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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: 45 out of 299
  1. Sep 4, 2019
    10
    Крайне красивая игра, интересные головоломки и невероятная атмосфера.
  2. Aug 10, 2017
    10
    One of the best gaming experiences I've had I've had in years. Very mature and deep game which excells in all areas from the impressiveOne of the best gaming experiences I've had I've had in years. Very mature and deep game which excells in all areas from the impressive graphics, unique art style, great fighting mechanics and puzzles and especially the haunting sound design. Best played with headphones as some of the sound is binaural (3D). This might not be for everyone or the simple/weak minded as the theme of schizophrenia and psychosis is no kiddy approach, but I applaud NT for daring to try this and succeeding! Great price as well and well worth it, especially since it's a self published 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. Dec 31, 2020
    9
    This game is great! Although it won't be for everyone. This game is focused much more on puzzle solving than on combat. You will get to theThis game is great! Although it won't be for everyone. This game is focused much more on puzzle solving than on combat. You will get to the gameplay area and the game won't explain what you have to do, which can make it a little tedious, so if you are looking for an action game, this is not for you. However, If you like solving puzzles but above all, an exquisite narrative, this is the game for you. This is the closest experience you will get of being inside the mind...of an insane person. I highly recommend playing it with headphones as the 3D audio design is superb! Expand
  5. Aug 5, 2021
    8
    8.5

    This game has a lot of depth and treat serious matters. Still you have great combat mechanics and nice choices with the graphics. The
    8.5

    This game has a lot of depth and treat serious matters. Still you have great combat mechanics and nice choices with the graphics. The story is not very long and it goes straight to the point. One of the best games of the year for sure.
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  6. Aug 30, 2020
    7
    I have mixed feelings about this game and I cannot rating this game with more than a 7. I don't want to spoil anything (although it's reallyI have mixed feelings about this game and I cannot rating this game with more than a 7. I don't want to spoil anything (although it's really not a spoiler) but you'll understand better everything when you watch the extra video that you can watch at any time although they recommend you to watch after beating this game. Let's say only that something isn't right with Senua. If you've played the last God of War, the landscapes, enviroment and suits will remind you this game although the rest it's quite different. This game have moments of puzzles and others of fighting. About fighting press the Option button to see how to properly fight and use the R2 button when you see that shomething shines for a second in the left down corner of your tv. And if you find yourself stuck don't doubt to pause the game and look for help in the internet. In my opinion, the best of this game is its graphics and the fighting (althoug you can easily die). If you find yourself down in the floor don't give up, just press the X button while moving to a side to keep playing. Although it's not a bad game, it's not great either but it's interesting. Expand
  7. Nov 27, 2019
    0
    Unplayable **** I only resisted first 2-3 hours and then you know, I'm done. 90% of game-play we try to visual connect some branches, top ofUnplayable **** I only resisted first 2-3 hours and then you know, I'm done. 90% of game-play we try to visual connect some branches, top of the roof and some crap like that, to form a sign that opens door to next location with dull boss and another "genius" logic game. Yes, maybe story is stunning, kind of nice graphic, sounds are also very good, if you want to play - play in headphones to get maximum of it, but still, for me really boring, simple and not interesting. Expand

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