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Nintendo faithful’s around the world can rejoice, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is coming to the Nintendo Switch!
Ninja Theory’s masterclass in immersive storytelling will be a fine addition to the Switch’s library. For those who have been living off the grid, Hellblade follows Senua as she makes her harrowing journey across Helheim during the 8th century, in an effort to save her lover who was lost to the abyss. Ninja Theory’s attention to and sensitivity around the subject of psychosis must be applauded – going as far as to consult those affected by the debilitating mental illness in order to better understand its effects, both physical and mental. Another must mention are the environments, which are breathtaking. It’s safe to say I lost a fair bit of hard drive space to in game screenshots.
Gameplay takes place from a third person perspective, providing the player with environments to explore, enemies to battle with as well as puzzles to solve. I can’t stress enough that this game needs to be played with a quality pair of earphones/headphones. This is due to the inclusion of Senua’s thoughts constantly penetrating your actions, making you question your motives and decisions at every turn.
Hellblade: Senua’s sacrifice drops on the Switch this spring. If you’ve held off on picking it up due to not having the relevant console, and own a Switch? Now is the time, do not miss this.
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