Sacred 2 Fallen Angel Collectors Edition

 
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Product Description

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel is an Action Role-playing Game (RPG) where the paths players choose and the decisions they make along the way, determine not only the destinies of their character, but also that of their chosen race as a whole, members of the other five other in-game races, and perhaps the game world of Ancaria itself. Set 2,000 years prior to the self-titled first game in the Sacred series, Fallen Angel is prequel to the events and quests of earlier RPG hit, that drops players in the midst of an epic struggle for control of elemental power on the grandest of scale.

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A Dryad striking a pose in 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel'
Master enemies with style& grace.
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A Shadow Warrior in 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel'
As well as brute force & steel.
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A Seraphim and her Sabertooth battle mount in 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel'
Utilize character-specific mounts.
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A Seraphim giving you the eye in 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel'
Study the lore of the ancients.
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A Temple Guardian battling bird monsters in 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel'
Battle above ground and below.
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A High Elf using magic in 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel'
Wield magic against all comers.
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A Temple Guardian battleing a werewolf in 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel'
Face down monsters of every kind.
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The Story
T-Energy has been flowing through Ancaria since time immemorial. This mysterious power forms the beginning of all life, is the source of all magic and the origin of all thought. For eons the angelic Seraphim watched over the T-Energy and therefore over the fate of the entire world. But eventually tiring of their burden, they passed their knowledge on to the High Elves. T-Energy helped the realm of the High Elves to experience an unimaginable boost of prosperity, making it the reigning culture in Ancaria. But a force as powerful as T-Energy carries great dangers. Not taught how to deal with this, no sooner did the Elves take control, then a heated dispute erupted among them as to how and to what purpose the T-Energy was to be used. Dispute morphed into irresolvable conflict, then rift and eventually to a civil war among the High Elves, where all participants were losers. Their realm collapsed and with it the entire power structure of Anacaria. In the turmoil all the peoples of Anacaria coveted the right, either openly or in secret, to wield the power of T-Energy and in the end, unmanaged, the T-Energy raged out of control warping creature and lands alike. Can anyone regain control over the T-Energy. And if so, will he/she strive to prevent the world from lapsing into final chaos, or deepen it?

Gameplay
Gameplay in Sacred 2: Fallen Angel in divided into two campaign paths: Light and Dark. As the game begins players choose and customize their character and choose the path they will follow. This choice determines the ultimate goal and intentions of their character, and as the game progresses through literally hundreds of quests and side quests, the paths of different characters intersect at different junctions. Choose one way and you may be tasked to defend a town and its people, while another path could result in you attacking the same town. The choice is yours and the fate of the world and your well-being are at stake.

Key Game Features:

  • A massive, seamless and dynamic world delivering hundreds of hours of freeform exploration.
  • Two deep campaigns: play as the “Light” or “Shadow” side, complete with distinct skills, rewards and story-elements tailored to the chosen path.
  • Six exceptional, playable characters, each with a distinct look, capabilities and in-game motivation.
  • Modifiable combat arts: change, upgrade and link together your alter ego’s combat skills to match your playing style.
  • Fight effectively from the back of a number of mounts under your control; equip and upgrade your character’s unlockable special mount.
  • Deities offer unique combat disciplines and unlock additional quests.
  • Seamless transition between single- and multiplayer gaming modes via LAN and the Internet.
  • Captivating online modes of play challenge gamers in cooperative, PvP and PvE play.
  • Extraordinary, cutting-edge graphics and Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound utilize the latest technologies for a truly immersive experience.
Character Classes
In Sacred 2: Fallen Angel players assume the role of one of six characters--five of which are new to the franchise--and delve into a thrilling story full of side quests and secrets that you will have to unravel. Breathtaking combat arts and sophisticated spells are waiting to be learned. A multitude of weapons and items will be available, and you will choose which of your character's attributes you will enhance with these items in order to create a unique and distinct hero.
Seraphim character class from 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' Seraphim
Often referred to as 'Fallen Angels,' these mystical and angelic creatures are the oldest inhabitants of Ancaria. Fast, elegant and acrobatic warriors from a technological future they fight with light to medium weapons and, if required, with massive technological support. Players can assume the role of a Seraphim and protect the world from chaos.
Shadow Warrior character class from 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' Shadow Warrior
Shadow Warriors were originally humans trained as elite soldiers in service to the High Elves. Upon their death their souls were stolen by an Elven general, bound to lifeless bodies and imbued with T-Energy. Now free, they travel between this world and the next as undead beings with only the desire to return to the peace of the golden halls of Elysium.
High Elf character class from 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' High Elf
The best student at the ancient academy of magic in Thylysium, the High Elf character lives and breathes magic. Her hunger for adventure and her insatiable desire to increase her personal knowledge and the influence of her once-powerful house are the driving forces as she sets off into an Ancaria boiling over with turmoil.
Dryad character class from 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' Dryad
Masters of the hunt and akin to the Elves, The Dryad are in tune with nature and are equipped with the strength of the forests. The most powerful and the strongest among them are knowledgeable of the dark art of voodoo and were chosen in order to save their peoples from extinction. All are expert with the bow, traps, poisons and lore of the forest.
Inquisitor character class from 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' Inquisitor
The Inquisitors are the High Priests of the High Elves. Arrogant and deadly, they are only committed to themselves and their ultimate goal of assume control over the T-Energy. Proficient in close combat and able to gain increasing power as damage is taken, their manipulative spells make them powerful fighters from the shadows.
Temple Guardian character class from 'Sacred 2: Fallen Angel' Temple Guardian
Since the beginning of time the purpose of Temple Guardians were to maintain and protect the Great Machine, so that it could keep the world in balance. Neither fully flesh or mechanical, they are half human and half machine. Propelled by T-Energy and devoted to protecting it, they are part of the Great Machine and so able to use the T-Energy for their purposes.

