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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 17, 2019

The last review I wrote was about Yoshi's Crafted World; a very cute, cuddly and colorful game for the Nintendo Switch. This review is also about a Switch game. And although this game is a bit less colorful and cute, it's nothing less awesome! Last year, I told you about a great game called Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Well, now this excellent game is finally available for the Nintendo Switch!

In April of 2018, I played Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and I was blown away by it. The game has a intriguing yet disturbing story, a fierce main character and an eerie setting. Without throwing a simple jump scare at you every two seconds, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice knows how to keep you firmly at the edge of your seat. It tells a touching story about a young woman named Senua, who is in search for her beloved Dillion. During her journey, we will met several characters who were important to her, but throughout the whole game you might be asking yourself if they are real or just part of Senua's imagination.

The developers of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice used psychosis and mental health as their main inspiration for this game. The development team actually invited psychologists and people who suffer from mental illness to help create a game that really shows how mental illness effects people. If you are curious about how that went, you should really watch the documentary, which can be accessed through the main menu of the game. You can see how experts were involved in the development of this game. I thought this was very informative and interesting to watch.

But the best part is, of course, playing the game itself. Senua has won a place in my heart forever (next to Nathan Drake, Alice, Chris Redfield, B.J. Blaskowicz, Bayonetta, Joel, Clementine, Yoshi and Kirby) and I was so happy to play this game again and now on my trusty Nintendo Switch. Like in previous iterations of the game, the controls are adjustable to your own preferred play style. I'm not sure the possibility to adjust the controls is the reason that there are no tutorial messages, but I didn't miss them because the controls are intuitive (plus, I played the game before and you can always check the controls via the menu).

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is an action-adventure game with some hack and slash elements to it. As already mentioned, I've played this game a year ago and I remembered I struggled fighting the enemies at the beginning of the game. Now, one of the things that made my battles somewhat easier was first evading the incoming attack and then slicing the enemy into pieces. Luckily for me, that approach still works. So I didn't die as much as I did a year ago and that surely was noticeable in my arm. "Why?", I hear you ask? Well, because of the rot of course! During the first chapter Senua got infected by some form of rot. It starts at her right wrist and will work its way up her arm every time Senua dies during the game, until it reaches her head and make her go insane totally. And you don't want that to happen, because this will result in starting the game from scratch! (I don't know if this is true, but I didn't want to find out!)

While playing a game for a second time, I always remember a couple of chapters and environments. Because they were very beautiful and/or very difficult to beat. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice also contains a couple of these memorable moments. I particularly love and hate a specific scene in a barn where I needed to spot three runes to open the door, while finding my way through the maze inside the barn and trying to stay out of the hands of the fire demon that keeps hounding me!

I think what makes Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice stands out is definitely the beautiful and touching way how the developers tried to let you experience the dark side of mental illness and as far as I'm concerned they succeed perfectly in doing so. I love how Senua sometimes looks the player right into the eye, how you're invited into her story and how you hear all kinds of voices, while Senua ignores them completely.

It's no secret that I truly love this game. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has already been available on PC & PS4 for two years now and for one year on Xbox One. And now, finally, the Nintendo Switch is added to that list. I think it's an excellent game for everyone who likes a good adventure with cleverly designed puzzles and cool action sequences!

available on:

Ninja Theory
August 8, 2017 (PC / PS4)
April 11, 2018 (Xbox One)
April 11, 2019 (Nintendo Switch)