A dark fantasy realm inspired by Celtic culture is the setting for the action-adventure game with a female protagonist, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
British video game developer Ninja Theory produced it and made it available in 2017. Senua, a Pict warrior who must defeat supernatural foes and overcome their obstacles in order to reach Helheim and redeem the soul of her lover from the goddess Hela, is the game’s main character.
Senuna, a Celtic goddess whose name was initially mispronounced as Senua and who was initially lost to history before being rediscovered in 2002, was the inspiration for the name Senua. Senua’s persona was primarily modeled after the Iceni queen Boudica. According to how it is believed that Celtic warriors would have looked, Senua was given battle paints and lime-clumped braided hair.
Senua can roam around and interact with her environment freely in the first of two gameplay modes. The focus of those sections is either on solving a puzzle or another challenge in order to continue forward, or on narrating a story while Senua journeys from one location to another. She possesses a skill called “focus,” which she can use to initiate puzzle-related events, due to her tendency to view things differently than most people do as a result of her illness.
The game’s opening scene shows Senua (Melina Juergens), a Pict warrior from Orkney, arriving at the Helheim border on a mission to defend Dillon’s (Oliver Walker) soul from the goddess Hela. The game is set in the late eighth century. One of the most well-known “Furies” Senua hears speaking to her in her head as a result of the curse she feels she is under is the Narrator, who frequently breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the gamer while being aware of their presence.
Hellblade was a commercial success and earned positive reviews from critics, who lauded it as an artistic achievement and complimented its plot, its protagonist, and its unusual choice to centre on psychosis.