Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. You find a spectacularly violent and wonderfully thrilling adventure composed of epic, earth-shattering battles between deities' champions, fought in a dreamlike landscape as weird and varied as it is beautiful.
  2. If William Blake made a videogame, it would be this. If that isn't a recommendation, nothing is.
  3. 100
    Sacrifice weaves together an intricate story, addictive gameplay, and drop-dead gorgeous graphics.
  4. Shiny has taken an interesting concept and come up with a polished implementation which combines superior gameplay and sheer style.
  5. Gorgeous, polished, groundbreaking, and a lot of other impressive-sounding adjectives, but it's also chaotic and lacking in the precise micro-management and complex planning that endears many people to the genre.
  6. Simply put, this is the best and most innovative strategy game ever created. Period.
  7. No matter how smooth, pretty or great sounding a game is, if it ain't got that swing it ain't got a thing. Sacrifice has swing, oh lordy, it has swing.
  8. The sheer size of the single player game is worth the purchase price alone, as is the multiplayer. Perhaps a lesser company would have sold the two separately -- since they're equally marketable and attractive.
  9. Sure to be copied by many games to come, Sacrifice’s easy interface and complex play mechanics prove that Shiny’s creativity and desire to push the limits of gaming have produced another solid title that lives up to the hype.
  10. 94
    A hugely robust game overflowing with character and creativity. Sacrifice shines like a freaky star in a field of overused ideas and clones. Go get it.
  11. Simply a brilliant game. Sacrifice seems to be a relatively flawless experience, perhaps because there's nothing like it out there, but also because this game exhumes quality.
  12. 93
    But the manner in which all the little pieces were brought together to create a whole that is truly greater than its parts is a tribute to the design skills of the team at Shiny.
  13. Clever, innovative, deliciously creative, and just about the prettiest thing I've ever seen. The graphics are simply astounding and remarkably scalable to work on older systems... If it wore a bikini, I'd put a poster of it in my garage.
  14. From its open-ended campaign and mind-searing graphics to its wide variety of multiplayer options, Sacrifice is one of those few games that manage to do just about everything right.
  15. Action/strategy hybrid defies the conventions of all the genres it touches, while making for a fantastically original multiplayer experience. [Feb 2003, p.94]
  16. The AI is sharp, and even if it wasn't, you'd have to admire the tight multiplayer coding and thrilling multiplayer games offered on Sacrifice's free server.
  17. For those that have completed the game the credits are one of the funniest things I have ever seen in a game. The credits run on for quite a while and almost make having completed the game an afterthought.
  18. It looks amazing. But this game isn’t just a pretty face, the deep gameplay and replay value catapult this title head and shoulders above the crowd.
  19. The best fully 3D real-time strategy yet. [Feb 2001, p.58]
  20. Despite a few minor control problems that crop up during battles, Sacrifice emerges unscathed with graphics, sound, gameplay and artificial intelligence that are all of extremely high caliber.
  21. The few weaknesses come from repetitive gameplay in the single-player game, simplistic tactics that often boil down to "get 'em," and steep system requirements.
  22. Even a four-player free-for-all is an intense scramble - as action-packed as any RTS gets, with players being forced into an aggressive stance that leads to a panoply of crazy and fun situations.
  23. It can take you awhile to learn the game, and some of the elements of the combat may occasionally prove unwieldy, but most everything else about Sacrifice is so inventive that you should be able to turn a blind eye to its shortcomings and enjoy the game for its many outstanding qualities.
  24. If your system has the horsepower, this game allows you to experience the current limits in 3D gaming technology.
  25. The most original game of the year, and also one of the best.
  26. The most enjoyment to be had playing Sacrifice probably takes place if you come at the game with zero expectations.
  27. This extremely challenging game cries out for documentation, of which there is virtually none. And the nonsensical, sometimes juvenile back-story and completely incomprehensible and disconnected scenarios spoil what could have been a more superb title.
  28. 70
    It's not a title with an immediate pull, you'll have to work at it to get something back, but it does present a breath of originality that we've been looking for some time.
  29. Shiny Entertainment's particular humor comes through most of the time, while the strategically satisfying scope creates a sense of anticipation on where titles such as this can possibly go in the future.
  30. The camera view is frustrating, the controls are frustrating, the AI is frustrating, the resource system is frustrating, the missions are frustrating, and above all the fact that this game isn't half as good as we were all hoping it would be is very, very frustrating.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. [Anonymous]
    Feb 3, 2005
    The last truly innovative game I have played. An all-time favorite with great production values and gameplay.
  2. DarkfallW.
    Aug 20, 2009
    A True Classic. They don't make games like this anymore, and it's a true shame. This game is challenging and addictive, worth at A True Classic. They don't make games like this anymore, and it's a true shame. This game is challenging and addictive, worth at least five playthroughs in single player mode and providing skirmish type maps in multi-player mode. Unfortunately the Internet Server is down for good, but you can still match up against the computer and enjoy a good skirmish in Multi-Player mode. For only eight dollars on steam you have got to give this game a try. Full Review »
  3. AnonymousMC
    Oct 9, 2009
    Pain in the a$$ to play. Hard to figure out what's going on. The game itself is impressive and the graphics are nice, but thePain in the a$$ to play. Hard to figure out what's going on. The game itself is impressive and the graphics are nice, but the implementation and controls can leave you befuddled and frustrated. I never want to hear the words "your creatures are dying" ever again. Full Review »