developer: Thunder Lotus Games
publisher: Thunder Lotus Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: common screen, players: 1-4
Sundered for PC and PS4 is another independent game developed by Thunder Lotus Games. The studio’s debut project – Jotun – was warmly received by the players. Because of that, the developers decided to use some of its features, such as the hand drawn graphics, in the metroidvania subgenre.
In Sundered for PC and PS4 the player assumes the role of Eshe – a wanderer who travels through the ruined, post-apocalyptic world. The story is an important part of the game because the price for character development is protagonist’s humanity. The decisions about what powers will Eshe obtain will determine which of a few available endings will the player see.
The locations the player will visit mostly consist of complicated cave complexes and underground tunnels. The locations are procedurally generated. Thanks to that each new playthrough offers slightly different experience. The protagonist is not only collecting equipment that gradually becomes better, but he develops abilities and gains energy from ancient artifacts as well. This process provides him with access to previously locked places and enables him to face stronger opponents.
The battle is one of the pillars of the gameplay of Sundered. The player will encounter various enemies. In addition to regular, rather easy to defeat adversaries, sometimes the player will face bosses as well. They are of great size and are resistant to various attacks – the key to defeating them is to develop proper tactics and to utilize the wide variety of offensive possibilities.
Sundered for PC and PS4 has two-dimensional, hand drawn graphics. Their style is similar to the one used in titles like Jotun and The Banner Saga. The visuals of the game are of very high quality and their detailed enemy models and location designs are indeed impressive. The title also has music composed exclusively for the game.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce 8600 or better, 4 GB HDD, Windows 7