Severed lets you chop off enemies' limbs and use them against them... in style
Severed is an upcoming game from DrinkBox Studios (maker of Guacamelee!), which puts a highly stylized spin on the "cut things up" genre, best exemplified by Fruit Ninja. In Severed, you play a warrior who lost an arm in a fight. Understandably, you are a very angry warrior, and an impaired one since you're missing a limb. Which explains why you're feeling compelled to hack enemies to pieces, steal their arms (and other limbs), and use them against them. While this premise is especially gruesome, DrinkBox has managed to turn it into fine art. The game has a colorful and unconventional art style, reminiscent of the Samurai Jack animated show. It also boasts an intense soundtrack which rounds out the somewhat psychedelic atmosphere.
Instead of being linear, Severed will expect you to thread different parts of the world and collect limbs with specific powers to help you combat the game's various enemies and bosses. This means that you might face an unbeatable enemy and have to take a step back, fight a lesser foe, and use his limbs against the boss. As the game is made for touchscreens, controls are entirely gesture-based, with combat similar to the well known Infinity Blade - you know, swipe and strike. Severed's enemies will have specific weak spots and "slicing patterns", so to speak, which will require different strategies. Also, the player can facing only one direction at a time, but enemies could come from all angles. It will be interesting to see how this will work out.
At least on trailer (see below), Severed looks like a wild ride. Unfortunately, it will be a while before we'll get to play it. The game will be out sometime next year for smartphones, tablets, and possibly hand-held consoles.