severed Articles RSS Feed | severed RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 8 Best Indie Games for the PS Vita Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Nick Lee

While the PSP was discontinued in 2014 per Sony's new direction with gaming, there were definitely some gems from the indie scene that shined through for the PS Vita. Without the bigger companies the mobile gaming hardware might not have been as successful as it was, but indie games allowed the more creative and riskier side of game development to lead the way while on the go.

So what are the best indie games still available for the portable PlayStation consoles? Let's see.

Super Meat Boy

By now, gamers across the world of PlayStation know the iconic title but may forget it was all done by an indie developer and can still be played on the go. Released back in 2010, Super Meat Boy won numerous awards and topped gaming lists everywhere.

The fast paced platformer gave a new life to the platform genre, elevating it among a wider audience cementing its place next to Super Mario Bros.; no matter how hard it was to beat.


Severed is a beautifully designed game exclusively for the PS Vita which may be the game's only folly. The game follows main character Sasha through a bizarre world that truly needs a full campaign on other consoles that sadly only belongs to the handheld gamer or WiiU owners. The actual battles within the game focus on tactical decisions as enemies are both fast and dangerous. The game deserves it's own spot on this list for not only the potential but the lack of credit given to this indie game.

Don't Starve

The indie survival game Don't Starve is iconic for its dark nature and perfection of the survival template. Created by Klei Entertainment, the game incorporates so many gaming elements in a randomly generated world gamers couldn't stay away.

Though initially developed on Steam and then ported to PS4, the game also has the pocket editions that make it the perfect on the go survival game like no other.


Another platformer, Spelunky offers randomized levels giving each player a unique experiences and allows local co-op play as well. With changing game play and multiple playable characters this game is still fun with plenty of replay-ability. Often giving gamers a love/hate relationship with the game, Spelunky teaches its' players to learn from the failures made to improve each level.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Created by developer Young Horses, Octodad follows the ridiculous and often destructive path of fatherhood. First made by students in 2010 who formed Young Horses, Octodad is an absurd game with amazing reviews -- an even more amazing animation. The wacky physics of Octodad are made even better when gamers can band together to control other limbs and create what the devs call "limbsanity."

Rogue Legacy

The 2D action platformer was created by Cellar Door Games and changes game play each time a player joins. The idea behind the changing game play is that the players child succeeds whichever character died, and each of them is unique in their own way, creating a legacy. Each level of the game is randomly generated as well, giving players a fresh challenge in even more ways. Rogue Legacy takes on the platformer genre similarly to indie greats like Spleunky, but with its' own spin that gamers love.

The Swapper

Created by a team of four developers, The Swapper crafts an amazing atmosphere with puzzles and perfect atmosphere. Receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews, the game gifts players an intricate platformer that more than deserves a spot on the list of the best indie games of all time period. As a lone astronaut, players have to use their own ingenuity in an atmosphere that immerses them in the loneliness and serenity of space.


Few games can be as calming and quaint while also challenging players quite like Eufloria. Also taking cues from the future of space exploration, the game tasks players to explore and grow in order to survive. Developed by Rudolf Kremers and Alex May, the game has the feel of 2001: A Space Odyssey due to its' soundtrack and ambience while also incorporating bright and soothing emotions. It is truly a game to relax on the go with as it is one of the most calming games of all time.


While consoles and pc have dominated the market in indie games, handhelds like the PS Vita have allowed growth in the industry for smaller and creative devs. Though in no way a complete list, these games all share a similarity in challenging players, forming creative stories, and allowing player choice to play a big role in success.

Top 5 Most Hardcore Protagonists Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:00:01 -0400 Kiara Halls

Life inside a video game is hard. From farm simulators like Stardew Valley to platformers like Mario, every protagonist has it rough eking out a living in their virtual world.

But then there are protagonists who go above and beyond. They'll use any means necessary to turn their situation around, often pushing the boundaries of morality, sanity, and even what it means to be a hero. But none of those things matter to them, as they've got a job to do.

So today we're going to talk about some of the most stone-cold, ruthless, and hardcore protagonists video games have to offer. Let's get serious.

5. Mega Man (Mega Man - NES)

You may not really think about it while you're playing, but Mega Man is a pretty ruthless guy. Sure, he's a cute, blue do-gooder, but how exactly is he doing good? By murdering his own kind in cold blood. Or oil, or whatever. Throughout the Mega Man series, you charge forth and slay Robot Master after Robot Master, always pressing on, never hesitating.