A Wide Variety of Mounts
Across Ancaria you will find many horse dealers. They offer all kinds of animals, from the simple nag up to a real war horse. You can equip a war horse with bridle, saddle and even special armor. These special items can be found in the game just like player items, ranging in quality from regular to rare and even unique items. In addition, every character also has a unique mount created specifically for their character class. This mount not only fits the personality of the character, but also complements the various aspects of the character's playing style perfectly. All character classes can fight from a mounted position using a variety of tactics that the player chooses depending on the terrain and battle conditions.

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Collector's Edition Includes:

  • Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Game
  • Additional DVD containing the "Elite Texture Pack," a set of ultra-high resolution textures for users of high-end computers
  • The unlockable in-game Carrier Imp, a special "pet" that transports the player's treasure and additional inventory to its owner whenever summoned. (unlock code provided)
  • A four-song music sampler from Nuclear Blast records, whose artist, Blind Guardian, is showcased in the game's soundtrack, and an exclusive audio interview with the band and the game's developer, discussing their collaboration to feature the band in-game.
  • A printed map of the world of Ancaria that doubles as poster and electronic version of the Sacred 2 "Art and Vision" booklet

System Requirements:

Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP, XP64, Vista, Vista64 Microsoft Windows XP (32 / 64 Bit) with Service Pack 3 / Vista 32 / 64 Bit) with Service Pack 1
Processor: 2.4 GHz processor Dual Core 2.0 GHz processor
RAM: 1GB 2 GB RAM
Video Card: Graphics card 256 MB, from nVidia? GeForce 6800 or ATI? Radeon Graphics card 512 MB, ab nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS oder ATI Radeon HD 3870
Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card Sound Blaster X-Fi(DirectX 9.0d [for XP] or DirectX 10.0 [for Vista] compatible), with surround speakers or headphones
DVD-ROM: Quad-speed (4x) DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive Space: 25GB of Free Space
Direct X: 9.0d (included with game)
Other: DSL modem or network card for multiplayer games





You assume the role of a character and delve into a thrilling story full of side quests and secrets that you will have to unravel. Breathtaking combat arts and sophisticated spells are waiting to be learned. A multitude of weapons and items will be available, and you will choose which of your character's attributes you will enhance with these items in order to create a unique and distinct hero.
Features:
  • Blind Guardian (in-game band) sampler EP - four songs plus an exclusive "making of Sacred 2" band interview
  • Additional DVD containing the high end "Elite" graphics textures that renders the world of Ancaria in all its greatest visuals
  • Digital "Art & Vision of Sacred 2" art book as PDF
  • Carrier Imp, an additional in-game creature that helps the player carry more items and reduces encumbrance.
  • Large fold out Ancaria map that doubles as poster on the flip side. Enhanced, embossed premium packaging.

