So let’s talk about Soul Sacrifice Delta. What exactly is it? It’s not a sequel to the original Soul Sacrifice because it doesn’t really wander into new territory, but it’s not just an upgraded re-release either because it adds so much more to the original story, along with new features, and all the DLC packed into it. Soul Sacrifice Delta is a definitive edition of the game that fleshes out the story and delivers a much more polished experience.You have to lose your right eye if you want to join Grim.
One of the biggest and most noticeable additions to Delta is the introduction of the faction system. In the original game, your sorcerer was part of Avalon by default. However, you now have the choice to choose between Avalon, Sanctuarium and Grim. While the sorcerers of Avalon believe that all monsters must be sacrificed with no exception, the sorcerers of Sanctuarium are of the belief that everyone deserves a chance at salvation. On the other hand, Grim rejects the choice and believes that everything should be left to fate. Simply put, if you’re a player who favors neutrality, you may find a home with the Grim faction.
Quest completion will also net you Slayer Points, which you can log into your faction of choice online. Every week, the game will tally the total number of points gained by online players from each faction and all members of the leading faction at the end of the week will receive rewards.Head online to see which faction is in the lead.
Your choice of faction will determine the types of rewards you get upon completing each phantom quest. There are also a few side stories for you to uncover as you get to know new sorcerers from the various factions. True to typical Soul Sacrifice fashion, the new characters have backstories filled with death and tragedy, and it’s up to you to help them find solace. As great as these side stories are, I do wish that there were more of these from both Sanctuarium and Grim. As Avalon is regarded as the canon faction for your character, there’s a larger focus on it with a total of six side stories (including the four from the original game), while Sanctuarium and Grim have two or three each. These are a joy to play through, but it’s unfortunate that there weren’t more of them.
On the topic of side stories and additional quests, there are pacts outside of the story missions for you to complete. The Forgotten Pacts are back in Delta, along with a whole slew of other missions of varying difficulty levels for you to attempt. Just like in Soul Sacrifice, Delta also allows you to attempt these pacts in the online multiplayer portion of the game. If you’re having trouble beating a particularly difficult pact, you can always hop online and create a lobby to invite other players to join you in conquering that battle.That’s Alice.
A new dungeon has also been added to Delta, called Alice’s Eternal Maze. This is a survival dungeon with supposedly infinite levels where you fight random archfiends on each level. Defeating the archfiends in Eternal Maze will yield some very nice rewards, including the powerful black offerings. Be warned however; dying on any level of the Maze will cause you to lose all your earned rewards and experience from within the dungeon. My experience with the Maze has been a fun one, especially when playing online. Lots of players have taken to forming parties and tackling the Maze to see how far they can progress in one go.
Delta also gives us a few new archfiends to battle. These new monsters are interpretations of iconic characters from Grimm’s fairytales with a rather disturbing and macabre twist to them. Red Riding Hood is depicted as a large knight-like figure with an aging skull protruding from its torso, while Cinderella is a large centipede with crystal legs. Along with these new monsters are also new locales to battle in. For a 3GB-sized game, the developers sure did a great job of paying attention to detail in the environments and in the design of the monsters themselves.
It’s also worth mentioning that the DLC archfiends from the original Soul Sacrifice have been bundled with Delta. Monsters like Dullahan, Cat Sith, and Incubus have been incorporated very nicely into the game. For someone like myself who hadn’t gotten the chance to experience these additional fights, it was definitely a welcome addition to the overall gameplay experience.
Some of the raiments will require you to meet special conditions in order to be unlocked. For instance, Similia’s Seducer outfit requires you to reach an affinity level of S with her before it’s available in Carnatux’s shop. There wasn’t much incentive to max out your affinity levels with your allies in Soul Sacrifice, but in Delta, achieving that S rank affinity will open up a lot of outfit options in addition to increasing their strength in battle.That’s Snow White, by the way.