Severed is an incredibly addictive and challenging new game from the developers of Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition. The game’s story puts the player in control of a woman who has lost her arm and has been gifted a living sword to help her fight monsters and fictional creatures as she embarks on her journey to put the pieces of her life back together while traveling through a rabbit hole of crazy events.
The gameplay heavily relies on the use of the PS Vita’s touch screen gestures as you have to swipe the screen in different directions to attack all of your enemies. You control the path that you take as you progress through the story, different routes are encouraged to be taken to help you avoid hazards, unlock better armor after defeating foes, and to help solve the game’s many puzzles.
When I had the chance to get my hands on Severed, I was placed in a very vibrant and morbid environment, the walls around me had been lined with skulls and energetic colors that shouldn’t seem to fit together as well as they actually did. As I made my way through the game, I approached a very alarming amount of crows, with a few swipes on the touch screen I killed as many as possible and then ironically, was faced with a boss who had been entirely made up of crows.
This is where the game’s difficulty was made clear. Severed is not an easy game and that’s one of the reasons it’s so addicting. When you’re faced with death, you don’t spawn too far back, so you’re always tempted with playing until you get past a certain puzzle or boss fight.
For all Vita users, the game’s unique color design, creativity, and individuality is definitely enough to keep players interested. Severed is currently planned for release exclusively for the PS Vita during this summer.