In the games, it's made pretty clear that the Robot Masters have something resembling free will and emotions, but Mega Man just takes them out without a second thought. Sure, they're evil, but in Mega Man and Mega Man 9, the Robot Masters are actually a part of his family. And he doesn't seem bothered even a little bit. I guess justice runs deeper than blood. Hardcore, man.

4. Kisuke (Muramasa: The Demon Blade - Wii, Vita)

Kisuke, one of the two main characters of Muramasa, is a ninja so he's hardcore by default. But, in addition to being a ninja, he does a lot of other stuff that makes him worthy of the title.

When he's fatally wounded defending the woman he loves, he fuses his soul with that of the spirit of a swordsman to learn the terrifyingly powerful "Oboros Style." When he's forced to kill his former ninja allies to make an escape, he wears their skulls around his waist as a memorial to them.

When his aforementioned girlfriend needs a distraction so that she can enact her plan, he proceeds to take down an entire castle. And, when she (possibly) dies, and the god-like Buddha refuses to resurrect her, Kisuke just straight up tells Buddha off like he's a child. That's pretty hardcore.

3. The Lone Wanderer (Fallout Series - Xbox 360/One, PS3/4, PC)

The Lone Wanderer is actually just from Fallout 3, but for this list they're going to sub in for every Fallout player character.

Anyway, the wastelands of the Fallout series are not for the weak-willed. Almost everything is out to kill you, and even when you're at your strongest, there's a good chance that they actually will.

To survive, you're gonna have to scrape together weapons out of junk, master combat, fight giant mutants, and take lots and lots of drugs -- don't do drugs guys, you might turn into a Ghoul. Many of these drugs are injected with a needle -- the Wanderer's willingness to inject themselves using Stimpacks is reason enough to include the them, I think.

But, regardless, survival in a nuclear deathtrap isn't child's play. It's hardcore.

2. Raiden (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - PS3, Xbox 360, PC) 

Raiden's reappearance in Metal Gear Solid 4 was amazing. He'd gotten so cool since Sons of Liberty -- he's a cyborg now! But, in Rising, he's even cyborg-ier? The only part of him that's still flesh is his head. Raiden goes into bullet-time to chop other cyborgs' limbs off, and once he's fully dismembered them, he rips out their spines and crushes them to absorb their nanomachines. 

It's kind of crazy, actually. Even crazier is the fact that his wife was apparently okay with all those upgrades. Actually, maybe she's the hardcore one here.

1.Sasha (Severed - Wii U, 3DS)

Sasha, the hero of Severed, might actually be too hardcore for this list. When her family is kidnapped and taken to a nightmare dimension full of demons, Sasha -- bloodied, barefoot, and missing an entire arm -- immediately goes after them.

Wielding a living sword and wearing armor made from parts of vanquished boss monsters, Sasha traverses this terrifying world using only the skills she learned from her mother.

Not only that but, like Raiden, Sasha can enter bullet-time to cut her enemies to pieces and later use their parts for upgrades. I mean, just imagine that. A warrior from another dimension, clad in horrifying armor, carrying a knapsack full of monster limbs on her back. And, she eats their hearts and brains to boost her stats.

If that's not hardcore, then I don't even know what that word even means anymore.

Which characters do you think are super hardcore? Let us know in the comments!

Severed Cuts to the Chase By Releasing on Wii U and 3DS Soon Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:28:47 -0400 Joshua Harris

Coming September 22nd, Toronto based developer Drinkbox Studios is releasing their latest game Severed on September 22nd, 2016. It will be available on the the eShop for Wii U in addition to the 3DS. Drinkbox will be participating in the #Nindies Summer Jam event, which will showcase the games that inspired Severed, along with the game itself at a 10% off deal for the Wii U version of the game.

Severed will put players in the perspective of Sasha, the hero of the game, who finds herself standing in front of a full length mirror with the bloody and bandaged stump of her left arm bleeding and dripping. It is up to her to find a way back to family while hacking and slashing a slew of horrible and grotesque monsters. The controls are simple: players will use the stylus and touch controls to solve unique and challenging puzzles, battle with large and nightmarish monsters, and interact with an RPG-styled ability tree.