1. Walkthrough overview
Welcome to the TA walkthrough for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, a cinematic action-adventure game from Ninja Theory. The adventure alternates between exploration-based puzzles, third-person melee combat and rich storytelling, often in the form of stunning cutscenes. Aside from Norse mythology, which provides the game's setting, antagonists, and lore, Hellblade holds mental illness--especially psychosis--as a central theme.
You play as Senua, a Pict warrior intent on saving her deceased lover's soul from Hela in Helheim. Along the way, Senua is constantly berated by her doubts and fears, represented by actual voices in her head that you too will hear. It is highly recommended that you play with surround sound or headphones, as the voices are not only a core part of the experience and narrative, but an important aid in gameplay as well.
There are 14 achievements, 13 of which can't be missed as you progress through the story. The last achievement is for collecting all 44 Lorestones along the way. Lorestones carry between playthroughs so you'll never need to activate the same one twice, but be aware that there is no chapter select. If you miss a Lorestone and can't backtrack to it, you'll have to play from the very beginning up to that point to get it. Expect 6-8 hours for the completion if you manage it in one playthrough.
The walkthrough is divided into 12 chapters based on the groupings the game has for the Lorestones. These chapters also line up with the 13 story achievements, with one achievement per chapter with a couple exceptions.
Needless to say, you will encounter spoilers in this guide, although efforts have been made to avoid major story elements. Take your time with this game if you have time to spare. It is a one-of-a-kind experience worthy of thorough exploration and consideration. Enjoy!
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