Sony Is Pushing VIta Hunting Games With A Soul Sacrifice Tournament

By Spencer . June 4, 2013 . 1:44am

imageWhile Monster Hunter isn’t on the Vita, Sony’s handheld has a bunch of other hunting games. Soul Sacrifice, Toukiden, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, God Eater 2, Phantasy Star Online 2, and Dragon’s Crown are part of the United Front Academy.


"School" starts on June 23 and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan will hold a grand opening in Akihabara. Attendees can enter a tournament for Soul Sacrifice and the Toukiden demo. Ragnarok Odyssey Ace and Dragon’s Crown will also be on display for people to play.


If you’re in Tokyo swing by Belle Salle in Akihabara. The event starts at 10:30 AM.

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  • Chris Yuen

    Freedom Wars still to come as well. As a Vita owner, I don’t know how I feel about this piece of news. I’m one of those who’s not totally into those “monster hunting” type of games…what about the other genres? Though I really wish Phantasy Star Online 2 for Vita will come state-side in the future…

    • Altin

      I hope it for most people as well. Got PSO2 Premium Package the day it has been released, this is one hell of a good game :)

      • Bobby Jennings

        Same here :D

      • Solomon_Kano

        Question: does the Premium Pack come with the game on a card or do you still have to download it from PSN?

        • Altin

          It does come with a card, but you gotta have some spare space on your memory card for the updates updates as well.
          Also, you can use the codes for the premium items on any PSN account via the ingame store.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Oh, space is no problem. Sweet. Now I’ll definitely import it. Thanks for the answer.

          • Altin

            If you think of dropping by at Ship 7, let me know :D

          • Solomon_Kano

            Will do!

  • SHSL Big Bro

    I am confused at what the soul sacrifice tournament will be like. If it’s PvE; timed and score comparison, it’s blatantly obvious that DPS spec characters will win, especially those with the proper sigils.

    • HassanJamal

      How crazy would it be if they introduced PvP there!

      • Albert Calderon

        It would be so broken xD.

        SHSL Big Bro

        If it is PvE like you said, DPS spec characters are obviously going to win. I wonder what the rules will be like.

        • HassanJamal

          It might or not :D

          I’d love to have some sort of PvP with the game. Maybe Holy vs Demonic players XD

          • Albert Calderon

            It could work but Demonic players would wreck Holy players. Demonic players have so much CC xD

          • SHSL Big Bro

            Holy would win there, good luck breaking through 300+ Defense. Impossible to kill before you run out of offering, then they payback with Bloodshots.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Sounds cool, but not sure how a Soul Sacrifice tourney would work out. Time trials? Point performance? Last man standing? Plus there is no PVP in the game (only against random NPC sorcerers in the story), but if they introduced a new “sorcerer duel” patch, that’d be interesting.

  • Dragon’s Crown is a wholly different type of game.

    • Draparde

      I guess they just decided to lump all 4 player multi-player games together~

      Since PSO2 is also somewhat different than the others.

    • jujubee88

      Fapping – the game!


  • Albert Calderon

    If Sony does this right, they can really take a chunk out of the Monster Hunter fan base that felt abandoned on the vita. Only time will tell, it really depends on how good Toukiden, Gods Eater 2 and Freedom Wars are.

    Many are saying that Toukiden might be the next Monster Hunter. With MH 4 coming this summer, it’s going to be tough for MH clones.

  • tubers

    Sony’s really trying hard.. GL to the.

    Freedom Wars is a hunting game right?

    Then it’ll have a lot of firsts for a portable hunting game:

    1.) Cover
    2.) 8 Player
    3.) PVP

  • vileBrenman

    Lol that guy in the helmet looks like mr.Ono from persona 3. Aka that dude that always wears samurai helmets

  • Ho ho this is getting serious. Eat out heart out Capcom

  • Mugen555

    I think this would like game cafe, where people meet and play game togather

  • AyaisMUsikWhore

    At least they are trying to spread the word which is good. I’m not into these hunter games but I hope it works. I wish they would try to seek more original Jrpgs ips, instead, since those sell gangbusters than hunter games.

