• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 2013
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 71 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 71
  2. Negative: 1 out of 71
  1. Sep 10, 2013
    90
    Soul Sacrifice is a heavy action-rpg with a great moral choice system. Even if the camera controls are poor and there are a few graphical quirks the developer Marvelous AQL delivers an awesome game with lots of replayability. If you own a PS Vita you owe yourself to play this game.
  2. 90
    Soul Sacrifice is one of the most unique and most charismatic games on the PlayStation Vita to this date.
  3. May 5, 2013
    90
    Soul Sacrifice is a solid project with a great design and an interesting gameplay. Both single player and multiplayer are fun and addictive. After Persona 4 Golden this is the game you will play the most on your PS Vita.
  4. Apr 30, 2013
    90
    Soul Sacrifice is a truly excellent game, very playable and accurate in every detail. It inherits from its genre some degree of repetitiveness at times, it is a little slow at the start, but keep playing it to unveil one of the best experiences you can live... not only on a PS Vita.
  5. Apr 30, 2013
    90
    Soul Sacrifice is not a kind of chimera born simply from Monster Hunter and Demon's Souls influences, because Keiji Inafune breathed a real soul into it by integrating the concept of sacrifice with the narrative, the gameplay system and the multiplayer philosophy.
  6. Apr 30, 2013
    90
    Even though it's not perfect, it's one of the most addictive games on the handheld. The game mechanics works very well, but keep in mind that those looking for a Monster Hunter on PS Vita probably won't find that.
  7. Apr 30, 2013
    88
    Soul Sacrifice is as rewarding as it is twisted. It is very similar to Monster Hunter but with a much better framework to the experience and gameplay that rivals some of the most popular action games on the market. There is a ton to do and love here, but you have to work for it, which may turn some people away.
  8. Apr 30, 2013
    88
    Soul Sacrifice is that great game that PlayStation Vita needed. Keiji Inafune's new game offers a rich universe, an exciting story, entertaining gameplay and an epic soundtrack.
  9. Apr 30, 2013
    86
    It’s an original and moody action-RPG with fast-paced, energetic combat and layers upon layers of depth to explore.
  10. Jun 24, 2013
    85
    Among the prettiest and most enjoyable games on Vita, not to mention the fact that it'll last you bloody ages. [Issue#232, p.78]
  11. May 30, 2013
    85
    A challenging RPG with variety, depth and some truly kick-ass magic spells. [July 2013, p.70]
  12. May 15, 2013
    85
    All in all, Soul Sacrifice has great graphics, decent sound and some really enjoyable gameplay that is perfect for the PS Vita.
  13. May 8, 2013
    85
    Anyone who enjoys Monster Hunter, and even folks who don’t, will find a game that offers up a lot of fun both off and online.
  14. May 6, 2013
    85
    Soul Sacrifice did not fall short of expectations, proving to be an Action-RPG absolutely addictive, with a good strategic depth and enlivened by a very successful plot.
  15. May 3, 2013
    85
    Some really good gameplay ideas, a good storytelling and a fast paced combat.
  16. May 3, 2013
    85
    Soul Sacrifice is a fantastic game for the PlayStation Vita. The title comes with great gameplay variety, even if you're required to grind a lot in order to keep going. It's a hard game, but never unfairly so, and you can be sure to spend many hours in this bleak world. Both graphics and audio are strong for a handheld title and the story is, on top of everything else, highly intriguing. You won't regret buying this.
  17. Apr 30, 2013
    85
    Soul Sacrifice is what you'd get if you smashed Phantom Dust and Monster Hunter together and added a meaningful plot, and it does what it sets out to do with aplomb.
  18. Apr 30, 2013
    85
    Diverse, stuffed with content and challenging, Soul Sacrifice might not be the game to save PS Vita but its attention to detail and stellar execution means it is one of handheld's best.
  19. The gameplay is smooth and every spell is designed to be both cool and useful. The environments are well crafted, ranging from icy plains mired with huge chains to forests filled with bizarre trees covered in throbbing blood veins. [June 2013, p.88]
  20. Apr 30, 2013
    84
    Easily targeted as a Monster Hunter clone for the PS Vita, the new creation of Keiji Inafune emerges with a defined personality that shines throughout the whole experience. With a deep combat, customization and even crafting system, and one of the best artistic styles of the entire Vita library, Soul Sacrifice challenges us to a series of close, Arena-style fights against nightmarish creatures, which we can liberate or sacrifice, that advances in terms of its epic nature and visual scale. Maybe it feels repetitive playing solo, but to the fun multiplayer, the narrative piece of the Librom diary and the depth of the weapons ans Skills make it a one of a kind. One that will take us more than hours merely in its offline Campaign mode.
