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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: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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 15, 2019
    90
    A very intense character study embedded in a captivating fantasy adventure. Technically surprisingly impressive on Switch.
  3. Jul 16, 2019
    90
    When you think you’re seeing a render in-game that looks too good for Switch, that’s because essentially a video is playing. Yes, the actual game part is lower resolution, and yes, of course if you can play it on PS4, Xbox One, or PC, you’ll get the better looking experience, but if you are a Switch-only console household then you’re getting a great looking game that sounds amazing, and tells a story with one of the best takes on mental health in a long time. Play it on handheld with headphones and you’ll be shocked, just don’t be surprised if it looks blurry (and sub-HD) on the big screen.
  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: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  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. Jun 21, 2019
    10
    Guys, get a good headfone!!!
    The sound is the best part of this game
    Im loving
    The graphics is amazing for switch hardware
  3. May 5, 2020
    10
    This is the beautiful piece of art in all parts (graphic as well as sound and gameplay)!
    The story of poor Senua pulled all strings out of my
    This is the beautiful piece of art in all parts (graphic as well as sound and gameplay)!
    The story of poor Senua pulled all strings out of my soul and I lived all these 10 hours with her. The major things which made me feel through the story were impressive 3D sound and wonderful actress job.
    Some of puzzles gave me frustration and anxiety which I think was supposed to be done, whereas others were easy, but starting one point game didn't allow me to relax at all and finished at the peak of anxiety.

    It was literally stunning!

    You should play in good headphones to have better experience.
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  4. Jul 7, 2019
    8
    HellBlade es una experiencia diferente. O lo odias o la amas. Trata más de hacerte enfatizar con la historia y la protagonista que lanzarte aHellBlade es una experiencia diferente. O lo odias o la amas. Trata más de hacerte enfatizar con la historia y la protagonista que lanzarte a la acción. Por suerte, lo conseguí, con un guion lleno de matices y momentos únicos. Y aun así, pese a no ser el centro de la experiencia, los combates están muy bien hechos y la sensación de los mismos es satisfactoria.
    El apartado técnico en Switch es sobresaliente y demuestra nuevamente, que cuando se quiere se puede a pesar de las limitaciones técnicas de la consola. Un port que transmite lo mismo que en sus otras versiones sin perder mucho en el tránsito.
    Las únicas pegas reales son que no traiga una edición en físico y que su replay value es inexistente.
    Espero más juegos de este estilo que huyan de las convenciones de la industria en un futuro.
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  5. Nov 15, 2019
    8
    Amazing port for the switch, of a game that already was a masterpiece of character study
  6. May 1, 2021
    8
    Not the best looking game on switch as many have stated,but truly a great experience playing handheld in a dark room with headphones. TheNot the best looking game on switch as many have stated,but truly a great experience playing handheld in a dark room with headphones. The swordfighting is one of the best in many years, excellent. Took sometime to immerse in the fame though. Expand
  7. Oct 4, 2021
    1
    The Nintendo Switch release of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is inundated with bugs and glitches.

    Right at the beginning of the game in
    The Nintendo Switch release of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is inundated with bugs and glitches.

    Right at the beginning of the game in Surtr's Domain, there's an area where I can walk right though a closed door.

    When I approach one of the bonfires in the area stacked with bodies and focus on it to bring about a "World of Fire", Senua can't move. I can only rotate in circles with fire all around me, and no enemies appear on the screen.

    How did this game get past QC? I mean these bugs this early in a game? Pathetic.
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