Hellblade is a harrowing, frustrating descent into madness


The first time I set foot in this crypt, I was terrified. Pursued by an unseen monster, I was restricted to the few areas of light in this underground dungeon. If I stayed in the shadows for too long, the creature would end me. Initially it was frightening, instilling every movement with a sense of tension, forcing me to move purposefully. But after 30 minutes it just became a chore. You can only spend so long looking for a mystical rune in the dark before you get used to the chilling horrors around you.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is the latest release from English game studio Ninja Theory, the team behind games like Heavenly Sword and Enslaved. And in many ways it’s an experience I admire. It tackles an important, and often…

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