Hellblade : Senua’s Sacrifice ~ Experiencing deep psychotic episodes and battling with grief (spoiler alert)
The plot of Hellblade: Senua’s sacrifice is what attracted me most to this game itself, as I found the gameplay a little slow and glitchy, though that might have been my own delusion, since it was the first game I played something on my gaming laptop after a really long time on binge gaming on a PlayStation.
Indeed the fights were a little buggy compared to the speed of reaction you get on a console, mainly because of the console being designed solely for gaming, and I wouldn`t find a match in any gaming labelled device, no matter PC or laptop, even considering the fact both my PlayStation and my laptop got the same video card.
Anyways, the action happens during the 8th century, in a young woman’s mind battling with a so called “curse” inherited from her mother which turns out to be deep psychotic episodes triggered by her father’s emotional and physical abuse.
It caught my eye the place where the story’s based, not necessarily Senua’s birth village, from where she’s saved by a young man called Dillion whom she falls in love with, it’s about the deeper, norse mythology the game’s developing. Senua’s lover is sacrificed by a norsemen army through a bloody eagle ritual and she starts her journey into saving him from Helheim.
She must encounter and battle the fire giant Surtr and Valravn, the spirit of illusions in order to enter the norse realms of the damned.
She battles with her subconscious, with Furies and Darkness, voices of her deeper self manifesting her Post traumatic stress disorder into voices and visions.
The game itself is pretty fun designed, adventurous and with hidden puzzles activated by runes whom only herself could find.
Senua is carrying her dead lovers head in order to have a vessel where she’d place the soul when she will get it back.
Although she had an unstable condition her inner strength carries her through Helheim, where she ends up battling Loki’s daughter, Hela and almost get killed during the fight.
She then overcomes her loss realizing no matter the sacrifice dead men never come back, and encounters the real nature of Darkness, being only the inner self manifestation of her anxious depression and she overcomes it, letting her lover’s head fall into abyss and leaving Helheim in order to live her life not under a curse, but simply by accepting who she is.
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