Hellblade is a game that’s not very well-known to many but highly recommended by people who have played it.
Developed and published by Ninja Theory, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an action-adventure game that was released back in 2017.
The game has surprisingly high production value considering that it was made by a very small team of developers.
In Hellblade, the player sees the world through the eyes of Senua, a Pict warrior who has embarked on a journey to Helheim hoping to save the soul of her dead lover from the Norse goddess of death, Hela.
Before I proceed to evaluate the game, it is worth mentioning that Hellblade is really not what it claims to be on the surface, and I personally think the game is more of an experience than a simple game: The player’s eyes will be deceived, and the mind will be challenged.
On a technical standpoint, Hellblade has met almost all the requirements to be a good AAA title.
The graphics are stunning, the sound designs are incredible and the gameplay is fun and immersive.
The game is relatively short compared to most modern games and is also very linear.
On average the game should only take around 6-8 hours to finish, but I have to say that it was the most memorable six hours I’ve ever experienced.
In general, Hellblade is an exploration game rather than an action game.
The player will spend most of their time walking around and solving puzzles instead of hacking down monsters or demons.
However, when there is combat, it is very fun and engaging; the actions are smooth and the controls are easy to master.
It is hard to explain what the game really is about without spoiling major plots of the story, but it is worth noting that the game has many metaphorical meanings behind almost everything.
Like mentioned earlier, the player’s eyes will be deceived, and the mind will be challenged.
The starting screen of the game advises the player to put on headphones, which is very important if the player wishes to better understand the story of the game.
There is also a short documentary that the player can choose to watch in the main menu of the game.
On top of showing how the game was made, the documentary will also help the player to understand the game better.
Overall, I think Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a game really worth playing if anyone is looking for an atmospheric or interesting game to play.
Turn off the lights, put on headphones and just let the game tell its story.