The very first game announced for the Xbox Series X isn't a Halo or a Gears of War. It's not even a Sunset Overdrive or a Sea of Thieves. It's Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, sequel to 2017's disquieting ASMR whispering nightmare, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Already we have something of a confused naming scheme happening. But that's okay; at least Ninja Theory figured out that "Hellblade" was the most generic name for anything this side of the mobile gaming market, and that Senua was the real headliner, not the...Hellblade, or whatever.
I'm finally dipping my toes into Senua's Sacrifice. I love the hellish vision at play here. It's cold, and its cold beauty makes the horror even more horrific. They've somehow turned it all the way up to 11 in this video, though, with Senua performing some kind of scary Nordic evil druid rock. It's like "Du Hast Mesh" for Vikings. Somehow, despite my misgivings, I'm now a superfan of this "In Maidjan" track by the band Heilung.
Have fun as the snarling, feral image of Senua's face chanting "In Maidjan" makes its way into your REM sleep tonight. This was absolutely the baddest game trailer shown Thursday night at Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards in Los Angeles.