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Dead Space 2: Severed

Dead Space 2: Severed DLC Review | Short And Twitchy

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Jonathan Lester
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Dead Space 2, Dead Space 2: Severed, DLC, EA, Games reviews, PS3 games, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games
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Dead Space 2 | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

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Platforms: PSN | Xbox Live (version tested)

Developer: Visceral Games

Publisher: EA

We certainly aren't short of a few Dead Space 2 DLC packs. It's an EA title after all, and they've merrily provided us with any number of fairly useless throwaway offerings. Severed, however, is the first genuine expansion pack that lengthens the gameplay beyond a few extra guns and suits. The £5.49/ 560 Microsoft points price bracket is fairly attractive, but will Severed provide enough content to be worth the money?

Severed tells the short story of Gabe Weller, the hero of the (cruelly underrated) Dead Space: Extraction rail shooter. After settling down on Titan with pregnant wife Lexine, he has to race across The Sprawl in an effort to get his beloved to safety and out from the clutches of the Necromorph infestation. This premise unfortunately makes for a fairly forgettable storyline, but provides the perfect excuse for players to explore a couple of new levels, retread some familiar environments and dismember a ferocious new type of undead horror.

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Gabe isn't a hapless engineer who just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's an experienced and fearless ex-soldier; so bearing this in mind, the experience is very different from what fans may be used to from the series. Severed doesn't try to scare you or tell much of a story. Rather, it's an unashamed action experience featuring plenty of hectic shooting galleries and desperate all-out brawls.

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