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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice makes its way to Xbox One, tackling the significant issue of mental illness

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Chances are that you have already heard a lot of, or even played, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, mostly because it released last year as a pretty big PlayStation and PC title. Now though we see the acclaimed action-adventure title arriving on Xbox, telling the tale of Senua, a Celtic warrior who is on the quest to fight the Viking army for her dead lover.

This won’t just happen in the regular world either, as Senua will be diving deep into Viking Hell, gradually haunting her more and more on a mental level. And this is where Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’s main selling point comes into play – how Senua’s psyche is transferred onto the player. Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and first hand accounts of people with psychosis, you can tell that developers Ninja Theory are not messing about with the real world implications of the game and are tackling the issue of mental illness hard.

Gameplay-wise, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is split into two parts, one where the player can move freely, interacting with different elements of the world to solve puzzles in order to progress, and the other using a locked-on camera, allowing Senua to fight the various enemies or bosses that will stand in her way. You will die a lot, and every time you do the black rot will crawl up Senua’s body, threatening to completely consume her.

The puzzles are something that you will be hard-pushed to find anywhere else, as on account of her mental condition Senua continually hears voices in her head that either encourage or demotivate her. For example, the positive ‘Druth’ will indicate when you are close, but the negative ‘Furies’ will try to trick you into thinking you have gone the wrong way, when you may not have. Pair this with Senua’s ‘focus’ ability to alter features in her surroundings to solve puzzles and you can expect some pretty unique challenges throughout the game.

When Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice released last year on PS4 and PC, the visuals already looked pretty stunning, but now it is an Xbox One X Enhanced title, you can expect the game to look even better!

If this sounds appealing to you, then head on down to the Microsoft Store where you can find Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice for £24.99. Make a purchase quickly and you may even get a discount.

Game Description:

From the makers of Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and DmC: Devil May Cry, comes a warrior’s brutal journey into myth and madness. Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into Senua’s mind.