The game’s intro is very cinematic. You start out on some type of Canoe and your rowing through water, you hear these voices that are kind of there to Narrate what is happening in the sequence. You quickly realize that the voices that you hear aren’t just there for the intro, these are voices you’re going to hear for the entire game.

The character Senua has some type of serious Mental Illness, I’m not going to sit here and make a statement of what exactly plagues her. The game doesn’t say and I don’t know enough about Psychology to make any presumptions. All I know is, it’s probably something fairly severe considering she hears voices in her head and the game shows this by having you experience those voices as you progress through the game.

I don’t know how well the game represents Mental Illness if it’s fairly accurate. As I said, I am far from an expert but I do know the Studio did speak with multiple experts so I do think they tried to make it as accurate as they could. It certainly left a lasting impression on me because I remember one moment where I was trying to think but these voices just kept talking. I will always remember me saying, “Can you stop for a second?” I will never know what its like to hear voices but I can at least draw from this experience and I do have a slightly better idea of what that’s like.

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The gameplay itself is pretty basic, if I had to boil it down I would call it a very good looking walking simulator. It’s very dark and grimy but graphically the game is very impressive. When you’re not just walking forward, you’re doing 1 of 2 things. You’re either in combat which is also very basic where your options are a light attack, heavy attack, dodge or block. The other is a series of very basic puzzles where you see shapes and then you have to line the shapes up. It’s kind of hard to explain but I can say that they’re not fun but easy to truck through.  One of the weakest aspects of the game is the gameplay.

This is a very linear game and with a very linear story, it’s very interesting and I really enjoyed this game but I understand that this game is not for everyone. If you’re looking for a chaotic, action-packed game then this is not for you. If you’re looking for an interesting story then this game may be for you.

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