Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

I’d be happy to call it a high ability action game as Hellblade, then, is a great looking game with excellent audio design, glossy combat and some engaging puzzles and, were its positive attributes to stop there. However, It’s the game’s nuanced portrayal of psychosis, that makes it something truly special.

One of the continuous fights against self-doubt is what’s Senua’s story about — against enemies both untouchable and unbearable, and against harmful attitudes toward the cognitively ill. Although it also finds room for comfort, it’s a story that touches on loss and how difficult it can be to persevere. For those suffering from mental disorders, Hellblade shows how relationships can provide solace and comfort, but also shows that a relationship can be a double-edged sword; tinged with an awareness of how different she feels from other people, this is Senua’s reflections on love. She can’t help but notice the contrast to her own mental state while basking in the love of a man whose outlook is so overwhelmingly positive. By being loved she feels relief, but roughly a sense of guilt – she doesn’t deserve this man is what she clearly feels, and she fears what pain will be done to him by her ‘darkness’, as she calls it.

More significantly, without making any grand pronouncements about the nature of mental health, Hellblade gives a sensitive depiction of psychosis. Senua’s psychosis makes her struggle greater and it shows simply and clearly; that she is fighting with mental illness and the result of others not being aware of mental health for years. She is a profoundly human heroine, though Senua’s journey is a quest of a stygian fraction. Through the out-and-out strength of will, not by any innate otherworldly powers or gifts, Senua survives by surviving. She’s the Dragonborn not.

Hellblade is an amazing game. Hellblade is a superb exploration of mental illness told with poise and poignancy despite some dissatisfaction in carrying out and some design choice that are likely to drive some players off.


Why Teens Become More Addicted to Online Gaming

Gaming. These words make many parents concerned. The idea of facing opponents online isn’t that new as most people may think. During the mid-90s Nintendo was already trying online gaming with the SNES. Nonetheless, here are reasons why teens are becoming more addicted to online games:

Cheaper Games

As games become cheaper, more gamers can buy the latest FPS game for as little as $70. Any teen who can earn money can easily purchase any title without burning a hole in their pocket.

Gaming Rewards

Gamers spend countless of hours completing games just to achieve “digital rewards” (in the form of trophies or achievements) or to “level up.” The math is simple: more play time = better value for money. It’s enough to get anybody hooked.

Social Acceptance

Online gaming is the perfect medium for a teen who wants to escape the social challenges of school. A salient feature of online gaming is that these teens enjoy a hobby with people who probably has the same passion for them. Bullying normally doesn’t happen online as it does in school. Everyone’s banding together for a common goal, and gamers can join ‘guilds’ to connect with more people.

Peer Influence

The online world is not just made up of strangers, but gamers teens know in real world as well. Their fun starts when the school day ends, when their friends are online, capturing flags in Halo.

Socially Easy

Gaming can be a social activity. Headsets are popular accessories used during play, which make gamers talk to each other online. It is not uncommon for your to play with a headset and talk to other people while they play against each other. The topics can vary, from the game itself to the weather.


People have the need to be good at something. For a physically inept teen, it could just be ranking top 10 in a video game. The feeling of bettering opponents is rewarding, and isn’t too hard to achieve for teens who have played long enough. Retaining one’s position in the standing is serious work, and grinding hours away is required to keep it.

LAN Parties

Social gatherings become LAN parties. Social events that involve physical games and entertainment are becoming rare in this age. The competition is also fierce: no gamer wants to suck in a LAN party. Training for hours on end helps a teenager achieve victory. Who doesn’t want to show off and do some friendly flexing from time to time?


Gaming is a second life. Teenagers often feel insecure in real life, but they can hide who they are behind cool armor, awesome weapons, and anonymity online. Teenage boys may have a hard time talking to other girls of their age, but everyone is on the same level in the internet. Online, everything is easier. The internet gives teens the medium to be whoever or whatever they want. That’s mostly the reason why trash talk is very common online.


Racing At Its Finest

Amazingly, Forza 7 is the third Forza on the Xbox One. It’s the seventh game in the franchise, and while it’s an improvement over the preceding games, I have a few gripes with it.

First, the good. Forza 7 looks amazing. A lot of graphical attention was given to the tracks and environments. In addition to the crowds, helicopters, and set pieces, many other details give the game life. The Dubai circuit was especially stunning, being one the introductory course in the campaign. In desert tracks, you’ll see the wind blowing sand onto the course. On less sandy courses like the Laguna Seca, clouds of light dust float throughout the track.

There is more variety in the weather as well. Rainy makes a return, and the standing water will adversely impact your handling and traction. There are also peculiar conditions, like early morning fog at Hockenheim. The fog didn’t just reduce visibility, it diffused light as well, and driving through the track was extremely difficult.

