HELLBLADE™: SENUA’S SACRIFICE (PC)

From the makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory made another graphically detailed, action-packed and lots of puzzle on it type of game. Its eerie atmosphere (wear headsets, it’s a must!) makes the game more worthwhile. However, with the same mechanics to pass on to next scene or level and the combat style makes you think twice if this game is really worth your time.

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GAMEPLAY

At first, I thought this game was a Tomb Raider wannabe. Second, even Alan Wake crossed my mind because of the eeriness. But, as the game progresses, it gives me a different feeling and approach as compared to the two games I have mentioned.

First : If you’re searching for a game with constant action, loots, customization etc. Don’t get this game because you’ll surely be disappointed. Hellblade isn’t just a game.

-Hellblade Player 1

This is comment is actually right on the feels. If you are looking for lots of combats, weapons and item customization, then this game might not be your cup of coffee. I, for instance, is looking for action after a series of walk and some talks. But only to find out more puzzles and things to explore before you move on.

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You have to pay attention and listen closely for clues and hints especially during trying times. Having a gaming headset will provide you a great experience since most of the clues are being said by Senua and the voices on her head.

First you must trust your senses. You must look, listen and pay attention what your hands feel. If you pay attention you’ll not have any problems with combat or puzzles or not knowing where to go. You must look for clues, listen if you’re lost or are surrounded by demons and feel what controller tells you.

–Hellblade Player 2

All objects in your surrounding might be your key to unlock the door. So pay attention to details and try to understand what Senua is telling you.

GRAPHICS

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When it comes to details, this by far is one the best looking games I have played in a while. Especially on outdoor scenes, it’s captivating, graphically it is top notched. And the facial expression is superb. The last game I have played with almost perfect in terms of facial expression is L.A. Noire.

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CONTROLS

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Good thing with this game is that the controls are basic and easy to navigate. No need to button smash just to hit a certain combo and no awkward button mappings just to cast a spell (no spells needed for this game). Even in combat mode, it is simpler to dodge and hit an enemy.

SOUND ART

Wear a headset I say for that truly immersive experience you are looking forward to have. Trust me on this.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Taken directly from Steam.

MINIMUM:

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel i5 3570K / AMD FX-8350
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 770 with 2GB VRAM / Radeon R9 280X 3GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum spec screen resolution: 1280×720

You can also check if your system is capable of running Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice at Systems Requirement Lab.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This game is available at Steam for only P 759.95. A steal price for the type of gaming experience it produce. But, along the way, it is somewhat repetitive and so-so game combat makes it a little less appealing. Lower your expectation for this game and I’m sure you will enjoy it till the end. It’s an 8 to 10 hours of gaming time after all. But, I highly suggest to try to for the next steam sale which is the Halloween Sale. It might give at least a 10 to 20% discount, that way, the game will be much more ‘bang for the buck’ in terms of value.

I give this game a score of 3.5 over 5.

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