What Choice Do You Have?
How many games have you played in which your choices really affect how you appear and shape your future? Some games do one of these two things, but not both... not really. Soul Sacrifice, Keiji Inafune's latest creation, is such a game. This PS Vita exclusive game might just be what you are looking for to challenge you in a game.
The game has monsters, magic spells, and multiplayer, but it's not your typical sit-down-and-play game. Soul Sacrifice requires you to think as you play and make choices you won't really want to make. Inafune wanted to give the game an emotional element, and this is how it was done, make your choice for good or ill.
In Soul Sacrifice you are an imprisoned sorcerer who is about to be sacrificed. I can't figure out for what reason, and perhaps it's not important to the game, but as you wait for your execution, you find an ancient talking tome. This book is more special than just one you can converse with; it has a portal to another universe where you can relive battles of past sorcerers (were these sorcerers waiting to be executed only to end up in the pages for the future?). You can practice spells, grow stronger, and eventually escape; or at least that's what you hope.
Each stage feels like a "Monster Hunter" game, because you defeat a boss, fight loads of enemies, and collect specific items. For every stage, there are four players. If you don't have friends online, the A.I. will take over the other three. This is where Soul Sacrifice gets its name too; during the battle mode you can sacrifice yourself to defeat a boss, which makes the spells extremely powerful. On the flip side, there are boss battles where someone HAS to be sacrificed in order to defeat the boss. Inafune states "It's not that you're not doing well. It's physically impossible." How's that for adding tension to a game? Not only that, but since you have to make a choice, the game will never be the same twice.
Of course, you can be revived or sacrificed by another player even the A.I. This is because your choices truly do affect the game and how your companions perceive you; if you only sacrifice or save, the game will react to this. As if that weren't enough, fighting the bosses reveals something else about them: they used to be human as well. It was their choices which turned them into the vile creatures they are, and if you kill them all, you will go the same way. However, if you save the boss instead, they will return to their human form. Your choices also affect which spells you have access to in Soul Sacrifice.
Unfortunately Soul Sacrifice currently does not have an official release date, although it seems to be scheduled for release during the Spring of 2013, so we'll have to wait a bit. It does sound extremely different from other games, however, so maybe I'll have to get a PS Vita to check it out.
I have been gaming since I was in high school, before it was acceptable for a girl to do it. I have been a writer for even longer. It's only natural the two would combine. I prefer RPGs, action/adventure, and strategy games, but I also play dancing, sports titles, and shooters.
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