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Soul Sacrifice preview - get excited then play it yourself now

The overall effect feels very similar to Monstar Hunter, although the selection of Offerings available at the start are much more interesting than Monster Hunter’s initial selection of weapons and moves. The enemies, too, are bigger, more aggressive and more nightmarish. In that respect it's more like Dragon’s Dogma or Dark Souls.

You’re joined in battle by Sortiara for the first chapter, then later by allies who fight with you. This is where the four-player multiplayer co-op comes in, which we admit we haven’t been able to try yet. Assuming it’s lag-free, it could well be a reason to get together with fellow Vita owners.

The offerings can be blended with each other to create new moves and any doubled-up offerings in your inventory can be combined to add extra uses or effects.

We don’t know how deep the system goes yet, but we like the way you get a warning in-battle before an Offering gets worn out. Use it too much and it’ll break. Save a little of each and it’ll be recharged for the next Phantom Quest.

You can buy back depleted offerings, thanks to a bizarre mechanic that involves moisture that forms around Librom’s eyes. These drops (not tears – he stresses that) are called Lacrima and re-form every couple of levels, so you should check the front of the book regularly.

You might have heard in our earlier coverage that you will be able to sacrifice parts of your own body in exchange for more powerful moves. It’s true – you can. These moves are called Black Rites. The first is called ‘Infernus’ and sees you sacrificing your own skin to gain the power of flame.

This means you get a huge fiery demon to summon when you’re near death, but it also means you’ll have your defensive stats halved. You can use Lacrima to undo these ‘blights’, but the cost of doing so goes up each time. So while you can choose to be incredibly powerful, you’ll pay an increasingly high price if you do.

The game runs beautifully, with massive enemies even in the first chapter and some gorgeous graphical effects. Voice acting quality is high, the story is engrossing, and even just the first couple of hours of gameplay are enjoyable despite the fact you’re learning a rather complex system. Instead of being laborious, it’s actually enthralling.

There’s a demo appearing on PSN this week (should be out now in most areas) and we highly recommend you check it out. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read some more of Librom’s pages before Magusar comes back and kicks my ass.

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Keiji Inafune

11 comments

  • winner2 - April 18, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    Update: This game is fucking legit just from the demo
  • ZeeCaptain - April 18, 2013 1:52 a.m.

    Got home from school to discover that the demo wasn't up on the store yet T_T, luckily there was a way around it by using the online store from a pc and then downloading it from your queue on the vita. Anyway this is a great demo, at first I was put off at the thought of grinding, but each level is quick enough and the narrative changes in certain areas depending on choices, and other great attention to detail elements that make for a great game. Not only is the gameplay fun with the great many powers available and the ability to activate effects from in level points to enhance powers, etc... but the lore and detail are great, each monster has its own story and there is a lot of background information as well as an interesting look on sorcerers with the concept of sacrifice. Of course save/sacrifice is a double edge sword, its just another system of the much overused morality system all too common in games these days, but they do a good enough job of making the narrative and the benefits from both choices good enough to warrant multiple playthroughs, which is good seeing how if you want the best powers there will be some grinding. All in all this is a great game and if you didn't have a reason to pick up and dust off your VIta in the last couple of months, I can't see a better opportunity than Soul Sacrifice.
  • Blastoise - April 17, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    Nice preview Justin! Glad to see people enjoying it as much as I am!
  • Robx - April 17, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Typo on page 2, first line: "Monstar Hunter". It NEEDS to be "Monstar Huntah". Really looking forward this game, nice preview!
  • deafwing - April 17, 2013 5:59 a.m.

    i'll wait for the console version ...
  • ZeeCaptain - April 18, 2013 1:41 a.m.

    Don't jump the gun, who knows if it'll get a console version. I mean I love this demo and a console version could not be anything but bigger and better but if you remember it was Monster Hunter that started on console, not a portable platform, and I only use that as an example because of the mass comparison of this game to MH
  • JMarsella09 - April 16, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    Looking good.
  • ultimatepunchrod - April 16, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    This has piqued my interest. I like my Vita, but I wasn't too sure about this since the comparisons to Monster Hunter came up frequently, and I'm not a huge fan of those. I'll check out the demo though.
  • rainn'sgaydar - April 16, 2013 11:01 a.m.

    Glad to see this game getting some attention now that we're past the onslaught of March. I may not pick this up day 1 because of the moneys, but I'm definitely interested to play the demo and see for myself how it plays.
  • hestar - April 16, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    I can't wait to play the demo later today!
  • winner2 - April 16, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    Wooooooh!

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