlightened with the full picture. While some may claim that it is far too short of a game, I would argue that it is the perfect length for this particular title, and as it retails at half the cost of a typical triple A game at $29.99, it more than justifies its asking price. After all, I certainly don’t think this would have been a better game if it was double the length at twice the cost.
  4. Aug 21, 2017
    85
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a clear example of a game as an art form with a strong message and a complex, layered narrative. It’s true that you’re sort of along for the ride and most of your interactions are through your emotional response to what is depicted rather than through the mechanics of the game, but is that such a bad thing?
  5. Aug 11, 2017
    80
    Ninja Theory ought to be praised for what it’s achieved – an adult story that’s told like no other, combat that’s skilful and harrowing, unique environmental based puzzles and light, scenic adventuring. It’s just a shame that some of Hellblade‘s gameplay components at times feel forced.
  6. Aug 8, 2017
    80
    Over the course of its journey, Hellblade keeps its gameplay lean in order to not overstay its welcome. Despite the complexity of the narrative and its presentation, combat only happens when it needs to, and puzzle solving and set-piece moments often drive the story forward to reveal more about Senua's motivations. Which in turn reveals the struggles that torment her, preventing her from moving on.
  7. Aug 27, 2017
    70
    Odd as it may sound to recommend a game moreso on its story, Ninja Theory’s latest is an interesting, if flawed, entrant.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 256
  1. Apr 9, 2020
    10
    I love this game, sounds effects, story and graphics 10/10 Senua I LOVE YOU!
  2. Nov 3, 2021
    10
    One of my favorite games. I love Viking based games. The story is really interesting and makes you wanna play non-stop. Gameplay is so fun,One of my favorite games. I love Viking based games. The story is really interesting and makes you wanna play non-stop. Gameplay is so fun, never getting boring. Puzzles are adding extra challenges. Surroundings are really well made, the atmosphere is breathtaking. The character's mental health problem takes this game to another level, you are experiencing both character's inside and outside world The graphics are gorgeous too. Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2017
    10
    Ninja Theory gives exactly what they promised! Epic story, beautiful visuals, triple a quality. Great experience especially for this price! INinja Theory gives exactly what they promised! Epic story, beautiful visuals, triple a quality. Great experience especially for this price! I really recommend checking out the dev diaries on youtube before jumping into the game, so you could appreciate the game even more. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2018
    9
    I think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give thisI think that this is truly a unique game and I would recommend that if you are a fan of this type of genre then I think you should give this game a try. Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2020
    8
    The visuals are absolutely stunning. The story draws you in and remains captivating right to the end... especially if you explore theThe visuals are absolutely stunning. The story draws you in and remains captivating right to the end... especially if you explore the environments and unlock all the runes talking about the mythology behind it all.

    The only real downside is the rather repetitive boring combat. Bosses are a little different, but you quickly learn their patterns and dispatch them easily as a result.

    The story, graphics and atmosphere absolutely make up for the dull combat.

    Played it a week or two ago, and it captured me so much, I've been reading mythology books since trying to learn more. Can't wait to play the sequel later this year!
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  6. Jan 9, 2019
    6
    I hate to give this game a low score...but my expectations were so high because of all the fuss surrounding It. Way too much positive review.I hate to give this game a low score...but my expectations were so high because of all the fuss surrounding It. Way too much positive review. It's like a very beautiful 3rd person walking simulator with a powerful, sensible story and a boring implementation.
    I can see why it's so acclaimed and if I hadn't expected perfection I would have probably enjoyd it...but the cycle of insipid puzzles and unfocused-uninspired battles just frustrated me.

    Maybe after 2 hours it gets better.
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  7. Jun 20, 2021
    0
    This is not a game but a mess.
    He wants to be something f()cking deep, but he doesn’t go for it.
    Apart from being immeasurably annoying it
    This is not a game but a mess.
    He wants to be something f()cking deep, but he doesn’t go for it.
    Apart from being immeasurably annoying it is not fun because the game content is 0.
    A typical example is when they want to sell anything with graphics and a lot of tech ****
    It can't be said to be so beautiful today.
    I think it's a boring crap.
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