I Played Soul Sacrifice, But Opted Not To Sacrifice My Organs

By Spencer . June 7, 2012 . 2:45am

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Sony Computer Entertainment America had an English build of Soul Sacrifice on display at E3. Soul Sacrifice is a Monster Hunter style game with a macabre twist. If you want to cast powerful spells you have to sacrifice your body parts and forbidden sorcery takes your character’s life. I only got to try single player mode so using Excalibur, a spell where you rip out your spine and turn it into a sword probably wouldn’t have been a good idea.

 

Before I jumped into the game, I watched an event scene shown from the eyes of my character. He was marked for death and with the last of his strength he crawled towards a fleshy book. After opening the sorcerer’s diary, the book sucked him in to a monster filled world.

 

Soul Sacrifice lets players select up to six spells before the game begins. You can toggle between attacks by pressing the R button. My sorcerer had Blood Bullets and since you can create new blood cells this was considered a light sacrifice. I also had an area of effect attack called Thunder Beast Maw, which made an aura of lightning around my sorcerer. Mammoth Tree Root created a tree and damaged any enemy in front of me.

 

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My mission was to kill Jack O’ Lantern and as you might expect this monster has a giant pumpkin head. Soul Sacrifice has other monsters to fight before you reach the boss and I blasted fodder with Blood Bullets. After defeating a monster two hands popped up on the screen – the left hand asks players to save the creature’s soul and the right sacrifices it. Since these monsters were once human, I decided to save the creature’s soul and was rewarded with some consumable items. A representative from SCEA explained you get items either way, but the type of items you get depends if you sacrifice monsters or save them. Your character’s appearance also changes and becomes more menacing if you go the sacrifice route.

 

While Soul Sacrifice is designed primarily as a multiplayer game, you can play through the game solo. Some missions, like the Jack O’ Lantern, give players a computer controller partner. My AI companion didn’t seem to do much when I reached Jack O’ Lantern, but I didn’t need his (or was it her?) help. I managed to beat the boss by using Thunder Beast Maw and then dodge rolling out of the way. My sorcerer was low on life, but hey at least I didn’t have to rip out my eye or anything.

 

Soul Sacrifice also has… a tiny bit of Katamari Damacy in it. One of the spells turns the sorcerer into a giant boulder and you can roll over enemies.

 

Check back later on for our Soul Sacrifice interview with Comcept founder Keiji Inafune.


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  • rinalicat

    I need a Vita now!!

  • Dexward

    Nanananananananana… Sacrifice no Damacy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Pierre-Louis/667684607 Steven Pierre-Louis

      *removes spine and adds it to his katamari to add grip*

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Sounds like it plays pretty solidly. I am kinda hoping they would speed the game up just a tad to make the gameplay a bit more exciting. Faster than MH but not as fast as a DMC or something like that.

    • Solomon_Kano

      That would’ve been interesting. I guess we’ll have to do with Ragnarok Odyssey for that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Pierre-Louis/667684607 Steven Pierre-Louis

    I wonder if you can set yourself on fire while in ball form?  It would be over kill, but would also be awesome.

    • Testsubject909

      While spewing deadly flammable acid to create a huge trail of molten lava-esque liquid as you run through your opposition…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Ng/100000854638739 Dylan Ng

    Blood Bullets? Deadman Wonderland?

    So are those spell cast from HP?

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Now I wanna rewatch DW. Would be awesome if it actually did drain from HP.

      • doubleO7
        • FitzpatrickPhillips

          Yeah I’ve already seen it subbed and have been watching the dub. I meant I wanted to marathon it.

          • doubleO7

            Yeah, I figured thats what you meant. Just wanted to make sure you knew it was airing on TV, if you weren’t already aware.

  • Kuro Kairi

    I am absolutely interested in this game, but i was never much into monster hunter; hopefully this will have online so that i can play it to its fullest

  • Nikolai Sumcad

    I hope choosing to ‘Save his soul’ or ‘Sacrifice’ it won’t give a significant advantage to either side. Or to be honest, to the ‘Sacrifice’ part since a lot of games seem to make evil inclined characters more powerful in one way or another.

    So was it fun to play, Spencer?

    • http://twitter.com/reson8er Dan Knowles

      The conceit that mythology and the way games contextualize it is: Good usually gets better defensive abilities since good is supposed to protect. Evil is almost always more offensive/aggressive and this translates to “more powerful”. Theoretically, they should balance out; but you know how that goes ;p

      • Nikolai Sumcad

         Oh I hear ya. Evil=Destruction=Offensive advantages, as opposite to the Good=Protect, and I do love my Protection oriented skills. The thing is, defense can only do so much until the source is eliminated. Thankfully Holy elementals maintain a rather constant strength in games.

    • Testsubject909

      Infamous, if you ask me, makes a good balance of the two.

      Good is very control and stun. Evil is just plain firepower and mass area of effect. Both are excellent, although there is one big advantage for good.

      Good recharges itself, whereas evil doesn’t. Though for evil, you can always just suck out all the electricity out of a person’s body for an immediate 100% heal, whereas if you’re playing good, you really shouldn’t. Though once you reach max karma, you could afford the occasional leech.

      Infamous 2 though…

      Yeah, I played both routes on that one and no, it really felt like good had the bigger advantage. Better platforming capabilities, powers just felt more precise and useful… The big special was a great AOE…

      • Nikolai Sumcad

         Yeah I’ve watched my cousin play Infamous, the choices for your influence indeed gives you varied options. Though he liked to suck out the life of the civilians, much to my frustration watching. I have a weakness for the innocent.

