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Soul Sacrifice Delta Review | Soul Mates?

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Jonathan Lester
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Action RPGs, Comcept, Games reviews, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, SCEE, Sony Japan Studio

Soul Sacrifice Delta Review | Soul Mates?

Platform: PS Vita (PSN, £23.99)

Developer: Comcept

Publisher: SCEE

Reviewing Soul Sacrifice Delta is like getting back with an ex. We were so good together during our intense love affair last year, even if things eventually fizzled after a few heady months. For the life of me I can't remember why we split up in the first place.

We've fallen straight back into our old routine: killing monsters in compact arenas with a diverse selection of spells and abilities. Soul Sacrifice condenses the monster hunting gameplay of... well, Monster Hunter... into a more straightforward and muscular format, with pick-up-and-play brawls against hordes of demonic fiends and enormous bosses; each boasting their own unique attacks, themes and tragic backstories. It's a compelling mix of twitchy hack & slash action with a focus on ranged spells and summons, constantly challenging players to make tough choices in the heat of battle as foes press the advantage.

Soul Sacrifice Delta Review | Soul Mates?

Do you sacrifice an enemy to gain more spell power? Do you sacrifice your own skin for more damage? Will you sacrifice your friends to win a tough engagement? The core remains the same mix of punishment and progression, constantly evolving your playstyle, tweaking builds, crushing through a wealth of content and eventually becoming powerful enough to beat the final adversary, and we get along just as well as when when Brendan reviewed it last May.

Seriously, though, why did we split up? It must have been important. I'm sure it'll come to me as I lie in this filthy maggot-encrusted cage.

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Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter Ends On $3.8 Million

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Keiji Inafune, Kickstarter, Mega Man, Mighty No. 9, PC games, Platformer, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter Ends On .8 Million

3DS & Vita Versions Confirmed

Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9 has reached the end of its Kickstarter campaign, closing on a whopping $3,845,170 excluding direct pledges and PayPal. A last-minute 3DS and Vita stretch goal lead to the platformer securing an extra million Dollars in the last four days, an impressive achievement that will now see Mighty No. 9 release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and handhelds in Spring 2015.

Now we wait.

Mighty No. 9 Adds Vita & 3DS Stretch Goal

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Keiji Inafune, Kickstarter, Mega Man, Mighty No. 9, PC games, Platformer, PS Vita games

Mighty No. 9 Adds Vita & 3DS Stretch Goal

In one final push to secure even more funding for Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune has announced that they'll develop PS Vita and 3DS ports of the platformer should the Kickstarter total hit $3.5 million.

There's only four days left to secure the lion's share of a million Dollars, but could this expanded audience seal the deal? Either way, Mighty No. 9 has crushed its initial funding target and has entered full development pending an April 2015 release on PC, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

Mighty No. 9 Documentary Introduces Inafune's Team

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Developer diary, Keiji Inafune, Kickstarter, Mega Man, Mighty No. 9, PC games, Platformer

Mighty No. 9 Documentary Introduces Inafune's Team

Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor to Mega Man, is all kinds of Kickstarted and all kinds of happening. To celebrate, the team have released a half-hour developer documentary introducing the staff, their roles, gaming experience and vision for the project.

There's still four days to go if you want to get with the programme.

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Keiji Inafune Kickstarts Mega Man Successor

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Keiji Inafune, Kickstarter, Mega Man, Mighty No. 9, PC games, Platformer

Mighty No. 9 Funded After Just One Day

Keiji Inafune, him of Mega Man and Dead Rising fame, has taken to Kickstarter to crowd-fund a spiritual successor to his beloved platforming franchise. Mighty No. 9 is described as "an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing."

It's also almost certainly going to enter production, seeing as over $870,000 of its $900,000 target has been raised in the first 24 hours. Details below.

UPDATE: It's now completely funded. Not bad for a single day.

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Inafune: "I Didn't See Anything New Or Innovative At E3"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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E3 2013, Keiji Inafune, Next-gen, PS4, Xbox One

Inafune: "I Didn't See Anything New Or Innovative At E3"

Keiji Inafune is unimpressed. True, he didn't really get to see a huge amount of E3 this year, being embroiled in interviews for Soul Sacrifice amongst other things, but what he did see was relatively disappointing.

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More Free Soul Sacrifice DLC Coming Next Week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, SCEE, Soul Sacrifice

More Free Soul Sacrifice DLC Coming Next Week

Soul Sacrifice players will be chuffed to discover that the massive demon-slaying ARPG is getting even bigger next week thanks to another free DLC pack.

