Soul Sacrifice + Delta Review: Any Good in 2023? Which Version to Get?

Despite no official Monster Hunter entry for the Vita, there’s no shortage of similar stuff to play on our beloved handheld. One such game is Soul Sacrifice, from the mind of Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune. From the moment I picked up Soul Sacrifice, I was immediately drawn into its dark and foreboding world, filled with fantastical creatures and sinister magic.

The game is centered around a unique concept: sacrificing parts of yourself or others to gain power and abilities. This mechanic is seamlessly integrated into the gameplay, making it feel like a natural part of the world. It adds a level of strategy to battles that keeps you constantly engaged, and it’s always satisfying to see your sacrifices pay off.

Gameplay and Mechanics

At its core, Soul Sacrifice is an action RPG where you take on the role of a sorcerer who has been imprisoned by the powerful sorcerer Magusar. Your goal is to escape his clutches by reading through his journals and reliving his memories of battles against monstrous creatures. To do this, you’ll need to explore the game’s various environments, complete quests, and fight against hordes of dangerous monsters.

One of the most unique mechanics of Soul Sacrifice is the ability to sacrifice parts of yourself or other sorcerers to gain power. You can sacrifice parts of your body, such as your eyes, arms, or even your heart, to increase your stats and gain new abilities. You can also sacrifice other sorcerers you have rescued to gain even more power. However, this comes at a cost. Each sacrifice has a different effect on your character, and some sacrifices are irreversible, which can affect the game’s story and endings.

The game’s combat system is fast-paced and engaging. You can equip up to six spells at a time, which can range from offensive spells like fireballs and lightning strikes to defensive spells like healing and shielding. You can also summon creatures to fight alongside you, each with their own unique abilities and stats. Battles against monsters are challenging and require careful planning, as some monsters have weaknesses that can only be exploited by specific spells or sacrifices.

Soul Sacrifice also features a robust leveling system. As you defeat monsters, complete quests, and make sacrifices, you’ll gain experience points that can be used to level up your character. You can also collect offerings, which are items that can be used to upgrade your spells and creatures.

In addition to the main story, Soul Sacrifice also features various side quests and multiplayer modes (multiplayer has been shut down for a while, sadly, as with most Vita games).

The story of Soul Sacrifice is also a standout feature, with a rich and complex narrative that kept me hooked from start to finish. The game’s lore is deep and immersive, with a detailed history and mythology that is uncovered gradually throughout the game. It’s a dark and haunting story, but one that is told with skill and nuance.


The graphics and sound design in Soul Sacrifice are also impressive. The game’s environments are beautifully rendered, with detailed textures and dynamic lighting that create a truly immersive experience. The sound design is equally impressive, with a haunting musical score and sound effects that perfectly complement the game’s dark atmosphere.

The graphics of Soul Sacrifice are visually stunning, especially for a handheld game. The game’s environments are intricately detailed, featuring haunting landscapes filled with ominous clouds, ruined buildings, and dark forests. The character models are also well-designed, with each sorcerer and monster having a unique appearance and style.

The game’s use of lighting and particle effects is particularly impressive. The spells and abilities that you use in combat are visually striking, with explosions of fire, lightning, and other elemental effects lighting up the screen. The game’s use of color is also noteworthy, with a muted color palette that adds to the game’s dark and foreboding atmosphere.

The sound design in Soul Sacrifice is equally impressive. The game’s soundtrack is haunting and atmospheric, featuring a mix of orchestral and electronic music that perfectly complements the game’s dark and foreboding atmosphere. The sound effects in the game are also well-done, with each spell and ability having its own distinct sound effect that adds to the game’s immersive experience.

One of the standout features of the game’s presentation is, as I mentioned previously, its use of narration. The game’s story is told through a series of journals that you read as you progress through the game. These journals are narrated by a powerful voice actor, adding an extra layer of immersion to the game’s narrative.

Overall, the presentation of Soul Sacrifice is top-notch, with stunning graphics and a haunting soundtrack that perfectly complement the game’s dark and foreboding atmosphere. The game’s use of lighting and particle effects is particularly impressive, making each battle a visually stunning spectacle. 

