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Sundered comes to Switch and Xbox One with the Eldritch Edition, a revision of the game that doesn't include lots of changes but it does some fine additions like local co-op. If you liked Sundered back in 2017, this is a good excuse to come back to it in a brand new platform!
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Sundered: Eldritch Edition is certainly a must-have for any veteran or fan of the Metroidvania genre. It's probably not a good pick for someone who is just starting out with the genre as this one does require a high skill level to play it without getting frustrated by your own mistakes, picking the right abilities to smooth things out as you go to lower the overall challenge, which, to be fair, is not the game's fault really. We all gotta start somewhere, but if you're new to the Metroidvania genre, you should definitely get some experience under your belt before you dive into this one.
With the emphasis on choice, Sundered give you the opportunity to unlock multiple endings by pursuing the paths of full rejection to full embrace of the darkness. With the extensive map sizes, fast action pace, and high difficulty, Sundered is sure to keep you exploring and fighting for your survival for 10+ hours per play through. It is a satisfying Metroidvania title to close out a year of stellar offerings within the genre.
Sundered is a platformer that I feel will ruin a lot of other platforming games for me. While it's not perfect, it does a lot of things nearly perfect and its visuals keep your eyes entertained while your brain engages with the rest of it. It had some of the repetition fallbacks of other Metroidvania games but is otherwise extremely solid.
Sundered: Eldritch Edition is a great platformer packed with plenty of action and adventure. With its beautiful graphics and smooth controls, this is a game you don't want to miss out on.
Sundered: Eldritch Edition is one of the best platformers I've played this year, it has all the great platformer elements and entertains without fail. I feel like the enemies could have been improved as the balance just isn't there, but as a whole, it doesn't make that much of an impact against the overall experience. In terms of audio, the soundtrack is beautiful and Canadian film composer Max LL did a wonderful job.
Sundered: Eldritch Edition is not without its flaws thanks to the early overwhelming difficulty and its sometimes dull level design, but as you get more used to the combat mechanics, slowly upgrade your character, and see what the game really has to offer you won't be able to help but get completely hooked in. It becomes more enjoyable the further you proceed, whilst each visually impressive showdown you come up against always feels better than the last. It also just so happens to work perfectly on the Switch, with the handheld mode not only a good way to experience Sundered's world but the newly added local co-op also giving you a genuinely enjoyable and fresh way to actually play it. It's just a thoroughly entertaining game to play through and with the improvements that've hit since the game's initial release, it'll be more difficult than ever to actually put the controller (or the Switch console itself) down.
Sundered: Eldritch Edition was a delight to play. Aside from a rocky start and combat sometimes being dull, both the combat and Sundered itself gets better the more you play.
Switch's catalogue of top-tier Metroidvania titles just added yet another to its repertoire. Insanely addictive and a hell of a great time. The combat is fast, fluid and frantic, often requiring the better part of valour to overcome and survive the horrors. The local multiplayer and the multiple endings give it considerable replayability, too. Sundered: Eldritch Edition is one of the very best.
On an eShop that seems to become more rife with Metroidvanias by the day, Sundered seems to fall somewhere in the middle to front of the pack. Though the repetitiveness means it doesn't hit the same kind of highs that Dead Cells or Hollow Knight reach, Sundered still manages to offer a delightfully creepy, challenging, and content-rich experience that genre fans are sure to enjoy. If you're not a fan of procedural generation, stay well away from this one; otherwise, we'd encourage you to give it a shot.
Despite those complaints, Sundered has turned out to be a fun, addictive game that I can't get enough of. This gameplay loop really works for me, and while I sometimes wish I wasn't doing so much backtracking, it's not a big enough deal that I'm dissuaded from playing. If you, too, like this kind of loop, I think you'll get a kick out of Sundered.
Despite its flaws, Sundered: Eldritch Edition contains enough magic to keep developer Thunder Lotus Games intact as an interesting and viable studio. There is a lot to be found here that would usually keep me enticed if it wasn’t following last year’s more entertaining alternatives.