Sundered is a hand drawn metroidvania that I can only describe as the Dark Souls of games like Gris or Child of Light. It features beautiful environments, great voice overs, collectibles like corrupted treasures and plenty of other mystery and intrigue. The marketing slogan for the game is ‘Resist or Embrace’, referring to the Eldritch powers, but it remains to be seen what this means for those of us who haven’t played the game on any other platform.
The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful death animation where your character, Eshe, is sucked into the ground by one of the demonic enemies that constantly pursue her. It’s a twisted and fluid ‘Drag Me to Hell’ sort of animation that ends with her foot going into the ground last.
There are plenty of other amazing hand animated assets, like when you acquire a new skill, but this one stands out as the most striking to me by far. The backdrops are amazing too. They give off this weird Gothic vibe that has a hint of nature and civilization in some areas, while it has ancient godhead statues and ruined architecture in others.
Combat is fast and fluid, and enemies are seemingly non-stop unlike Gris or Child of Light where enemies are less frequent and the focus is more on the environment.
At the end of the trailer, Eshe comes upon a truly massive boss which transforms and smashes down on her, cutting the the screen to black before revealing the logo. If this game has more Shadow of the Colossus sized bosses, that’s an automatic must-try for me! Eldritch Edition includes the Magnate of the Gong update which adds local co-op multiplayer support for up to four players, new areas and a boss battle against the DLC’s boss.
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