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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: 29 out of 202
  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 26, 2019
    10
    This was one of the best games I’ve ever played. The combat and sound design is absolutely amazing! I wasn’t expecting to be so amazed by an 8This was one of the best games I’ve ever played. The combat and sound design is absolutely amazing! I wasn’t expecting to be so amazed by an 8 hour game Expand
  3. Aug 10, 2017
    10
    It is a sad day when a small team put all there hearts and soul into something only to have a bunch of morons who no nothing about good gameIt is a sad day when a small team put all there hearts and soul into something only to have a bunch of morons who no nothing about good game design and only want the same **** over and over come to try and down one it because they can't kill something every second. Well sorry for wanting something that actually try's and does something diffrent and greatly at that as this is a great experience I would highly recommend to anyone with an intrest in a good story and some truly unique gameplay as this is one of the biggest sunrise I have played in a long time. Expand
  4. Feb 26, 2018
    9
    An amazing game and experience. I play a lot of games but games like this is why I love them and I appreciate the story and characters and theAn amazing game and experience. I play a lot of games but games like this is why I love them and I appreciate the story and characters and the world that has been created. If you love games play this it will leave memories Expand
  5. Aug 12, 2017
    9
    A breath of fresh air. Definitely a very much appreciated change and long overdue pace in gaming. Games like this give us gamers a variety inA breath of fresh air. Definitely a very much appreciated change and long overdue pace in gaming. Games like this give us gamers a variety in a market where games are over-saturated with FPS, game leagues, and attempts at "open world". Now, listen I love FPS, game leagues and open world, but let's be honest, they are all over the place and starting to be a dime a dozen. I like this walking simulation with some action, with a deep story and is enjoyable in between playing other games in the previous mentioned game formats. Going to rate this one high, but not perfect, so I will be fair. Expand
  6. Feb 2, 2019
    7
    Игра очень понравилась, хоть и короткая!
    Великолепная графика - Ninja Theory умеют работать с движком Unreal на уровне Epic Games, только в
    Игра очень понравилась, хоть и короткая!
    Великолепная графика - Ninja Theory умеют работать с движком Unreal на уровне Epic Games, только в прошлой игре Endlaved была третья версия, а тут уже четвёртая.
    Художественная составляющая на таком же высоком уровне, как и качество текстур! Игра просто оргазм для глаз.
    Звук - тут не рассказать, это надо слышать... он бесподобен!!!
    Актёрская игра главной героини также выше всяких похвал, за что актриса и получила заслуженный приз.
    Графика, звук и актёрская игра создают потрясающую атмосферу безысходности.
    Геймплей представляет собой симулятор ходьбы с решением головоломок, разбавленный несложной, но зрелищной боёвкой.
    Сюжет простой и всё, что я о нём могу сказать будет спойлером, но он неплохой.
    Игра проходится за 10 часов, но она и не корчит из себя AAA-проект и стоила на старте 2200 кажется, а не 4к, так что претензий ноль, чего не скажешь о Last Guardian!
    Платина простейшая, так как сложность не влияет ни на что и можно играть на лёгком, хотя я прошёл на харде и в боях даже был челлендж ближе к концу.
    Очень советую купить, ведь это очень необычный проект, созданный независимой студией и изданный ей же, а не под крылом крупного издателя. Поддержите, она того стоит!
    Оценка не 10 и 10, потому что 10 из 10 - это Last of Us и Witcher 3, а эта игра просто хорошая... не раздавать же всем десятки, как это делает один "худощавый непродажный блоггер", у которого чуть ли не каждая Call of Duty 12 из 10:)
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  7. Apr 21, 2018
    0
    Hellblade is bad for your mental health, and not because of its depictions of psychosis. But because it's a deeply frustrating game. In myHellblade is bad for your mental health, and not because of its depictions of psychosis. But because it's a deeply frustrating game. In my first play through, I encountered two game-breaking bugs which meant I had to exit and restart. That's simply unforgivable given how long this game has been out.

    It's not just the bugs; the game design is equally horrific too. I'm a veteran gamer, but I didn't know where I should be going half the time. The confusing layout of the maps doesn't help either. After I defeated the first boss, I ended up retreading back over the level simply because I missed one staircase. Half an hour of my life I'll never get back.

    I hate this game so much I've deleted it off my hard drive. I never want to see, or hear, of it ever again.
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