RRP: $ 69 ( reviewed on PS Vita)
FANS of the popular Monster Hunter franchise who are looking for a fresh take on the action will find much to like about this new role- playing, hack- and- slash title.
The game’s intriguing story plays out as your character combs through the pages of an old sorcerer’s journal.
The chapters offer detailed descriptions of battles the sorcerer encountered, which you’re transported back in time to re- enact.
In place of the traditional armour and weapon levelling- up experience is a sacrifice or save system. The latter option I particularly enjoyed.
This makes the game more about technique and strategy than about how your character’s stats measure up against an enemy.
But as is often the case with this genre of games, Soul Sorcerer’s action borders on repetitive.
Grinding through a typical quest requires the relentless slaying of mostly the same creatures, umpteen times.
In addition to the limited enemies, there is also a notable lack of different environments.
Helping break up the repetitiveness, bonus sorcerer side- quests can be undertaken.
These brief events run to a timer, ending with a score and rating.
Another way to spice things up is to jump online with up to three friends and work co- operatively against the game’s toughest monsters.
The save or sacrifice mechanic comes into play online too, and it’s much more exciting with friends, allowing you to give up some of your health to revive your buddies or sacrifice them in order to unleash a deadly spell on the beast.
Visually, Soul Sacrifice is a flawless gem. Certain parts of the game built upon the dark architecture look impressive, particularly the monsters which are as wicked as they are creative.
If you can push past the repetition and limited enemy types, settle in for many hours of questing, looting and rewarding combat in one of the most original games for PS Vita.