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Emabulator 08-08-2017 11:41 AM

Hellblade Reviews "a masterclass of atmosphere"
 

IGN - 9.0/10

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a masterclass of atmosphere, storytelling, and the marriage of mechanical and conceptual design. While there are moments that feel shoehorned in to remind us we’re playing a videogame, the care and attention Ninja Theory has clearly poured into Senua and her story has created something amazing. This is a game everyone should play, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to have lived inside the mind of Senua, however briefly.
EGM - 8.5/10

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is the action adventure genre stripped of its excess, until a smaller, more personal journey remains. While it may feel shallow and lacking for some, those wanting something other than the usual big-budget 70-hour fare will find Senua’s story to be unlike anything else in recent years.
GameSpot - 8/10

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Hellblade's most notable achievement is the handling of an incredibly sensitive subject matter within an engaging and well-crafted action/adventure game. At its heart, the story is about Senua's struggle to come to terms with her illness. In the process, she learns to find the strength within herself to endure, and to make peace with her past. And in a profound and physical way, we go through those same struggles with her, and come away with a better understanding of a piece of something that many people in the world struggle with.
Game Informer - 8/10

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Psychosis in video games is often used to justify a villain’s world-destroying ambitions, or as a vehicle to present gameplay gimmicks. Hellblade goes beyond those conventions, using Senua’s mental illness as the core from which the entire tale radiates. That approach results in some phenomenal and unsettling narrative moments that knock you off-balance. However, in pursuit of that achievement, Hellblade weaponizes the real-world frustration it causes in exploration and combat. That’s where it falters as a game, even while it captivates as a piece of interactive art.
Destructoid - 7.5/10

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Slowly but surely Ninja Theory has moved into film territory, but they can't let go of their need to shove action mechanics into everything they do. With the increased focus and acceptance of so-called "walking simulators" there's a huge market they can tap into, and I hope they end up doing that in the future. I enjoyed pretty much every facet of Hellblade that didn't involve combat, which unfortunately pops up a little too often on top of the aforementioned technical problems -- just enough to grate.

Drake_NS 08-08-2017 12:13 PM

Ah, so no real reviews yet, I see. 😉

LostToys 08-08-2017 02:31 PM

Hellblade is short. Like, I've taken longer shits short. So I will wait for it to go on sale for $20.00 or less before buying this game.

Rommel 08-08-2017 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by LostToys (Post 2490011)
Hellblade is short. Like, I've taken longer shits short. So I will wait for it to go on sale for $20.00 or less before buying this game.

How many hours?

MadMurdock_0311 08-08-2017 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Rommel (Post 2490012)
How many hours?

Per the IGN review, "6-hour playthrough." Additionally, "dying too many times (in or out of combat) will erase your save-game." I guess this is their mechanic to lengthen the game? :confused:

I can't imagine paying more than $15 for such a short game. It seems that its main (only?) selling point is aesthetics, which is far less important to me these days.

PacerDawn 08-08-2017 03:27 PM

Perma-death? No thanks. Even if it's unlikely, it's still there. And apparently the auto-save system can screw you if you miss something (see this Jim Sterling video review). I'm not a fan, and I wasn't a fan of that with adventure games in the 80's/early 90's, so I will probably be skipping this one.

ashikenshin 08-08-2017 03:34 PM

lol no thank you.

vallor 08-08-2017 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by PacerDawn (Post 2490020)
Jim Sterling video review

No thanks. Even just replying and quoting that shitbags name is more time than he's worth.

I've paid more for less and the trailers look fantastic but I will wait for one of the less corrupt sites to review it before I jump. I like how EGM goes to the extreme saying it's not a 70 hour blockbuster some might expect...

70 hour "blockbusters" are few and far between. Most blockbusters rarely clock in over 15 hours for a campaign and run $60 so I don't know what they're smoking. $30 for a quality 6 hour game doesn't seem that out of line and this one has a decent pedigree.

LostToys 08-08-2017 05:03 PM

It depends on how much game there is. So far, I have seen a lot of atmosphere, but not necessarily a good game. This is why I am hesitant to give them more than $20.00 at this time.

Loop 08-09-2017 08:52 AM

Watched someone play this on Twitch last night, I was legitimately bored after 15 seconds of gameplay. The attack animations and sounds have a weird disconnect, making it seem like you're swinging around nerf toys and combat in general is ridiculously repetitive, relying heavily on spamming the same counter-attack animation over and over. And, I'm not sure what difficulty the guy was playing on, but enemies just would. not. die. One group of 3 enemies took upwards of 10 minutes to defeat not because they were difficult, but because they took an absurd number of hits and revived themselves on-death (they did this 4-5 times each).

