Developed by Ninja Theory, a studio acquired by Xbox Games Studios in 2018, Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga It is, without a doubt, the most anticipated Xbox exclusive of recent years. Fortunately, the wait is over: the sequel will arrive on Xbox Series X|S and PC next Tuesday (21) — and will also be available on Game Pass.

Em Hellblade 2players will be able to experience a sensory horror experience even more intense than that of the first game, released in 2017 — for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

According to a brief plot, the game will place Senua on yet another brutal journey of survival through the myths and torments of Viking Iceland. “With the intention of saving those who have fallen victim to the horrors of tyranny, Senua faces a battle to overcome internal and external darkness”, says the description available on the game’s official website.

Well, if you played the first Hellblade been a while and don’t feel like playing a new game, Voxel prepared a small summary of what happened to the protagonist in the first game so you can remember the main points of the plot.

But be careful, as the following paragraphs may contain spoilers for the story of the first Hellblade. Follow at your own risk!

The first Hellblade is an insane journey through Senua’s mind

A plot of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice revolves around Senua, a young Celtic warrior who embarks on a haunting journey to save the soul of her lover, Dillion.

Set in a world inspired by Celtic and Norse mythology, the adventure immerses players deep into Senua’s psyche, in a rich narrative experience about trauma, love and fighting “her own demons.”

The first Hellblade is an insane journey through Senua’s disturbed mind.Fonte:  Ninja Theory

The story begins after Dillion’s brutal death in a Viking sacrificial ritual called the Blood Eagle. Devastated by loss and haunted by several voices in her head, Senua believes that Dillion’s soul is trapped in Helheim, the realm of the dead.

Determined to rescue him, she sets out on a journey towards Helheim, facing both real enemies and illusions created by her own mind.

One of the highlights of the first Hellblade is to let the player experience Senua’s internal struggle against psychosis, represented through auditory and visual hallucinations — known as “Furies” in the game.

Naked representation of mental illness

Along the way, Senua faces many trials — including intense combat against other Norse warriors and solving challenging puzzles that test her own sanity. Additionally, she confronts painful memories of her past, a difficult youth involving abuse and isolation.

In the epic conclusion to Senua’s story in the first game, she confronts Hela, the goddess of the dead, in a final battle that culminates in her acceptance of her own pain and loss.

In short, the Celtic warrior understands that fighting her psychosis is not only a constant battle, but also a part of who she is. With this, she comes to self-acceptance — and that, despite the pain, there is always hope even in the darkness.

Ninja Theory received a lot of praise for its approach to mental health problems in the first Hellblade.Ninja Theory received a lot of praise for its approach to mental health problems in the first Hellblade.Fonte:  Ninja Theory

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was highly praised by critics due to its realistic and sensitive representation of psychosis — in addition to its engaging narrative and emotional depth. The game also stood out for its precise approach to mental illness, especially one that is rarely addressed in entertainment.

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Senua is a kind of “savior” of the oppressed in her region. After accepting her curse, the warrior must now deal with the voices in her head, and thus use them to her advantage to protect her people.


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