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Inside PlayStation Network – Dead Space: Severed

The digital delights of Sony’s scrumptious PlayStation Network service know no bounds. Aside from letting punters compete in online gaming, stream films, browse the Internet and more, its premier attraction rests in the copious supply of downloadable games ripe for the picking. From PSN exclusives to PSOne Classics, minis and plain old add-on content, Sony’s online space is chock full of goodies battling it out for your hard-earned digital dollars.

Welcome back to another installment of Inside PlayStation Network, where every Monday – Friday we’ll pluck a PSN release—be it new or old—and put it in the spotlight for a thorough dissection. Fancy getting a new PSN game but don’t know what one to plump for? Perhaps this feature will help. Didn’t realize that a game was available in your region until now? We’ve got you covered. Or, perhaps you were musing over what those lucky Japanese folk were tucking into over in the Land of the Rising Sun? You can be sure our coverage will extend to those rare regional exclusives as much as those firmly embedded on the public consciousness.

For our latest entry, we delve back into the claret-filled halls of the Sprawl for some strategic dismembering action in Dead Space 2: Severed.

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Developer: Visceral Games
Region(s) available: North America, Europe
Players: 1

Dead Space 2 proved a smash success for developer Visceral Games, catapulting the space-bound horror IP to mainstream success following the luke warm reception the inaugural sci-fi outing received back in 2008. Not surprising then, that the team have cobbled together the game’s first batch of DLC to extend our Necromorph slicing shenanigans, namely the appropriately titled Dead Space 2: Severed. The single-player centric add-on plonks players in the shoes of a chap named Gabe Weller, who previously went toe-to-toe with the mutated monstrosities of Dead Space: Extraction.

Gabe’s goal is simple: find his wife and get the hell out of dodge. Unfortunately for our hero, his other half works in the sprawl’s medical centre, making her extrication a difficult task. Having been busy pottering around down in the mines when the Necromorphs decided to decorate the sprawl in brain-matter grey, our hero finds himself right in the thick of the invasion as he sets off on his rescue. And that’s about all you need to know. Everything that made Dead Space 2 the blood-curdling classic is here, including the viscerally satisfying dismemberment system and hideously deformed former-humans.

Combat takes centre stage in Severed, with the supplementary slice ‘em up elbowing puzzles and zero-G out of the equation in favour of copious enemy encounters. Necromorphs come thick and fast, though there are the occasional distractions dotted throughout to spice up the proceedings. In terms of weapons, Gabe wields your bog-standard pulse rifle and a meaty looking sniper-style blaster. Severed augments your search & rescue efforts with 50,000 credits to burn on extra supplies, plus you can save ammo by deep-frying foes by setting off explosive canisters that are conveniently left lying around the place.

Speaking of foes, Severed sees the super speedy Twitchers scuttling out of the vents to impede your progress. Last seen in Dead Space 1, these crafty critters are particularly vicious buggers and will make swiss cheese out of your space suit before you know it. Of course, the Necromorphs aren’t the only thing that contain a whiff of familiarity about them; Severed’s locations primarily have you re-treading in the clunky boots of Isaac Clarke, so there’s a fine sense of ‘ahh, I remember that bit!’ to the blood-curdling proceedings. Don’t expect it to last as long as Clarke’s crusade, though –at $7, Severed clocks in at around a couple of hours in length, so you’ll be blasting through things in no time flat. What’s next on the menu, Visceral? We’ll be waiting.

Join us again tomorrow morning for another glance Inside PlayStation Network.