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  • Summary: Unsheathe the bloodstained blade of gritty warrior Senua as she fights her way through a nightmarish landscape in a ferociously personal journey. Can you survive a fearsome realm of vicious swordplay and terrifying creatures?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 68
  2. Negative: 1 out of 68
  1. Aug 15, 2017
    100
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Its combat mechanics and puzzles are strong, but its true strengths lies with its ability to tell a story and craft a world that differentiates itself from other titles out there. Together, we're offered an adventure that is equally horrifying and brilliant - a true masterpiece of a game.
  2. Aug 10, 2017
    90
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is beautiful, discomforting, and compelling. It might challenge what you like about games, but challenge is good. You're doing yourself a disservice if you don't try it.
  3. Sep 24, 2017
    90
    Hellblade is a bold game in that it represents an issue that people have in a more positive and realistic way and more importantly confronts the stigma attached to mental illness. All this is all wrapped up in a tight, purposeful, and meaty package that should be experienced at least once.
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    85
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is every bit as vicious, epic and dramatic as its predecessors in the Ninja Theory library, but interweaving a delicate storyline through simple, yet ruthless mechanics makes it one of the most visceral portrayals of psychological turmoil in recent video gaming.
  5. games(TM)
    Sep 8, 2017
    80
    But Hellblade is so well executed in so many ways, so committed to its mission and has integrated concept and design so well that we found it easy to look past these things to enjoy it immensely...Intense, powerful, important and very well done. [Issue#191, p.70]
  6. Aug 9, 2017
    80
    This intense exploration of a young woman's personal anguish is a triumph of interactive storytelling.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Aug 17, 2017
    40
    Ultimately what was intended as a thoughtful depiction of a terrible mental illness has ended up casting it as something of an asset: a helpful superpower that can give you the strength to soldier on through the darkness, so long as you can put up with the odd breakdown here and there. That, we suspect, was not what Ninja Theory intended. It's certainly not what we had hoped for. [Issue#310, p.112]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 217
  1. Aug 8, 2017
    10
    Hellblade is a slap in the face of the giant and greedy publishers, for the sake of the game industry i hope this game will be a success inHellblade is a slap in the face of the giant and greedy publishers, for the sake of the game industry i hope this game will be a success in critics and sales.I highly recommend it if you love games that can be more than just fun experiences...a true work of art and i hope to see more indie developers Expand
  2. May 18, 2019
    10
    Une expérience inédite... que ce soit là mise en scène, le personnage principal, les histoires racontée, et les voix... plongée dans laUne expérience inédite... que ce soit là mise en scène, le personnage principal, les histoires racontée, et les voix... plongée dans la psychose avec hellblade... Vous ne le regretterez pas! Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2017
    10
    this is the best narrative experience up to this day that money can buy. period.
    in contrast to the other 'walking simulators' this actually
    this is the best narrative experience up to this day that money can buy. period.
    in contrast to the other 'walking simulators' this actually engages you in simple yet fitting gameplay mechanics (a bit of puzzles and a bit of simple but intense combat).

    the game portrays mental disorder like never seen before - it has to be experienced and a headset is a MUST.

    if you liked narrative experiences like firewalker or ethan carter etc, but wished that it hat more gameplay - this one's for you.
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  4. Aug 13, 2017
    9
    You've got to love a story driven game, not another h&s. Some people believe that "a walking simulator" cannot be a good game. Here a storyYou've got to love a story driven game, not another h&s. Some people believe that "a walking simulator" cannot be a good game. Here a story plays a role, not fighting, visuals (pretty good for a non AA game). Worth the money. Keep up the good work Ninja Theory! Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2017
    9
    hell blade is sort of an exploration/puzzle/adventure game with with a combat system that's very familiar and fairly simple, but reallyhell blade is sort of an exploration/puzzle/adventure game with with a combat system that's very familiar and fairly simple, but really satisfying and very tense a lot of the time. I enjoyed a lot of the puzzles in the game and thought a lot of the challenges with puzzle aspects were really interesting, but some of the puzzles get repeated quite often and even though I enjoyed them and thought they were neat, when you get into the late game and still have to solve the same kindof puzzle you've been doing since the beginning it can become kind of annoying, but thankfully there is a lot of variety to the kinds of challenges youll be facing through the game. the game uses audio very creatively and incorporates its audio as a main mechanic in the game and it works really well and makes you feel like a crazy person much like the main character Senua, and is one of the most original and fresh concepts ive seen in a game and brings a lot of awareness to mental illness and how greatly it affects people. the narrative is really good and there are many powerful and emotional moments that are well earned, and is one of the strongest aspects of this game. the story is very smart and well told and I became very invested in senua, her story, her struggles and her flaws. the story creates a very well realized world as well. this is a very dark tale with some really dark subjects being told and there are times where I was actually really scared and disturbed which I wasn't expecting. I think this is one of the best games ive played this year. the only problems I had were with a few of the puzzles being a little frustrating because the didn't give enough clear direction, but that was only with two of them, and a few sections of the game were drawn out a bit to long taking me out of the experience a little I don't understand why they needed to be that way they could of just shortened those small moments and I felt these little frustrations took me out of the game a lot especially the some of the reapeating puzzles, but other wise this is a must play game and I highly recommend it. there is no game like this out there and its a very unique, fresh, intense, epic and emotional experience. the game is about 8 hours but is half the price of a full price game, and I forgot to mention that the game is absolutely gorgeous and I adored the games design of the locations, enemies and atmosphere. Expand
  6. Aug 9, 2017
    6
    Gameplay is boring, and have horrible cinematography/atmosphere (there are so many better example around... just look at cinema production).Gameplay is boring, and have horrible cinematography/atmosphere (there are so many better example around... just look at cinema production). Still i appreciate the effort on creating something new even if it actually didn''t give me any kind of experience about mental illness. Vote: 6,5 Expand
  7. Dec 14, 2019
    0
    After 2 hours of pure boredom, and even more, long winding tedious gameplay where I actually wanted to wake up from the nightmare of havingAfter 2 hours of pure boredom, and even more, long winding tedious gameplay where I actually wanted to wake up from the nightmare of having actually spent money on this game. Each has their own opinion and I really have nothing good to say about this game. Thumbs down for me. Expand

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