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  • Summary: Sacred's Dynamic World of Exploration. Unlike any other fantasy action RPG, Sacred offers players an enormous world comprised of 16 regions with virtually unlimited opportunities for exploration. This world contains highly detailed landscapes, complete with villages and towns and even a day/night cycle with varying weather systems. Regions vary from forests and mountains to deserts, catacombs and ice-covered landmasses. More than three quarters of the world are open to the players from the very start - no unlocks needed. [Encore Software] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Sacred made me forget how disappointed I have been with many RPG’s over the last few years, was wonderful to play, and provided many hours RPG paradise.
  2. The sheer amount of content alone and the general high quality feel of the game is enough to make this a must have for most RPG fans. If it wasn't for the bugs and the glitches, this is an easy 90+ game.
  3. People don't typically play action-RPGs for their riveting narratives. They want fast-paced combat, lots of environments and beasties, and tons of cool magic weapons, armor, and loot. Sacred's got all that in spades. [June 2004, p.69]
  4. A great-looking, generally solid action role-playing game that provides a few interesting gameplay innovations...But its combat system is also somewhat finicky and unrewarding, which is a significant problem for what's fundamentally a hack-and-slash RPG.
  5. The sheer size of the game and the time it will take to play through should keep the average player occupied for months and it moves with a steady pace that should keep most players interested.
  6. The character development system seems a little basic and unfinished and the amount of bugs in the game really is unacceptable.
  7. 45
    A somewhat interesting action/RPG title underneath all the terrible flaws.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    The only rpg with this style of hack n slash that didnt get me bored...im waiting for sacred 3 to test i havent played sacred 2 tho but when i was younger i played this one.Dont start it nowadays no reason to...Its an old game that has passed unlike other games like Morrowind that are must to play anytime. Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2010
    10
    I LOVED IT, it was on it's time one of the best games RPG I've played, excellent quest I even restarted the game a couple of times. The internet part is very good aswell and the game is really good Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2011
    9
    Excellent Diablo-esque game. While the areas are not randomly generated, the world is huge and you are free to explore. The music and sound effects are standout, and the graphics are beautiful, although it is limited to 1024x768. It's also one of the few games that gets crafting/modding items right. It's easy, and it actually results in items better than what are laying around or for sale. The classes are cool, too. Overall, probably my favorite Diablo-style rpg. (note: the game was buggy when released, resulting in poor review scores. The current build is excellent, though, and they even added a lot of extra content. I suggest the GoG version, as it has no DRM) Expand
  4. Dec 10, 2013
    9
    Sacred was the first game to introduce me to the Hack n Slash genre. That's right, I never played Diablo at the time even though I'm old enough to should have been doing that back then. But somehow I skipped it and it was this game that taught me what I was missing out on, and then some. Highly addictive gameplay, appealing graphics (there is something about the grittiness of Sacred 1 that I really prefer to its smoothed out successor), badly voiced but fun characters. It's a game that doesn't take itself too seriously but at the same time may provide some challenge, especially early on if you want to advance too far too soon.

    The skill progression is simple yet diverse. The difference in skills and weapon use are well implemented; each character does feel unique. After finishing the main Ancaria campaign (which took ages since I felt I had to explore every inch of the map) I must admit I didn't have much interest left to complete the Underworld campaign (Gold edition add-on). To me it didn't feel as a real part of the game, both storywise and mapwise. But I do love the two extra characters, they are both my favorites to use. The demon's spells are interesting to play around with (more then just your common fire ball, you'll need the battle mage for that kind of work) and the dwarfs cannon gun and use of mines is quite satisfying.

    I like both Sacred and Sacred 2, but this is the game that will remain somewhat special to me. Even though by now I do understand what Diablo (1 & 2) is all about. So yes, of course I would recommend this game, play it!
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  5. May 2, 2012
    8
    I enjoyed this game very much. It has some minor issues that other like games have, such as not being able to choose the sex of the class but those are cosmetic. Great storyline and fun quests. It never hurts to be able to trample the bad guys with your horse either. Expand
  6. Dec 20, 2011
    2
    It seems like a decent enough game, except the devs didn't think to include the ability to change screen resolutions. So I'm stuck playing this game on a widescreen monitor at some abysmally low resolution with huge black borders everywhere (even on the top and bottom). Also, for some idiotic reason the whole game looks squashed horizontally, which is stupid considering the big black borders :P everytime i try and start playing the game, I get pissed off at how everything looks so squashed and i give up. Maybe sometime in the future i'll give it another go. but for now it deserves a 2. Expand
  7. Mar 9, 2014
    1
    Incredibly poorly designed game. The decisions the designers made are at times even worse than the D3 devs. I think this game was probably the most disappointing game I'Ve everplayed after Diablo 3. Expand

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