Hellblade II Combat Mastery, Rewards For Returning MultiVersus Players, And More Tips For The Week

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This week saw the release of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, which we praised in our review for its rich narrative, stunning visuals, and second-to-none audio design. Here, we’ve got tips for mastering its visceral combat, as well as suggestions for making it look its best on PC, and getting the most out of its story. We’ve also got some fresh details on MultiVersus as the 1.0 release of the WB-themed platform fighter approaches. Read on!

Jason from Friday the 13th, in his slightly cartoony rendition from the game MultiVersus, is seen, a huge machete resting on his shoulder and his menacing, hockey-masked face turned torward the viewer.

Screenshot: WB Games

One of the biggest questions heading into MultiVersus’ 1.0 launch has been answered. WB Games’ crossover platform fighter dropped in Open Beta in 2022, and the plan at the time seemed to be a smooth transition to a full launch. Instead the game was temporarily shut down, despite having run multiple Battle Passes and taking real money for skins and other cosmetics. Several months later, a relaunch is right around the corner with 1.0 scheduled for May 28, 2024. So, what happens to all that purchased content, and would there be any compensation for those founding players when MultiVersus returned? The latest wave of info from developer Player First Games has laid it all out, and we’re here with the condensed version. - Lucas White Read More

Senua looks past the camera with her face half-submerged in water.

Screenshot: Ninja Theory / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Ninja Theory’s latest narrative action-adventure game, arrived on May 21, 2024 for Xbox and PC. While many may be divided over its simple combat and lengthy puzzles, there’s no denying that Hellblade 2 is a visually stunning game, especially on a PC with the horsepower to push the game to near-photorealistic levels of detail. - Claire Jackson Read More

Gif: Ninja Theory / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Narrative action-adventure game Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II may have relatively simple combat compared to other action games, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be mastered. As I said in my review, the combat itself has a narrative feeling to it, with Senua’s successes or failures in battle feeling harmonious with the themes of struggle and perseverance explored in the plot. And yes, you can learn Hellbade’s relatively hard-to-read systems to come out on top in every battle. - Claire Jackson Read More

Batman becomes the Queen in MultiVersus' Rifts mode.

Screenshot: Player First Games

Earlier this year, developer Player First Games started rolling out information for the 1.0 launch-slash-return of MultiVersus (MVS), WB Games’ mascot platform fighter. The relaunch date of May 28, 2024 was paired with other new information, and one particular point of intrigue was a new PVE mode, something that was in demand throughout the Open Beta phase. Now, the team has revealed all about the mode, which is officially called Rifts. A dev diary spilled all the beans alongside a goofy trailer full of actually funny jokes, so check that below, and read on for the digest version of everything you need or want to know. - Lucas White Read More

Senua holds an object as an offering.

Screenshot: Ninja Theory / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

Narrative action-adventure game Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II arrived on PC and Xbox on May 21, 2024. It features a focused story covering a wide variety of emotional and societal themes that are fascinating to turn over in your mind. - Claire Jackson Read More

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