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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 10, 2018
    100
    As a game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is the cross between a puzzle-lite walking simulator and a brutal action-adventure. Despite some mild design and middling technical flaws, it balances both aspects rather well. As a narrative, this is one fantastic experience. It’s an honest, challenging look at battling mental illness that will stick with you long after the credits roll. It’s as beautiful as it is soul-crushing, making it a must play for anyone who still has a soul to crush.
  2. Apr 18, 2018
    100
    Senua is fierce and imperfect in a way that will have you rooting for her like few characters ever garner. Her journey is pretty much unceasingly filthy, violent, tragic and horrific, yet it's not a story of suffering, but rather one of perseverance. Senua is a remarkable character who instills all of her energies into the player in such a way that will never be forgotten.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    May 26, 2018
    90
    A sensitive portrayal of mental illness and rigorous combat: Hellblade is almost perfect. [June 2018, p.84]
  4. Apr 12, 2018
    88
    Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a harrowing journey into the fragility of the mind. It’s a masterpiece in storytelling, and while the game mechanics itself might not complement that throughout, they do a decent job of allowing Ninja Theory to deliver a mature story revolving around a sensitive subject matter. We hope that this opens up the door for more budget priced triple-A experiences, because this one was one hell of a ride!
  5. Jun 3, 2018
    85
    Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice takes us on a long road to hell paved with contemplative yet stressful scenes, and an impressive respect for Norse myths and legends.
  6. Apr 6, 2018
    83
    Hellblade is one of the best interactive experiences of this generation and a true technical show. However, the gameplay of the game is not equally calibrated and often loses pace in some areas.
  7. Apr 19, 2018
    70
    As an interactive story, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is in a class of its own. However, as a video game, it merely provides basic puzzles and combat that both end up feeling far too repetitive and tedious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 184
  1. Aug 15, 2020
    10
    I hope the second one is as good as the first this game is a beast...
    I love the action, the controls and everything
  2. Nov 4, 2021
    10
    This game is simply the most inmersive and intense story I have ever played. Please please Ninja Theory keep the high stardars for part 2. ❤️
  3. May 2, 2018
    10
    Hellblade is one of those games that demands to be played. With outstanding visuals, sound, and performances, it excels in telling a dark andHellblade is one of those games that demands to be played. With outstanding visuals, sound, and performances, it excels in telling a dark and emotional tale of mental illness. It's more than a game, it is truly an experience. Expand
  4. Aug 23, 2020
    9
    These are the games I love. The story is not original but the narrative is solid and convincing, a real odyssey. Senua makes you sorry, in theThese are the games I love. The story is not original but the narrative is solid and convincing, a real odyssey. Senua makes you sorry, in the positive sense of the word. You empathize with the character and suffer with her. In addition, technically the title is well structured: graphically solid and well-finished audio sector. Right longevity. Waiting for the sequel. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2021
    8
    A refreshing take on more nuanced storytelling.

    Coming into Hellblade, I didn't have many expectations. I knew the game was praised by
    A refreshing take on more nuanced storytelling.

    Coming into Hellblade, I didn't have many expectations. I knew the game was praised by many, but I also saw others trashing it. To my surprise, the game hit me with a compelling narrative that I would expect from a first party Sony exclusive.

    The interesting journey our main character goes through is one that is metaphorical and filled with intrigue. While the environments, world building, graphics and cutscenes were all phenomenal, the gameplay itself suffered. The traversing mechanics were pretty basic, but acceptable enough for this type of game and the collectibles, which offered pieces of narrated lore (taken from north mythology), made exploring your environment worthwhile.
    The combat felt very satisfying, specially when you were fighting against 1-3 opponents. However there were some sections where there were way too many enemies on screen which took away from the feeling of awesomeness and instead replaced it with boredom. That, coupled with the fact that some arenas were too small, making it, sometimes, impossible to dodge attacks, made the whole experience worse than it would have otherwise been. The bosses were all well made and ask the player to learn how to counter them, which is what I find most appealing in Hellblade's combat.
    There were some sections that broke the monotony that started settling it after 3-4 hours into the game, however those were short lived. The puzzles were never too complicated, but they did their job.

    The story, paired with its amazing soundtrack, is indeed the crowning jewel of this experience. There is love and dedication poured into it and it shows in spades. It's a narrative that not everyone will get, and some might even not care for, but to those who like games such as GOW (2018), TLOU, Telltale's TWD and other narrative driven games, then I highly recommend it.
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  6. Feb 9, 2020
    8
    Good game! it brings a different experience about slashing mobs and enemies, the bad thing is that it has too little variations of enemies andGood game! it brings a different experience about slashing mobs and enemies, the bad thing is that it has too little variations of enemies and it has too much cinematic, it has a good gameplay and the puzzles are different from what we're used to get. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2021
    0
    Excelente ambientación visual y musical. Graficos dignos de un Unreal Engine. La historia perfectamente desarrollada.

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