I’m sure there will be a bunch of posts and write ups on Hellblade in the coming days and weeks about such topics as mental health and perma death but I’m going to side step that now for something smaller.
The basic plot of Hellblade is about a Pictish Warrior from Orkney, Scotland travelling east into the realms of Norse mythology. What I find partly frustrating (only partly because of how well the voice actress does) is that Ninja Theory (a company in the UK) decided to use an English voice for the role of Senua. There are, so far, some other accents in the game, specifically Irish and Norse (although I can’t tell if the former are real or not) but no Scottish.
Full disclosure: I am Scottish. But this isn’t about having a rammy with the Auld Enemy (as fun as that usually is) or even about historical accuracy (a Pict isn’t going to speaking English, let alone with a modern Scottish accent). It’s more to do with giving a nod to the people whose culture and history you are using as inspiration for your game.