IGN - Soul Sacrifice Review

Soul Sacrifice has finally arrived on the PS Vita. But is this the be-all, end-all handheld RPG many were hoping it would be?

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dedicatedtogamers1970d ago

Let's keep this simple:

For those who played the demo, is this 7.7/10 material?

Yes (agree) or no (disagree)?

I've already sunk 10+ hours into the demo. Yeah...that doesn't sound like 7.7 material.

PirateThom1970d ago

7.7 isn't a bad score, but it's a safe score.

The review reads a lot better than the final score and I think the score is more a "hey, if you don't like it don't blame us".

I think the fact the demo was so comprehensive and lengthy means reviews are a little irrelevent, you either liked the game or you didn't

bicfitness1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Game rocks. And for the record out of all the reviews, Jim Sterling is the only one who completed the main campaign - so props to him for DOING HIS JOB. Mainstream reviewers like IGN are the worst sort of bottom-feeding, click hungry, Mountain Dew whoring trash. Not to mention the Avalon Quests and MP aren't even online. Really, its embarrassing that these people play MP centric games without ever dipping into the content. 75% of the quests aren't available for single player. I'd like to see them do that with the next CoD, but they won't.

P.S. You can check what reviewers completed the game by their PSN profile. So far, only Jim. I bet the average reviewer clocks in at 12 hours for this game. I squeezed 80 out of the demo, make of that what you will. And the Polygon review that claims the game is "button mashing" is the biggest turd on the pile. Try doing a 3 star of higher quest "button mashing" and see how fast you die.

Kanzes1970d ago

The demo is great, I thought it's gonna get at least 8 or maybe 9

Protagonist1970d ago

My experience with the demo makes me feel it is better than a 7.7... more like a 9.0

dedicatedtogamers1970d ago

@ bicfitness

The difficulty (or lack thereof) is one thing I was fearful about. I didn't want it to be a cakewalk. I'm accustomed to MH's higher difficulty for all but the most basic monsters, and SS follows the same route.

Tei7771970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

The demo is great! The game is easy to pick up and play and its exciting to find new magic, but I can't see the game getting any deeper then that. The story is random dribble, the voice acting is pretty bad, the world isn't cohesive, the battle arena's are bland and recycled. It survives off its combat which is great fun and the magic is brilliant. 7.7 seems about right to me, seeing as its only $40 mayb they could bumped it up to a mid 8.

If you're the sort of person who treats you handheld like a console, I think you'll probably find this game cool, but utimately shallow. If you only play an hour here and there you'd struggle to find a better distraction then this.

-Its probably my favourite 1st party game for the Vita thus far. I'll be picking it up later in the summer.

-GametimeUK-1970d ago

I wish I could try the demo. This game was potentially going to push me to buy a Vita, but it looks like I should just get MH on my 3DS instead.

GameCents1970d ago

If a playstation exclusive is averaging 7-7.9 in reviews then the ps-only crowd will insist that the game is at least an 8-8.9 in their opinion. Take a look at reviews for Starhawk, Sly Cooper, Twisted Metal, PASBR and many others to see this in action.
Same apllies for ps games at the 6-6.9 range, the ps fan will always insist that the game is 1 - 2 points better than average reviews.

This is doubly true when a Vita game is being reviewed. Some ps fans feel the need to be protective over the struggling console for obvious reasons and will ecen go as far as saying a horrid short game like Declassification is getting unjust hate.Again, one needs only check past reviews to collaborate my words.

What's my point? There's no point asking a mostly ps fan driven site if they believe a Vita exclusive game if it is 7.7 material, they'l always tell you it's at least an 8.7.

Closing remark, one chapter of a game does not fully represent the entirety of said game. So those of you lambasting IGN for not completing the game and then turning around and saying according to the demo it is worth at least a 9 are being hypocrites.

Kingthrash3601970d ago

demos should be more like SS. to be honest that was the deepest I've ever played. people sinking in 20 + hours in this demo. reviews are irrelevent after demos like that. it was smart and gives reviewers less power. devs need to take notes, this game will sell from demo players. if any doubt play the free demo, simple.

Bimkoblerutso1970d ago

Reviews are not irrelevent. People just continue (and will always continue) to staunchly insist that review scores are an objective ranking for games.

