Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Reviews

Along with the game, reviews are now showing up for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. It seems Microsoft put on the full-court press, courting the full press corps with review invitations:

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May 22, 2024, 23:27
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May 22, 2024, 23:27
 
LordSteev wrote on May 22, 2024, 07:55:
It took them 7 years to make a 5 hour walking sim. And another one (studio) bites the dust.
I too think that they are going to be laying off a lot of people. However I don't mind a short game and I enjoyed the first one even though it was mostly a walking sim. However that $50 price tag for the game is way too much.
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May 22, 2024, 16:38
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May 22, 2024, 16:38
 Prez
 
It wouldn't be Bluesnews if 90% of the comments weren't about hating on something. 😜
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May 22, 2024, 07:55
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Re: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Reviews May 22, 2024, 07:55
May 22, 2024, 07:55
 
It took them 7 years to make a 5 hour walking sim. And another one (studio) bites the dust.
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May 21, 2024, 21:42
Brym
 
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Re: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Reviews May 21, 2024, 21:42
May 21, 2024, 21:42
 Brym
 
I tend to think walking simulators belong in VR. The first one was great in VR. Without that hook, I don't see a reason to play this.
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May 21, 2024, 21:14
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Re: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Reviews May 21, 2024, 21:14
May 21, 2024, 21:14
 
I enjoyed the first Hellblade to a small extent. It has great visuals and atmosphere. The combat is simple but flashy and I didn't mind it myself. That being said, it is bordering on a walking simulator and that only goes so far for me. I prefer more gameplay.

I probably would have waited a year or more for a heavy sale on Hellblade 2, but I am on GamePass and decided to give it a try. I just finished the opening hour a few minutes ago. So far it feels like more of the same, though definitely next level on the visuals.

I plan to continue playing, but I do hope it expands the gameplay as things progress.
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May 21, 2024, 18:10
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May 21, 2024, 18:10
 
The combat in the first one is much more advanced than meets the eye.

Here is a page detailing all the combat moves
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May 21, 2024, 16:30
Jim
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May 21, 2024, 16:30
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I started the first one, did not get very far. Will have to complete it at some point.
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May 21, 2024, 16:10
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May 21, 2024, 16:10
 
Well, I'll probably fire up Gamepass for a month to play through this one. Seems it's going to be so straightforward that there literally won't be anything to miss or replay the game for, and I am a sucker for impressive real-time visuals.

The first game was fantastic, but the second one looks to have the world ACTUALLY have monsters and magic, not just her hallucinations. That's...so weird.
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May 21, 2024, 14:37
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add a +1 to those comments.
It's a unique, auditory & visual experience at times.... but as a game , it is boring as all get out. Very bland .
I got maybe 1/2 way thru it , then moved on to better ways to spend my limited gaming time. Never going to buy the sequel nor interested in it.
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May 21, 2024, 14:37
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Xero wrote on May 21, 2024, 13:23:
I still need to finish the original. I lost interest at some point with it. I didn't find the combat interesting and the running back and forth at times when I didn't know where or what to do really killed the vibe for me. Until I try to give it another shot and ideally, complete it, I have zero interest in a sequel.

The combat was bad. If there's a mod to instant end combat it would probably be like a 4 hour game and you'd get the story.
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May 21, 2024, 13:23
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Tipsy McStagger wrote on May 21, 2024, 12:27:
The first one was very short, like 9 hours. It's also one of the more unique and interesting games I've played. It's an absolute mind fuck and the story sits with you.

That being said, if you do play it. The combat is AWFUL and should be played on the easiest setting so you can go through the whole thing quickly.

I might pick this up on sale later.

I still need to finish the original. I lost interest at some point with it. I didn't find the combat interesting and the running back and forth at times when I didn't know where or what to do really killed the vibe for me. Until I try to give it another shot and ideally, complete it, I have zero interest in a sequel.
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Re: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Reviews
May 21, 2024, 12:27
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May 21, 2024, 12:27
 
The first one was very short, like 9 hours. It's also one of the more unique and interesting games I've played. It's an absolute mind fuck and the story sits with you.

That being said, if you do play it. The combat is AWFUL and should be played on the easiest setting so you can go through the whole thing quickly.

I might pick this up on sale later.
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