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  • Summary: Severed follows the saga of a distraught warrior, who is lost in a fantastical world, as she knits together pieces of her story from both the past and the future. As the heroine, players will embark on a journey through a surreal, nonlinear world by using a gesture-based combat mechanic toSevered follows the saga of a distraught warrior, who is lost in a fantastical world, as she knits together pieces of her story from both the past and the future. As the heroine, players will embark on a journey through a surreal, nonlinear world by using a gesture-based combat mechanic to defeat enemies in this first-person adventure. During their journey, players will unlock new abilities, discover secrets of the land, and grow in power as they master both offensive and defensive techniques. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 27, 2016
    95
    An innovative, fun, and interesting game that I think everyone with a Wii U should pick up. Give it a shot, you may very well find yourself in love with it much like I was.
  2. Oct 4, 2016
    91
    The graphics are lush and engrossing, and the music tethers everything together wonderfully.
  3. Nov 28, 2016
    90
    The combat, combined with the haunting, memorable aesthetic, makes the game stand out as one of the better indie titles available on the Wii U. So grab your stylus and be prepared, because Severed is a cut above the competition.
  4. Oct 2, 2016
    82
    Severed is a short adventure that has a lot of major gameplay elements packed into it. Its unique art style will keep your eyes engaged, while your brain will be firmly occupied with the puzzles and sword play. There’s not a lot more you could ask for from a $14.99 game.
  5. 80
    It’s a unique, intriguing game that makes brilliant use of the touch screen on the GamePad. This is a perfect off-TV experience. While the gameplay premise wears thin over the short adventure, when the slashing combat works and the exploration feels organic, it’s incredible. Just be prepared for a bit of repetition as the story reaches its conclusion.
  6. Oct 9, 2016
    70
    Severed is a simple and quick-to-learn game that puts the players at the centre of a rather harsh story that is further advanced by its visuals and navigation. While there certainly is room for improvement in the way the story is presented and on the level of interaction with the Wii U's potential, fans of dungeon-crawler types will find plenty of assets in Sasha's adventure to be reunited with her family.
  7. NF Magazine
    Nov 7, 2016
    65
    The best word to wholly describe the experience of Severed is "unsettling." [Issue #24 – November/December 2016, p.21S]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 23, 2016
    9
    This game uses the analog stick and the touchscreen only, and it is the first action game to do that well. I've played Kid Icarus, Dillon'sThis game uses the analog stick and the touchscreen only, and it is the first action game to do that well. I've played Kid Icarus, Dillon's Rolling Western, and Liberation Maiden, and they were all kind of awkward and hard to get used to. Severed, on the other hand, is designed with this control scheme in mind. It is not an afterthought, a compromise, or a substitute for a pointer or second analog stick. It works.

    You're given a first person view, and travel around dungeons one room at a time. It feels a bit like Doom (90s) since you can't point up or down, but there's less freedom as you can only turn left, turn right, or exit the room. You explore, pull levers, pick up items by poking the touchscreen, and attack by swiping in specific directions (like Fruit Ninja or Theatrhythm). The limited mobility reminds me of point-and-click adventure games, but is far more intuitive.

    The game eases you into the controls gradually, so it feels natural very quickly. After you get used to walking, you're taught how to swipe to damage enemies and parry their attacks. It felt challenging at first, but an hour later, I was fighting multiple enemies at once. It was intimidating, turning the analog stick rapidly before an enemy could attack you.

    Walking through the dungeons has a slower-paced Zelda feel to it. You're equipped with a map and doing everything from pulling levers, lighting torches and using keys and stairs to reach the end of the level.

    It has an upgrade system, where the better you are at fighting, the more trophies you get, which you can spend to learn skills, like raising damage and armor. This seemed unfair to me at first, since enemies don't respawn in the dungeons, and I'm not great at fighting, but it encouraged me to improve and figure out how best to beat enemies.

    The game is very gruesome. The hacking and slashing is realistic, but even things like upgrades to the life meter and eating to regain health are a bit macabre. I like it, (it suits the story's tone) but others might be put off.

    On Wii U, you could play the entire game without looking at the tv screen, because all the action takes place on the gamepad. The default option is to put the map on the tv, but the graphics are so detailed that I decided to use the other option - mirroring them on the big screen. I can easily swipe the touchscreen without looking down, but you might find yourself looking less at your tv in more trying scenarios.

    Severed is an immersive experience and a novel game concept that works perfectly for Wii U.
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  2. Mar 16, 2019
    2
    good graphic but i dotn like the fighting system and the map is not so good
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