Why Soul Sacrifice Isn't PS Vita's Killer App

IGN: "Soul Sacrifice is a good game. A very good game, in fact. But it's not the Vita savior lots of people hoped for."

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Donnieboi2091d ago

I'm not convinced by this video's arguement. Not saying that Soul Sacrifice is good (or not), but IGN's video didn't help get their point across.

dedicatedtogamers2091d ago (Edited 2091d ago )

Oh IGN. Is it a slow news day? You had to scream from the mountaintops "GUYS! STOP BEING EXCITED! SOUL SACRIFICE ISN'T A KILLER APP!"

Journalists really flubbed on this one. After reading a lot of reviews and then sitting down and playing the game, it's clear that they didn't invest any time before slapping out a review. A lot of reviews brushed over or ignored the online multiplayer (which even people with the demo were able to see). I didn't see a single review that talked about the Peddler or the fact that you can unlock and upgrade your AI companions.

I'd like to remind people that early Monster Hunter titles on the PSP got horrible scores from journalists (including IGN's own reviewers)

Not to shill my own work (nope. I lied. It's shilling) but I have a review up on N4G for this game that actually, you know, covers all the game's bases:

Donnieboi2091d ago (Edited 2091d ago )

^ This.

Also, I'll check out your review. Thanks man.

EDIT: Okay, I read the whole thing (it was long as hell though--good thing I took a speed reading class), and now i'm convinced that I should replay the demo again. I got confused by a lot of stuff in that demo, and now I understand it better now that I read your review. Taking in consideration everything u wrote in your review, plus my re-playing of the demo with this new understanding, should help me figure out how to play and then help me decide if I will buy the full version.

Thanks. Your review was good, and it actually EXPLAINED why the game is good (in your eyes). Better than IGN's useless review.

Th4Freak2091d ago (Edited 2091d ago )

I have to agree with you these guys aren't trying at all, the worst review of all is the Polygon's one, author's argument was basically this: "Soul Sacrifice isn't anything like Monster Hunter so the game is a pile of trash"

Seriously MH fans shouldn't review SS...

SilentNegotiator2091d ago

It "isn't a killer app" because sites like IGN don't WANT Vita to have any killer apps. If the same game were on 3DS, it would be getting 9s and 10s.

KrisButtar2090d ago

Well I couldn't get my copy of SS cause the EB Games in the area were sold out Tuesday, and I have to wait until this Tuesday, when they get more stock. They also ordered copies from their stores, to get some sent here. So either I get my copy Tuesday or sooner if the ordered copies arrive.

GameCents2090d ago (Edited 2090d ago )

I've read this so many times concerning ps exclusives that I'm starting to believe ps fans don't believe any ps game not critically acclaimed was reviewed properly.

Reviewer is always biased, too casual, too hardcore, too lazy or too stupid to understand the gem that is the ps exclusive.

Why exactly would you like to remind people about MH low scores? Do you realise how insecure that makes you seem?

@Silentnegotiator, are these the same sites that gave Persona on the Vita a 94% average on metacritic? Those reviewers or some other alternate universe reviewers we call on to when a ps exclusive isn't acclaimed?

HarryMasonHerpderp2090d ago

Seriously that Colin guy is really miserable and never seems to be excited for ANY playstation game.

andibandit2090d ago

Im sorry but the game really isn't that good, i find most reviews spot on, but i fully understand that you want to defend your investment.

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himdeel2091d ago

Agreed. SS is exactly the type of game I wanted on my Vita. A game made for the system, not a port, not a HD remake. I was hooked on the demo and see this, and Guacamelee, and Persona Golden being the most played games on my Vita for a long while.

I'm more and more convinced that the games the IGN Playstation team want on the Vita will never exist and they don't enjoy gaming on the Vita. Finally I dont think the Killer App for any system can exist anymore. There are games lots of people may purchase but they could just as well do without them.

killerorca2582090d ago

I agree, games should be reviewed in great depth, I.e. a full story mode play through, 3 hours of online (if applicable), and 2 hours of post story playing to test longevity. Games should be judged for their ability as a great game, not compared to other games in the genre e.g. comparing SS to MH when those games have very little in common, and games shouldn't be judged on their ability to sell systems. I bought a 3DS because I saw Kid Icarus Uprising, I couldn't care less about Mario Kart, Super Mario 3D Land, or Super Mario Bros fifty millionth stale release. Kid Icarus was a brilliant innovative game, that like SS had faults, but it was new and exciting and although it had a great story, it's multiplayer was the best part.

showtimefolks2091d ago

i hate this notion of Killer game or killer app, is SS a very good game? yes. Will it help move some systems? most likely

this current gen the worst thing that happened to gaming community was any game under a 9/10 is bad or not worth the money

intead of hating maybe people should actually give some of these games a chance before bashing them

MastaMold2091d ago

People that enjoyed the demo bought Soul Sacrifice day 1 and I fall into that category also i'm not even into rpg's but this game is different and awesome, great addition to my Vita game collection.

Sent from my PS Vita

xGrunty2091d ago


Totally agree. I like the game because it is different.

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sherimae24132091d ago

lol, how many of this stories would come up? maybe every exclusive vita game that will be release?

just because its a new ip, in genre that is considered niche in the west cant be a killer app, but some people are going to buy a vita just for this game, just like those who bought their vita just for gravity rush, p4g, etc

IGN: why is killzone:mercenary isnt the definitive FPS we been waiting for the vita
IGN: why tearaway isnt the vita's killer app
and so on and so on untill all the vita owners get use to it ^_^

dedicatedtogamers2091d ago

"and so on and so on untill all the vita owners get use to it ^_^"

It would be fair to say that a lot of Vita owners are PS3 owners. PS3 owners already got used to it, especially during the first half of the gaming generation.

GribbleGrunger2091d ago

2008 still makes me shiver.

DigitalRaptor2090d ago

This whole corrupt industry makes me shiver.

Aceman182091d ago


so true that's why i don't bother with reviewers opinions. especially these big name sites.

Soul Sacrifice had me hooked the minute i played it at NYC Comic Con, and i couldn't wait for it come out.

for me this is a killer app like Gravity Rush, and Uncharted GA.

Protagonist2090d ago

I dont even click on sites like IGN anymore and especially not Gamespot << worst gaming site on the net!

oof462091d ago

Wewease...the secwet...weapon!!!

....price drop....

himdeel2091d ago

People keep saying that a price drop will help move more Vitas. I dont think that is true. Dropping the price of the memory cards has to happen first. The Vita is the perfect system for digital content. BUT people will still complain about a lack of games even if the current lineup already has something for everybody.

vickers5002091d ago

I was one of the 160,000 people who bought a Vita during the black Friday sale when they had it for 180 dollars. So i would say that a price drop definitely would help sell vitas, as i had absolutely no plans to buy a vita at its current price. Memory cards should also be dropped SIGNIFICANTLY as well.

Dan_scruggs2091d ago (Edited 2091d ago )

Womp Womp

The only Vita killer app is a price drop and fixing that ripoff of a memory card.

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