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Free Soul Sacrifice DLC Out Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, Soul Sacrifice
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Soul Sacrifice | Playstation Vita

Free Soul Sacrifice DLC Out Today

Soul Sacrifice has received a free DLC pack as part of today's PSN Store update, which introduces eight new quests, a new map, more bosses and even some Augmented Reality functions to the addictive spell-slinging Vita title. You'll need to update the game to version 1.1 on the LiveArea Menu before grabbing the new content from the store.

We've got the full details below and a Soul Sacrifice review for your consideration. Personally, I've been thoroughly enjoying it both online and solo, but I hope that a sequel can add more personality and a sense of fun to the proceedings. Newcomers should start out with our handy Soul Sacrifice survival guide.

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Top Ten Tuesdays | Soul Sacrifice Survival Guide

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action RPGs, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, Sony Japan Studio, Soul Sacrifice, Survival Guide, Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesdays | Soul Sacrifice Survival Guide

Soul Sacrifice may not be a true system-seller, but as far as handheld games go, Keiji Inafune's deadly monster-hunting title is a deep and involving experience when you take it online. Teaming up to bring enormous bosses to their knees while deciding whether to spare or murder your erstwhile allies at a moment's notice is a uniquely engaging proposition, and one that deserves to attract a hardcore following over the coming months.

However, as Brendan explains in our 7/10 Soul Sacrifice review, it's also rather difficult to get into and requires a huge amount of investment to fully appreciate. To this end, dear Sorceror, I've compiled a list of ten hints, tricks and tactics that will help you survive in this vicious demonic world. If this is child's play to you, be sure to drop in some sage advice in the comments!

10: Pack A Balanced Arsenal

Top Ten Tuesdays | Soul Sacrifice Survival Guide

Soul Sacrifice offers a truly staggering wealth of attack skills, healing abilities, summons and buffs to equip, and you'll likely discover a fair few powerful spells that can be leant on for ridiculous damage. However, one of the game's unique quirks is that each spell's usage is strictly limited, meaning that it's actually possible to run out of attacks in the longer battles if you don't sacrifice smaller enemies and abuse the rare renewal shrines.

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Soul Sacrifice Dev Walkthrough Gets Technical

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action RPG, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, Soul Sacrifice

Soul Sacrifice Dev Walkthrough Gets Technical

Soul Sacrifice is out this Wednesday, and its European producer is keen to tell you about the deep sacrifice system that underpins the hectic arena combat. As a Monster Hunter-esque proposition from Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune, many Vita owners are getting rather excited about this one, so we'll have a full review for you soon.

If you're interested, we dedicated 20 minutes of our latest PWNcast to Soul Sacrifice and all of its grim murdering.

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Soul Sacrifice Pre-Order | £25.00 (With Code) | Tesco Direct | PS Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, SCEE

Soul Sacrifice Pre-Order | £25.00 (With Code) | Tesco Direct | PS Vita

No pressure, but many are looking to Soul Sacrifice as some sort of PS Vita messiah. Brilliantly, you don't have to take my word for whether this Monster Huntery, Dark Soulsy action game will deliver or not, since there's a massive demo on the PlayStation Network. Expect talking books, an unpleasant gothic vibe but very pleasant magical combat.

Tesco Direct are rocking a fairly impressive saving (just under £5 by my reckoning) thanks to their TDX-KPWM voucher code.

Huge Soul Sacrifice Demo Hits Vita Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Demo, Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, PSN, Soul Sacrifice

Huge Soul Sacrifice Demo Hits Vita Today

Features Save File Transfers & In-Game Bonus

Soul Sacrifice, the hotly anticipated action-RPG from Keiji Inafune, is getting a meaty demo on PS Vita today. Not only will you be able to sample the entire first chapter, but you can subsequently pick up where you left off in the full version thanks to save file transfer functionality. If you do so, you'll even get a bonus consumable item that'll come in handy during some of the massive boss battles.

The Vita needs some killer exclusives, and many are looking for Soul Sacrifice to deliver. We'll have some preview impressions for you soon.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Screenshots Celebrate Unreal Engine 3 Deal

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Keiji Inafune, Screenshots, Spark Unlimited, Team Ninja, Unreal Engine 3, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Screenshots Celebrate Unreal Engine 3 Deal

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z will join the enormous ranks of Unreal Engine 3 games, Team Ninja and Keiji Inafune announced today. To celebrate, they've released a sizeable clutch of new screenshots showing off the ninjas vs zombie action in gory style.

