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‘Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2’ review: great to look at – but otherwise disappointing | NME

NME writes: "Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 would make an amazing film, but a video game needs more than good looks and impressive technology."

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gold_drake55d ago

yeh, this is what ive seen alot, praising the graphics but anything else is mediocre at best.

Sonic188155d ago

Just like the first game. Great to look at but was just a walking simulator with a fee combat sections

Jingsing55d ago

Sounds like that free Matrix demo we got.

S2Killinit55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

Sounds like they could Have saved a lot of money by making a pretty cgi video.

ravens5255d ago

It's blowing my mind that this has a higher score than Stellar Blade lol. Makes no sense.

Rynxie55d ago

Ms is one of the three US corporations that own majority of US media.

Elda55d ago

Exactly. Stellar Blade so far is my action GOTY & I'm quite sure there are others with the same mindset. I'm now playing a new game + something I very rarely do with video games.

anast55d ago

It has a higher score than Hellblade on Open Critic.

repsahj55d ago

It also got invisible walls like starfield. XD

Terry_B55d ago

"its a feature" - Phil Spencer ;)

repsahj55d ago

It's weird. Games like spider-man 2 and helldivers 2 solve this issue, why this game stick with invisible walls.

anast55d ago

The Order was released in 2015. This shows how far Xbox is behind.

garos8255d ago

the order 1866 had better gameplay, and far more potential than hellblade 1

anast55d ago

This game is getting killed out there.

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Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 - Official Accolades Trailer

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is an action-adventure game developed by Ninja Theory. Players will return to Senua's story through a brutal journey of survival through the myth and torment of Viking Iceland. Take a look at the latest trailer to garner the critical reception of Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, available now for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and PC (Steam).

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Lightning7717d ago

Cool, but the studio will get shut down still I think. Idc if MS said they won't, MS can't be trusted with anything.

They're extremely volatile with their words and action. They say one thing and do another consistently.

DarXyde16d ago (Edited 16d ago )

I'm curious about the specific language used regarding Ninja Theory's fate.

I've read secondhand accounts that mention Microsoft has "no plans to close Ninja Theory any time soon", which has some asterisks attached—namely because that article came out the day Hellblade II launched and there was no proper assessment of the game's performance relative to Microsoft's expectations. If they planned for the game to have a certain level of success and they missed the mark, that could trigger a change of plans. As well, if the talent they are most interested in leaves (I speculate this was the case with Mikami leaving Tango), that may well result in a change of plans too.

It wouldn't be fair to close them for not selling very well or increasing XGP subs to the level they expect. Ninja Theory has never been a gangbuster studio. The level of attention and care is absolutely there for their games, but they just don't perform well commercially. They never have, and if Microsoft closes them after acquiring them with the expectation that changes, that is just unfair.

But that said, they haven't been closed at this time and I don't want to accuse Microsoft of something they haven't done yet. I do expect it, but it hasn't happened. The recent closures came about a year after the most recent releases, so I guess we'll know better in 2025.

ChasterMies16d ago

“MS can't be trusted with anything.
They're extremely volatile with their words and action.”

When gamers learn that Microsoft is a giant corporation run but executives who have a fiduciary duty to make money for shareholders.

Noskypeno16d ago

It's not always about pleasing the lawyer Americans with the Brooklyn accent even if they live in LA. Microsoft could still keep the studio to make it look like they have more than just regular shooters. Alfredo sauce might not be as popular as marinara sauce on pizza but I sure am glad it's an option. This trillion dollar company needs to learn if its about supporting quality studios or cutting them off just because it didn't do spiderman numbers. I'm sure they would still be a trillion dollar company if they keep Ninja Theory, and also kept Arkane and Tango.

Lightning7716d ago

That's all companies. It's just that MS when it comes to this particular instance can't be trusted. Not after what they did to Tango.

Asterphoenix16d ago

That's pretty much the case the words never match with their actions with Microsoft. Well it's one of those things it will depend on how well Hellblade 2 does. Even their founder left recently but he was planning on leaving from the sounds of it.

Rynxie16d ago (Edited 16d ago )

Melatonin 10/10 - "puts you to sleep"
Unisom 8/10 - "side effects include boredom, but puts you to sleep overall"
Zzzquil 7/10 - "6 hours of barely any gameplay, leaves a sour taste in your mouth, but helped patients fall asleep"
Quviviq 10/10 - "helped patients fall asleep and stay asleep"
Zolpidem 10/10 - helped patients form a more healthy sleeping pattern"
Zolpidem extended release 10/10 - "fast working sleep medicine. Recommended to take 1 hour before bedtime for full 8 hour uninterrupted sleep"

Hellblade 2 is so good at putting players to sleep, that doctors will now prescribe it to you, if you suffer from poor sleeping habits.

Rynxie16d ago

I forgot to include

Triazolam 9/10 - "you'll sleep longer than the game's story length"