As for this "masterclass of atmosphere"? It's some of the edge-lord-iest storytelling and visuals I've seen in a while, complete with a hooded bad guy who's only capable of speaking in a nearly incomprehensible voice-morphed monotone. "Your mother defied the gods and now you will suffer too", "you can't save anyone", "you don't even know what is real", "blah blah blah".

Also, to quote the EGM review: "Senua herself is just stunning to look at, from her character model, to her design, to the way her face and body act or react". This is actually laughable, the quality of Senua's (the main character) facial animations are on-par with Mass Effect Andromeda on release day. Her eyes bulge out like she's some humanoid insect (and are unnaturally vibrant), her mouth can't decide if it wants to cry or grin, and her lack of eyebrows just makes her look that much more bizarre. Some of the tech might be impressive (mostly wrinkles being added in new place, like the bridge of the nose), but I found myself laughing at her expressions more than anything.

Sammael 08-09-2017 09:15 AM

my wife really wanted it, so I pre-ordered it last weekend. It installed last night. If I get a chance to play it tonight while she's out, I'll write something up on here later.

And as far as shits longer than six hours (if that is the play time) how did you get off of the bowl afterwards? My legs would be asleep...

Chimpbot 08-09-2017 11:00 AM

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Originally Posted by PacerDawn (Post 2490020)
Perma-death? No thanks. Even if it's unlikely, it's still there. And apparently the auto-save system can screw you if you miss something (see this Jim Sterling video review). I'm not a fan, and I wasn't a fan of that with adventure games in the 80's/early 90's, so I will probably be skipping this one.

The "perma-death" is more or less a bluff; you effectively have to do extremely poorly multiple times in a row - within the same checkpoint, essentially - for it to even become a possibility, let alone actually happen.

You'd either have to be quite terrible at the game, or try to intentionally activate it.

timmyd 08-09-2017 01:18 PM

Resorting to mass face shots for marketing is a sure indicator there's nothing home. If it had come out years ago people would have bought it just for the box art. And reviewers would have given it high marks for the box art.

Sammael 08-09-2017 05:49 PM

My wife played it for about a half hour so far. It starts sooooo slooowwwww.....

Combat looks pretty basic so far.

A little pricey to call this a $30 game, but we'll see where it all ends up.

They are really pushing the "crazy" in this one. They tell you up front to play wearing headphones if you can. I'll check it out with the PlayStation Gold headphones and see if it makes a difference, but up to this point, the pacing is pretty slow.

PacerDawn 08-09-2017 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Chimpbot (Post 2490096)
The "perma-death" is more or less a bluff; you effectively have to do extremely poorly multiple times in a row - within the same checkpoint, essentially - for it to even become a possibility, let alone actually happen.

You'd either have to be quite terrible at the game, or try to intentionally activate it.

Huh, well that doesn't make much sense. Why even have it in the game at all then? Why devote development resources to a feature that people will probably never experience? Let alone a feature that few people would probably want to experience?

Note that I'm not saying this "perma-death" thing is bad, it's just not for me. And it's questionable as to why they even bothered with it at all if it really is as rare as you say.

Chimpbot 08-09-2017 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by PacerDawn (Post 2490147)
Huh, well that doesn't make much sense. Why even have it in the game at all then? Why devote development resources to a feature that people will probably never experience? Let alone a feature that few people would probably want to experience?

Note that I'm not saying this "perma-death" thing is bad, it's just not for me. And it's questionable as to why they even bothered with it at all if it really is as rare as you say.

Honestly, I think it boils down to the fact they can honestly say they have something unique and noteworthy like permadeath.

Wizzkidd 08-10-2017 02:33 AM

I just played it for about 45 minutes. Haven't even got to any combat yet. I'm playing it at max settings in 4k, and it's REALLY good looking. The graphics and the developer's pedigree are what piqued my curiosity enough to buy it. $30 is pretty cheap nowadays for a game with this type of graphics, so I don't mind. The schizophrenia aspect is interesting, there is constantly voices whispering in the background.

I can't recommend it yet, though. Although interesting and gorgeous, it's been slow. We'll see how it goes.

BeardedSonOfNel 08-10-2017 01:39 PM

Well, I've put a few hours into the game, and I'm bored with it. Sure it's a good looking game, and runs great on my PC, but it lacks in so many other ways.

Hellstorm 08-10-2017 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by LostToys (Post 2490027)
I have seen a lot of atmosphere, but not necessarily a good game.

Welcome to every character action game ever done by Ninja Theory. Great looking graphics with mediocre gameplay/combat.

They are just not good at these types of games yet they keep on trying, bless them for it. Their combat design is average to middling: never quite feeling right, responsive, and satisfactory.

Case in point: their attempt at DMC-- the combat was so bad they called in some local DMC players to fix it up for them.

But then again, no one talks about their take of DMC.

hurstshifter 08-11-2017 06:43 AM

I miss when games were games


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