Customer Reviews:

  • Wish I could give it 5 Stars
    Love the game play.
    Love the graphics.
    Love the characters.
    Love the loot.
    Love the LAN game.
    Love there are no monthly fees of any sort.

    For the non-Collectors Edition version I gladly give it 4 stars!
    I love playing and wish I could give it the first 5 star on Amazon...
    Unfortunately the patching system is terrible. After a clean install you are prompted if you want to check for updates. DO NOT USE THE AUTOMATIC UPDATER. It will bend files before telling you it cannot update them correctly. Those bent files will prevent manual patching from working. So you will have to delete your fresh install and create a completely new, clean install. When you do, do NOT forget to unregister the product (you only get 2 registered installs per game). If you remember to unregister the product every time you have to do a reinstall (let us pray this is not often). I am glad they are fixing bugs (there are still a few that will bring the game to a screeching halt) but I wish they fixed their patches/updater.

    Unfortunately for the Colletor's Edition I could give only 3 Stars
    While I look at them as a kind of bonus, the upgraded graphics are barely noticible unless you tend to play very close-up. The map is not useful in any way (it's a geographical map - virtually nothing helpful to find towns, roads etc). But the deal killer is the Carrier Imp. The only reason we got them (we have two copies) was for the Carrier Imp - but that's only useful online!?!? So for us the CE version was a complete waste of money because we only play LAN games. So buy the regular version unless you want to play only online.

    Pros:
    Great game play.
    Great graphics.
    Great LAN play.
    Great story.
    They are trying to fix bugs.
    Good Forums and moderators.

    Cons:
    Their patching system is riddled with problems.
    CE Map is not useful.
    CE Carrier Imp is only useful online.

    Guys...
    ===> Make the Carrier Imp Available in Single Player/LAN Games! <===...more info
  • Great potential, big Bugs!
    I'm a big fan of dungeon crawlers and played Sacred 1 extensively. I've been playing Sacred 2 for a few weeks now and it's getting frustrating. The game play itself is quite a bit of fun for a dungeon crawler fan like myself. Good character customization, a nice variety of loot, and a ginormous world to explore.

    Unfortunately that's where my praise ends. I've had nothing but problems trying to get into multiplayer games, and spent 45 minutes trying last night before their lobby software finally let me create a game. Once in, it's stable enough, but you'll tear out your hair trying to get there.

    Now, 2 reason NOT to buy the CE version of this game if you still want to play.

    1. The Carrier Imp *ONLY* works in Closed multiplayer mode. It is not IS NOT available in Single Player, Single Player Coop, or Open multiplayer. It's a complete waste of money unless you are playing only Closed multiplayer.

    2. Per the Sacred 2 forums, eventually the elite textures will be downloadable. This won't appeal to everyone, especially because it will be a ~6GB download, but it is not good a reason to buy the CE version of this game. I can't even use elite textures because it crashes the game (I'm running an ATI 4870 and 3.5 GB RAM).

    The game it still young, and hopefully they'll get the issues worked out, but if you don't have the patience of a saint, you might not want to buy this game.

    ** Update **
    Haven't had a lobby issue for quite a while, so it's probably fixed. Now if only they would fixed the Closed servers. I get ping times anywhere from 400 to 1800 playing Closed, which is absolutely unplayable. For some reason, all their english servers appear to be in Germany still......more info
  • avoid this POS at all costs! buy the eu version if you MUST have it!
    here ill post the review on the normal game i wrote:

    Firstly let me say i was REALLY looking forward to this game.
    Unfortunately if you played the first game from launch you will remember how buggy it was, how slowly things got fixed, and how it felt like Ascaron did not care about you at all. Welcome to sacred 2!

    While in 2 years i'm sure the game will be playable and fully rock, currently it is a complete disappointment. Most of us cant advance the multiplayer campaign mode without finding some poor sod to do it for us, MOST of the tele-portal things don't work (even though you can see them on your map), and alot of players cant make a multiplayer game PERIOD after level 60.

