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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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 22, 2019
    90
    With the body of an AAA title and the soul of an independent game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice presents a poignant narrative about mental illness. It is one of the most impressive games on Switch, both due to its visuals and its one-of-a-kind experience.
  4. 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.
  5. Apr 17, 2019
    80
    Even on a personal level, Senua's determination should remind us more often that "even in darkness, the beauty of the world is always there ...".
  6. Apr 22, 2019
    78
    It is utterly solid, compelling to play, and at a price point you cannot argue with. It is also pretty cheap to buy comparative to other titles, and whilst not a AAA title, looks and plays like one. It is a short game that you can get through in a few hours if you do not explore, but even that will still give you a good experience, but one I doubt you will return to unless you loved the story like I did. Give it a shot.
  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: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  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. Nov 2, 2019
    10
    El juego es una auténtica maravilla y el port a Nintendo Switch es simplemente prodigioso
  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 23, 2019
    8
    Très bon jeu vous plongeant dans l'univers d'une jeune viking bien décidée à sauver l'âme de son mari des enfers ... Une épopée psychotique etTrès bon jeu vous plongeant dans l'univers d'une jeune viking bien décidée à sauver l'âme de son mari des enfers ... Une épopée psychotique et troublante ponctuée de phases de combat et de réflexions, faisant évoluer un scénario riche en rebondissements. Même si il n'est pas parfait techniquement, ce jeu est un excellent portage. Le jeu a certes subit une grosse compression au niveau des textures, mais les développeurs ont été très ingénieux en intégrant des vidéos HD lors les phases narratives et gros plans ! Résultat : on a vraiment l'impression que la Switch surperforme. L'essentiel étant que l'oeuvre soit respectée pour le bonheur et l'immersion du joueur ! Un jeu incontournable que je recommande fortement. Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2019
    8
    Amazing port for the switch, of a game that already was a masterpiece of character study
  6. Aug 16, 2019
    8
    Hellblade is terrible and beautiful. It goes places no other game ever dared to, as you slowly sink into the psychosis of its deeplyHellblade is terrible and beautiful. It goes places no other game ever dared to, as you slowly sink into the psychosis of its deeply vulnerable main character. I won't forget this affecting story very soon.

    Technically, the game is also exceptional. Its graphics might not be on par with that of a modern powerhouse console, but it gets close enough to make you forget, at times, that you're playing on a portable console. The audio effects are incredibly good, and you should definitely play with a headset to fully experience the voices in Senua's head.

    The best facet of the game is how it mixes the experimental approach of an indie game with the high production value of a triple-A. By going solo, Ninja Theory could push not only the story, but also the mechanics into corners where a big production wouldn't dare step. Those mechanics aren't always entirely successful, and some parts of the game suffer from pacing problems and a few lackluster puzzles–but when they work, the mechanics work really well, creating a sense of anxiety and pressure that I rarely experienced in any game. Just to name two, the complete absence of any form of HUD and the "limited deaths" mechanic are both gutsy decision, and they pay off big time.

    Finally, the combat: in pure Ninja Theory style, it's great. It feels exceptionally weighty and brutal. It's a pity that the number of different enemies is very limited, but honestly, I couldn't ask for more from an independently produced game.

    All in all, Hellblade isn't perfect, but it's a must play, warts and all. It's a pity that Ninja Theory is now an Xbox-specific studio, but for Xbox owners at least, they're a team to keep an eye on.
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  7. 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

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