Soulstice Takes a Slice Out of the Hack and Slash Style: Preview

Soulstice is a game that wears its inspirations on its sleeve. Part hack and slash, platformer, motion adventurer wrapped within the ghoulish package deal that jogged my memory of Bloodborne, I took predominant characters, Briar and Lute, into the literal coronary heart of darkness. Halfway by means of my hands-on preview (the primary two Acts of the game), it occurred to me that they don’t make video games fairly like this anymore. Developer Reply Game Studios managed to seize that very same feeling I had taking part in by means of these early Devil May Cry and God of War video games.

But Soulstice has a novel fashion and design all of its personal, mixing an expertise that felt contemporary and left me eager to play the total game when it releases in September. Part of the game’s allure is that Soulstice options two protagonists as an alternative of 1. Without entering into spoilers, gamers assume the function of Briar and Lute, two sisters which were certain by their souls. Briar is a bodily warrior with a sword that will make even Cloud from Final Fantasy blush. Meanwhile, Lute has misplaced her bodily type altogether and exists solely as a spirit linked by means of Briar.

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The two varieties what is known as a Chimera and serve the Order of the Ashen Blade. A Chimera operates because the Order’s elite warrior, however is there extra to the story? Players should discover out themselves. But one factor is for positive, each Briar and Lute have their work reduce out for them. The two journey into town of Ilden, which has seen higher days. Gone are the comfortable residents, now possessed by the forces of darkness and of the damned. Players will battle quite a lot of completely different foes that can check their talent ranges.

Soulstice Focuses on Sisterly Bonds

Soulstice Takes a Slice Out of the Hack and Slash Style: Preview

While each Bloodborne and Soulstice really feel comparable in aesthetic, Soulstice performs extra just like the early Devil May Cry than anything. Players will come throughout areas where enemies will flood the display screen (apparating into existence much like these video games). Based on how they carry out in a battle, gamers will obtain a grade much like Devil May Cry of their fights. But in contrast to in that game, Briar is dependent upon her sister to assist flip the tide of the struggle.

Players could also be disenchanted that you just don’t function the 2 sisters much like one thing like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Instead, you’ll primarily management Briar by means of the game. But the sisterly bond is necessary because of a Unity Level, which decides how lengthy Lute can use her skills or if Briar can unleash devastating assaults. Players should use Lute’s skills to work together with enemies, platforms, and different objects that exist within the non-corporal world. Likewise, Lute additionally helps counterattack a number of the enemies’ extra devastating blows.

Challenging Boss Fights Await

Soulstice Takes a Slice Out of the Hack and Slash Style: Preview

Speaking of enemies, these monsters in Soulstice will fill your nightmares. While the bottom enemies you initially encounter depart slightly to be desired (wanting like Evil Dead rejects), it isn’t lengthy earlier than you’re confronted with more and more gnarly nasties. Hulking monsters with swords will devastate your health if you happen to wind up of their assault vary. Wraiths exist on one other plain of existence and assault in swarms.

But then the game has monsters like large floating heads with sharp enamel, giants with huge hammers, gelatinous blobs with crystal shards sticking from their pores and skin, or enemies that make us view Picconocio in a brand new mild. Part of the enjoyable is discovering what new enemy the game may throw at you subsequent and upgrading your skills to face an opportunity.

Similar to different video games, Soulstice contains a store where new weapons upgrades will be bought and a talent tree for each Briar and Lute. While the game feels difficult at occasions, it by no means felt overwhelming in the identical manner as some video games can really feel. There’s a stability that makes it enjoyable to enterprise and discover however not a cakewalk both. For these in search of a punishing expertise, there are onerous difficulties that the game will be ramped to as properly.

While not a leap into the subsequent era of gaming, Soulstice makes us nostalgic for the sorts of video games that used to guide platforms however aren’t seen as commonly nowadays. Thanks to its ingenious design, we will’t wait to play extra. Soulstice releases on Sept. 20 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.