  21. Apr 30, 2013
    82
    Soul Sacrifice will not appeal to every PS Vita fan and it doesn't take advantage of the console's capabilities as much as we would have liked, but an innovative approach to the action RPG core mechanic turns it into a challenging and addictive experience.
  22. May 7, 2013
    81
    Soul Sacrifice gives you a huge amount of content while constantly confronting you with decisions. It is hard not to get lost in the easy to control, yet challenging and frantic battles, even though the core mechanics get repetitive too soon.
  23. Soul Sacrifice isn’t the deepest Action-RPG out there, but it’s certainly one of the most interesting, and it feels right at home on PS Vita. [July 2013, p78]
  24. Jun 14, 2013
    80
    Soul Sacrifice has a soul of a complete traditional Japanese video game. Do not be looking for an RPG along with exploring its world - small arenas, a branched and huge character's specialization system, and mainly the addicting gameplay are the king here.
  25. May 31, 2013
    80
    Let’s call it a game of great breadth, if not depth.
  26. May 16, 2013
    80
    Players looking for a unique grinding experience on Sony’s portable platform should look no further. Soul Sacrifice blends the best aspects of several titles together to create one completely unlike anything else on the market.
  27. May 13, 2013
    80
    Soul Sacrifice could have stood to have a bit more direction, but it’s undoubtedly one of the best games on the Vita right now. Inafune had a great idea, ran with it, and backed it up with a solid combat system to boot.
  28. 80
    Solid brawler with interesting spells, nice customization features and a story that keeps surprising you with its depth and characters.
  29. May 10, 2013
    80
    Soul Sacrifice looks a little bit like Monster Hunter, but leans on completely different game mechanics. Being able to sacrifice you companions, your enemies and yourself make this a special, but estranging experience. Especially online it gets tense with the people in your team, because they have the ability to sacrifice you for a magical attack as well.
  30. May 9, 2013
    80
    Keiji Inafune produces a great action RPG for PS Vita that mixes magic with huge battles against big bosses.
  31. May 6, 2013
    80
    Still, Soul Sacrifice has me itching to buy a Vita (I borrowed the one I played the review code on), which is an accomplishment since my 3DS has been more than adequate for my handheld needs. Having completed the main story at 40 hours, there are still a ton of optional missions and upcoming DLC with new stories and new monsters to play.
  32. May 6, 2013
    80
    Soul Sacrifice delivers a rich, deep and solid survival action experience, packed with some stunning visuals and sounds. The combat is often frustrating for various reasons, just like Monster Hunter, but overall it's no doubt one of the best PS Vita games around.
  33. May 5, 2013
    80
    Soul Sacrifice is as ingenious as it is insane. The setting is a bizarre mix of Greek and Medieval legends, but that's nothing compared to how smartly the gameplay elements work together. Every isolated aspect has a problem, but when these aspects come together, the downsides are a thing of the past. Soul Sacrifice isn't perfect and a little more variation in enemies and environments would have gone a long way, but it will provide you with dozens upon dozens of hours of fun and will have you sacrifice many lives and Vita battery cycles.
  34. May 3, 2013
    80
    Epic from start to finish, weird and attractive at the same time, Soul Sacrifice is an original game that takes its time to reveal it's potential. The universe is carefully crafted and the ambiance mixing uneasiness and sadness make a vault that fits the PS Vita tailored gameplay. A direct competitor of Monster Hunter, Soul Sacrifice does not match the list of monsters but sheds light on the obsolete game mechanics of Capcom's game while renewing the concept. Too bad that this game still suffers from it's youth as some mistakes are present, but we hope those will disappear in an upcoming sequel.
  35. May 3, 2013
    80
    This role playing game feels fresh and is exactly what the PS Vita needs at this moment. Soul Sacrifice doesn't give players a sword, but the whole game leans on using magic.
