You’re able to take six powers into each battle, which you can quickly switch between when facing a monster. The creatures you fight will react in different ways to your attacks; some may be vulnerable to fire spells, while freezing others in a block of ice will prove more effective. You’ll also have long range attacks, or melee abilities that can either be used to hit adversaries quickly – or charged to perform a mighty super-strike. It’s also a good idea to take a defensive power into a fight, as well as a spell to regenerate health.
As you add more spells to your inventory, you can begin to combine them in virtually unlimited ways to produce even more devastating attacks; for example, combine a melee attack with a fire spell to turn your enemy into a blazing inferno.
Throughout the Phantom Quests, you’ll face the moral dilemmas which underpin Soul Sacrifice – whether to save or sacrifice your defeated enemies. By saving them, you can free their souls from the evil that consumed them, earning yourself a defensive boost and increasing your health. Choose to sacrifice them, and you’ll mercilessly destroy the creature, harvesting their soul to make your attacks even more powerful.
The ultimate test comes in the form of the Black Rites – destructive powers that come with a terrible price. For example, transforming yourself into a flaming giant will deal a crushing blow to any monster, but will sacrifice your skin, burning it away and reducing your defensive abilities. Timing is crucial and Black Rites should be used sparingly – as the effects can be long lasting if you’re short on the healing potion that Librom sometimes gives you.