Soulstice Preview: A Promising Satan Could Cry Meets Nier Mashup



In case you ask me, there’ll at all times be room on the earth for extra video games like Satan Could Cry, and the upcoming Soulstice, developed by Reply Sport Studios, definitely waves the “like Satan Could Cry” banner proudly. It’s a fight pushed character motion sport that includes mounted digicam angles, quite a lot of hot-swappable weapons, slick air combos, and loads of glowing pink crystals to soak up as foreign money for brand spanking new strategies. All of those similarities to the DMC collection definitely grabbed my consideration, however what’s held it are all of the methods Soulstice makes an attempt to carve out its personal identification throughout the character motion style.

Soulstice places you accountable for two characters without delay: sisters named Briar and Lute. You primarily management Briar, utilizing her highly effective melee assaults and skills, whereas Lute, who’s been changed into a spirit certain to Briar, acts in a assist position by utilizing her otherworldly talents to have an effect on the battlefield. Motion sport followers may hear that and instantly assume “oh, so it’s form of like Astral Chain,” however in observe it really feels a bit extra like a mixture of Satan Could Cry and the Nier video games.

For instance, whereas the participant is busy kicking ass with Briar, icons will pop as much as point out an enemy’s assault. In case you can press the B button earlier than the assault goes off, Lute will put up a protect to guard Briar from any hurt. There’s no restrict on this capacity, and utilizing it by no means stalls or slows Briar’s assaults, which ends up in this very cool feeling of the 2 sisters working collectively, however with every being centered on her personal specific power.

There is a cool feeling of the 2 sisters working collectively, with every centered on her personal power.


One other large a part of the fight in Soulstice is the truth that Lute can activate each a blue Evocation and a pink Banishment subject, which permits Briar to work together with enemies and objects of the identical colour. You’ve received to watch out although, as a result of if Lute retains a subject up for too lengthy, she is going to overcharge and be out of fee for a couple of seconds, leaving Briar largely defenseless.

These mechanics had been actually put to the check in my demo’s boss battle, which compelled me to place all of it collectively because the boss would usually pelt me with projectiles that needed to be parried, ship enemies that compelled me to change on my Evocation Subject in an effort to cope with them, whereas the boss itself required the Banishment Subject. It was a enjoyable and appropriately difficult boss battle, and it definitely whetted my urge for food for extra.

On Briar’s facet of issues, fight is as you’d anticipate from a personality motion sport: fast-paced, trendy, and hard-hitting. Like in Satan Could Cry, Briar has a number of combos that she will be able to use by altering the timing of her button presses at particular factors. So whereas her predominant combo can be utilized by merely mashing the fast assault button 4 occasions in fast succession, she will be able to use a slower, extra AOE-focused combo by urgent the fast assault button twice, pausing to attend for a flash on her sword, after which mashing the sunshine assault button once more. This secondary combo even will get punctuated by a giant screen-clearing synchronized assault when it’s used when Briar and Lute’s unity degree is maxed out, which is completed by merely touchdown assaults, avoiding injury, and successfully utilizing Lute’s parries.

Briar can also be in a position to hotswap between her weapons at any time, and whereas I solely had entry to 2 of them throughout my demo, they had been each very satisfying to make use of. Her predominant weapon, known as the Ashen Enforcer, is a hybrid weapon that makes use of fast sword slashes as its predominant assault, however can even remodel and double as a sluggish however highly effective axe when utilizing its robust assault. Her different weapon is known as the Tearing Penance, and acts like a whip-sword, able to extending nice distances and using sweeping assaults to deal large AOE injury.

The actual check for Soulstice shall be how these weapons and skills develop as the sport goes on.


All of that is tremendous promising, however the actual check for Soulstice shall be how these weapons and skills develop as the sport goes on. The fight was positively mechanically strong within the demo, and a look on the ability tree definitely makes it seem to be there’s loads of enjoyable new talents to unlock because the marketing campaign progresses, however nothing that I noticed within the demo actually “wowed” me in the best way that I actually hope to be when taking part in a sport on this specific style. I solely ever had sufficient foreign money to improve one transfer for Briar: an assault that’s principally similar to Dante’s quintessential Stinger method, which is a brilliant fast dashing stab assault executed by tapping ahead twice after which urgent an assault button. Sadly it was a bit finicky and didn’t come out at the very least half the time I attempted utilizing it.

If Soulstice can handle to nail that all-important feeling of character development, Reply Video games Studios might need one thing particular on its palms. Soulstice seems to be nice, it’s mechanically strong, and is dripping with type derived from such traditional anime and manga as Berserk and Claymore. We’ll see if Soulstice manages to stay the touchdown when it releases on PC and current-gen consoles later this 12 months.

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