We have all committed wrongdoings in our lives, or sins if you will, but very rarely are we forced to fight the personification of those sins in increasingly difficult boss battles. In essence, that is what Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, from Dark Star is all about, as you step into the armoured shoes of Adam, the ruler of the Kingdom of Cavanis. The kingdom which now wallows in despair and blasphemy because of one dude.
Adam is pulled into a mysterious and twisted realm filled entirely to the brim by pain, torment and suffering…oh and eight incredibly rage-filled bosses, the manifestations of his wrongdoing.
Seven of these bosses represent the seven cardinal sins, which Adam himself committed and in case you are not religious, like myself, who had to look up what those sins were they are;
Before you face each of these powerful manifestations, you have to sacrifice a stat during the fight and effectively level down before entering combat. This, of course, places Adam at a distinct disadvantage and seems quite akin to getting drunk (-intelligence) and accidentally walking out in front of a bus. You might win but it is going to be a tough fight.
When I say you have to sacrifice a stat, I mean you basically have to handicap yourself by removing your defence for example, or your speed. This allows for multiple approaches to the same fight, where it is going to be a challenge no matter what. You can make up for the disadvantage with a large selection of weapons and gear that you can equip to give you a fighting chance in your quest for redemption.
Sinner will also provide players with a chance to unlock multiple endings as they play through the circles of what I am assuming is a version of Hell. Alongside additional game modes that provide new and unique challenges, Sinner is catering towards replayability and much like Cuphead, and the Dark Souls franchise which Sinner is inspired by, the additional challenge will make victory that much sweeter, no matter if it is your first or tenth playthrough.
Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption will be released for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on April 25th, 2018 and it promises to deliver intense, and let’s face it, difficult gameplay. Are you up to the challenge?