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Ninja Gaiden Z Announced By Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited & Keiji Inafune

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Keiji Inafune, Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden Z, Spark Unlimited, Team Ninja

Ninja Gaiden Z Announced By Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited & Keiji Inafune

Cel-Shaded Ninja Zombies

Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune is set to make a comeback into mainstream gaming thanks to a new partnership with Team Ninja and Spark Unlimited. The three action heavywights are teaming up for Ninja Gaiden Z: a cel-shaded action game with zombies galore. New protagonist Yaiba is desperate to seek revenge on Ryu Hyabusa (story details are still thin on the ground), and will have to chop his way through copious hordes of the undead to do so.

Release platforms and dates have yet to be announced, but we have a trailer and concept art below.

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Soul Sacrifice Gets TGS Trailer...And A Delay

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Keiji Inafune, PS Vita games, RPGs, SCE Japan, Soul Sacrifice

Soul Sacrifice Gets TGS Trailer...And A Delay

Keiji Inafune's dark RPG for the Playstation Vita has had its release date pushed back. Inafune took to the stage at this year's TGS to announce that on the plus side, there'll be four-way multiplayer and a few cross play features. The bad news is that the game won't be appearing until Spring 2013.

Inafune did take pains to stress that this delay had not arisen due to unforeseen difficulties, but rather to allow the development team a little longer to polish the game to the best possible standard, something which Sony allowed.

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Inafune Working On PS Vita Dark Fantasy Title

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Keiji Inafune, Marvelous AQL, PS Vita games, Sony, Soul Sacrifice

Inafune Working On PS Vita Dark Fantasy Title

Mega Man Creator Heading Up Soul Sacrifice

Famitsu Magazine (via Andriasang) has scored the first scoop on Soul Sacrifice, the previously-teased title from Sony Studio Japan. Apparently Mega Man creator Keiji Infafune will be heading up the project with Marvelous AQL, marking a return to mainstream development. Soul Sacrifice promises to be a gruesome and creepy horror game on the PS Vita, featuring a truly nasty spellcasting mechanic that demands painful self-sacrifice. More details and a trailer below.

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Kojima: Japanese Developers Falling Behind On "Technology, Gameplay, And World View"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Hideo Kojima, Japan, Japanese games, Keiji Inafune, Kojima Productions, Phil Fish

Kojima: Japanese Developers Falling Behind On "Technology, Gameplay, And World View"

Hideo Kojima has chipped in with his two cents on the nature of Japanese development in the wake of Phil Fish and Keiji Inafune's critical comments regarding the state of Eastern industry at this year's GDC.

In Kojima's eyes, Japan has fallen behind in three key areas: "technology, gameplay and world view." The first is, he suggests , rather easily remedied, but the perspective shifts required to fix the other two could take more time.

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Resident Evil Producer Agrees With Inafune, Promises To 'Expand The IP'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, GDC 2012, Keiji Inafune, Resident Evil

Resident Evil Producer Agrees With Inafune, Promises To 'Expand The IP'

More "Offshoot Titles" In The Works

Ex-Capcom creative director Keiji Inafune had a few choice words for the Japanese games industry yesterday, calling it out as "closed-minded" and a shadow of its former glorious self. However, the father of Mega Man also suggested that studios needed to innovate with their IPs in order to succeed, and Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata has publicly agreed with the sentiment.

Kawata pledges to research "around the world" to ensure that Resident Evil games have international appeal, as well as offering several new spin-off titles for the Resi franchise.

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Mega Man Creator Slams Japanese Games Industry, Suggests Solution

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Japan, Keiji Inafune

Mega Man Creator Slams Japanese Games Industry, Suggests Solution

Studios Shouls "Start Over Again"

Former Capcom R&D chief Keiji Inafune has delivered another damning indictment of Japanese game development at GDC 2012, referring to the industry as "a frog in a well," "closed-minded" and "losers." However, he's not without solutions - suggesting that Japanese studios should stop looking at their past successes and instead continue developing their brands with new gameplay ideas.

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Fez Creator Phil Fish Slams Modern Japanese Games, Says They "Just Suck"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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East vs West, GDC 2012, Japanese games, Jonathan Blow, Keiji Inafune, Phil Fish, Rez

Fez Creator Phil Fish Slams Modern Japanese Games, Says They "Just Suck"

It's all kicked off at this year's GDC, as Fez creator Phil Fish responded to a question asking for his opinion on modern Japanese games by saying that they "just suck".

The question was put to a panel that included Fish and Braid creator Jonathan Blow, following a screening of Indie game: The Movie. Fish's rather blunt response was "your games just suck", with Blow reportedly agreeing, calling modern Japanese games "joyless husks".

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