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  • Summary: Sacred 3 is an action role-playing game experience with accessible yet sophisticated gameplay.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Aug 1, 2014
    77
    Sacred 3 is a great game with a superb multiplayer. Artistically beautiful and enough variety for us not to get bored. However, Playstation 3 is a platform unable to handle the game as it deserves.
  2. 75
    An enjoyable if not overly ambitious take on the hack and slash genre, Sacred 3 combines humour and robust co-operative gameplay to create an enjoyable game in its own right.
  3. Aug 24, 2014
    66
    A competent yet flawed RPG-brawler that still justifies its existence with satisfying co-op play. [Oct 2014, p.68]
  4. Aug 1, 2014
    60
    Sacred 3 is likely to be a huge let down for fans of the series. By ditching the open world quest structure and loot system, this sequel has been robbed of the experience of everything that franchise evangelists fell in love with. That said, if you put aside the initial disappointment to consider what the game actually is, you’ll find a decent action RPG, which offers a great co-op experience to boot.
  5. Aug 4, 2014
    60
    While the multiplayer options are confusing, it's fun to have some friends along for the ride, even as you fight over the last remaining health orb in a massive boss battle. Hey, at least you won't have to worry about shooting the food, right?
  6. Blandly serviceable. [Sept 2014, p.102]
  7. Sep 11, 2014
    30
    I was excited to try out Sacred 3 at first, since I had heard good things about the previous games. The more I played it, the more the cracks showed, and the more disappointment set in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    i never played sacred 1 or 2. but i loved sacred 3 !! the game is awesome !! buy it, play it, you will definitely enjoy. All these bad reviewsi never played sacred 1 or 2. but i loved sacred 3 !! the game is awesome !! buy it, play it, you will definitely enjoy. All these bad reviews are wrong. not listen to them. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2014
    9
    I played Sacred 2....and actually hated it. But..I love Sacred 3 so far. Rating a game purely on how it met expectations is a poor review. IfI played Sacred 2....and actually hated it. But..I love Sacred 3 so far. Rating a game purely on how it met expectations is a poor review. If you consider the actual game, it's a very well done hack and slash game. Love the graphics, very smooth gameplay and so car...no glitches. There are still plenty of people playing online if you wish to do some co-op. Any given night there are 15-20 online games to join Expand
  3. Aug 6, 2014
    9
    The legacy of sacred has been a rocky one to say the least. Sacred 1 and 2 were almost critically panned by critics and fans alike aside fromThe legacy of sacred has been a rocky one to say the least. Sacred 1 and 2 were almost critically panned by critics and fans alike aside from a few cult followers. Keeping that in mind Deep Silver seems to have decided to move in a new direction, and in my opinion is was a great move.

    The core gameplay of sacred 3 is a traditional style hack 'n' slash game much in vein of the old gauntlet games such as Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows. Players will move from the start to the end of a linear map with secrets hidden along the path. The combat is fast and fluid allowing for combos and special moves to seamlessly flow together into a barrage of attacks that always feel impressive and powerful.

    The upgrade system of the game has been streamlined, doing away with the randomly generated loot and skill trees in way of each character having a select few special moves, weapons, and equipment that all feel more meaningful and unique than most dungeon crawlers. Progressing through stages will grant you equipment and battle spirits much in the style of an unlock system. These items in a way can be farmed to find more powerful versions of the item or spirit making the handful of them per character feel deeper than they do at a glance. This mechanic alone allows for replay ability that encourages multiple playthroughs of stages to find more powerful gear and spirits for yourself and allies to utilize. All of the weapons, armors, spirits, skills, and abilities all feature an upgrade path that can be utilized by gaining gold and the appropriate level to progress.

    I found that the local multiplayer handled like a dream allowing two players to work together to handle the more challenging sections of the game with greater ease. The gold and unlocks were shared among both players aside from the aforementioned battle spirits which each player had to gain independently.

    As far as challenge the game felt for the most part balanced. Enemies were slightly predictable, and at no real point did I get the same rush of danger that is felt from more difficult games. But at the same time I never felt like the game was just handing me victories.

    At the end of the day I feel this game is a worthy entry into the hack 'n' slash genre, bringing 4 (5 with DLC) very unique characters into the fray with style and grace. The unlock and upgrade system may be a bit shallow, but in that way much more refined. I see myself visiting the world of sacred 3 alone and with friends for some time to come.
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  4. Aug 5, 2014
    7
    This Game takes a couple of steps back from the previous installment in the series but its not all bad. Firstly the game play is differentThis Game takes a couple of steps back from the previous installment in the series but its not all bad. Firstly the game play is different from others in the series as it is not open world and there isn't really an equipment system. The game feels more like Gauntlet. Co-op in the game is fun. Environments are beautiful. Combat is fun. Game play is repetitive. Look at this game as an all new game series and not as another Sacred game. Expand
  5. Aug 5, 2014
    1
    What a Joke this is, got this game because Sacred 2 was so good, now look what they have done. what was going through deep silvers mind whenWhat a Joke this is, got this game because Sacred 2 was so good, now look what they have done. what was going through deep silvers mind when they made this choice, must have been something bad to make them mess up and disappoint there fans Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2014
    0
    First of all I do not own this game and never will. I am a huge fan of RPGs and this game couldn't be farther from it. No loot equals noFirst of all I do not own this game and never will. I am a huge fan of RPGs and this game couldn't be farther from it. No loot equals no customization which is the heart of any RPG in my opinion. In the Sacred series 1 and 2 are great games, ones that I have loved for years but creating 3 is pointless to include in this series. Not only is it a disgrace to the "open world" of Sacred but should not share the same title. Deep Silver should be ashamed of themselves and will likely see themselves out of business if they create another flop like this. Do not buy this game if you are any type of a RPG fanatic. Expand
  7. Aug 12, 2014
    0
    This is an absolutely horrible game, and I went in knowing it was a pure arcade hack-n-slash with no linkage whatsoever to the previous SacredThis is an absolutely horrible game, and I went in knowing it was a pure arcade hack-n-slash with no linkage whatsoever to the previous Sacred games. I'll spell it out concisely: no loot, no weapons, no RPG elements, no open world.

    Now, onto the stuff I didn't know about. First, the voice acting is horrendous, and as one reviewer stated, you will "want to cut your ears off with a knife" after playing this game for an hour. Childish scripting, sexual innuendos (a threesome with an ogre?), pop culture references, toilet humor, and kindergarten-level jokes will have you looking for the volume button - there is no way to disable the voices in-game.

    Worst of all, there is really no local multiplayer, which was a huge marketing factor. Sure, you can play more than one player local, but P2-P4 are "guests" and are simply fake characters auto-leveled to the first character. They can't be saved, they don't gain levels, no gold, and are just automatons that are used to fraudulently sell the game as local MP. I remember Dungeon Siege 3 pulling the same scam, which amounted them bolting on local MP in the exact same way, using P2-P4 as non-existent "guests".

    I am a big fan of the action-RPG genre, and this is by far the worst game I have ever played, and makes Dungeon Siege 3 look like The Last of Us. DO NOT BUY!!
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