VIDEO: “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” creates a stunningly nightmarish audio experience using binaural audio

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Have you ever started to play a video game and seen a message that suggest you play with headphones on? Do you typically ignore that message like I do? If so, you’re going to want to change that habit when you play “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.”

This new game from Ninja Theory uses binaural audio to create a chilling audio experience for the gamer. Senua, the game’s titular protagonist, suffers from psychosis which causes her to hear voices throughout her adventure.

Those voices not only create a nightmarish experience for the player, but also serve as a navigational tool. While I would not recommend following the voices in your head in real life, it is a key part of this game. At one point, you will even have to rely on the voices to navigate a near pitch black level.

Ninja Theory released a development diary that spotlights the incredible 3D sound at work in the “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.” I highly recommend you put on headphones before checking out the video.


Disney fans will be familiar with binaural audio, as they have likely encountered it in attractions like ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter or a brief stint in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. This game will provide a very different experience from listening to an animatronic President however.

“Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” is available now for Playstation 4 and on Steam. For more information, visit the game’s official website!