BADGP Reviews: Soul Sacrifice
Soul Sacrifice (Sony)
Released: April 30, 2013
July 20, 2013
Review: The Bigger They Are…
Monster Hunter may never come to the Playstation Vita but like a younger and cooler substitute teacher Soul Sacrifice will keep you entertained for hours. Soul Sacrifice may not be as popular as that which inspire it, but it does do many things different to keep the game fresh. The presentation of the story is the first thing that looks completely different. Instead of just giving you missions the player must read in a talking book to gain power. The story is presented in chapters, and inside those chapters the player can choose where they want to begin. At the beginning, this seems like a daunting chore but the flexibility gives you the chance to swap up story lines if the first one is getting too difficult. The story focuses on the player in a cell that wants to break free. The only way the player can break free from the cage is by defeating a man named Magusar. The player can attempt to fight Magusar at any point in the game but I would recommend gaining some experience first.
The main focus of Soul Sacrifice is choices the player can make about the souls of the enemies. The player has the choice to sacrifice or save any soul he comes across. If the player chooses to sacrifice a monster then the player will gain attack power, and if the player chooses to save a monster they will increase their defense. This gives the player more choices in how they want to play the game.
For the most of the gameplay Soul Sacrifice handles pretty well. I had some issues with camera controls and the wonky lock on mechanic. It was enjoyable to see all of the abilities your character can use and see the many combinations you can create in your arsenal. The only real complaint I have with the game is that it can get repetitive. There are roughly only 20 different main monsters and a handful of different maps to play on. When the game gives you a plethora of missions to complete with only a few different monster types the player will find it feeling like déjà vu. The music in Soul Sacrifice is, at worst, impressive. The game uses a live orchestra and also brought in some singers for the soundtrack. With a fresh new story and interesting choices I would greatly recommend this game for all Vita owners.
8.0 out of 10