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August 2019

067: Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

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What do the voices in your head sound like?

Developer: Ninja Theory | Publisher: Ninja Theory  | Release Date:  August 8, 2017

Jacob and Mike take a dive into psychosis as they recount their experience with runes and Norse mythology.

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Players: Michael Ruffolo (@ruffolom) and Jacob McCourt (@JacobMcCourt)

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Show Notes (spoilers):

  • 2:00 What did we know about Hellblade coming into this?
  • 4:49 How did we play Hellblade?
  • 6:25 Hellblade is just puzzle solving and combat, right?
  • 8:00 Solving puzzles wasn’t rewarding
  • 9:05 Astaroth from Soul Calibur makes an appearance
  • 10:00 Jacob really enjoyed the combat and Mike is surprised
  • 11:45 How difficult did we find it?
  • 13:20 If this was longer, we would have needed more variation in gameplay
  • 14:30 What are the stakes in the game?
  • 15:20 If you die, your save gets lost?!
  • 16:39 There’s a documentary in the game that we watched after playing
  • 17:40 Psychopathy vs Psychosis
  • 18:00 Jacob loved the sound design and acting
  • 18:36 Ninja Theory used video of actors acting in the game, instead of models
  • 20:25 Senua’s actress was great
  • 21:00 Wait, so what was the story the game tells?
  • 23:15 Jacob loved the trials at the tree, and Mike hates the Blindness trial
  • 25:20 Mike lays out the reasons it didn’t connect with him
  • 26:00 Jacob makes a good attempt at explaining it
  • 27:20 The Darkness and the different boss battles
  • 29:30 Road to Helheim, Hela and the final boss battle
  • 32:00 Hellblade went right over Mike’s head, but thankfully Jacob gets it
  • 34:05 There are things this game has done that no other has attempted
  • 37:47 Jacob wouldn’t recommend it to everyone but would recommend it
  • 38:40 Closing thoughts