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STORY SUMMARY:

Soul Sunder is the story of Zero, a young woman whose life was shattered when she unintentionally sets in motion events in her childhood that left her village destroyed, her brother dead, and her best friend crippled for life. Nine years later, Zero receives a letter from an unknown sender calling her to the depths of Purgatory, a mysterious dungeon that had risen from the ground. Many adventurers enter it's depths, but few return. It is in this place, the letter claimed, she could confront the truth of what happened in her past. Guide Zero as she forges into the nightmarish halls of Purgatory and tries to come to terms with the past she once tried to leave behind.

Soul Sunder is a dungeon crawling RPG with a unique twist: An emphasis on survival rather than grinding. While you can fight enemies to gain experience and level up, the focus of the game is using a combination of items you find in the dungeon and different equipment loadouts to navigate through Purgatory. Health items are limited, enemies are brutal, and there is no one coming to help you. Will you uncover the truth? Or will Purgatory claim you and your companions?


Features:

- A powerful, character-driven plot.
- Survival horror-like setting.
- Decide your approach to combat by choosing from an array of skill-granting weapons and items.
- 3 difficulty modes to suit your playstyle.
- Very challenging, survival-based gameplay.
- High replay value to try out different combinations of items and equipment.
- 2 different endings NOT based on static choices.
- A simple crafting system.
- Around 5-8 hours of gameplay.


Note: The Download Now version is the RTP Independent version. If you have the VX Ace RTP, come here to get the RTP Dependent version.


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Latest Blog

Heaven or Hell

The downloads have been updated to version 2.0 in response to feedback from the last couple of reviews. I'm really sorry it took so long to do so!

So what's new in this version? Well, the biggest addition is a new difficulty setting: Heaven or Hell Mode. This is essentially Survivor mode but with a twist:


No item shop in Haven.

Yep, your only means of survival will come from what you can find in the ground. No loading up with healing items now. You still have the Blacksmiths, so spend your money on armor instead.

Heaven or Hell mode makes your actions in the Childhood Arc a bit more meaningful. By completing optional objectives and finding secrets, you're granted a few goodies to make the Adult Arc a bit easier to get into. This version adds a small, but hopefully appreciated new one: if you can find the secret candy stash in Orias, you're given a First Aid Kit upon starting the Adult Arc. And since each First Aid Kit can be used three times, that should make the lack of an Apothecary a bit easier to get over.

Anyway, Heaven or Hell Mode is for those that have already beaten the game once and want a real challenge. It's tough, but it can be done. I want to do something cool for anyone who beats that mode, but my mind's drawing a blank. If you want, I can make a page for a list of names of anyone who wants to be immortalized for completing the game in this mode!

Outside of Heaven or Hell, there have been a few changes as well. You'll see the nitty-gritty ones by checking the Version Changes document in the game's folder, but they're mostly balance fixes. To prevent you from drowning in healing items, the prices of all restorative items in the Apothecary have jumped up a decent amount. Which means, if you want to load up on healing items, you'll probably have to sell a few more attack items or equipment. Hope you're cool with that! Hee hee hee. But, as this would be incredibly unfair to those just starting out, the Apothecary will give you a discount while you're in Haven for the first time equal to the original price of those items. The idea of the game was to be hard, but fair, and unreasonable prices before you even have a chance to buy anything just isn't fair.

Since I didn't mess with the properties of the items themselves or add/remove new ones, anyone who wants to continue their save file should be able to just transfer them over. Word of advice: Rotate your save files.

... I'm making this sound really evil. And while it's true that every once in a while I have a glass of Saint's Blood with my dinner, this update was more to address some game-breaking issues than the result of a sudden sadistic streak as well as provide a challenge for those that found the game too easy the first time. I ran through the game on Heaven or Hell mode, and I saw a LOT of things I would have done differently if I could go back and do it all again. If I wasn't already fully submerged into Prayer of the Faithless, I might have actually remade the whole thing from the ground up.

Run when you need to, don't forget to check enemy properties before using an item, and don't forget to guard when enemies charge up. If you need help, check the hints and tips tab on the game page or ask a question here and I'll help you. You'll be fine. I believe in you!

So here you go. A more sadistic, evil version of Soul Sunder.





Merry Christmas~
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  • Red_Nova
  • unity
    NeverSilent
  • RPG Maker VX Ace
  • RPG
  • 11/20/2013 06:29 PM
  • 01/04/2019 03:59 AM
  • 09/26/2014
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NeverSilent
Got any Dexreth amulets?
6133
I just started playing Soul Sunder as I promised earlier, with the intention of possibly reviewing it later. However, I already ran into a couple of bugs, typos and other oddities. For some reason, I seem to be good at spotting those things. While not exactly game-breaking, I thought you might want to know about them.
I guess what I'm actually trying to say is: Would you maybe like another testplayer? I can be very thorough if necessary, and I would be happy to try and help this game in whatever way possible.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
Yay, a comment! It was starting to get a little lonely on this page. I could practically hear the crickets sounding off.

Anyway, I'm never gonna say no to more bug reports. Lay 'em on me and I'll stamp 'em out! If you're gonna do this for the whole game, do you want to be listed as a tester? I'll be glad to do so.
NeverSilent
Got any Dexreth amulets?
6133
Well, breaking silence is what I do, so that's no problem, haha.

