Sundered

Rating Summary

Based on 63 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 63 critic reviews
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Leif Johnson

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2017

Sundered takes the 2D Metroidvania platforming formula augments it with some successful ideas that all but reward you for dying. Its procedurally generated levels are hit and miss, as the dynamic parts come off as bland in comparison to Sundered's impressive hand-drawn areas and epic boss fights. In addition, its randomly appearing enemy hordes sometimes lead it to devolve into mere button mashing and random deaths, but the knowledge that I'll come back a little stronger each time makes it hurt less.

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Recommended
Aug 10, 2017

A sublime blend of Metroidvania and Lovecraft with beautiful hand-drawn art, tarnished a little by the element of repetition.

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6 / 10
Aug 1, 2017

Another promising game is ruined by the lure of procedural-generation, which is a particular shame given Sundered's gorgeous animation and interesting gameplay ideas.

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7.8 / 10.0
Aug 2, 2017

Exploring new areas, fighting off hordes of increasingly menacing enemies, and seemingly insurmountable challenges help Sundered stay compelling through the finish, but technical issues keep the experience from greatness

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8 / 10
Jul 27, 2017

Sundered is an enjoyable journey that iterates upon the Metroidvania style in ways that are both satisfying and substantial.

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Jul 27, 2017

The indie space is full of roguelike Metroidvania titles, but no one pulls it off in the same style as Sundered. Beautiful hand-drawn animation, some cool environments, and great sound design combine to create a haunting, lonely tone for the game. It's definitely a combat-heavy game though, so if you prefer more exploration instead, this might not be for you. If you want a challenge though, pitting yourself against murderous waves of foes and giant bosses, Sundered is for you.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2017

Writing that such a good looking, clearly heartfelt project isn't an awesome game frankly sucks. Literally just glimpsing these screenshots fills me with wonder once again. But I have to shake off those starry-eyes and remind myself of the fatigue and apathy I felt just halfway into Eshe's journey toward salvation or damnation.

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80 / 100
Aug 31, 2017

Sundered fuses a lot of ideas from different games and genres, and the result is a very unique experience, especially within the metroidvania genre. Not all these ideas work as well and some of them can be very polarizing, but if the game "clicks", it's one hell of a journey to the heart of darkness.

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9 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2017

Sundered has not only become a role model for how to capture the metroidvania style with complete ease, but also wins the title of one of the best indies of the year.

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8 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2017

Sundered is a metrodvania with roguelike elements and inspiration from Lovecraft. What can go wrong?

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