Soul Sacrifice: A Killer App for PlayStation Vita? Really?

The PlayStation Vita did not stride gloriously and manfully onto the marketplace, massive gonads a-dangle, as eager customers followed it down the street throwing money in its wake. Did it ride the sleigh of success into the stratosphere, pulled by golden reindeer that crap gold nuggets and rubies the size of grapefruits? It did not. Presumably because of the ghastly strain the latter would cause to the poor buggers’ anuses.

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-Mika-1911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

I don't know. SS is a niche game. I just don't see it being that killer app that will bring a huge boost of sales to the system. When next month NPD sales come through and if it in the top 5. I will honestly be surprised but I just don't see it happening. There has been no ads for this games at all. Sony is just sending this game out to die. Releasing a demo is just not enough to boost sales.

Godchild10201911d ago (Edited 1911d ago )

I think as long as its in the top ten or number eleven of this month, its still good. Ni No Kuni is a niche title and it was number 11, I believe.

And I think if Soul Sacifice reached the top five of this month, in a week, it's more than a killer game/App for the Vita.

Edit: Word of mouth is just a strong as advertising. A lot of games that had barely any advertisement, went on to sell well over time due to Word of mouth.

Natso1911d ago

Monster Hunter is a niche title, but no one seems to dispute the fact that it's a system seller.

I feel that people are saying this, just because it's the Vita.

Apollosupreme1911d ago

I get why people are excited about it. I've played the demo and it feels like a big budget, well constructed, well directed game but it's just not my tastes. I can see how people would be draw to this if you're a fan of the genre. The Vita need more games in every genre with this sort of production quality.

jek71911d ago

well i think this game can be a system seller if properly advertised. i never played a game this good in the vita. and thats just the demo. i can't wait to buy this game!

guitarded771911d ago

Wow... I agreed with -Mika-. I think I need to get my head checked. It is a niche title outside of Japan. Hopefully it will do well, but I don't see it moving many Vita units in the US. I could be wrong, but that's just how I see it. Doesn't mean it's not a good game, just the way it is.

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DOMination-1910d ago

Yeah its a niche title for the west. Just like MH. People in EU/US are not going to buy a Vita for this game.

I dont think Sony owns an IP thats a true handheld system seller. Maybe GT if they can put a career mode in would work.

Nintendo on the other hand have Mario, MH, Mario Kart, Professor Layton.. Even weird stuff like Brain Training and Art Academy all games that made people randomly buy a DS.

If Sony doesnt have such an IP or is not capable of creating something (i think they are but would rather put resources into ps4) then they need to get third parties onboard. I think FFX will do well. The other ones i can think of is Elder Scrolls and GTA. These would be system sellers.

Conan-O-Brady1911d ago

Wow..... That was very something. OMG,SMH,LMAO.

Shadowsteal1911d ago

It is to a LOT of people, I've been playing the Demo for HOURS.

miyamoto1910d ago (Edited 1910d ago )

Good fer ya.

Gravity Rush was sure a killer app fer me. Nothing quite like it.

Let's play games not sales figures.
Games are more fun than sales figures, anyways.

Mabuhay! Play Away!

sherimae24131910d ago

well im waiting for kat's next game, i hope it will be announce this year ^_^

CEOSteveBallmer1908d ago

off topic. are you Filipino? or youre just refering to sherimae?

SegataSanshiro1910d ago

Thank you for your valuable comment.

Braid1911d ago

Actually, it is.

I've played the demo, the story and the atmosphere was... well, almost perfect.

I'm just thinking that it might be too dark for some people's tastes, from what I can tell it's a quite depressing story with seriously brutal writing. It's a gruesome dark fantasy, kind of like Dark/Demons Souls, with a clever presentation and an engaging flow of events.

I'll be picking it up when it comes out.

matrixman921911d ago

do you think casual gamers care about story and atmosphere? All most people care about is if you can do sick 360 no scopez!! This will not make more people jump on board the vita IMO. If casuals cared about story or atmosphere at all, persona 4 golden would have been a vita seller. I have gotten over 50 hours out of it so far and I'm not anywhere close to being done. Its sad but majority of people just dont care about what really matters in games anymore.

Soldierone1911d ago

I think a lot of people care about shooters, so I agree with you there. Then again, why didn't everyone float over for Call of Duty?

At the same time Soul Sacrifice has a story, but the gameplay is really action oriented and easy to handle. You don't really have to search for anything and are constantly thrown into major battles, always doing something. So this should relate to casuals.

The issue is, casuals probably still find that too hard. So Sony needs really simplistic stupid games, along with shooters of the same caliber.

CommonSenseGamer1911d ago

Have you guys considered that these so called "casuals" do more than just play "simplistic stupid" games on their mobile devices? Maybe the Vita itself does not have wide enough appeal for casuals.

Soldierone1911d ago


I have a phone with access to all the games. They are simplistic stupid games, there is no avoiding it.

The good games phones offer are available on Vita. Plants Vs Zombies, Cut The Rope, Even Angry Birds to an extent. The "console quality" crap is even available through PS mini's and some even released as full games.....

Look at whats popular. Angry Birds, simplistic. Words with friends, simplistic. Farmville, stupid.

Yet the Vita can go from simplistic and stupid to Uncharted and Soul Sacrifice, and people still are not buying it. Thats why they need a better mix of shooters, and possibly bring more casual titles in some way. After all what is the PS Suite for anyways?

CommonSenseGamer1911d ago

You missed my point. Why should someone buy a Vita if its more than casual gaming they are after. What app support does the Vita have?

Its not just about the games. Its about a device that best fits in with their lifestyle. Just because your focus is games does not mean it is for the masses.

Hicken1910d ago

You're finally right about something: the Vita doesn't have much "casual" appeal. But you know what?

It's not supposed to.

Likewise, neither Soul Sacrifice nor Monster Hunter are games that really appeal to casual gamers. Your second comment SHOULD read:

"Why should someone buy a Vita if it's only casual gaming they are after?"

And the answer: they shouldn't. Sony has given them no reasons to, and that's been by design. I know it's been said, and you don't seem to listen, but I'll say it once more: the Vita isn't for casuals.

That said, if there's anything that's mainstream for a handheld- particularly in Japan- it's Monster Hunter. You can think of it as like a more core Angry Birds, in terms of "everybody's playing it." And Soul Sacrifice is in that same vein, sporting comparable depth, gameplay, quality, and so on.

It's a well-crafted game in the vein of one of the most popular handheld franchises out there, and it's exclusive to the Vita. Capcom crapped out (did you forget Capcom, themselves, actually said MH would be awesome on the Vita?) and Inafune stepped up.

Maybe it won't be the runaway success that Monster Hunter is. Maybe it won't be THE killer app for the Vita. But to deny it's got the potential to AT LEAST be a system seller is short sighted.

But then, given how you've viewed the Vita all this time, that's to be expected from you, honestly.

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Braid1911d ago

Well, I care. I play games for the story, I like games that emphasizes on the story, like Heavy Rain, Alan Wake, Metal Gear Solid. Gameplay is important as well but I sometimes can overlook the shortcomings. Bioshock Infinite, for example: that was some top-notch writing and presentation right there, but the gameplay is quite dull. I still played, and enjoyed the hell out of it.

I do agree with you though, majority of people don't care about the story anymore.

abzdine1911d ago

killer app maybe not, good game it definitely is!

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