Video Game / Severance: Blade of Darkness

Severance: Blade of Darkness is a third person fantasy Hack and Slash game with Action RPG and Beat 'em Up elements, developed by Rebel Act Studios and published by Codemasters in 2001.

The game takes place in a Low Fantasy setting, where armies of orcs and undead are invading the land. It falls to one hero to recover the Sword of Light and defeat the master of the hordes.

The playable characters are:

  • Sargon, a knight. Uses swords and maces.
  • Tukaram, a barbarian. Uses two handed swords and axes.
  • Zoe, an Amazon. Uses spears.
  • Naglfar, a dwarf. Uses axes, hammers and clubs.

This game contains examples of:

  • Annoying Arrows: There is only one type of bow in the game, which deals pitiful damage. Only useful for solving switch puzzles.
  • Armor Is Useless: Armor subtracts from the strength of enemy attacks. But the enemies use the same powerful weapons as the player (including some of the special moves), so even Sargon's heavy plate doesn't protect much.
  • Barbarian Hero: Tukaram.
  • BFS: Tukaram's later weapons are huge.
  • Giant Mook: Minotaurs, Golems.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: In the main castle of the Big Bad, there is a weapons chamber with 4 extremely powerful weapons (one for each character, of course). These deals normal damage equal to the Sword of Light, and their special attacks are the most powerful in the game, causing more than 10000 damage in one hit. The weapons chamber is easy to miss, though.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Sargon, although he still butchers his way through the orcs like the other characters.
  • Obvious Beta: This game had some pretty annoying bugs, especially within its cutscenes. Like losing control of the character and not getting it back after the cutscene, or the character just walking circles instead of walking towards his goal.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Naglfar.
  • Special Attack: Every weapon has it's own special move, which deals massive damage. The characters also have some weapon-independent moves. And the magical weapons would be entirely useless if not for their special move, because their base damage is so low.
  • Stripperiffic: One of the multiplayer skins for Amazon leaves her in just a shoulder-plate, metal bra and crotch protection.
  • Sword Beam: The special move of the Sword of Light.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: The Sword of Light, which is probably needed to defeat the Big Bad. That's because he teleports away from melee, and the Sword Beam of the Sword of Light is the only good ranged attack.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Yes, you can throw your weapon dozens of meters. No, it isn't effective after the first area. This move becomes semi-useful with the Sword of Light, which teleports back in your hand after the throw.