Summary: PlayStation Vita owners know a lot about compromise. One has to wait an excruciatingly long time between remarkable, must-have releases, but when those releases come, many would agree the wait was worth it. It's fitting then, that the latest must-have is all about compromise. Soul Sacrifice asks the player exactly how much they're willing to give up in exchange for raw power -- a question the PS Vita itself embodies so well.
Excerpt: is aptly named. The implications of that title, from a literal standpoint, encompass darkness and feelings of tension and foreboding. Indeed, the game embraces freedom of choice and exploration, while continually providing the player with a highly immersive yet oddly oppressive atmosphere. With some really fantastic and unique artistry, a solid gameplay mechanic and an engaging environment, the newest big title for the PlayStation Vita has a lot going for it.
Excerpt: As soon as I saw the first footage of Soul Sacrifice , my eyes lit up. A Monster Hunter -like, with a Dark Souls vibe, created by the legendary Keiji Inafune? On paper, it sounded like one of the best ideas of all time.
Excerpt: Keiji Inafune is a hero of mine. Why? Come on, dude created Mega Man ! His controversial comments regarding the state of Japanese game development resonate with me on a base level. I love games with Eastern sensibilities as much as the next gamer, but I'd like to think I'm not the only one who can recognize that Final Fantasy 's best days are far, far behind it.
Excerpt: Earlier this year, Ragnarok Odyssey hit the Vita and showed that a Monster Hunter-style game could be done really well on the hardware. In that case, you had a game with great gameplay and visual beauty that wound up being more fun than the Monster Hunter games. Now, with Soul Sacrifice, you have that same kind of gameplay style, only with more to do during battles, more depth, a risk/reward system involving sacrificing your foes, and a super-dark tone that lends itself...
Excerpt: Did you play the Dissidia games for the PSP? I see a handful of Final Fantasy fans raising their hands enthusiastically. But only a handful. Even the die-hardest Final Fantasy fan isn’t necessarily inclined to bang his head against a drawn-out leveling grind, creeping up in power one notch at a time, accumulating one tiny crafting ingredient on the way to a ring that boosts a stat a single point.
Summary: Many games require decision making, but Soul Sacrifice emphasizes choice more than most. Everything, from the abilities you possess to the monsters you battle, is subject to choice: to save or to sacrifice? This notion is ingrained in both story and character progression, presenting you with limitations and dilemmas that make this grim monster-hunting game very appealing. Decision making alone isn't the only reason to give Soul Sacrifice a try.
Pros: Forces you to make interesting decisions, The original and gloomy visual style stands out, A plethora of intriguing characters and side stories
Cons: Repetitive mission challenges, The main storyline falls flat in the middle