Senua's Saga: Hellblade II - Gameplay reveal

Debuted at The Game Awards 2021, watch the Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II gameplay reveal. Coming exclusively to Xbox and Windows PC from Ninja Theory.

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Jin_Sakai421d ago (Edited 421d ago )

Looks amazing! The graphics are incredible.


I remember when the in-engine trailer premiered at the VGAs and people were saying "there's no way that's gameplay". Xbox just shut them up.

Terry_B421d ago

except that 80% of the trailer looked like its just a cutscene with some pretty basic gameplay elements.

Don't get me looked awesome..but on the gameplay side it looked damn shallow.

arkard421d ago

The first game was the same way, so not surprising. Not a big deal since I still loved the game.

Levii_92421d ago

This is just a pretty walking sim you know that ?

Lightning77421d ago

DF even said that the game was running on a working engine. With some CG effects yes but the game was generally in engine.

Again DF confirmed this 2 years back. So they were right.

dbcoops421d ago

They didn't shut anyone up because if you think more than five to maybe ten percent of that tops was actual gameplay then you are kidding yourself. Very nice looking cut scene though.

darthv72421d ago

Damn.... thats impressive.

ABizzel1421d ago

It's all definitely "in-engine" there is aliasing and shimmering, and likely running on PC currently.

The game looks amazing, and we know games are going to get a huge leap in fidelity starting next-year as more and more "next-gen" only games release. This clip is extremely heavy on in-engine, instead of giving off a slice of gameplay, which makes me think once again this is 2023 at the earliest.

Kyizen420d ago

Ryse looked good also when it launched haha.

IRetrouk420d ago (Edited 420d ago )

It looks fantastic, but it does not match that original reveal trailer, not sure how this proved the in engine reveal as gameplay though, kinda confused me, how did any of that prove the original footage as gameplay? Infact if we look at the main characters face from both, there's a clear difference in quality.

Flewid638420d ago

I dunno why people thought it was unbelievable. Photorealistic art styles arent new.

isarai420d ago

Not really, doesn't look nearly as good

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dcbronco420d ago

Levii-92 Since when has a walking Sim been a problem for Playstation fans.

rakentaja420d ago

to Terry_B:
God Of War boss fights are no exception, very little gameplay...basically one big in-game cutscene with QTE's.

PrinterMan420d ago

Lol. It's not that great. I think the first one, in PC had a much better atmosphere. I will get it as the first one was excellent but I'm not stoked about the feel of this one.

Xbox hasn't shut anyone up.

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LordoftheCritics421d ago (Edited 421d ago )

Oh shit, looked like we are finally playing some king of cgi.

Great work.

Lightning77421d ago

So how is it that games like Uncharted and The Last Of us can all be rendered in game but this game can't, or maybe because it's a Xbox only game?

It's using Unreal 5 only on X and S and if you saw their blog they did photogrametry real time video footage of Iceland just like Forza did with Mexico. So why are you denying this is what the game looks like? This isn't CG its in engine. You know other publishers can create beautifully rendered crafted story narrative games. Sony doesn't own the genre.

LordoftheCritics421d ago


You may have misunderstood my comment.

abstractel421d ago

Weird how this is getting so much hate, not directed at you LordoftheCritics. Looks amazing and a quality level we will hopefully see more of once cross-gen is gone and new-gen rules the land.

Storm23421d ago

Yeah, very impressive visuals for sure. Doesn't look like something I would want to play just from this trailer but very nice looking.

TheDoomedGuy420d ago

Well if this doesn't look like something you'd want to play not sure any game can reach your standards.

Storm23420d ago

It just didn’t look fun to me. It was absolutely gorgeous so I guess it would be cool to look at on my new TV, but it doesn’t jump out at me as something that would be fun. But I said it was just based on this trailer. Another trailer could change my mind and I am definitely open to that.

outsider1624421d ago

I forgot it was gameplay. Looks so good.

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dcbronco420d ago

If people can't even acknowledge the game looks amazing they might as well dig a hole to spend the rest of their lives in. These people no longer have any value to add to society because they aren't capable of being objective. That makes them effectively stupid.

CaptainHenry916420d ago (Edited 420d ago )

Hellblade always looked great especially on PC. No one's not denying that. The first game was definitely a looker

NeoGamer232420d ago

It does look amazing, but the Matrix looked awesome too.

This shows us the difference of targeting only current gen platforms vs also targeting last gen platforms.

CaptainHenry916419d ago (Edited 419d ago )

Hopefully it's not 70% a walking simulator just like the first game 😬

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RaidenBlack420d ago

Textures look really good.
But some particle effects, like the water splash when the Giant enter the cavern was juddery 15fps.
Seems pretty early in development stage ... so will get fixed eventually.
Feels like a late 2023 release if not 2024.
Still ... Kudos Ninja Theory.

