Reviewed on Nintendo Switch; Also available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac.
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is essentially a boss battle game in which you play as Adam, a troubled soul on a journey to confront his sins in an eerie world. It’s a lot more extreme than it sounds, your sins are in the form of cruel entities each with their own attack patterns and each of them being a manifestation of the seven deadly sins. Not only that, in order to challenge one of these bosses you must sacrifice something. Yep, whether that be part of your health, a weapon of yours or even some of your strength, something must be given up in order to challenge a boss. Meaning, you will be at a straight disadvantage as soon as you enter the battle. I know what you’re thinking, you can claim it back after you have defeated the boss? Nope, whatever you have sacrificed is gone, forever. There are seven bosses in total, all of which you must sacrifice something for as previously discussed, but the most important part? You can challenge each boss in any order you would like. This requires some thought as you must decide which bosses you can defeat without certain things. In other words, decide what order you would like to sacrifice things. Not to worry though, say if you came up against a boss you just couldn’t defeat without the use of your shield, you can go back to the boss you have previously defeated and taken that sacrifice back. You would then need to defeat that boss again though. There is no right or wrong order to defeat the bosses in, it all comes down to your own personal preference and playstyle. This does make the game feel more personal to yourself though, I mean, you won’t have to learn a specific technique in order to defeat a boss. It’s all about how you play. Yes, there is a trial and error technique to the game and just like a souls game, you’re expected to die a few hundred times. Oh, one more thing, if you ever do defeat all seven bosses (not surprisingly, I couldn’t) then you will unlock one final boss to defeat. Perhaps the most difficult of them all.
Graphics & Sounds
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption does a really good job at creating a relaxing atmosphere and then changing that into a more creepy and eerie setting when challenging a boss. The ‘hub’ area lures you into a false sense of security with its calming sounds; music chiming, birds chirping. The moment you enter a boss battle you’re brought straight back down to Earth, back to reality. Still, an oddly calming soundtrack but with a more erratic tone. Have a listen for yourself;
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption‘s art style compliments it’s soundtrack perfectly. It’s a very dark, colourless setting which really sets the scene of the game. It genuinely has a spooky feel to it, like you feel as down and dark as Adam does.
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is a must play for souls-like fans or even if you’re someone who likes a challenge. With a totally unique boss system and the eeriest of soundtracks, you will have a lot of fun (and maybe anger) with this game. If you’re someone who gets annoyed easily then maybe this isn’t the game for you but hey, if you can yourself down after dying for the 10th time, then why not?