Soul Sacrifice vs. Freedom Wars and Monster Hunter

But how does it stand up to games like Freedom Wars, or the franchise it aims to capitalize on, Monster Hunter? First, let’s look at Freedom Wars, which is another action RPG on the PlayStation Vita. While both games share some similarities, such as their fast-paced combat and a focus on hunting monsters, they differ in some key areas.

Freedom Wars puts a greater emphasis on shooting and ranged combat, whereas Soul Sacrifice is more focused on close-quarters combat and the use of spells and abilities. Additionally, Soul Sacrifice has a more intricate sacrifice system, where you can sacrifice parts of your body or other sorcerers to gain power, whereas Freedom Wars doesn’t have a similar mechanic. In terms of presentation, both games have impressive graphics and sound design, but Soul Sacrifice‘s use of lighting and particle effects is particularly noteworthy.

Now, let’s compare Soul Sacrifice to the Monster Hunter franchise, which is one of the most popular action RPG series. While both games have a focus on hunting monsters, they differ in some key ways. Soul Sacrifice has a more narrative-driven experience, with a strong emphasis on storytelling and character development.

The sacrifice system is a unique feature that sets Soul Sacrifice apart from Monster Hunter, as it adds an additional layer of strategy to battles. In terms of combat, Soul Sacrifice is more fast-paced and fluid, with a greater emphasis on using spells and abilities, whereas Monster Hunter is more methodical and requires careful planning and preparation before battles. 

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Overall, while there are similarities between Soul Sacrifice, Freedom Wars, and Monster Hunter, each game has its own unique features and gameplay mechanics that set them apart. Fans of action RPGs and monster-hunting games should give each of these titles a try to see which one suits their tastes best.

Soul Sacrifice vs. Soul Sacrifice Delta

Soul Sacrifice Delta is an updated version of the original game that includes additional content, features, and improvements. It was released exclusively for the PlayStation Vita in 2014, and it offers players a new and enhanced experience of the game.

One of the main additions in Soul Sacrifice Delta is the inclusion of new monsters, sorcerers, and locations to explore. These new additions add even more variety to the game’s already impressive selection of content. Additionally, there are new spells and abilities that you can use in battle, which expand your options for customization and strategy.

Another major addition is the Grim faction, which gives players the ability to side with the game’s antagonist, Magusar. This faction allows players to make use of powerful dark spells that are not available to the other factions. The Grim faction also introduces a new story campaign, which provides a different perspective on the game’s narrative and characters.

Soul Sacrifice Delta also introduces a number of quality of life improvements and gameplay enhancements. For example, the game’s leveling and progression systems have been streamlined and rebalanced, making it easier for players to progress and unlock new content. 

Overall, Soul Sacrifice Delta is an excellent update to an already impressive game. With its expanded content, new features, and improvements, it offers even more depth and variety to the gameplay experience. Fans of the original game will find plenty to enjoy in this updated version, while newcomers to the series will find a wealth of content to explore and discover. 

So, Is Soul Sacrifice Any Good, Then?

Soul Sacrifice is an impressive action RPG for the PlayStation Vita that offers a unique and engaging gameplay experience. The game’s fast-paced combat, intricate sacrifice system, and intriguing storyline make it a standout title for fans of the genre. The graphics and sound design are also top-notch, with impressive lighting and particle effects that enhance the game’s immersive atmosphere.

Comparing it to other similar games, such as Freedom Wars and the Monster Hunter franchise, Soul Sacrifice stands out with its focus on storytelling, sacrifice system, and fast-paced combat. While each game has its own unique features, Soul Sacrifice‘s combination of these elements creates a truly special experience.

Soul Sacrifice Delta, the updated version of the game, adds even more content, features, and improvements, making it a must-play for fans of the original game. With new monsters, sorcerers, and locations, as well as new spells and abilities, the game offers even more variety and customization options. The addition of the Grim faction and its accompanying campaign provide an exciting new perspective on the game’s narrative, while the quality of life improvements and enhanced multiplayer mode make it easier than ever to enjoy the game with friends. If you have the ability to choose, you should definitely opt for Delta over the vanilla release. 

Overall, if you’re a fan of action RPGs or monster-hunting games, Soul Sacrifice and Soul Sacrifice Delta are definitely worth checking out. The games offer an immersive, engaging, and unique experience that will keep you hooked for hours on end.

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