SINNER: SACRIFICE FOR REDEMPTION
By Tom "TomBsTone" Bronneberg on October 16, 2018
"...inspired by the Souls series and Shadow of the Colossus..." Wait, what?! That's like my two favorite games of all time came together and made a baby! How can I not be excited about this game?!
Alright, it's not a game from a High-End developer, it's a Indie Game, brought to us by two Chinese gaming companies: developer Dark Star Game Studios and publisher Another Indie. The game being an Indie production is in no way a bad thing, because lately the Indie games are outperforming the High-End developers anyway. In my humble opinion, Indie game developers put more heart in their games, since they have less money to spend on fancy graphics or voice actors. And the results are magical. Of course, I am psyched for this game. So, in the inspiring words of the legendary Marvin Gaye: "Let's Get It On"
In Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, you take the role of Adam; a man without memories, struggling to understand his past. You will need to find a way to deal with this. As Adam, you must face your greatest sins in order to unlock your memories. During your journey you must atone for your sins in order to attain redemption.
After the usual prologue, you start of in a central area. In here you will find several rock formations or Totems, that represent all of your sins. At each Totem you can sacrifice something in order to atone for that sin. Each totem requires its own type of sacrifice, like less Health, or stamina, less defense or no usable items.
The first real difference with any other game I've ever played is this reverse "upgrading" system. At first you need to understand how this works, and you will probably need a few tries to get the best run possible, but it is as refreshing as it is challenging. You start off fully loaded and packed for any nightmare you could possibly find in any hell hole from here to Saint Anger.
During your journey you must "Atone for your Sins" by offering up all the nice stuff that made you awesome in the first place. The enemies don't seem to realize this and will not give you any slack whatsoever. So not only does the Hero get weaker right before the bossfight, the bosses get harder, so that's a double "negative" isn't it ?? Well, that should make it "positive" again, right ?? And it sure does!
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is a masterfully balanced game and a welcome reward for the players who like a real challenging gaming experience. It is pretty overwhelming at first, because there is no real clear path for you to follow. And no clear instructions on what to do. But you will figure it out soon enough. As one might suspect, you will need some time to get to know the controls as well as the bosses you need to fight.
The game uses a 3rd person view system, and the camera can be fixed or free to aim. Some areas have borders you could fall off if you're not careful, so a free to aim camera view is probably the way to go. Having similar controls to the Soul like games, it doesn't take long to get comfortable running around. And trust me you will be running around a lot! The camera moves around smooth enough end there is an auto tracking feature, so aiming will not be a problem.
Sinner looks and feels like a younger sibling of the games in the acclaimed Souls series; your armor and weapons look very familiar at times, but your Hero does look more comic-styled then photo realistic. Luckily, this is something I like a lot. A game should be a game, so looking a bit more like an Anime comic is a good thing for the overall experience. While you travel through the dark and haunting landscapes the soundtrack can be best described as being beautiful, eerie and mystical.
In Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, there are no other fights than Boss Fights, which makes the game somewhat similar to Shadow of the Colossus. You'll need to figure out the patterns of the bosses and come up with a strategy to defeat them. And, as always, patience is key here.
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is very difficult game at first but, as is the case with a lot of things, practice makes perfect! And after a few tries you will eventually be able to defeat the truly unique bosses in this game. So, if you like Souls-like games or feel the need to challenge yourself, this is definitely a game for you! Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is a very well built and thoroughly challenging game, especially for an indie title.
Now go forth and atone for your sins!
SINNER: SACRIFICE FOR REDEMPTION
Dark Star Game Studios & Another Indie
October 18, 2018