Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Graphics Comparison Shows the Switch Version Holds Up Nicely

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Graphics Comparison Shows the Switch Version Holds Up Nicely

The graphics take a hit, but performance is strong.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Ninja Theory's critically-acclaimed Celtic action game, is now available on the Nintendo Switch. What's more, a new graphical comparison video between the Nintendo Switch and PS4 version of Hellblade reveals that this is an impressive port, so long as you prefer performance over graphics.

YouTube channel ContraNetwork published a graphical comparison video showing the differences between the Switch and PS4 version of Hellblade. You can clearly see a graphical drop in the Switch version, which is to be expected. Some of the more intensive details are missing from both the character model and environment, and there's a hazy light effect, presumably to hide some of the visual downgrade.

Overall though, it's not a huge drop in fidelity, and it's more noticeable in combat than in exploration. What's more impressive is the frame rate, which is a near-constant 30 FPS on the Switch version, similar to the PS4 version. While there are some more dips in frame rate on the Switch version, it never really falls below 28 FPS. Even during combat, Hellblade on the Switch stays in the 30 FPS range consistently.

All this is to say that if you haven't played Hellblade already, the Switch version is a good way to jump in. Ninja Theory crafted Hellblade with a real focus on highlighting mental trauma, and we think they succeeded more often than not.

Ninja Theory was recently acquired by Microsoft and is now a first-party studio working under the Xbox banner. There are currently no new announced projects from Ninja Theory, but we hope to see what's next for the U.K. studio soon.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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