  36. May 3, 2013
    80
    Like any great action RPG, the game is about tuning a character build, and shepherding it through increasingly difficult variations of the same things you’ve been doing all along, with friends, strangers, or an AI along for the ride. But unlike many such games, it’s got one hell of a story, insidiously barbed gameplay hooks, and the sort of infinite lifespan that makes your Vita worth the money you spent.
  37. May 1, 2013
    80
    Soul Sacrifice is undoubtedly one of the deepest and most interesting games available for Sony's handheld. The dark fantasy style and slightly repetitive missions might put some people off, but if you're looking to invest a lot of time into a game and don't mind sacrificing your social life, Keiji Inafune's latest is just the game for you.
  38. Apr 30, 2013
    80
    While the game is a little limited by the platform, the underlying mechanics will capture a certain style of player.
  39. Apr 30, 2013
    80
    Deeper than the Grand Canyon and just as expansive, Soul Sacrifice will keep you and a bunch of friends going for some time.
  40. 80
    Soul Sacrifice is a dark, addictive and brutal action-RPG that excels in aesthetics and rewarding combat. Poor A.I., repetitive foes and steep learning curve prevent it from reaching triple-A heights, however.
  41. Apr 30, 2013
    80
    A unique and refreshing hack´n slash made from scratch exclusively for PS Vita. It may become repetitive in the long run, but meanwhile you´re going to discover a rich and distinct world with a weird cast of characters.
  42. Apr 30, 2013
    80
    Offers a consuming fantasy adventure set in a desperately dark world. It may succumb to repetition in places, but its underlying moral mechanic brings a warped twist to a genre that’s becoming increasingly crowded in the wake of Monster Hunter’s success. The presentation isn’t always as polished as you’d expect from a first-party release, but the perverse art direction makes up for it.
  43. 80
    Its quest structure makes it perfectly suited for a portable, yet its addictive nature will have a lot of players never wanting to put it down.
  44. It’s a brilliantly well-structured handheld game, both offline and on, and despite the lack of a traditional hub world it never sacrifices depth for the sake of portability. Familiar ideas are wound up with fresh ones, resulting in one of the strongest games of its kind to hit the system so far.
  45. Apr 30, 2013
    80
    There's a staggering wealth of content, but it can be tiring in its repetition. Battles are frantic and fun, but can be exhaustingly annoying if you choose the wrong friends. Very much like the game's Lacrima system, however, many of the sacrifices one must make to enjoy the game are negligible in the long run, and there's nothing that should stop one having a damn good laugh and getting utterly hooked on an adventure that really can be played until the Vita's batteries run dry.
  46. May 24, 2013
    77
    Soul Sacrifice is a game that rewards the patient and those who enjoy wide open worlds with lots to do. If you don’t mind putting those stories aside for the sake of more action, and you can tolerate the tediousness of some of the optional missions, you’re good to go.
  47. 77
    At the end of the day Soul Sacrifice has great content to play with some friends, but if you’re on the look out for a story driven RPG you may, and I stress may, want to look elsewhere.
  48. Apr 30, 2013
    77
    Soul Sacrifice straddles the line between delivering the depth typically found on console and the on-off-on-again routine of handheld gaming, and the result is something that will likely please Vita owners hungry for a quality, grind-heavy RPG.
  49. May 13, 2013
    76
    Soul Sacrifice pulls you in with an interesting premise; retelling the exploits of a dead sorcerer. The levels are short and brutal, making it ideal for a lunch break brawl. As far as action RPGs go, this is the best Vita has to offer thus far, but it’s far from perfect.
  50. May 13, 2013
    76
    Some nagging problems with Soul Sacrifice keep my excitement tempered, but Vita owners would be remiss if they didn't try it out.
  51. May 7, 2013
    76
    Your patience is tested perhaps too often in Soul Sacrifice. The pacing feels too slow through most of the early goings and it's not until you've offered several hours and no small quantity of blood that the storytelling finally awakens to move with some purpose.
  52. May 3, 2013
    75
    It's not without its problems, but Soul Sacrifice's strong identity and rewarding commitment to the decision-making process are reason enough to try your hand at ridding the land of foul archfiends.
  53. May 1, 2013
    73
    Soul Sacrifice has some shining components, and should hold its head high. The depth of weapon customization, strategic layer of combat, and robust multiplayer offerings kept me invested and having fun – even in the face of frustration.
