Soul Sacrifice

Common Sense Media says

Solid action RPG leaks blood at every turn.






What parents need to know

Positive messages

While ridding the world of demons could be considered a positive thing, this game's focus is on using very bloody violence to defeat enemies. This violence includes using might and magic to destroy enemies, and then choosing to save or sacrifice them, the latter of which has them explode and cry out in pain. Some of the cut-scene sequences are also violent.

Positive role models

You are a "cruel mage's prisoner," who magically enters a tome called the Librom, to fight against monsters and big boss fighters throughout the various chapters. Not much else is known about your role, background, or motivations. After you inflict deadly doses of damage to beasts, you can choose to release their troubled soul or sacrifice it.

Ease of play

This PlayStation Vita (PSVita) game is fairly easy to pick up and play -- plus it offers a handy tutorial, help areas (by pausing the game first), and onscreen instructions that prompt you to press specific buttons.


Soul Sacrifice is a violent and bloody role-playing game (RPG), where players use weapons -- such as blades and flaming arrows -- or magic attacks to defeat beasts and other sorcerers. Large amounts of blood can be seen while fighting, as well as on the floors and walls from previous fights. Enemies cry out in pain and large explosions rock the world. Some cut-scene sequences also show violent imagery.


You can customize the outfits in the game, including female fighters, and choose for them to wear revealing clothing, such as straps that expose a lot of cleavage.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. As with all other PSVita games, a "Party Chat" feature -- built into the device's software itself -- allows people to talk with one another, online, without anyone monitoring or filtering the conversations. As a result, gamers might hear inappropriate language, including profanity.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Soul Sacrifice is an extremely violent and bloody role-playing game played on a handheld device (PS Vita). While there isn't a lot of gore, per se, large amounts of blood can be seen in the game. Players have an assortment of weapons and magic to destroy the (mostly) demonic enemies in the game. Plus, parents should know gamers can choose whether to save or sacrifice each fallen fighter's soul, the latter of which has them explode into a bloody mess.


What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making


  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals


  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Soul Sacrifice wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making


  • achieving goals
  • work to achieve goals


  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Soul Sacrifice wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

From renowned game designer Keiji Inafune -- of Mega Man, Dead Rising and Onimusha fame -- comes his latest project for the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) portable gaming system: SOUL SACRIFICE. In the game, you're a prisoner zapped into a magical book, the Librom, who must take control over various avatars to fight demons and other enemies using weapons and magic attacks. The third-person combat makes up the bulk of the gameplay in this action-heavy role-playing game (RPG). You'll need to decide whether to save or sacrifice the souls of the fallen; these decisions will affect the adventure and shape your customized hero. Up to four players can hack-and-slash together, in the same room or online.

Is it any good?


For the most part, Soul Sacrifice is a very good RPG rooted heavily in melee combat and magic. While the missions and levels tend to get repetitive, the game looks and plays great on the PS Vita's 5-inch OLED screen; plus it sounds amazing thanks in part to the grand soundtrack recorded by Yasunori Mitsuda and Wataru Hokoyama, with full orchestras and choruses at Skywalker Sound.

The tight controls, interesting enemies (including big bosses), and emphasis on making decisions (each with consequences) all make this title more than just a mindless action romp -- plus the multiplayer works smoothly, too, which helps to add replayability and longevity to the game. Soul Sacrifice is worth playing you're a fan of the genre and/or Inafune-san's previous works.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impact of media violence.

  • Were you surprised by the level of violence shown in this handheld game? Is there a misconception about handheld games being more family-friendly than their console or computer counterparts, instead of being "Mature"-rated as this one is?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation Vita
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:May 7, 2013
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation Vita)

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Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 July 28, 2013

a good game

a good fable deciding whether to sacrifice (kill) of save and both have consequences great for 4 player. violence is not bad as ther is hardly any gore
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex


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