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Submitted by Gekko 1269d ago | opinion piece

Is 'Soul Sacrifice' The Video Game The PS Vita Needs To Survive?

Erik Kain:

There’s still no release date for Sony’s PS Vita RPG ‘Soul Sacrifice’ but the latest GamesCom trailer shows off a terrific looking title.

In Sony’s upcoming PS Vita third-person action-RPG Soul Sacrifice, players must sacrifice items, body parts, or even lives to unleash powerful attacks against massive monsters.

To be honest, it looks great and I wish it was coming out on the PS3. In fact, this is the first game I’ve seen launching on the PS Vita that makes me think I might need to get one of Sony’s latest handheld devices.

The struggling Vita is having a hard time making a splash in the gaming market largely due to a lack of compelling titles, but if this game is anywhere as great as it looks, that might change. (PS Vita, PS3, Sony, Soul Sacrifice)

cpayne93  +   1269d ago
Looks like an awesome game, but I don't think it will sell that great outside of Japan. Hopefully it will sell some Vitas over there, and Assasins Creed will probably sell more Vitas in Europe and NA. Cod will still probably sell some...but it might not deserve too.
da_2pacalypse  +   1269d ago
False, I've already pre-ordered from Bestbuy.

Soul Sacrifice will be an awesome game, but the vita is doing fine. People seem to forget that holiday sales will really help the system out.

Also, I'm tired of the: "*insert game title here* is the game that will save the vita" articles.... It's all a bunch of BS
Abash  +   1269d ago
This game has a whole Dragon's Dogma vibe looking like a WRPG/Action game hybrid. I cant wait for it
cpayne93  +   1269d ago
I didn't say nobody would buy it outside of Japan, I know I will, I just don't see it selling many Vitas elsewhere. I'm a contradiction to that tho, I live in the states and Soul Sacrifice is my main reason for buying a Vita.

But hey, I could be wrong.
Anon1974  +   1269d ago
Wait, I thought Black Ops was going to save the Vita. Or was it Sly Cooper? Or was it PSN+? I can't keep track these days. a search on this site for "save" and "vita". There's over 10 articles on there about "Can such and such save the Vita," despite the fact that Sony has publicly stated they're happy with Vita's initial sales and that digital sales have far exceeded their expectations. Not to mention the Vita "Doomed" articles, or the "How Sony's ignoring Vita" articles.

Reminds me of all the PSP doom articles we used to see. Or the PS3 doom. Or Blu-Ray doom. Or 3D doom. Etc..etc...

Edit: Hilarious. While I was typing this another one cropped up on the front page. "Will the lack of a price cut doom the Vita." So, anyone out there actually reporting on game or industry news? Anyone?
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TBM  +   1269d ago
crazy, crazy stuff here one after another. i think there's about 6 on the first page alone lol.
DigitalAnalog  +   1269d ago
That's because after gamescom, the media realized they have been wasting all their ammo on their strawman they tried to build so hard.
MasterCornholio  +   1269d ago
I guess that Sony's great gamescon presentation has made a lot of haters extremely angry. But that's normal because they were expecting Sony to announce the death of the Vita.

Metal-X  +   1269d ago
The 3DS and junk like Kinect always get a free pass but the Vita is in constant need of saving?.
These journalists need to STFU.
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CommonSenseGamer  +   1269d ago
Tell me, were you one of those talking up the Vita prior to its release claiming it possibly couldn't fail?

There were few, if any, Vita doom and gloom articles at the time of its release. Those articles have only transpired because its NOT selling.

The last few days have seen some positives news come out for the Vita but that news has yet to translate into sales, for either Sony or the developers supporting the Vita.

If the Vita fails to ignite this xmas then I would be quite concerned.
Metal-X  +   1269d ago
"Tell me, were you one of
those talking up the Vita prior
to its release claiming it
possibly couldn't fail?"
No, i wasn't.
I'm not one of those fanboy idiots who thinks his/her company of choice can do no wrong. I know for a fact that the Vita, as awesome as it is, will never outsell things like the 3DS or iDevices.
I think these journalists need to give the "doom" articles a rest, though. They're like a mother who gives birth to a child and says "No, i don't see a future here".
The Vita is like that child, it's still very young and has not been given the time it needs to mature. Remember, you have to be able to walk before you learn how to run.
Now, if you'll excuse me, i have to feed my Vita it's bottle.
cpayne93  +   1269d ago
The 3ds had plenty of its own doom and gloom articles, they went away when it started selling well. Kinect has sold well from the start, far as I know, so how could it be in danger of failing?

I'm a huge playstation fan, and I really want a Vita, but it really hasn't sold very well so far. If these sells continue, it could spell bad news for the system. I really do hope it starts selling well.
dragonyght  +   1269d ago
Sony is trying to fill the void left by monster hunter, with this game. and i hope it succeed
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LiViNgLeGaCY  +   1269d ago
This game looks amazing.
Hicken  +   1269d ago
Are people really that unenthusiastic about the Vita's current library? Does it lack that many games?

