Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory (Video Game Review)
Title: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Creator: Ninja Theory
Genre: Mental Illness/Dark Fantasy
I like to throw a different type of review into the mix every now and then.
I recently played Hellblade, a game that explores the darkness in mental illness. Senua is a troubled girl who has lost her lover and journeys to Helheim to save his soul from the goddess known as, Hela. Senua is a pict warrior, who learns about Norse mythology from invaders and believes that through conquering their gods/goddesses she can bring peace to her love.
I don’t want to reveal too much more about the story because this is a game that is best experienced with knowing little of what is to come. Suffice to say though that this was an intense, anxiety inducing experience, that left me drained and on edge. However, there was beauty and learning that coincided.
I give major kudos to the Ninja Theory team for the conception and creation of this masterful game and story. It shows to the best of its ability, what living with psychosis might feel like, sound like and look like. This was not just a game, it was an immersive journey that sets the bar higher for all others to follow.
You can play the game on multiple formats, including PS4, Xbox One and PC.
I played on PC and purchased my copy through Steam.
Synopsis: From the makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, comes a warrior’s brutal journey into myth and madness.
Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover.
Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into Senua’s mind.