I'm meant to be reviewing VITAlicious exclusive Severed from Drinkbox Studios, after playing the game on & off for the past week or so, it came to me that I’m not sure what to put in a review for the game.
Severed is excellent and a must buy for any VITA owner, but why is the question? I’m not the best person writing about games in the world, I didn’t even do GCSE English.
And I’ve got to tell you why this game is great and that is why I’m doing this article instead of a review for Severed.
As I can only praise Drinkbox studios for their continue support of the VITA as they were there day one with side-scrolling platformer Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack and have since brought out the excellent Metroidvania Guacamelee! which came to the VITA the same day as the PS3 version.
Guacamelee! was a big hit due to its art-style and setting, that Drinkbox more than likely could have done what they wanted next on any system.
Yet they decided to make a game exclusive for the VITA in 2016 and not just any exclusive but maybe the best use of the VITA and it’s features since launch.
Now yes this will now sound like a review for Severed which is Drinkbox’s take on the First Person Dungeon Crawlers a genre I know next to nothing about.
This is a very similar situation for me as I’m not a big Metroidvania fan and I would never have gone out of my way to play one but I really enjoyed Guacamelee!
And this is no different, Severed puts you in the shoes of one-armed warrior named Sasha wielding a living sword as severed is in first person, you use the VITA’s touch screen to slice and dice with your sword a bit like Fruit Ninja whilst moving Sasha with either the D-Pad or Face buttons depending if your right or left handed.
You go through a world with a similar art-style of Guacamelee through almost Metroidvania like maps where you have to use abilities which you learn/pick up throughout the game to access new areas to move forward through a nightmare world in search of her family.
Whilst going through this world Sasha will come across enemies which use the touch screen to attack them and block with well-timed swipes of the screen along with later in the game charge moves, blinding attacks all to reach your goal to find your family.
Severed can be completed in about 5hrs, that may find short but with the Metroidvania like aspects you can go back to find new areas for more gear to upgrade Sasha and get that Platinum trophy on the way, that there is content after the main game.
Overall the game looks lovely, is a good length for a handheld, music is great and plays really well and very well one of the best games to use the VITA that it could be very hard to port over to many other devices as smartphones don’t have a D-Pad and PS4’s touch-pad is just too small.
I just hope like how I started this of VITA owners pick this up and Drinkbox Studios are rewarded for the grand job they’ve done supporting the VITA.