    To look at things aside from the ones glaring me in the face every time i try to play this game... There are tons of invisible walls, the pathing is just dumb (as-in my temple guardian seems to be doing something tea-bag related to monsters i am trying to attack MOST of the time..he just kinda wants to get close to them ..even if he's a foot away, he wants to get 6 inches closer...and if the monster moves, he wants to get closer again), you need a pretty high end machine to run it (not really a con, but the performance vs. spec. ratio is way off -MSI 8800 ultra, 8 gigs ram, 3.2 ghz dual core processor, vista premium 64 and i STILL get sudden drops in performance every now and then for no apparent reason..i un-installed the elite GFX and it changed nothing so it isn't really the problem, i think in general its poorly coded), and the networking is garbage. Now i play online a lot, and have for a long time now, i know the difference between dropped frames and lag and differentiate, this is lag in the worst possible way, switching combat arts=a 1.3 sec delay, drinking a potion before you die about 1 solid second (which in game=time is life and death) there are few things worse in gaming than waiting for a server to realize you drank a potion a second ago as your health bar keeps dropping.

    On still a third level i am one of the schmucks that bought the CE. It is THE cheesiest CE i have seen in 30+ years of gaming. the only thing i can think of that comes close was i once bought a comic book that was collectible simply because it had a hole through the center of the cover.
    The map is the same map you have in game before you uncover anything, the cd sampler is a joke (not that i care for the band or anything), and worst of all all 4 disks are stacked onto 1 bindle. the elite GFX disk while a nice gesture is from what i hear soon to be available for download anyways and can currently be pirated pretty much without penalty as it is; despite paying customers having to deal with DRM.
    Now for the positives. has great character development and alot of possibilities for each class (though not as many as sacred underworld since there aren't as many classes). The graphics are real tight and the world is rich with little details, i don't think there is an empty table in the whole game, every single one seems to have various beakers, books, or tons of other little intricacies scattered on and around them. The difficulty online is adjustable, so you can turn it up if you don't feel you are being challenged, and the monsters are sometimes quite impressive.

    The sounds are just "ok" but thats the norm in any game (with the exception of a few starwars games i rarely see sound effects that go off without a hitch), the weather is pretty impressive at times, especially in lightning storms, and the world in general feels very huge and very alive.

    In 2 years i can safely say this game will be a knock out. For now it sucks horribly, it has been WEEKS without most of us being able to simply play the game as it was intended, and Ascaron does not seem to care at all (nor do anything about it obviously). I feel like they are putting all their effort into pushing out the console version which i guess they don't understand is going to get them nowhere if all the PC players (who ARE in fact their bread and butter) are badmouthing their game and giving it horrible reviews (as if we don't talk to console gamers or something).

    in short look to pick this game up in 2010 when it will most likely finally be playable.

    [...]

    that is a link to the games official forums, while they do delete A LOT of posts just a quick glance will show people who have been having problems for MONTHS now getting ZERO response from ascaron..
    the worst part of it all is they just released the "ART" that comes with the CE for free on the site, so the elite GFX is only a matter of time.

    by the way, the servers are LOCATED in germany!!!!!!!! why they released a separate NA version of the game leads to only 1 conclusion, they wanted more money. now mind you the euro players are on a separate server than the US players, but BOTH those servers ARE in fact at time of this writing located in germany (as indicated by tracert protocols).

    the 4 song disk by blind guardian = whoop de doo (even more so than "who are these guys?"), and the carrier imp is only usable in closed net...yes the closed net that is online only and has been pretty much un-playable since launch (see link above). they are not fixing anything or even commenting on the situation. the single player part of this game is worth 20$ at MOST! there is no way anyone should pay for a game to be developed except venture capitalists, yet here we have ascaron acting asif. they never even fixed needing to alt+tab after launching the client to get the mouse to work from the free trial!! yet they use a securom that can only be activated TWICE to protect this trash! pings of over 600 for closednet on my 30 meg line? its a disgrace to gaming and a BIG disgrace to germany (possibly the biggest in history since they released this BY CHOICE).

    in closing if you completely dis-regard everything i said above i want to note: 1 of the load screens says the cause of ALL this games issues..
    "developed and tested on DELL" (apparently germany doesn't know dell is to PC what the Yugo was to the automobile)...more info
  • Buyer Beware - 2 installations
    This is another game where the publisher thought that Securom was the only way to stop piracy. Well let me tell you something, this game is not even worth cracking or downloading the pirate version if there is one. The game is buggy, the graphics are outdated, and there is nothing new in the game play. Just my humble opinion, a friend of mine made the mistake of buying it and he showed it to me. Now, he can even get rid of it on Ebay because nobody will buy it. I guess they accomplished what they wanted to do, kill the second hand market. COD4 sold thousand of copies and the game doesn't have intall limits. YES, good games don't need crappy DRM. I can live with a CD check...

