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By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Stylish, violent adventure is repetitive but entertaining.

Game PlayStation Vita 2016
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This action-packed adventure manages to be quirky yet highly entertaining. It has a distinct animated style that's less "Saturday morning cartoon" and more "avant-garde cubism." The story is wonderfully woven into the experience without an overabundance of dialogue. And the gameplay is extremely simple to pick up and play but has enough complexity to keep it from feeling too stale. If there's one issue the game struggles with, it's that it can begin to feel a bit repetitive, especially if you try to play it for long stretches at a time.

Using a touchscreen to simulate slashing a sword isn't exactly a new concept (Infinity Blade, Fruit Ninja), but in Severed, the mechanic feels fresh and unique. Not only do you have to fend off creatures from all sides, targeting weak spots and parrying attacks, but you also have to coordinate your attacks in such a way that you can leave an enemy open for a final, dismembering attack. Doing so nets you valuable demon parts, which you'll need to level up your skills or to upgrade your weapon and armor. That's right folks. In Severed, you actually end up wearing the corpses of the demons you've killed. It's strange. It's twisted. And somehow, it just plain works.

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