  54. May 2, 2013
    71
    Looks like Sony will have to wait a little longer before the Vita gets its killer app, but I can think of worse ways than Soul Sacrifice to eat up that time.
  55. May 31, 2013
    70
    If you’re looking for a handheld game that oozes quality presentation and attractive story but don’t mind some of its simplicity, then take Soul Sacrifice for a taste; it just might pull you in.
  56. May 27, 2013
    70
    This is a game that's most arresting when experienced alone, its grim story one of intensifying emptiness and detachment. Regardless of its irregular pratfalls, there's something to be said for a title this dark that excels primarily in short bursts rather than prolonged, daylight-avoiding tests of mental pertinacity.
  57. May 23, 2013
    70
    Soul Sacrifice can stand on its own feet proudly, but it’s the potential of the birth of a franchise that should get gamers everywhere smiling into their Mountain Dew. With a few tweaks and additions Keiji Inafune’s baby could well come back to rule the roost – until then, dive in and experience it but try not to lose your soul to the game...
  58. May 13, 2013
    70
    The dark fantasy world of Soul Sacrifice has a wonderful tension to it and the game has a wonderful narrative, however it’s core mechanics are not what they should be. For a game that focuses so much on fighting it’s also kind of disappointing that only the boss fights are worthwhile.
  59. May 13, 2013
    70
    A unique RPG with charming art direction and very interesting combat and story that suffers from intense repetition of its missions.
  60. May 3, 2013
    70
    There's a good experience to be had but it's hard to shake the fact that this is a bit of a niche title.
  61. May 1, 2013
    70
    I think Soul Sacrifice is worth the asking price, but playing it may exact an unexpected toll on your thoughts. To enjoy it is to engage with its unvarnished contract, and to recognize your adventure as a sequence of repetitive harvests that culminate in some kind of relief and freedom.
  62. Apr 30, 2013
    70
    Soul Sacrifice is a noble first effort from Inafune and company to fill the Monster Hunter void, but it can't quite match the addictive depth of that series.
  63. Apr 30, 2013
    70
    There’s a strong element of cooperative play with an excellent twist that will surely be the death of many a friendships, and plenty of character customization to build up your own magic-wielding badass. The game’s got plenty of great content, especially if you can convince a few others to take that step with you, but if you’re holding your breath for a great story, you’re almost certainly going to be disappointed.
  64. Apr 30, 2013
    70
    There are some important flaws but this is still one of the most ambitious and enjoyable games on the PS Vita, even if it still doesn’t feel like a killer app.
  65. Apr 30, 2013
    70
    While Capcom's colossal safari [Monster Hunter] is a master-class in intelligent enemy design and rewarding, consistently challenging combat, Soul Sacrifice throws caution to the wind by giving the player a vast array of options. The result is that it feels mechanically chaotic rather than refined.
  66. Apr 30, 2013
    65
    Whether unlocking the mysteries of its story or plumbing the depths of its magic systems, the experience is weighed down by a reliance on dull combat mechanics. Its complex, interlocking systems and the draw of cooperative multiplayer can't save Soul Sacrifice from its greatest sin: tedious gameplay.
  67. Jun 28, 2013
    60
    A distinctly Japanese curio that will find a moderate audience, but certainly not the console-defining experience the PS Vita is still desperately searching for. [Issue#136, p.104]
  68. Jun 9, 2013
    60
    An impenetrable, ultra-repetitive, pretentious mess with few redeeming features. Feh, indeed. [July 2013, p.63]
  69. Apr 30, 2013
    60
    Soul Sacrifice is a decent action-RPG for fans familiar with this type of game, but for newcomers, there’s very little that will impress or feel particularly interesting. It’s the very definition of “fine.”
  70. Apr 30, 2013
    60
    It’s a brave game that dares to weaken players in one way as it empowers them in another. Comcept may be wrong in thinking Monster Hunter would be better if it was just about hunting monsters, but Soul Sacrifice is courageous and thematically bold enough to distinguish itself from the clones that have followed in the wake of Capcom’s phenomenon. As with Inafune’s recurring criticisms of Japan, however, it proves repetition isn’t always the best way to make a point.