MellauxGMNG420d ago

You didn't do a very good job disguising the downplay in this comment

RaidenBlack420d ago

Yea my wording skill has seen better days ... But
What if I told you I am not into console-battle and you'll seldom see me there?
When you have presentation of such high production values, these certain minor imperfections stand out.
And what I pointed out, you can genuinely see its there. But its minor and happens during development.
But you know what? When the game'll release in 2023, all those'll be ironed out.

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SenorFartCushion420d ago

That’s a good thing, though, it is still a video game.

Just means that it was gameplay and not a fake cgi vertical slice.

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CaptainHenry916421d ago (Edited 421d ago )

Was that just a cut scene?

Sonyslave3421d ago

Nope geoff said that all gameplay footage

RedDevils420d ago

Is gameplay meaning you just staring at the screen, I'm impress.

KingofBandits420d ago

Dorito King said it was gameplay, incredibly limited gameplay but real time none the less.

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Godmars290421d ago

Looked like a cut scene that's using in game assets.

If gameplay there was no indication of control or heavily scripted.

Killer73nova421d ago

You never played the first game did you

cartoonx1420d ago

that is how the first one is, heavily scripted.

Zeref420d ago

There was literally gameplay, if you played the first one you would know how Hellblade gameplay looks.

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darthv72420d ago (Edited 420d ago )

i wondered why there was no aiming reticle but then i figured they can simply turn that off so the focus is on what you see on screen as a whole. the detail, motion blur the scale and how seamless it jumps between cinematic and control. If you look close, you can see the subtle shift from player control to computer control (cinematic) and back.

As far as scripted goes, no different than the LoU2 and the demo reveal or any of the other gameplay reveals where it switches from player control to cinematic for dramatic effect. Just no on screen hud to distract.

SenorFartCushion420d ago

I’d say as artists the devs have the right to give themselves a pat on the back simply because people are confused as to whether or not the video was a cutscene or not.

Bruh420d ago


Let me save you a lot of time, N4G is flooded with PS fanboys that cannot fathom the Series X/S hardware can produce something like this because apparently only Sony studios can produce visually breathtaking visuals and no one else lmfao

Godmars290420d ago

You're saying "this is the power of Series X" while talking about something playable on everything from XB1 to PC. This "demo" could have been the PC version for all anyone knows.

Wait for a tech breakdown, not that MS ever does those, before praising them for whatever this is.

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Chevalier421d ago

Unreal Engine looking really good between this and Matrix. The way the scene unfolds with the camera makes me think of God of War a bit.

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UnSelf420d ago

Comparing a game that’s not out to games that are? Nice.

Let me try. Last of Us 3 looks better than Hellblade or any Xbox game

Chevalier420d ago (Edited 420d ago )


"Comparing a game that’s not out to games that are? Nice."

Wtf are you talking about? Why is it not okay to compare Matrix demo from the Awards show that's playable now to what we saw from Hellblade? They're BOTH using Unreal 5 engine. The visuals look very good for Unreal 5 engine.

As for what I meant is the way the game angled the camera while Senua and her group left the cave seems similar to the way God of War was in a continuous shot. How is that a negative?! All I was saying was They're using a similar technique. What does the technique used have anything to do with it being out or not?

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alb1899421d ago

It was in engine and it was really amazing.

Jin_Sakai421d ago

It wasn’t in engine it was gameplay as Geoff stated.

Godmars290421d ago

But where's indication of control or player input?

dbcoops421d ago

Gameplay implies someone actually playing. Outside of maybe pressing a button one or twice to throw a spear the rest of that was a cut scene.

oldenjon421d ago (Edited 421d ago )

smh.... gameplay is in engine dork

oldenjon421d ago (Edited 421d ago )

OMG that someone actually disagreed with me and 13 people agreed with @Jin_Sakai is really concerning haha. You can't have out of engine gameplay

Imalwaysright420d ago (Edited 420d ago )

So it was in-engine running in real time meaning that it was running gameplay assets. Pre-rendered in-engine cutscenes are the ones that often don't use gameplay assets and as result look like a graphical upgrade when compared with gameplay portions of games.

oldenjon420d ago (Edited 420d ago )

@Imalwaysright Geoff probably only called it 'gameplay' to make the distinction that it's not pre-rendered. Obviously there is much actual gameplay to speak of. You're only seeing Senua running to trigger an in-engine story event / cutscene, and besides some basic combat that's all she really did in Hellblade 1 anyways.

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4Sh0w420d ago (Edited 420d ago )

Wow, visually that is stunning but personally I need more actual gameplay mechanics/ interaction. My same problem with the first one.

EmperorDalek421d ago

This looks incredible. I'm sure the combat and puzzles will be fine, the first game was fairly good in those departments.