The cars are just as stunning. Each vehicle’s interior, engine, and trunk can be seen closely with Forzavista. These juicy details truly make you feel like you’re driving these cars. There’s a varied selection of cars, though some iconic ones are missing. Popular cars like the Golf R and Focus RS are present. However, the Focus ST the last three generations of the GTI absent. And of course, it eludes me why there’s a lack of Toyotas in the selection.

Sadly, the modifications are sub-par. If I want to modify a Mazdaspeed Miata, I only have tow hooks and canards as bodykit options. It’s especially bad considering there were more options in previous Forza entries. Despite that, the more popular cars have more modifications, though each car almost has the same wheel and paint scheme selection.

Overall, despite our complaints, Forza Motorsport 7 is a wonderful entry to the genre. It has amazing graphics, a good selection of cars, and you can personify the experience as you see fit. Whether you’re new or a veteran of the series, you’re sure to have a good time.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Every game has a surprise feature waiting to be unveiled. We can play with it, if we are so prepared, play a game, unfold to our friends whether it’s good or bad, and move on with our lives. For a few numbers of people, that won’t do. Haven’t you ever thought why a particular game make an impression on you just so? The first time I picked up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild this summer, it really led me to think thoroughly why it works because, at a first glance, it seems like the latest Zelda game isn’t as I thought unique enough that will work at all. 

It’s incontestable that Breath of the Wild works. Not surprisingly, it was a hit that this is a game that sold more copies for the Nintendo Switch than there were Nintendo Switches to play it. With an endless supply of positive, amazing reviews, this is “the game”. Even in 2017, Breath of the Wild stood out, a year where it actually like every month had at least one incredible video game

Like Skyrim, Breath of the Wild actually works a lot, with the same sort of far-flung missions that entice you with diversions along the way. However, Breath of the Wild’s primary distractions are limited to just four activities unlike Skyrim: ascending towers, locating 900 Korok seeds, finding 120 shrines and decoding their puzzles, and visiting towns and stables for facile fetch quests. In this game, the most intricate quest requires you to yield something like 110 bundles of wood over four quest steps. 

Basically, there’s the charming attention to attribute. You’ll be able to take all their things by putting a helmet on someone’s head in Skyrim. Have something similar in Zelda, and they’ll show annoyance, demanding you cut it out. When you strip down to your underwear in The Witcher 3 or put on a chicken hat in Metal Gear Solid V, no one will notice, but it’s different in Breath of the Wild – dress strangely enough, and everyone will notice. 

That intuition is captured by Breath of the Wild; because it makes sense that they would happen,  things happen. Of course, it is almost certain to attract lighting by carrying a spear! Yes, if there’s a cliff and you’ve got a tree nearby that’s lengthy enough, you can cut it down and utilize it as a makeshift bridge. Breath of the Wild guides you a new way to contemplate, rather than be confident of on dull, predictable game logic of “find the key to get through the lock,” a series staple that can be complex to for those who are newbies. Yet without simplicity, this wouldn’t work.

My Thoughts On Divinity II

Halfway through the campaign of Divinity: Original Sin II, I encountered a family in the farm of Gareth, a valiant and heroic companion. When I arrived, I saw that he was mourning the death of his murdered parents, and he asked me to avenge them.

When I entered the farmhouse to find the murderers, a group of paladins refused to let me in. I tried persuading them using the in-game dialogue, but no luck. There wasn’t much left to do besides killing them, and that’s what I did. But as the last paladin fell, and as soon as I entered the farmhouse, I realized the killers were actually possessed innocents. There was no way to free them from their mental prison. I thought killing them was the best thing to do for the quest, so I did. And after I murdered them in cold blood, I found a letter that belonged to a possessed woman, addressed to her lover: one of the paladins that I had just killed at the door!

Shock. I thought deep after killing all those people. I wanted to reload and play the situation differently, but that won’t change the fact that I had already killed them. I proceeded with the quest. I went on a killing spree. I killed more people. I murdered more innocents. But I could never let go of that scene at the farmhouse because it was there I lost my innocence. It there I realized how amazing Divinity II: Original Sin is.

I can’t remember a time where I’ve felt attached to a game and its characters emotionally. Larian studious has created one of the best RPGs of all time. Impactful choices, lush and vivid writing, coupled with superb voice acting and a believable script; all these bring the world to life. The deep and sprawling combat is both challenging and rewarding. Each battle is tension-filled as you make critical decisions. The character creation, customization, and development is endlessly deep. And every member of your ragtag group are realer than any other person or character in most RPGs out there.