Reviews are completely...I repeat, COMPLETELY subjective articles. The only real attributes that can be objectively stated in a review are those that are quantifiable, such as number of polygons, sound quality, blah blah blah. There is no way to objectively prove that Mario controls wonderfully, or that Snake's ass looks great in tights.

Reviews simply exist to present perspective. It may be a perspective that you vehemently disagree with, but what people don't seem to realize is that they are bringing their own biases into the mix SIMPLY BY DISAGREEING.

Bias is not necessarily an ugly word. It is the culmination of all that we have seen and experienced that has brought us to the opinions that we form, and WE ALL DO IT.

Stop looking to reviews for some misplaced reinforcement of your own opinions, and start accepting them for what they really are: perspective.

kupomogli1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )


It's the same as when Nintendo fans and Microsoft fans will bash reviews for giving games like New Super Mario Bros 2 and Gears of War Judgment lower reviews.

As for Twisted Metal, the game is amazing and it deserves a high single player and offline multiplayer review. But online was broken until six months later when they finally fixed it. However, IGN didn't fail to show how bad of a gaming website they are when they still gave it a 9/10. It's clear they didn't put any time into the online multiplayer or they would have docked it another point I'm sure. Although, I guess we can't very well fault them for playing only a couple hours online, because after you actually get into a room, the game runs silky smooth, and doing everything single player they already have enough to review the game.

Although, time and time again, sites like Kotaku and IGN prove there's a lot wrong with video game journalism.

Dir_en_grey1970d ago

LOL, IGN called this game a RPG...

(It's a pure action game ya f' tards)

nuff said

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Kingthrash3601970d ago

crazy how the review contradicts the score...
wow ign...just wow. 7.7 lol....but the review reflects a 8.7 score...sad...
what really sad is he didnt even beat the wow

Shikoro1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

I really don't understand it. Since when are reviewers allowed to publish a review without finishing the game? That's completely bizarre and hurts their reputation even more, but when you're at the rock bottom, I guess you can't go any lower. -_-

Judging by how much some of the reviewers had been playing the game, I would be more credible to write a review based on my 35+ hours of playtime...

Sad is the entitlement "gaming journalists" are given...

HammadTheBeast1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Sadly, they only reserve that for CoD, making sure to prestige at least once to get the "full experience"

HarryMasonHerpderp1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

6/10 from polygon
6/10 from Edge
7/10 from Eurogamer
7/10 from IGN
8/10 from Destructoid

Very predictable.
The demo played like an 8/10 at least for me.
Was still going to pick this up whatever the "main" websites scored it.
I seem to be disagreeing with a lot of review scores these days, they all seem to be marked on the reviewers bias, attention span and how much hype and marketing goes into the game. I've also read a lot of the reviewers have neither finished the game or played the online portion which is arguably the biggest part of the game. Polygon's review is laughably short and claims it to be a "button masher" which anyone who has played the demo knows is clearly not the case.

SilentNegotiator1970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Go back in time and tell them that it's on 3DS. Instant 9/10s.
Can't wait to see Modojo's review...Chris Buffa will probably review it himself and give it a 3/10.

SonyPS41970d ago

Just because it is on a PS doesn't necessarily mean reviewers will intentionally keep the score lower. There are many games on PS that received high scores, Uncharted 2 and 3 came to mind. Demon's Souls is another, so is LBP Vita, etc. Uncharted Vita also received some good scores, but because of the game's many flaws it wasn't favored with boatloads of 9+ scores, but the game was still well received nonetheless for a spinoff. Zelda Skyward Sword had some controversy from GameSpot. Xbox360 exclusive franchises have declined a bit as well in the scoring department. Oh and Call of Duty Black Ops II, the list goes on.

You just have a thing with Nintendo, and when people argue your points you respond with some "you're just playing the victim" comment while doing damage control for Sony when the company and its products get criticized.

Sandmano1970d ago

This game deserves at least an 8.

hulk_bash19871970d ago (Edited 1970d ago )

Been playing the demo for a while and just got in some time with the game(about 2hrs in) and I'm enjoying it. So far it's a solid 8.5 for me, can't wait to log in some more time.

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