  71. May 5, 2013
    40
    Although there are some interesting ideas here and the Vita could benefit from a title like Soul Sacrifice, everything rides on how good the core game is, and to me, it just doesn't hold up.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 264 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 60
  2. Negative: 4 out of 60
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    10
    Absolutely blow my mind, awesome itemization, you get ways to play instead of irons to wear and only see it moving, 400+ skills to customizateAbsolutely blow my mind, awesome itemization, you get ways to play instead of irons to wear and only see it moving, 400+ skills to customizate your toon whith your own style, great longevity with the magics level up system, and a wonderful online! also the difficulty of the game is really challenging! Full Review »
  2. Apr 30, 2013
    10
    In my opinion is a zillion times better than monster hunter, not that it is the same or similar, but many think it would be a "copy" of theIn my opinion is a zillion times better than monster hunter, not that it is the same or similar, but many think it would be a "copy" of the MH. Only the story is worth more than all the MH all together. Best game vita today and one of the best of the year. Full Review »
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    8
    Let me start by saying this game is NOT Monster Hunter, if you're gonna dive in this game thinking this is Monster Hunter you won't have toLet me start by saying this game is NOT Monster Hunter, if you're gonna dive in this game thinking this is Monster Hunter you won't have to much fun. Now putting that a side this game is down right gritty, disturbing, and out of the world. The combat system isn't your typical hack and slash with a sword/weapon instead you go in battle as a magician with countless customization(not in the sense of making your own spell, but many variety of spells) spells in the game. The core of the game is well as the title says "Soul Sacrifice" You either become dark by sacrificing them for power, or you can grant a monster/boss/fiend salvation and save them to gain defensive attributes over power which is consider "holy". This game takes place as you wake up in a cage filled with bones and the atmosphere is dark very dark it seems hopeless till the "Librom" the book a that you'll be reading which tells you many tales of a sorcerer that went on and do his bidding. Which you'll be controlling to tell the story of the sorcerer becoming a dark mage or a holy mage. Each chapter is broken down into missions, which you'll be undertaking. These mission starts out in a small map where you'll be fighting minions then go on toward the big boss "Archfiends or witches" Which from that point you go into battle granting them "salvation" or "justice". Sadly this game is NOT open world, but this does not set it back by much because this game has so much countless content in the game such as "Rites" which are very powerful spells that comes with a price. Such as, sacrificing your eyes to gain control of a powerful magic spells for a short period of time but losing vision because of you sacrificing your eyes. THESE must be repair upon use and the way you repair them is with Lacrims which are obtained after every stage by talking to the Librom, these are also use to repair spells if they have been use to much in a battle where they are broken, fear not if you do not exhaust the spells you went into battle with they will auto restore upon quest success or failure. This game has a 2 way leveling system it's very unique if you ask me, first off when you save a monster you gain "Holy Exp" thus leveling up your holy gauge, and when you sacrifice a monster you gain "Dark Exp" when the gauges fill up for either of the 2 it will level up. I.E. Holy Level 2/Dark Level 1. There's a catch though, as your maximum output is 100 so if you want to be the holy guardian you would want Level 99 Holy/Level 1 Dark, but if you want pure destruction you want Level 1 Holy/Level 99 Dark(There is no level 0) If you're wondering upon level up is it permanent? No this is where most game should learn, you can actually use the Lacrims you obtain from quest to DOWNLEVEL your character I.E. Level 40 Holy/Level 30 Dark>Use Lacrims to lower Level 40 Holy to Level 39 Holy. It makes for wonderful build if you weren't satisfy with the old build you had. The Multiplier aspect of this game is where the game will be where the fun starts. A maximum of 4 players can join forces to conquer the "Avalon pact quest" in which by going in you must team up and fight, but worry this if you're doing a bad job and constantly dying and you happen to join a group of people that get's very annoyed they can actually Sacrifice you and taking you out of the fight for a short burst of powerful Magic damage to the entire map. This in my opinion is a horrible way to die and not get rewards such as the essence/exp of the boss. I won't cover much for multiplayer due to the fact I haven't played on the full release of the game yet(This game requires an online pass that is not valid yet, since I got it early I'm fine with that) This is my first review and I hope you guys enjoy it. This game is a blast it will take your soul with the countless grinding you'll be doing. Full Review »