|Dead Space 2: Severed|
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
US: March 1, 2011
Survival horror, third-person shooter
ESRB Mature 17+ / PEGI 18
- "It's back. They're back! Don't tell anyone, just keep moving!"
- —Gabe to Lexine just before a swarm of Necromorphs attack the Sprawl's hospital
Dead Space 2: Severed was a two-chapter downloadable content pack for Dead Space 2. The game took place on Titan Station and followed the story of Gabe Weller and Lexine Murdoch. The DLC was released on March 1 in the U.S. and March 2 in Europe on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network for 560 Microsoft points (Now $6.99) and $6.99/€5.40 respectively.
Severed was set three years after the events of Dead Space: Extraction. Gabe Weller now worked for the Sprawl Security. During a patrol in the Titan Mines, the Necromorph outbreak was unleashed. Gabe had to fight his way through the Sprawl, find Lexine and escape from the infested station. Gabe's story ran parallel to Isaac Clarke's experiences in the Dead Space 2 campaign. This could be seen throughout Severed as Gabe stumbled upon the remains of Isaac's various battles.
After Gabe's first encounter with the Necromorph outbreak in the Titan Mines and the death of the majority of his patrol squad, Gabe was able to contact Lexine to warn her about the outbreak. After his emergency warning was transferred, Gabe made his way through the mines, passing through many areas that would be visited by Isaac Clarke. During this, he received a transmission from Director Tiedemann ordering all of the surviving security teams to scrub the facility and eliminate all of the key subjects.
Once Gabe finally arrived at the Titan Mines exit, he was fired upon by his superior officer, Victor Bartlett who was in a gunship. After launching explosive canisters at the gunship, Gabe was able to force Victor to retreat. Gabe demanded an answer for his commander's seemingly random act of violence leading to the revelation that Gabe's wife, Lexine was on the list of key subjects to be terminated because of her involvement in the Oracle Program which had something to do with Lexine's recent pregnancy.
With renewed vigor, Gabe reached the hospital in a gunship to try to get to Lexine before his superior officer could reach her. Gabe was finally able to make it through the hospital to the Psych Ward only to find Victor being disabled by two strange men claiming that they had orders to capture Lexine for further study.
Gabe chased after the two strange men to a docked ship where Lexine escaped into the ship while her two kidnappers are transformed into Necromorphs which he quickly dispatched. Gabe and Lexine attempted to make their escape, but they found out that the airlock was locked and only accessible from a hackable console near the ship. As Gabe attempted to hack the airlock, Victor ambushed him with a live grenade.
After a quick struggle, the grenade exploded, killing Victor and leaving Gabe severely injured with one of his legs gone and his helmet broken. During his final moments, he shot the four airlock fuses, allowing Lexine and their unborn child to escape. Left behind on the station, Gabe, after saying goodbye succumbed to his wounds. An epilogue revealed that Gabe's body was taken for study while Lexine's whereabouts are unknown.
Severed was similar to the gameplay of Dead Space 2, albeit lasting for only two chapters. The game featured most of the Necromorphs from Dead Space 2 with the return of the Twitchers and a special Twitcher variant featured at the end of the game. The later campaign setting of Severed took place in the same locations as the game proper's Titan Medical Center, though well after Isaac fled the Medical Wing. The track that Isaac previously used could be seen from Gabe's perspective, though there are no items and nothing of importance happened.
- Chapter 1 - Gabe fought his way through the Titan Mines.
- Chapter 2 - Set in the Titan Memorial Medical Center, Gabe attempted to rescue Lexine.
- The DLC's cover paid homage to the Dead Space 2 cover art with Gabe instead of Isaac.
- Severed could not be played on New Game+ as the completed save game was not considered a Cleared Save, making every play through of the DLC a fresh one.
- Gabe started with a mildly-upgraded Pulse Rifle in his inventory to give the player an edge.
- The PFM-100 Hydrazine Torch Flamethrower was obtained as a pick up in Severed, making it the second weapon to be acquired this way in the entire series.
- Gabe's RIG was damaged by Victor's grenade at the end, though if the currently worn RIG was not the Patrol Suit, only Gabe's leg would be severed while the suit's helmet would remain intact.
- Many of the areas of the Titan Mines that Gabe travelled through are redesigned sections of the multiplayer "Titan Mines" map.
- In a similar relationship between Dead Space and Dead Space: Extraction, many of the actions that Gabe took in the mines that Isaac had to reverse and Isaac's actions in the hospital affected Gabe.
- The Oracles who captured Lexine probably possessed Stasis Modules as they both transformed into Twitchers when they are infected by the Infectors.
- If the player walked onto the scale directly after the first vacuum in the hospital, it was shown that with his RIG equipped, Gabe weighed 267 pounds.
- There was no mention of the third survivor, Nathan McNeill who along with Lexine and Gabe escaped Aegis VII and the USG Ishimura. Dead Space Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis confirmed that McNeill was the Necromorph that attacked Lexine in the post credits scene of Dead Space: Extraction.[note 2]
- If you completed Dead Space 2 on Hardcore and played Dead Space: Severed, the Hand Cannon could be used.
- There was a glitch where after the credits Gabe would still have his leg dismembered, his RIG health was 0 and his helmet was still broken. Here, you could still play as normal, but any actions that you did would not affect the game. For example, if you hacked the terminal, nothing would happen. No Necromorphs would appear and the only way to exit this glitch was to exit the game.
- Gabe Weller did not encounter any Lurkers in Severed.
- ↑ Twitchers in Dead Space 2: Severed differ in appearance to the Twitchers in Dead Space. Oracle Twitchers are a different variant of Twitcher encountered at the end of the game.
- ↑ The in-game footage was unclear as the last scene of Extraction simply depicted a Necromorph attacking a lone Lexine. However, Dead Space Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis clarified McNeill's fate while answering some fan questions. There was no mention of McNeil whatsoever in the Severed DLC.