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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 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  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. Jan 13, 2015
    6
    This game is underrated and does not deserve the low scores its receiving. Hopefully I can provide a decent enough review that allows peopleThis game is underrated and does not deserve the low scores its receiving. Hopefully I can provide a decent enough review that allows people to steer clear of this game or pick it up based on my review. The first thing I would like to say is its my opinion the low scores are rolling in almost exclusively for two reasons. Both reasons go hand in hand and that is the developers of this game made a speculation and that speculation is not paying out. The first gamble and unwise decision this team made was to turn the Sacred series into a reinvention of guantlet and probably they thought they could get away with this by clearly advertising this is an aracade hack and slash. Games like this used to be big but that is the past and clearly if you look around your street arcades do not exist and I think this developer thought maybe there was an untapped market for a Guantlet style game on consoles afterall multiplayer is still a huge concept. Unfortunately I think this gamble is a fail, most people crave next generation appeal and so this is a no go. On top of that they gambled that Sacred 3 fans would enjoy this change. I mean rock bands do it- change their sound every album- now its the way things are evolving and so I think this developer talked themselves into trying a new gamestyle. Well two major gambles in one game and clearly the fans are not understanding what this developer was going for and it is translating into huge negative scoring and thats unfortunate because this actually is a fairly decent solid and fun game with lots of replayability. My opinion is if this game was released in the ps2 days it would have been a huge success but in todays crowded market of next generation appeal there is not much reason to like this game. Its oldschool in approach and its getting punished for it. Ok so here is my advice, if you still enjoy retro gaming this game is a game you should try the nostalgia might be for you. For everyone else I think you will be disappointed even though its clearly labeled as arcade. You know theres only so many times you can remake a game or movie before its going to be immediately prejudged just like this game became victim of. But without question this game does not deserve its scores it is not broken nor brutal its just misplaced. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2015
    3
    Its multriplayer fun in a repetitive button mashing 'gauntlet' sort of way. Opening graphics were great. In game graphics are functional. ButIts multriplayer fun in a repetitive button mashing 'gauntlet' sort of way. Opening graphics were great. In game graphics are functional. But audio? Was the in game 'adviser' narration done by a breathlessly excited american high school girl? And not in a good way. Your hero/heroine is apparently 'badass' and 'kicks butt'. Meanwhile, the evil boss on the initial level refers to you as 'seeexxxxxaaay' and 'baby cheeks' - when not saying 'mmm mmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!' in a very dubious way. The voice actors are probably fine people, but what they were paid to say is just wron on so many levels. I mean, its like the voice acting sucks. And blows. Just, totally, like, sucks and blows, dude. At the same time, bro. But if those last few sentences didn't annoy you, you'll probably be fine with it. ;-) Expand
  6. 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
  7. 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

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