Ninja Theory’s critically acclaimed game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is finally out now for the Nintendo Switch. A launch trailer was also released that show the nightmares that Senua will have to face.
In Hellblade, you play as the protagonist Senua who journeys to Helheim to recover the soul of her dead lover from Hela. Senua also finds herself hounded by “Furies”, voices in her head that serve as hallucinations for the psychosis she is suffering from. Players will learn more about her past, and what the true significance of her journey is throughout the game.
The gameplay is influenced by Norse mythology and Celtic culture. The game acts as a metaphor for the character’s struggle with psychosis, as Senua, who considers it a curse is haunted by an entity known as the Darkness. These are her memories that haunt her from the past, and are voices that plague her mind.
The developers wanted a key ingredient implemented into the game that had to feel real and to represent those that struggle with this mental illness to the highest degree. To do just that, Ninja Theory brought in the help from those who suffer from psychoses so that they could have a say on what was actually happening to Senua’s mind. The developers also worked closely with neuroscientists and mental health specialists.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is title that is a must have, especially if you have not played it. it is truly an amazingly atmospheric and spellbinding game that will change your perception of mental illness.
The game was originally launched for the PlayStation 4 and PC, later arriving for the Xbox One. The game’s file size for the Nintendo Switch sits at 18.2GB which is quite hefty, and runs at a relatively smooth 30fps.
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