Thanks, I'll do my best then. You can probably expect some reports within the next days. You don't have to feel obliged to add me as a tester, though. But of course, if you want to, I'm never gonna say no to being listed.
I'm actually playing it right now, Red_Nova. I couldn't play it last week 'cause I was up to the neck with exams(freedom sure feels good).
I want to review it as well, so I'll give you all my thoughts there.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
Really? So I got NeverSilent giving a bug report, as well as urano23 and nhubi both planning to review the game?

... I feel like I'm suddenly in front of a firing squad.
unity
You're magical to me.
12403
author=Red_Nova
Really? So I got NeverSilent giving a bug report, as well as urano23 and nhubi both planning to review the game?

... I feel like I'm suddenly in front of a firing squad.


But what if they're using rainbow happy rounds of useful feedback?
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
Then I will get riddled with useful bullets of rainbows and sunshine. The bullets would sink into my soul and possibly give me critique poisoning. I'll have to go to rehab by opening up RPG Maker and use the tongs of diligent work to pull out those bullets so that only a whole, unbroken game remains.


Or be grateful. I don't know.
Oh yeah, I'm in the "special thanks" credits. I never was in a "special thanks" credit. I feel special.

Anyway, I got the Rebirth ending. As I said I'll tell you with more details in my review(wait for it, might take a while, I'm lazy with that stuff). For the time being I'll just say "Loved it".

Good job man, seriously. I hope you make another game...sometime.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
author=urano23
Oh yeah, I'm in the "special thanks" credits. I never was in a "special thanks" credit. I feel special.


With the amount of support you gave me from all that fan art, it would be CRIMINAL if you weren't in special thanks!

Anyway, I got the Rebirth ending. As I said I'll tell you with more details in my review(wait for it, might take a while, I'm lazy with that stuff). For the time being I'll just say "Loved it".

Good job man, seriously. I hope you make another game...sometime.


Thanks so much! And don't worry, I'm already waist deep in a new project! And I've got a project I want to do after THAT!
NeverSilent
Got any Dexreth amulets?
6133
Okay, I just finished the childhood arc. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but it kept getting more interesting and atypical every minute. There are still some things I find odd, but I'm positive they will become clearer as I continue.
My first report is on its way.

P.S.: I really liked the face and character art. You did a great job with those.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
Oh wow. You said you were running into weird bugs and you just finished the Childhood Arc?! Granted, I was stumbling around a bit learning how to use Ace at the time, but I was sure I had stamped out just about everything...

P.S.: I really liked the face and character art. You did a great job with those.


Thanks! I must have redrawn those at least 5 different times. It's nice to see that the final result was worthwhile!
nhubi
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
11099
Hey Red_Nova I've just started (yes the 1.1 version) there is a small grammatical error in the Hero book, vol 1 chapter 2, the text reads
'Perhaps he was always around such sacred ground that the gods chose him?'
It should be,
'Perhaps it was because he was always around such sacred ground that the gods chose him.'
It shouldn't have a question mark, whilst it is interrogative, it's an indirect question, not a direct one.

I'm playing it in casual for this first run through but I can already tell I'm going to want to try it again on survivor mode.

Edit: Also the old man outside doesn't change his comment about there being raspberries on the bush even after you've picked them.

Do you want me to put these on the 'blog about the bug stomping or just keep adding them here?

Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
*Headdesk*

I knew it. I knew that more issues would come up, despite me trying to assure myself otherwise. Alright, I'll get to work on those.

I'm playing it in casual for this first run through but I can already tell I'm going to want to try it again on survivor mode.


This is making me hopeful, though.


Do you want me to put these on the 'blog about the bug stomping or just keep adding them here?


At the blog post would probably be for the best. This way I can keep all the feedback in one place. Thanks!
nhubi
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
11099
Hey they're not big bugs, just little ones that snuck under the sofa whilst you were crushing their bigger siblings.

There was one thing I want to ask, is Cieran speaking on a mobile phone when the kids overhear him? Neither of them mention the oddness of him apparently talking to someone that isn't there which makes me think it's something they are used to, but given the medieval village feel I'm a little interested in just how he's communicating.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
That... is a piece of lore I could have sworn I added in. A quick look at the dialogue says I didn't, though. Yeah, Cieran is talking on a 'sort of' mobile phone. Since it's never used again in the rest of the game, I must have forgotten all about adding it in.

... So why am I looking at my list and seeing that the item is checked off? What was I thinking? Anyway, thanks for pointing it out!
Linkis
Don't hate me cause I'm Cute :)
1025
I've tried this game at least twice and deleted it twice :)
Now I know why.....

I CAN'T EVEN FIND MY DAMN BROTHER :(
Guess I will have to continue searching :)
Marrend
Guardian of the Description Thread
20691
@Linkis: After finding Myra, try going up the staircase by the school house!
Linkis
Don't hate me cause I'm Cute :)
1025
Myra?? School House??

Damn, a hunting I must go :(
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
It's all at the northern part of town. Just keep heading up and talking to people, you'll be fine. The school house is the ruined building that you can't enter at the moment.
Red_Nova
The all around prick
8611
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