Ninja Theory, the developers of games like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry, independently released their latest game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on August 8th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Players assume the role of Senua, a warrior who suffers from psychosis and must battle her inner demons. Hellblade was adored by fans and critics alike, who praised the game’s accurate, if uncomfortable, portrayal of psychosis.
This was made abundantly clear in the accolades trailer released today on Ninja Theory’s YouTube channel. Rather than being filled with quotes from critics, hundreds of fans who could relate to Senua’s condition wrote in to the company to tell them how the game influenced their life and the lives of their loved ones. One person in particular had a brother who resented them for their condition. After playing the game, he said he was sorry.
It’s games like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice that remind me just how truly unique video games can be. Without gaming, it would have been near impossible for Senua’s story to be told.