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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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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 14, 2019
    91
    A new example of how Switch is capable of succeeding in any challenge, with no sacrifices in the process. It's not as graphically astonishing as the other versions but it feels really, really close. A gaming experience everyone should try.
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    90
    To have Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on Switch in this form is a blessing that you shouldn’t miss out on. The game itself is a psychological sensory experience that we thoroughly recommend, but the fact that it’s been translated to Switch in such a complete fashion is the true surprise here. It doesn’t feel like a downgrade at all – it stands proudly alongside the other ‘miracle’ ports on the system, arguably surpassing them in some ways. It’s a remarkable effort and a challenge to other developers who insist Switch couldn’t handle their games. Anything’s possible, it seems, and we take our hats off to QLOC – bravo.
  3. Apr 15, 2019
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    A good port for Nintendo Switch. If you didn't play Hellblade, this is the perfect time.
  5. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    While this port manages to reach the same emotional and spiritually resonant highs as other releases, it unfortunately features some inconsistent frame rate and subdued texture detail throughout, lessening the impact of some key moments. With that said, Hellblade is still largely intact on the more modest platform. In the Switch's tablet form, it gives the impression you're diving into an engrossing novel, making for a more intimate experience that can't found in other versions of the game.
  6. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    An outstanding game that works pretty well on a console like Switch, especially on TV mode. Its performance on handheld mode is not good. That paired with some boring/repetitive mechanics that were on the other versions make this Switch version the least recommendable of them all, but still a fun and interesting game.
  7. Apr 15, 2019
    60
    A technical masterpiece with some of the best swordfighting combat in years, but the storytelling and puzzle elements come across as muddled and awkwardly mismatched.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Apr 15, 2019
    10
    An absolute chilling, memorable, and hauntingly beautiful experience like no other! Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice brings you into a world likeAn absolute chilling, memorable, and hauntingly beautiful experience like no other! Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice brings you into a world like never seen before in a video game filled with terrifying and unique monsters, interesting characters, and environments that are both unsettling, but yet visually stunning and beautiful. The whole game experience is driven by a solid original story of hopelessness, grief, terror, love, mystery, and redemption. No other game I've seen before has ever added a unique psychological and gritty imagining to Norse viking games, but yet this one pulled it off so well. A truly breath taking masterpiece, and a cult classic in it's own right. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a must play for gamers looking for an incredible story. Expand
  2. Apr 17, 2019
    9
    This game makes you feel like you have voices in your head. Or is it just me. Idk but this game has excellent gameplay, a captivating storyThis game makes you feel like you have voices in your head. Or is it just me. Idk but this game has excellent gameplay, a captivating story and will stick with you far after you have played through it. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2019
    9
    Really, really impressive! When I saw just how good this game looked both portable and to my surprise, on a big 4K screen. I was blown away.Really, really impressive! When I saw just how good this game looked both portable and to my surprise, on a big 4K screen. I was blown away. How can Switch run this game this well? It doesn't look quite as good as my PC or xbox one x versions but very nearly. To a casual gamer they would not see the difference. Expand
  4. Apr 12, 2019
    9
    Great port and great game. The visual, the framerate is absoluty awesome and similar to ps4/xbox one s versions. Senua is a big characterGreat port and great game. The visual, the framerate is absoluty awesome and similar to ps4/xbox one s versions. Senua is a big character ..the travel in a nordic hell and insanity is epic Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2019
    6
    порт хорош
    но с графикой намутили , огонь ,всяко рода блики и т.д. выглядят ужасно .
    с субтитрами тоже есть рассинхрон , но это не критично
    порт хорош
    но с графикой намутили , огонь ,всяко рода блики и т.д. выглядят ужасно .
    с субтитрами тоже есть рассинхрон , но это не критично .
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  6. Apr 15, 2019
    3
    I just do not get the love for this game. Technically impressive for sure - motion capture and audio are evocative, and I can appreciate theI just do not get the love for this game. Technically impressive for sure - motion capture and audio are evocative, and I can appreciate the tackling of more difficult themes but narratively it is total plod. More importantly the gameplay - which consists of walking around pretty environments, fighting identical enemies and aligning symbols is plain dull. Pretty graphics, intense acting, and a worthy subject are just window dressing for a (if you forgive the pun) lifeless adventure. FTR started on PS4 and VR and not completed. Expand