Hellblade Has Me More Excited to Play God of War

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay I’ve been a fan of the God of War series since the beginning. Because of that, I am understandably excited to play the new God of War. With that said, I had some concern after seeing its initial trailer. After all, this upcoming installment will (seemingly) ditch many of the franchise’s conventions to deliver something fresh. While I admit the old formula had gotten stale, I was unsure if this new direction would actually work.Then I played Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.Hellblade is the latest game from developer Ninja Theory. It tells the story of a young Celtic warrior who suffers from mental illness. Despite her inner turmoil, Senua bravely faces off against ancient Norse gods and the challenges put before her. Though it is an indie game, Hellblade has the same production value of a full AAA title. In some ways, Hellblade reinvents the action adventure genre that God of War firmly belongs to.While going through Hellblade, I couldn’t help but think about how excited it made me about playing the new God of War. We haven’t gotten a complete look at God of War’s gameplay, but it seems to share many similarities with Hellblade. Because of Hellblade‘s brilliant execution, I am now less worried about God of War. If God of War is anything like Hellblade, it could potentially be the best entry in the venerable series.Based on the trailers, God of War appears to have an extremely close-up camera angle. This type of viewpoint could potentially make combat more difficult, if not downright confusing. Hellblade’s point of view is also extremely close. However, even when surrounded by multiple enemies, I never found the camera angle burdensome. I was perfectly aware of my surroundings at all times.Since this extremely close-up angle isn’t a hindrance in Hellblade, then it shouldn’t present a problem in God of War if implemented correctly. Hellblade does a great job of giving you spacial awareness through the voices in Senua’s head. If a voice says “behind you” then you’ll know to dodge. Kratos will travel with his son, so it’s possible he’ll warn his father about enemy sneak attacks. There are a variety of ways to handle this, but God of War can deliver satisfactory combat even with the camera being so close to Kratos.In the original God of War series, Kratos fought the Greek gods. This time, he faces the deities of Norse mythology. This is an idea the God of War team had for many years but are now actually realizing. In all honesty, I thought the concept of Kratos headlining a world tour where he killed regional gods was corny. I was perfectly fine with him sticking to the Greek pantheon. Seeing Kratos battling a frost giant and meeting the world serpent made me realize how wrong I was.One of my favorite aspects of Hellblade is how deep it delves into Norse mythology. There are runes scattered throughout the game that regales Senua with ancient Norse stories. Much in the way the God of War series taught me about Greek myths, Hellblade enlightened me on Norse mythology. These stories and the cold north that inspired them are actually perfect for an action game. Since God of War has a higher budget than Hellblade, it can contain a great number of interesting Norse gods and characters.From the look of the trailers, God of War will have a more serious tone than previous installments. Some have even compared it to The Last of Us in that regard. Though God of War delved into the tragedy of Kratos’ life, it mostly focused on his blood lust and anger toward the gods. I found this new, more somber direction intriguing. At the same time, I feared the game would somehow diminish the powerful Kratos.The core of Hellblade is about Senua overcoming her inner demons. Throughout the game, disturbing voices and dark visions plague Senua’s mind. She has difficulty discerning reality from illusion. It’s a very harrowing journey, especially for those who have experience with mental illness. Despite being such an emotional game, Hellblade is still exciting to play. There is no ludo-narrative dissonance here. Exhilarating gameplay and captivating story blend seamlessly together.Hellblade’s masterful balance of action and pathos is something that could work equally well in God of War. There is no reason why Kratos can’t display a greater range of emotions while still retaining his powerful persona. More than any game I’ve played recently, Hellblade shows that even a mighty warrior is susceptible to human frailty. I want to see Kratos go through a similar journey as Senua.If you’re one of the folks concerned about God of War’s new direction, please do yourself a favor and play Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. If you’re like me, then playing through this game should help alleviate some of the concerns you may have about Kratos’ upcoming adventure. Hellblade gives us a good idea of what to expect in God of War and shows there’s still room to innovate the action genre.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

This Drinkable Strawberry Shortcake in A Can Lets You Shake It For

first_imgStrawberry shortcake is always delicious, no matter how you take it. Eating the actual cake, in a pudding, in a candy, or in some sort of drink, like a milkshake, it doesn’t matter. Its instantly recognizable and delicious flavor is one that you’ll definitely want to savor. Now you can drink it from a can, thanks to a new Japanese drinkable dessert from DyDo Drinco. The Rich Grand Time Shake and Drink Sweet Shortcake is coming out on November 28, and it sounds absolutely delicious.The drink features a strawberry extract from the Amao variety that’s grown right in the Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu as well as fresh cream from the area of Hokkaido. It’s supposed to mimic the sweet and savory taste of a strawberry shortcake, and it sounds as though it’ll probably do an excellent job of doing just that. You’re meant to shake up the drink to your desired consistency before drinking, because depending on how much you shake it, you’ll get a different kind of texture while you drink. Yummy!via prw.kyodonews.jpDyDo Drinco originally surveyed over 1,000 people to find out what kind of cake Japanese citizens liked to eat the most, with strawberry shortcake winning out over eight other kinds of cake in the running. It’s a sweet new treat that will be available for about $1.40 at special JR East train stations, just like the roasted sweet potato drink we talked about not too long ago. It probably would taste better cold over hot, so make sure you get a chilled version before drinking down this strawberry-themed sugar rush. For an even more decadent treat, why not pour one of these drinks all over a strawberry shortcake and see how that works out for you? Just watch those sugars. They’ll creep up on you super quick.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more