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Hellblade – Action, Mythology and Masterful Development

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an action-based video game for PC and PlayStation 4. It explores Celtic and Norse mythology, as well as the little used theme of mental illness. The game tracks Senua’s descent into psychosis, as she experiences hallucinations and is plunged into a dark place.

Voices add a lot to the game and the audio element of it is very important. It helps to make the game highly atmospheric and build up the world in which it is set, an important aspect of buying into the story. Auditory hallucinations feature regularly for main character Senua and they help the player to really be inside her head. They can get in the way, making it a more realistic gaming experience – it affects the game just as psychosis might affect someone’s mindset.

The game has been described by some critics as frustrating but overall, it is a captivating experience that has been very well executed by developers.

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