The Peer Game Showcase in class has shown a big variation of different kind of video games. One video game that really catch my eye, was «Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice».
“Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” is a mix of the genres action and adventure.
An action game is often an intense game that involves some kind of physical drama. An adventure game, on the other hand, involve mysteries and puzzle. Adventure games generally require deep thinking and a great patient from the player.
“Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” was released on August 8 in 2017, by the gaming developer «Ninja Theory». The developer describes the game a an «independent AAA game». AAA games is a term used for video games that is created by the biggest and riches video game developer studios. AAA games is often hyped up with a lot of advertisement. Independent AAA games is characterized by lower budgets, and a more open development process. «Ninja Theory» describes Independent AAA games as «taking creative risks and making spectacular, exciting and unique game experiences that can compete with AAA and engages fans directly», on their websites.
The game is set in the 8th century, and is deeply inspired by the Celtic culture and Norse mythology. The game is located in the fictive place, Helheim. As told in the peer game showcase presentation, the main character in the game is Senua. Senua is on a quest to save the soul to a person she love. The game include, among other things, combat fights and puzzles solving.
A big part of the video game is Senua’s personal struggle with her own mental health. Senua believes she is cursed. She hear voices in her head. During the development of the video game, the developers worked with both specialists on the mental health field, and with people that actually suffer of similar condition as Senua. “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” has really touched a lot of people that have played it. During the presentation in class, we got to see a video, that included people’s reaction, about what playing the video game made them feel.
I haven’t played the video game personally, but by watching videos on YouTube, researching online, and learning about it from the presentation in class, it seems like an amazing video game. Amazing both when it comes to the graphical and the storyline. The game also raises important topics about mental health.