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  • Summary: Sacrifice provides a truly fresh approach in the 3-D RTS genre, allowing players to act as both commander and combatant over huge, real-time, generated landscapes in single or multiplayer modes. Wizards will not be disappointed as Sacrifice serves up over 50 spells and creatures. [Interplay]
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
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  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. Shiny has taken an interesting concept and come up with a polished implementation which combines superior gameplay and sheer style.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Action/strategy hybrid defies the conventions of all the genres it touches, while making for a fantastically original multiplayer experience. [Feb 2003, p.94]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 11, 2013
    10
    I play a lot of game, but Sacrifice is my number one. A fantastic story, beatiful music and great gameplay. In addition you have a chance to serve for god which you choose. That`s fantastic. Expand
  2. May 14, 2011
    10
    A very much underdog game it got passed up by a lot of others and that truly saddened me, this game has a mix of RTS and a magical FPS system too it, you're down in the fight and controlling the units is surprisingly easy for not being above the action. The game is charmingly funny and while the story is not the most engaging thing in the world it is quite fun to play through many times over for the branching and changed story lines. Many different endings phenomenal voice acting (including Tim Curry) It is quirky fun and an overall enjoyable game and is in fact one of my favorites of all time. Expand
  3. Jul 29, 2013
    10
    An excellent game with lots of innovative ideas. Great story, and a very nice touch with reloading "this is not what actually happened". The artwork was amazing for the time. Really one of the best games ever, and surely one of the best in the RTS genre. Expand
  4. Apr 30, 2014
    9
    A lot of things could be said about this overlooked gem of a game, here are some of them:
    Innovative, imaginative, fun, funny, weird,
    engaging... I could go on and on.
    There are no bad sides to this game that I could think of.
    Pick it up and have some fun.
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  5. Aug 6, 2014
    9
    Truly unique strategy game with it's alternative approach, beautiful visuals, amazing soundtrack, different gods and excellent story and voice acting. 9/10 Expand
  6. Sep 3, 2013
    6
    This long winded VA circle jerk of a game hardly bares any revolutionary gameplay. The irony that such a title barely made a dent in the industry- being to coin a phrase: "unique when compared to its superiors only in terms of art design." Its not a good way to start off when your title starts at the end with whats-their-face Protoss campaign narrator prattling on about some overly long and boring mystery plot. The core gameplay is incredibly simple to explain to even a 5 year old. That doesn't mean its actually fun though, just piss easy to explain how it works to others. That in itself would prove challenging as nobody has really even heard about the game or played it. It would also appear that the ten people have played such a game are probably talking about incredibly rich the lore and character designs are even when people have made legitimate arguments that the gameplay is pretty boring. These people were snubbed by such "normal" fun games as *insert any Command & Conquer title here. The very fact that this kinda of gameplay never caught on within the genre is a clear sign that A. the development team put far too much work into something and then steered the focus away from the Adventure game they were planning to release it as and B. The people that talk like this game is the "bees knees" are absolute wankers who have no business playing games or commenting on them.

    PRO's
    Good models, environments and lighting for the time of its release
    Good atmospheric soundtrack
    EAX support

    CON's
    Terrible fans that have never gotten over the fact that the game sold like a box of chocolate covered turds
    "wacky" character designs- Surprised Tim Burton didn't self-insert himself anywhere in the production
    Terrible user interface, looks like World of Warcraft, which isn't a compliment to WOW, but one has a lot
    more going on than the other
    Boring dialogue sequences
    Simple "Real time strategy" combat- you can swarm every other group with a bigger one and win.
    Unclear tutorials on some missions as to what you need to actually do
    Story could have used some editing and had far too much focus when compared to the generic gameplay
    No modern hardware support
    No support for Multi-core processors
    No support for Windows XP, Windows 7 and 8
    Takes its rightful place alongside other such failures that never garnered much attention i.e. Homeworld 2, Battlezone II (which had ten times the better user interface than Sacrifice), Battle Realms, Earth 2150, and Dark Reign 2.
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