  • I… didn’t like Soul Sacrifice… the UI was weird, basically the only hunting game I’ve tried and haven’t liked so far.

    • Testsubject909

      Eh fair enough. How far in the game did you get?

      Got around to being able to use sigil, rewrite your levels and do some online questing at least?

      • I played the demo only and couldn’t take it.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yea, the demo didn’t really do anything for me. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything I wanted to play more of. Actually, now that I mention it, I didn’t even finish all of the demo missions.

      Third hunting game I’ve bothered trying after the demos for God Eater and Lord of Apocalypse, and I didn’t care for those either. Maybe they just aren’t my thing. I still wanna give MH3U a go though…

      • Clones are not nearly as good as the original. I absolutely love MH.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Well, I guess I’ll see once I get my hands on a Wii U.

  • Ben Sylvia

    Why can’t I live in Japan???

  • TheExile285

    They need to show off some Freedom Wars gameplay, dammit!

    • neogeno

      This so much…

      I had thought that when the second wave of news that came out on the 30th we’d be greeted with some gameplay footage. I really need to see that game in motion. I hope the animation is good.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Dragon’s Crown is included? That makes me so happy, because Vanillaware games never really get any sort of promotion. It’s not even really in the hunting game mold, but I guess the multiplayer aspect was enough to include it. That’s awesome.

  • I honestly think this a terrible marketing decision, because all this is going to do is highlight the fact that Monster Hunter it isn’t on the Vita even more. Capcom’s already begun running TV commercials for the game, and they’re only going to get more and more frequent from now until September.

    In addition to that, they’re lumping all these hunting games in with one another, and it gives off this impression of, “Pick whichever you want! If you’ve played one, you’ve played ’em all!” That isn’t the message you want to send out. It devalues each individual game.

    It’s a little perplexing, honestly. This ad is the kind of thing that’s aimed at pleasing hardcore Sony-exclusive fans that refuse to buy any other platform. But if that’s the case, why bother running this campaign in the first place? Vita-exclusive gamers are going to be picking one of these games up anyway. It isn’t going to convince anyone to drop Monster Hunter and come running to one of these titles instead.

    It isn’t a forward-thinking move on their part. I can understand wanting to do a community-building exercise for existing Vita owners (which is what the Akihabara event is), but this ad campaign has been running on TV, too. I just don’t see the point.

    • Two things.

      These games are all good games and frankly I am more excited about toukiden than I have been of any game in ages.

      Second monster hunter not being on vita is should not stop anyone from advertising games that are on the vita.

      Believe it or not since monster hunter 3 I have dropped the series. 4 has some interesting things that I want to checkout (really love the idea of monsters climbing) but I think that one thing that makes monster hunter so good is getting stale. That is the monsters themselves.

      In fact I think that monster hunter is loosing it’s steam and I won’t be surprised if somewhere along the future one of these games overthrows it.

      Monster hunter was not made in a day. Neither was it the most unique title of it’s time. It was a mish mash of ideas from a lot of other games. As are these games.

      • Nobody is saying they shouldn’t advertise games on Vita.

        What I am saying is that this ad is very clearly a, “Hey, we don’t have Monster Hunter, but look at all these other similar games we’ve got!” type thing. That isn’t smart. Monster Hunter is huge. It is the biggest game in Japan after Pokémon.

        You can say you’re bored, and maybe some people are. Totally believable. But the people that move on are always replaced by new players. That’s what makes a successful game. The same will be true of MH4. Monster Hunter 4 is going to come out and sell 3+ million copies regardless.

        So, what I am saying is that there’s no point whatsoever in doing this “us vs. them” ad campaign. Just advertise the games individually for what they are, don’t turn it into a “rallying the troops” kind of thing, because that won’t work and it only draws attention to their weakness in this case.

      • Fango

        MH is the same old same old for years without really any significant changes. It eventually gets old. I dropped Monster Hunter after MHP3rd.

        • Exactly. Capcom is doing a lot of work in changing the mechanics of the game when they should really be focusing more on creating better monsters to fight

  • I’m happy Sony is promoting Dragon’s Crown.

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