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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Morgoth, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. Cromwell Arcane

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    So the Headline for this game should be "even more edgy and pretentious than DMC"?
     
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  2. Great Deceiver Arcane

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    It's the most insufferable pretentious garbage I've ever had the misfortune of 'playing'. These fuckers' overblown sense of self-importance is actually palpable.
     
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  3. Regvard Arcane

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    Abandoned somehwere around half way through. I think appreciation hinges on whether you find the pscyhosis aspect interesting or not. I just didn't.

    FOV and mudfilter is fixable, IIRC.
     
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  4. Walden Learned

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    Nah, it didn't sound so pretentious to me. Knowing how well they implemented some visual/sound features from dsm, it's such a pity that combat is absolute garbage, even with the purpose of the devs in mind, and puzzles so weak and redundant. But the story is good, and some narrative expediencies are very entertaining.
    If you're seeking some action or can't stand some flaws(even by the genre), you should avoid at all costs.
    But it was a very pleasant surprise to me.
     
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  5. One Stoned Bastard Educated

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    Look, the gaming media (and gamers for that matter) is desperate for video games to be considered important and legitimate and real art by everyone. At the same time they're not very good art critics. So you get these instant 10/10 for games like this, it's like people saying "See? See? Games aren't just time wasters!" and then they go right back to Call of Duty or Skyrim without even having understood Hellblade (but hey, that automatically means it's smart).

    At least it's not as offensive as when they praise Morrowind 6: Retard Edition as the pinnacle of gaming. It's kinda cute actually, it's like children pretending to be grown ups.
     
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  6. Silva Arcane

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    Amazingly powerful and emotional experience. I actually cried when she remembered the first time she met her lover in the flowered field. And the way it tackles the mental condition is clever and respectful. Mandatory game.

    Between Senua, Soma, Automata and The Last Guardian/Trico, I've come to change my opinion on these story-driven type of games. I used t hate it but now I think it's a valid use of the medium when it's well executed and explore meaningful themes or ideas.
     
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  7. Ivan Arcane

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    I've yet to try Last Guardian, tech issues aside, is it worth?
     
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  8. Silva Arcane

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    How is this Edith Finch, worth it?

    It's the weakest of those cited, but worth it on a sell. Trico is adorable and the message of respect and friendship between man and beast is moving.

    Back to Senua, only now it occurred to me that...

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    some places she visits are from her memories: Valravn place is the woods she exiled at, Surt place is the villages burned by the Northmen, Gramr is actualy Dillion' sword, hidden inside the tree where they first met. The places from the Odin trial represent different events from her youth. While other places are based on the tales and myths Druth told her while in the woods. Still others seem to be a mesh of her own memories of real events and the tales of Druth (the barrow mounds, the sick village, etc). Really interesting what they did here.

    One thing that's not clear to me is: did she actually travelled to the north, and then hallucinated here? Or even that is hallucination?


    And the little documentary at the end explaining the production is very nice, too.
     
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  9. TedNugent Arcane

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    Going to force myself to complete the slog on this one eventually and report back.

    Not recommending it after 95 minutes of playtime.
     
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  10. Great Deceiver Arcane

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    Why would you force yourself to complete this turd? Gameplay doesn't change at all, if you've seen the very first match rune to scenery "puzzle", you've seen them all. It's really a walking simulator with shitty, impossible-to-lose combat, toddler-level puzzles and incredibly tedious narration.

    The only reason it got any attention at all is because of its self-important huff and puff and OMG MENTAL DISORDER tripe that soyboy IGN propagandists lapped up. It's garbage through and through.
     
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  11. TedNugent Arcane

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    Yeah, I have to experience the mental dosorder tripe firsthand so that I can confront their claims head on.

    Honestly, that and the historical hook of ancient Celts experiencing a viking raid was what made me buy the game.

    I'm disappointed on both fronts as well as the gameplay mechanics. I don't think they actually play out the historical hook or involve that heavily into the narrative at all. I'm disappointed by that and I at least want to see a flashback scene with real vikings instead of this toothless scarecrow bullshit.

    The sack with the disembodied head and the threat of a real psychological experience of a viking pillage had me all excited. Don't tell me that isn't even in the game.
     
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  12. Valky Cipher Manlet

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    The mental disorder is thinking games like this are good.
     
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  13. Silva Arcane

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    If by the end you don't feel moved emotionally then you're a hollow husk of a human being. Commit sudoku to keep honor.
     
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  14. fork Savant

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    Or better yet, "deep".
     
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  15. Feyd Rautha Cipher Patron

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    Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire
    How good is it? Worth a buy?
     
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  16. Great Deceiver Arcane

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    No. Read the thread.
     
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  17. Ovg Cipher

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    Bad gameplay, mediocre writing, the best portrayal of mental ilness in video games ever.
     
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  18. Silva Arcane

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    Do you like walking sims? If so, it's great. If not, stay away.
     
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  19. LESS T_T Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    VR Edition, free to owners of the original on Steam:



     
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  20. Adon Prophet

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    I disagree about the combat being bad. The big problem is those segments are few and far between, and that it never gets any more complicated/harder once you get the hang of it. It also takes a long while before you go into the tougher fights where you're fighting multiple, different types of enemies at once. I just went through the Sea of Corpses and had a blast going through waves of enemies (FYI I'm playing on Hard), and it made me wish that the combat was more like this and more frequent.
     
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  21. Ovg Cipher

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    Me too, but the problem is they couldn't decide whether they wanted an adventure-ish game or an action game. So it ends up being as schizophrenic as Senua herself. I made it to the bridge part, and I just couldn't take it anymore. "Find marks" "Kill enemies" "Run". Rinse and repeat.

    It's a shame since the game itself has potential and arguably is playable. Just don't play too much in one sitting.
     
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    Well, I rage quit the game after 3 hours and deleted it from my Steam account. The gameplay is unbearable.
     
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