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74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Sep 20, 2022
    90
    Soulstice manages to maintain a good balance overall and while some hits may feel unfair, no fight ever ends that way. They all feel satisfying and exciting in a way that motivates the player to continue towards the next one. The moments of exploration between fights also encourages players to take in the stunning art design of the world and Briar's armor and weaponry, which look like they're lifted straight from the pages of Berserk; but this only scratches the surface of Soulstice. This is a challenging, beautiful, and engrossing game with a ton to offer and shouldn't be passed over.
  2. Sep 20, 2022
    90
    A great hack 'n' slash that can stand proudly next to the sacred monsters of the genre.
  3. Sep 20, 2022
    85
    Full of style and substance, Soulstice is a joy to play, with tight, fast-paced combat and slick controls that make this an easy recommendation to anyone interested in a new hack and slash title.
  4. Sep 19, 2022
    80
    Soulstice is a fantastic time and successfully emulates the glory days of the character-driven action genre, whilst also implementing some neat ideas of its own that make it stand out from the competition. Visually, it may not stack up to the competition, but when you are in the thick of the action, looking like a total badass thanks to the easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master combat system, you’ll be having so much fun that it becomes very easy to overlook Soulstice’s flaws.
  5. Sep 20, 2022
    76
    Soulstice gives a good challenge to veterans of the genre and is a good choice for beginners, in a mix between Devil May Cry and Berserk.
  6. Sep 23, 2022
    75
    Soulstice is a beautiful hack ‘n slash that falls short in areas such as world building, pacing, level design, and art direction. However, it establishes a shared combat and exploration system between two characters in one that, by itself, makes it surprising and challenging.
  7. 75
    Soulstice etches its own namesake in the hack n' slash genre. While it lacks the same level of combat depth and demand, it focuses more on narrative quality, accessibility, and presentation to reach success.
  8. Sep 20, 2022
    75
    Soulstice has a lot of fun moments and features some impressive fights that leave you feeling accomplished. Besides the thrill of perfecting each chapter every encounter, the game also features special battles that give you requirements to beat them offering you items that power-up your abilities or increase your health. These challenges are entirely optional but add to the game’s twelve hour story and continue to test your skills.
  9. Sep 20, 2022
    74
    Soulstice is a solid, albeit unnecessarily dragged out, hack-and-slash action role playing game that features a great cast of characters and an engaging narrative. There’s a ton of replayability and a high skill ceiling to achieve, but the lack of variety in gameplay elements and wonky camera angles keep it from being truly amazing.
  10. Sep 20, 2022
    72
    Solid hack'n'slash reminiscence with a touch of Berserk and Devil May Cry, which falls short of its potential thanks to the poor combat camera.
  11. Sep 23, 2022
    70
    With Soulstice, the developers at Reply Game Studios have probably created their most ambitious game. Nervous beat'em up set in a universe reminiscent of the Claymore manga, it plays on the duality of force fields (evocation, banishment) and a mix of exploration, puzzles and action for lovers of the genre. Unfortunately, the lack of means is felt over the length and we very often complain about a badly adjusted camera and obvious technical problems (slowdowns, excessive copy-paste, textures from another time, etc.). Not to mention this permanent juggling at the level of the side keys of the controller. In the end, Soulstice is a game far from being uninteresting, but which is reserved for fans of the genre and amateurs of scoring.
  12. Sep 23, 2022
    70
    Soulstice feels – in a good way - like an action game of the past thanks to its brutal and intense action. As this continues to develop well, it manages to keep you playing. The downside, however, are the puzzles, as they are uninteresting and the level design feels a bit odd at times, which disrupts the flow. Some things to keep in mind, but the overall package is definitely to be appreciated.
  13. 70
    Soulstice is an excellent first effort in what must be an enormously difficult genre. Just imagine the work that must go into crafting such big, challenging action set pieces and leave the player feeling satisfied rather than infuriated. Soulstice isn’t perfect, but I hope the development team does stick at this, because they’re on to something special.
  14. 70
    Soulstice has some pacing issues and a dodgy camera but the combat is smooth, challenging and requires skill to master. A few tweaks would make this a fantastic game but even as it is fans of the character action games should definitely give it a chance.
  15. Sep 20, 2022
    70
    Soulstice is enjoyable for the most part, even though it has its annoyances. Being available on next-gen consoles and PC only, it looks fantastic at times and has a great sense of scale. Its boss fights are exhilarating too, and there are some other hair-raising scenes that try to provide a little variety. Factor in multiple difficulty levels and many secret challenges to be found, and you have an action adventure game that you can really sink your teeth into.
  16. Sep 20, 2022
    70
    Soulstice is a melting pot of things Devil May Cry does well and adds interesting demanding combat with two characters and situational countering. However, its predictable somber story and uninteresting world work hard to drain the fun out of things and its camera wants to be more enemy than friend.
  17. Sep 20, 2022
    60
    With its stylish Anime-inspired presentation, accessible combat and intriguing plot, Soulstice makes a strong first impression. Over the course of the game’s 15 to 20 hour runtime, however, the shallow, often chaotic combat, mindnumbing level design and uninteresting progression system drag it down quite a lot. If you desperately crave a new, somewhat big budget hack & slay, the game might be worth a look, but don’t expect it to reach the heights of any Devil May Cry or Bayonetta.
  18. Sep 19, 2022
    55
    Soulstice is a game with some great aesthetic choices, but is completely marred by poor gameplay design that takes control away from the player during the times they'll need it the most.
User Score
4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 52
  2. Negative: 33 out of 52
  1. Sep 22, 2022
    0
    Terrible fixed camera completely ruins the game. It makes it impossible to play comfortably
  2. Sep 22, 2022
    0
    I had awful frustration in playing the game with that foolish fixed camera. I literally felt nausea and vomit stimulus. Stopped playing itI had awful frustration in playing the game with that foolish fixed camera. I literally felt nausea and vomit stimulus. Stopped playing it after just half hour Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2022
    3
    it's a generic action-adventure game with no inspiration at all, flat levels, boring dialogues and boring characters