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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: 40 out of 260
  1. May 15, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This review is coming from a soulsborn fanatic and a person that’s beaten Sekiro 20 times so you can see where I’m coming from. This game is one of the greatest games you will ever play. There is literally no game out there like it and deserves to be played. It’s only 6 hrs long but everything about it from the combat to the puzzles (which I hate puzzles in games but these fit into the world well) is enjoyable. You won’t regret this purchase. Go buy it and enjoy. Also play with headphones on, it’s a must. Expand
  2. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    Masterpiece : beautiful graphics, great sound (those inner voices !), great story, beat'em all combat that looks great and plays great, visualMasterpiece : beautiful graphics, great sound (those inner voices !), great story, beat'em all combat that looks great and plays great, visual puzzles that don't feel fresh, low price ! what's to hate ? 6-10 hours + secret scene at the end if you found all collectibles ... My GOTY 2017 ... You won't forget this game. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Sep 7, 2020
    9
    Really loved this game, so did my wife. I hope we get the next one on ps5 as well.
  5. Jul 27, 2020
    8
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is quite different than anything else I've played. Initially, the gameplay loop of finding symbols in theHellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is quite different than anything else I've played. Initially, the gameplay loop of finding symbols in the environment to unlock doors feels a little repetitive and dull but as you progress the puzzles get more complex and satisfying. It also gives you an excuse to explore the oppressive, creepy world which is no bad thing.

    The story is great, and the characters are brilliantly acted. Druth, in particular, is fantastic and stories of Norse mythology he goes through whenever Senua finds a rune are worth the price of admission alone. Man those Vikings must have been smoking something strong when they came up with those myths!

    The combat is fun and the game lasts long enough to be satisfying without outstaying it's welcome. The lack of open-world busywork is a great gift from the developers, which more companies should copy...
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  6. Mar 16, 2020
    7
    This is an awesome game. The story is great, so is the presentation, the acting and the sounds. I would give it a 10 if there wouldn't be someThis is an awesome game. The story is great, so is the presentation, the acting and the sounds. I would give it a 10 if there wouldn't be some parts, that i found terrible and that finaly prevented me from finishing the game. I love the puzzles in sometimes unreal surroundings and the story. When i'm playing, i'm interested to hear/see/experience a story, like a book or a movie. Hellblade does a great job here. But as a story driven player the fights are simply too difficult for me, even on "easy" setting. Some of them lasts for 12 minutes or more with wave after wave of enemies, that attack you oftentimes from behind, while you fighting against another one. And some parts are just trial and error, like escaping a maze under time pressure. I hate that. That's bad game design, there is no excuse for this. And there are no hints or anything that makes it easier after x attempts. This was were I stopped playing it and i watched the rest on youtube. Summarized, when you not bothered by the parts that bother me, you're getting an awesome game. For future games the developers should think about the balancing. Why not make it really easy for players like me and really hard (what it is anyway) for the soulslike players. This what the difficulty settings are for. Expand
  7. Feb 8, 2021
    0
    slow slow slow puzzle puzzle puzzle slow slow slow puzzle puzzle puzzle the rare fighting sequence are far and few in between the literalslow slow slow puzzle puzzle puzzle slow slow slow puzzle puzzle puzzle the rare fighting sequence are far and few in between the literal walking through hoops listening to a crazy lady with voices in her head. Sorry nerds this game is garbage Expand

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