Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice PC Performance Review

Introduction

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice PC Performance Review

Introduction

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has been released on both PC and PS4, utilising Unreal Engine 4 to create a game that is uncomfortable, disturbing and very interesting to play. 

This game has been released by Ninja Theory, the studio behind DMC and Heavenly Sword, creating Hellblade as a "AAA Indie" title without the help of a publisher, hoping to find success as a mid-tier game developer. Without a publisher Ninja Theory has been able to focus on their game without external interference, allowing them to create a game with a sharp focus on mental illness, which is something that most publishers would deem "too risky". 

The game itself is a highly narrative focused experience, with the titular character Senua embarking on a quest to the Nordic underworld to raise her lover from the dead. The game is a dark experience with both exploration, puzzles and combat elements, all of which become increasingly difficult and satisfying as we have progressed through the game.     

Today we will be looking at the PC version of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and how easy, or difficult, the game is to run on the platform. Will Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice be one hell of a PC version or will it put your hardware though hell?

 

 

Drivers  

As always, we will be using the most recent drivers from AMD and Nvidia at the time of release. This means that we will be testing this game with AMD's Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.7.2 Driver and Nvidia's Geforce 384.94 driver. 

Please note that AMD has not released a game specific driver for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, which means that AMD could achieve some extra performance in the future if they plan to release a driver update for the game. Nvidia's latest drivers are "Game Ready" for Hellblade, which gives them a distinct advantage from a driver perspective. 

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Most Recent Comments

09-08-2017, 13:57:55

NeverBackDown
Not surprising it favors Nvidia. Most Unreal Engine 4 games do because of how closely Nvidia and that engine team work togetherQuote

09-08-2017, 15:26:29

AlienALX
Bloody hell that's pretty. It looks almost too good to be true. I simply must own this game.

Ed. Reviews are glowing. Ugh, damn you crappy internet speed !

Ed2. It's only £24.99 too !Quote

09-08-2017, 16:13:47

Bartacus
The only thing keeping me away is the controls on PC. I've already heard they're awkward, game is better suited to a controller, etc. Same thing I heard about the Witcher 3 and that turned out to be bang on, so I'd be hesitant to buy this. God how I hate console ports! Too bad though, this one looks like it's EXCEPTIONALLY well done, with a great (and unique) story / setting / character.Quote

09-08-2017, 16:55:44

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
The only thing keeping me away is the controls on PC. I've already heard they're awkward, game is better suited to a controller, etc. Same thing I heard about the Witcher 3 and that turned out to be bang on, so I'd be hesitant to buy this. God how I hate console ports! Too bad though, this one looks like it's EXCEPTIONALLY well done, with a great (and unique) story / setting / character.
Witcher 3 is fine without a controller. It plays better without one. I used a controller and it was setup nice but I prefer the keyboard.Quote

09-08-2017, 17:33:41

AlienALX
If I am playing a console designed game I usually use the controller. Well, for stuff like Fallout 4 etc any way. If it's a FPS I use the KBM. IIRC I used my Xbone controller for Witcher 3 too.Quote
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