A TORMENTED SOUL
Never have I played the game where I need to take a breather in the middle of playing than in the final hours of Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice.
I almost felt sorry for Senua, who lost her loved one which drove her into psychosis but she thinks she's cursed. Therefore she hears voices in her head which are commenting her every actions. Desperately she tries to get into Helheim and save the soul of her lover from the goddess Hela.
The journey won't be easy as she have to face a dark entity known as Darkness, fire giant Surtr and the spirit of illusions Valravn, defeat them before entering Helheim and encounter Hela.
The celtic culture and mental illness have always fascinated me and them being themes of this game, im sold. Game captured both of them perfectly. The way how the voices aids or tricks you are executed nicely. As the hallucinations or freaking out completely. Adding the realism, Ninja Theory asked professionals and people who suffers or have suffered psychosis to aid them to create authenticity to the illness.
The surroundings and the world itself looks gorgeous, that it's hard to believe how small the budget and developing team behind it was.
And not forgetting Melina Juergens, who was asked just to stand in one of the characters, ended up getting the main role and winning a Bafta from her great performance as Senua. It was very hard to playthrough her depressing journey, that I can't imagine how it was her to "live" it.
Overall, the game was GREAT Double-A independent game! From the masterfully crafted sound design to the chilling score which fullfilled the experience and made it an unique gameplay.