Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is game where you play as Senua, who is heading into hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. It features some really intense combat, and excellent representation of psychosis.
Read our review for Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice here: Review
Senua is also carrying an infection of sorts called “The Rot”, and it’s represented in the form of a black mark on her hand. As you keep dying the infection spreads, and once it gets to your head Senua will die permanently and your save will be deleted, forcing you to start again. The game makes this very clear early on, and this makes every combat encounter even more intense, specially when you take a few hits and are really struggling to stay alive. This feature might put off some people – no one wants to lose their progress in a story driven game – but I like how much compelling it made the combat, asking you to be more aware of your surroundings and learn enemy patterns to adapt on the move.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice releases today, 8th of August, and you can pre-order the game right now: