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Senua’s Saga Hellblade II

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Senua’s Saga Hellblade II review

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II tells a brutal survival adventure through the myths and torments of Viking Iceland. Senua has almost reached the land of fire and ice when a terrible storm capsizes the vessel, shattering it and throwing all the occupants into the sea. This new adventure will start from here.

Senua’s Saga Hellblade II boat

Activate Photo Mode: it can be activated from the menu or by using one of the directional keys. there's a bit of a delay in activating photo mode and you can't do frame by frame between one pause and another. you have to calculate the times well.

Camera freedom: vote 9

We must make distinctions in his freedom. If you can move Senua in game the freedom is almost total and you can really move her in a wide range reaching very large distances. The same goes if you want to create details because you can get very close without running into problems. One of the great possibilities of this photo mode is the possibility of also modifying cutscenes.

If instead you are in a cutscenes in that case it depends on the scene. If you are in very close-ups I have noticed that in that case the camera is almost always blocked. There is no rule but be aware that there are constraints in the cutscenes.

Camera adjustment: vote 9

Iit is possible to rotate the shot up to 90 degrees in both sides but not in a continuous cycle. It's a shame not to have a continuity of movement as is present in other functions such as character rotation.

Aperture and focus adjustment: vote 8

They have included an excellent menu for using depth of field with many options and uses. The depth of field can be adjusted from f/1.4 up to f/22 through 9 steps, guaranteeing a good choice of use. They included focus and focus assist. They seem like two similar options but in reality they completely change the jobs you are going to do.

Focusing method you have three options: manual, split focal plane and autofocus. Each of these functions changes the last two settings to help you adjust. In manual operation, the most precise and most difficult to use, adjust the viewing distance and the relative blur. In the Split Focal Plane feature you have two blur planes to use between near and far.

If you are unfamiliar, autofocus is excellent because it immediately identifies the position of objects/characters on the screen. If even in that case you don't find the desired focus you can move the viewfinder on the x/y axis until you find it.

Focus assist can be set to active, automatic or none based on your level of comfort in using the tools.

Senua’s Saga Hellblade II eyes reflex

Ability to change the character: vote 9

the possibility of changing the position of the characters is almost total. You can change Senua's position on the screen on any visual plane: you can move her right, forward or backward and even up or down.

Unfortunately the movement distance is not very much but if you are looking for small adjustments in the shot it is fine. You can also rotate it on its axis, thus completely changing the entire composition. One of the big differences in many photo modes is the ability to do the same with characters on the screen including allies or enemies. It's a great addition in a photo mode.

Unfortunately it is not possible to change the posture of any character, including Senua, greatly limiting the choices and possibilities..

Brightness and contrast adjustments: vote 7

If you are looking for brightness and contrast you will not find them in the functions but there is Exposure compensation and the possibility of adjusting color temperature and lightening. Unless you use Spotlights or adjust some filters, you have no way to interact. This Photo Mode has so many options and adjustment possibilities that I don't see a problem or a limit to the functions.

Filters: vote 9

32 filters that you can use as you see fit. I really found a lot of variety of choice and possibility of final yield. Black and White, High Contrast and Stencil are all filters that use grayscale with completely different effects and very interesting results.

I used the Gioco and Pellicola 50 filters a lot which give a realistic look to the shot. You can really have fun.

Senua’s Saga Hellblade II landscape Iceland

Frames: vote 9

No funny frames or frames with particular effects have been included, but only the formats. You can create the shot you have in mind between 2.39:1 (game format), 16:9, 1:1, 4:3 and others. Every time you enter Photo Mode it is by default set to the game format.

Logo: absent

The game logo is not present in any format, not even in the stickers.


Lighting is becoming an increasingly present element in Photo Modes and here they can be used in a truly incredible way. You have the possibility of using up to 3 spotlights with different types of lighting. Ninja Theory has done an incredible job in the use of lighting and we recommend you learn how to use spotlights to find unique effects in your shots. A small explanation of how you can best use the spotlights.

The second menu linked to the spotlights gives you further customization where you can work on the intensity, tone, saturation, softness of the light and range.

Vignetting: It is possible to adjust the intensity and width but it is not well optimized for the final yields because it creates too strong black halos even at low temperatures.


An excellent Photo Mode in every respect: complete, many possibilities for modification and interactions even outside of gameplay. High level lighting and with the possibility of changing the nature of the shot. Some boundaries between gameplay and Senua's pose can be fixed. Photorealism guaranteed.



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