If there’s one developer that continues to churn out great games on Vita as if it was the only device in the world, it’s Drinkbox Studios. Both Guacamelee and Mutant Blobs Attack were terrific experiences on the portable, utilizing the device’s strengths in touch screen controls and visual fidelity to the fullest expertise.
Their latest game continues that trend, and capitalizes on the developer’s sense of style and flair. Titled Severed, the upcoming game lets players hack away at enemies in first person, grab the cut-off body parts and use them against the beasts. It captures more of the “Day of the Dead” visual influence that was prevalent in Guacamelee, and mixes in an almost PunchOut! vibe.
Last year Tearaway seemed to give us some magic as well, though it utilized far too much of the controls and resulting in a confused, contorted experience for many. Severed seems simpler than that, thankfully, and could be one of the last few original games coming for the device. For the rest of the PlayStation Experience and keynote, the company put port after port on display and even Gravity Rush 2 was no where to be found. Original Vita games are disappearing, it seems.
There’s a small twinkle of hope, though, if Drinkbox can pull off another one of its magic experiences. But will it be enough?