After starting play on release day, I finally finished Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice this evening. Not that it's a difficult game, it's just... It's a bit like reading a Cormac McCarthy novel. You can't deny it's well-written and compelling, but holy shit do you sometimes need a cup of tea and a hug between chapters.
While its central thing is psychosis, it's hard not to see parallels with other mental illnesses too. Parts of the game felt like depression/anxiety dialled up to extremely uncomfortable levels. Maybe coincidence, maybe there's some common root between them, but goddamn either way it was a visceral experience.
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