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‘Hellblade 2’ Is A Cinematic Showcase That Shines — Until You Have To Play It

As I trudged through the muck of mangled bodies and derelict ships washed up on the shore, I sat across my screen with my eyebrows raised and a big smile on my face. Fighting tooth and nail through this moody, atmospheric Nordic twist on D-Day was both a riveting way to kick off a long-awaited sequel and the graphical showcase I’d been waiting for this entire console generation.

But as the hours wore on, I was disappointed to find that, as consistent as Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is at impressing with its dazzling graphics and cinematic direction, I couldn’t say the same about actually playing it. Throughout its six to eight-hour runtime, I mostly just sort of trudged through the gameplay until the next expertly crafted story beat happened.

In a nutshell, Hellblade 2 is everything good and not so good about cinematic gaming. It’s overtly clear developer Ninja Theory focused on improving the tools by which it tells stories, and it's accomplished this objective tenfold. By the end of Senua’s saga, however, I was left wishing there was just a bit more meat on the bone.

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Twenty-two years after making a splash in the home speaker space with the ZP100 speaker for audiophiles, and then later creating what has become the premier connected speaker system for consumers, the Ace headphones deliver the company’s most personal audio experience ever.

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