        Very interesting to note on the second one. That AOE sounded like a delish cream on the top.

        • Testsubject909

          It’s basically kill and freeze everything around you in a large radius. Perfect in hostile environment with nothing but enemies, which comes up quite often in the campaign.

  • Mister_Nep

    Does the game have a lock-on button?

    • Testsubject909

      If you have bullets, and Spencer took care of fodder enemies with ease.

      Odds are there’s a lock on feature at the very least.

      • Mister_Nep

        I found it kind of odd that it wasn’t mentioned anywhere. So I was wondering if it wasn’t mentioned in the article, because it doesn’t exist or just slipped his mind. 

        I’m also wondering if the bullets took care of enemies either because of a lock-on, or because it has good spread so aim isn’t needed.

  • SirRichard

    Blood Bullets created from sacrificed blood cells. Your sorcerer can and will sacrifice any part of their body, huh?

    It’s sounding great, and I really liked the look of the footage we got to see at that special event a while back. My Vita is crying out for this game, Sony, please hurry!

  • neetyneety

    So, how did the sacrifice mechanic specifically work? Was there a special meter, or it just drained your HP? (talking about the Blood Bullet spell here) If so, did it recover over time? And what do those other spells you mentioned (the thunder beast, tree, and boulder) sacrifice? Items? So no spells actually use up MP? Or should I say “sacrifice”? Was there even an MP meter to begin with? Was it possible for you to “die”? How so, exactly? I mean, if you’re capable of using spells that rip out your organs and such, does that mean that those are considered suicide attacks? What would be the point in using them, then?

    … Damn, those were just a few of the questions that instantly crossed my mind. Seems like I’m genuinely interested in this game.

  • Domii

    Great preview Spencer. Quick question though, can you lock on to enemies in combat? Please answer me because this alone will decide if I get the game or not.

    • Exkaiser

      You kids and your lock-on.

      Why, when I was your age, not only did we not have lock-on, but the bad guys locked onto us!

      And we had to to walk five miles uphill both ways across the TV just to take one turn!

      And the monsters made armor out of us instead of the other way around! Et cetera, et cetera.

      • Testsubject909

        And dagnabbit whatd I tell you kids bout stayin off my lawn!

        *grabs eye to sacrifice into huge laser*

        • Christopher Nunes

          That never gets old! XD

      • Domii

        lol… Play Dark/Demon’s Souls and see why I’m so spoiled with lock-on on my third person RPGs.

        • Exkaiser

          I played Demon’s Souls and it didn’t make feel the necessity of lock-on.

          It did make me feel the necessity of blocking, but that’s just a Demon’s Souls thing.

  • AzureNova

    Looks and sounds good. I cant wait to start sacrificing soon =)

  • Zenkito

    *Casts Excalibur* “haha…ummm yeah I can’t move…little help someone!”

     
    But on a more serious note I’m really liking the sound of this game! Can’t wait to see/hear more about it :)

    • Testsubject909

      *grabs your spine after you drop and sacrifices the rest of your body for other spells*

      Hey, what do you think a spleen does?

      • Solomon_Kano

        How about an appendix?

  • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

    This sounds really cool and almost makes me wish I hadn’t returned my Vita. :p I’ll just pick another one up when this is and Ragnarok Odyssey are out, I guess.

    • Testsubject909

      I’m going to guess, hard times and got strapped for money for games huh?

      • badmoogle

        Or maybe the system had no interesting games for him to play?

        • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

          This too, to an extent. At the time the only game that was announced for NA that I was excited for was Disgaea 3, which I already own on PS3.

      • http://alboreo.tumblr.com Alboreo

        Pretty much, haha. I was really strapped for cash and my rent was due, so I returned it. :( I’ll be picking another one up soon, though.

  • http://www.cubiz.x10.mx/ Auragar

    Wow sounds pretty good. xD I will have to add some of you who are buying it for some online action. :P

    • Testsubject909

      I’ll buy an eye in exchange for a hand.

      edit: *Takes out cleaver* Literally. I think lasers would be more awesome then a huge punch.

      • http://www.cubiz.x10.mx/ Auragar

        lol Lasers do seem cooler. xD

    • Christopher Nunes

      I plan on getting it!

      My PSN Account is: VirusChris
      I look forward fighting alongside with you!

      • http://www.cubiz.x10.mx/ Auragar

        My PSN is Auragr if you need it.

  • Göran Isacson

    Wonder what you sacrifice to summon a giant tree root… maybe that’s the “material sacrifices”? I do seem to recall that you didn’t have to sacrifice your own bodyparts all the time, some sacrifices can be done purely with materials you gather in the world. Trees, rocks for the boulder spell perhaps?

    Gruesome in any way- looking forward to seeing how this bloody mess turns out!

  • Solomon_Kano

    Katamari spell? Yesh.

    I’m looking forward to sacrif- er, seeing some of you online once this releases. >:D

    • sherimae1324

      ummm…. can i sacrifice some of your LIMBS oni-chan….. ^_^

      ….dont worry ill be gentle and slowly tear it apart ^_^ tee-hee

      • Solomon_Kano

        D:

  • revenent hell

    Ok orriginally I had no desire to even try this game but after reading this I am filled with sooooooooooooooooo much want.

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