I look at the titles available, and I see some good stuff from nearly every genre. But I guess instead of a title or two from each, people want 35 first person shooters...
GribbleGrunger  +   1269d ago
Haven't you noticed how people always want something that's NOT on the Vita... Tis a phenomena I'm tellin' ya!
smashcrashbash  +   1269d ago
Yeah, as soon as you have this they want to know why you don't have that. Anyone ever thought that these games were coming all the time and it is just the fact that we were being impatient and didn't want to wait?
joeorc  +   1269d ago
Many still seem to think Sony's not going to get support for the PSVita?
"Sony has announced the publishers and developers that will be supporting PlayStation Mobile, the upcoming platform for PlayStation Vita and Android PlayStation Certified devices that offers a low cost of entry for developers and the power of the PlayStation brand. Launching this fall, the service will have “approximately 30 new titles from a variety of genres including Adventure, Action, Puzzle, and Sports, created by third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios.”


I mean Key once again:

approximately 30 new titles!

THAT will make it a grand total OVER 90 GAMES by THIS FALL for the PSVita in under a freaking year !

but yet, some people act like the PSVita has no games..or support is going to just dry

and like clockwork:

"it takes hundreds. And the vita doesnt have that"

your right, it does not have them yet..key word is under a freaking year, the PSVita is going to have over 100 games!

in the next year Sony's going to have way more than that number!

and this:

and i Quote:

"Sure vita can survive in last place "

LMAO there is only Sony and Nintendo in Dedicated Game Handhelds...if you want to bring smartphones in the mix by talking Apple, go right

because in the grand scheme of thing's counting smartphones in the Mix, Sony nor Nintendo are even close or remotely even in contention to be first, for one they would have to beat out Samsung's 90 million Smarphones per sales Quarter to be in 1st place. LMAO
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PopRocks359  +   1269d ago
Personally I thought Tearaway looked a lot better, but that's just me.
triplev16  +   1269d ago
The Vita needs a little time and a marketing push. As of yet it hasn't had the luxury of either. That being said, those who have bought one (including me), seem to enjoy the console which at least is a good sign. I've been using my Vita quite a bit since February, catching up on classic PSP rpgs and newer titles like Wipeout and Rayman (both very good). Does it need more games? Sure, but I'm happy with what's here (so far) and also with what's coming down the pipeline as well.

edit: Soul Sacrifice on the other hand looks like it could be a great reason to buy a Vita if you haven't picked one up already.
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DigitalRaptor  +   1269d ago
After having sat through "PS3 is doomed", "PS3 has no games", "Blu-ray will fail" crap I have tougher skin and confidence to deal with the constant flow of crap like this.

People are saying Soul Sacrifice can save the Vita, or Call of Duty, or Assassins Creed etc, but no one even bothers mentioning that the Vita is well on its way to having a 100+ collection of games to choose from by the end of this calendar year and even more by the end of fiscal Q4 2012, with plenty already announced and to be announced. Some even coming from top developers Media Molecule and Guerilla Games. Not to mention the push for value incentives Sony is doing with cross play and cross buy.

What's even more pathetic is the rabid scrutiny and obsession on a handheld that has been out ONLY 6 months. Just wow...
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KrimsonKody  +   1269d ago
I mean, let's be serious
The Vita is a great handheld, great, I tell you.
But there's a few factuals that everyone is conveniently overlooking.

1, The Vita is (counts fingers) a mere 6 months old. 6 MONTHS! It hasn't even experienced a holiday rush...yet...

2, This is the 1st model. History has shown us, that the newer rehashed models always often sell more than what the earlier models sold, usually because of all the extras, upgrades, etc. that they come with.

(leaves 'disagree' door unlocked)
This model of Vita, despite how technically great, has its issues, I'll explain;
Memory capacity; even if Sony reduces the price & increase GBs per card, it's a bit of a step backwards, especially with already experiencing what the PSPGo has successfully done. Storage-wise, the Vita will eventually utilize more than 3 times the amount of the 'Go', & Sony knew this model wasn't "totally" future proof. Thee "Go" has shown us that built-in storage is the way to, uh, go.

4, Games.
Why are people crying lack of? There's enough games, Vita, Classics or PSN, for you to play. I believe the complaint is more about every single gamer wanting just exactly what they want; "I want MK, I want FF, I want SS, I...I just want!" Eventually, the Vita will more than serve gaming needs, just not RIGHT now
(see reason #1 above).
rezzah  +   1269d ago
For those don't know, the essence of this game comes from the thought of sacrificing the self for something greater.

In other words, you will be sacrificing part of yourself in various ways in order to gain stronger attacks.

Very interesting and original concept.

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