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  • Summary: Salt and Sanctuary casts you as a sailor shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, insulated somehow against a backdrop of centuries-old worldwide perpetual war. What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries: protected dwellings where travelers band together under common creeds to takeSalt and Sanctuary casts you as a sailor shipwrecked on a strange, purgatorial island, insulated somehow against a backdrop of centuries-old worldwide perpetual war. What hope remains is isolated in Sanctuaries: protected dwellings where travelers band together under common creeds to take shelter from the hostile world outside. Expand

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  1. Positive: 51 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 18, 2016
    100
    This tribute to Souls series is built on the proven mechanics, but it extends them beyond the "original" universe. Thanks to jumping segments, it offers a tougher challenge, yet it is fair and fun as hell. [Issue#263]
  2. 90
    Ska Studios have done a fabulous job with Salt and Sanctuary, as the transition to 2D has created a more accessible game while also retaining all of the depth.
  3. Apr 15, 2016
    90
    Salt & Sanctuary is a brilliant piece of work that apes the Dark Souls franchise in all the right ways while still cutting its own path.
  4. Mar 31, 2016
    85
    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Salt and Sanctuary is truly inspired.
  5. Play UK
    May 17, 2016
    80
    A robust and rewarding Souls-like. We'd rather it deviated from its source material a little more but there's no denying what's in front of you is worth the price of admission. [Issue#269, p.84]
  6. Mar 22, 2016
    80
    Salt and Sanctuary doesn’t want to innovate and doesn’t deny its inspirations. But once you accept this fact, you’ll find a more than solid game, full of challenges and death. It’s basically Dark Souls in 2D.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Jun 7, 2016
    60
    Salt & Sanctuary can be brilliant, but it's held back by undersized visual design, both in UI and open play, making playing it from distance a pain. [June 2016, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 80
  2. Negative: 5 out of 80
  1. Mar 15, 2016
    10
    Just get it.

    Ignore the middle of the road reviews complaining about 'game identity' and other such nonsense. Anyone who says this game is
    Just get it.

    Ignore the middle of the road reviews complaining about 'game identity' and other such nonsense. Anyone who says this game is a Souls rip off clearly has their eyes closed and brain lobotomised.

    S+S has its own identity; which is being thest Metroidvania since Aria of Sorrow.

    Notice how that sentence does not mention anything about Dark Souls.
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  2. Mar 23, 2016
    10
    Game is amazing. It's a sleeper game of the year candidate. Literally the best game I've played in a while. It retains the pros of the SoulsGame is amazing. It's a sleeper game of the year candidate. Literally the best game I've played in a while. It retains the pros of the Souls series, while eliminating a lot of the complaints. And having it in 2D form works beautifully, though I'm a person who doesn't normally favor games not in 3D.

    The leveling system is like Path of Exile/Final Fantasy X, where you have a grid. You invest Salt, which is a currency that drops from defeated enemies (similar to souls in the Souls games). This makes character planning a dream. So many viable builds. It's a lengthy experience (20 hours or so for your first playthrough) and the amount of weapons/armors is staggering. (About 600 in total) It hits the loot/fashion spot alot of gamers are after. Seriously stunned at the amount of quality the game shows.

    Developers have talked about adding an invasion system (similar to the pvp system Dark Souls uses) so if you're into the competitive scene, be patient. It also has local co op if you're into that. WELL worth the asking price.
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  3. Mar 21, 2016
    10
    Just loving the game! Ive already spended more then 40 hours in this, congratz to all the developers for making a MetroidVania on Dark SoulsJust loving the game! Ive already spended more then 40 hours in this, congratz to all the developers for making a MetroidVania on Dark Souls style, its awesome! Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2016
    9
    One of the best indies I've played on ps4!

    Great souls/metroidvania spawn. Customization is solid and character progression is nothing
    One of the best indies I've played on ps4!

    Great souls/metroidvania spawn.
    Customization is solid and character progression is nothing short of perfection.
    Level design is varied and progressively gets more challenging, same with bosses. There are little "Tricks" to beating them (just like with any souls game) as far as I can tell they are balanced, all depends on the players ability.

    All and all great game with tons of potential for a sequel,
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  5. Mar 19, 2016
    9
    (I edited this review with new paragraph after playing a lot more. I didn't want to change the parts where I was mistaken so you could see how(I edited this review with new paragraph after playing a lot more. I didn't want to change the parts where I was mistaken so you could see how impression can change during time spent with the game and how easy it is to stick a 'dark souls clone' label on it.)

    It is impossible to write about this game without mentioning Dark Souls because this is basically Dark Souls in 2D platform style. I am a veteran of all Souls games but I never played much platform games and I probably suck at these. For this reason I was afraid I might not like S&S as much as I would like to.

    However the way this game works and feels is much more Dark Souls than just a platform game. Apparently the creators played Souls games a lot and carefully observed its mechanics: reward structure, learning curve, boss fights... S&S also gives you everything Soul series is known for: challenge, difficulty, many builds to toy with, huge adrenaline spikes, grim but also melancholic mood...As a Dark Souls fan I couldn't ask for more. And it was made by a team of two people! (plus two cats). S&S also borrows some unique ideas from other games, like huge skill tree reminding me so much of Path Of Exile.

    It's easy to treat this game as an appetizer before the main course which is Dark Souls 3 coming up in april but fortunately this game's replay value is high, with multiple unique weapons and play styles. I already see myself coming back to it even after DkS3 is out.

    If I was forced to find a flaw in this game it would be probably the fact that it sometimes follows DkS too closely in terms of some designs. Like huge golems with shields and spears reminding me so much of these in Anor Londo, even having same move set. But it's hardly a problem, especially for a game that is a homage to Dark Souls anyway.

    I don't give 10/10 to games because even in the most refined product there is always something that could be made better. Perfection doesn't exist, one can get only very close to it. So 9/10 it is!

    EDIT:

    The above early review was based on 8 hours of gameplay. But after playing a lot more I have to admit how much mistaken I was. The game initially seemed like Dark Souls 2D but it is A LOT MORE. S&S has its own identity and the more you play the more interesting mechanisms you discover, especially in forms of new abilities given to your character (brands). They make moving around, discovering and fighting even more interesting. They also give you an access to areas previously unreachable so you may want to revisit old places in search for some tasty goodies. For reasons above not only Dark Souls fans should give it a try but also every fan of platform games because these elements too are very well designed. The game combines what is best both in platform games and Souls games, creating fresh and unique experience.

    And the price tag - for the amount of fun and possible playthroughs this game provides the price is a steal. Don't miss it.
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  6. Mar 19, 2016
    9
    I purchased this game on a whim, because i like the souls series and read this was similar. This game is excellent in it's own right. It hasI purchased this game on a whim, because i like the souls series and read this was similar. This game is excellent in it's own right. It has rock solid controls, plenty of depth, and great atmosphere. It is also extremely fun, i don't remember having this much fun with an indie game in a long time.. Expand
  7. May 5, 2016
    0
    DO NOT BUY. No online multiplayer or PVP. 30 hours in and save file corrupted due to a known bug the dev chose not to fix. Was a pretty neatDO NOT BUY. No online multiplayer or PVP. 30 hours in and save file corrupted due to a known bug the dev chose not to fix. Was a pretty neat single player game up until that point but not anywhere close to Skas previous games. It lacks both the charm and 4 player online of Charlie Murder, and the finesse of Dishwasher. Save your money kids. Expand

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