    Let me tell you what you get: 2 installations for a bad buggy game. So, if you own a desktop and a laptop and you would like to play the game on both PCs like I do. I take my laptop when I travel, then you would have used up all your installations. This means that if one PC fails or you upgrade your hardware, you have to call Customer Support. Good luck with that!!! Or what happens 2 years from now and you bought a new PC and you would like to re-install the game and the company is no longer in business. Well, you guessed it, throw the game away or find the crack online. In other words, you wasted your money or you have to act like a pirate. The latter, may expose your PC to viruses and trojans...

    Don't let these companies treat you like a pirate. You bought the game you have limited right to such game, this include no installation limits and selling it if you don't like it. There is a class action lawsuit against EA because of this type of DRM, so if you bought this game and feel cheated I encourage you to contact those lawyers and send them your info. I think this one makes a better case.......more info
  • Old School/New Tech
    I've put about 100 hours into the game and haven't even played 3 of the character classes. I, like many reviewers, was experiencing random lockups. I did some research and discovered that NVIDIA Physx were the problem. I disabled this feature and the game has yet to crash. However, I still have random sound issues (but at least the game doesn't lock). With that said, I love this game. The game play just feels right. There are many Diablo clones that have a detached feeling to them. Don't know if it's the sound effects or the feel of hitting an enemy...whatever it is, they did it right in Sacred 2. I couldn't find mention of the difficulty levels in the manual (but I purchased online and the manual is not complete). So, when I discovered that Bronze, Silver and Gold were not the end of the game, I was ecstatic. If you haven't played yet, know that the game also has Platinum and Niobium levels. So, if you think the game is too easy (you hardcore gamers out there) play through silver and gold (can be done quickly sticking to main plot only) and start in on Platinum...this is where the challenge begins for the real hack and slash veteran. Difficulty is also VERY dependent on class. The manual does state which characters are "easier" versus "harder" to play. I strongly agree with their assessments. A noob can play the Shadow Warrior in his/her sleep and never die. A fragile High Elf is a bit of a challenge (as it should be). I'm very happy to see a game that has such a broad distinction in classes. The different paths and ability to greatly customize each class is also very well implemented (even if it does take some messing about to figure out the best builds--thankfully there are already some great build guides on the net). The mob leveling is also done well. I hate what they did with Oblivion (mobs always same as Player level). In Sacred 2, each area has a high level cutoff for the mobs. So, when you eventually get above the cap the mobs no longer attack (in fact, some even cower in fear..nice touch Ascaron). This feature also gives you a good idea when it's time to FINALLY move on. Plus, it makes you feel like a god in that area...which it should after that many hours of play time. One final nit to pick. You CAN'T two-gun mojo with handguns! No dual-wield for the shooter!!! This was somewhat disappointing and I had to scrap a toon because I wasted the skill points (no skill retraining either...) With those comments aside, I still love Sacred 2 and think it's a great game. Can't wait for future add-ons and an expansion... Ascaron, I beg you, bring back the Dwarf!!!

    PROS:
    -Looks Beautiful
    -Gameplay feels right
    -Many, many, many items and drops
    -Interesting and varied set items
    -Developer continues to actively support and add new content
    -Many character classes and build combos
    -Major re-playability for the action RPG fan
    -MASSIVE number of quests
    -Achievements

    CONS:
    -Crashes (for various reasons)
    -High system requirements for best graphic settings
    -Last 3 areas feel rushed and linear when compared to the rest of the game
    -Dungeons (with one or two notable exceptions) are too small
    -Can't dual wield hand-guns
    -No skill re-training
    -No Dwarf character
    -Story (not really a Con to me...but this ISN'T Bioware or Final Fantasy)...more info
  • Nearly Endless Diablo 2 style RPG with great graphics
    Pros:
    Amazing graphics
    Easy item pick up (auto pick up can be customized)
    You can sell items while in the field (though for less then at shops)
    Immense amount of quests. Easy to put 100 hours in this game, at least
    Love the Blind Guardian quests/concert.
    Amusing commentary from dying characters. Lots of silly moments in the game.
    Very little load times.
    Frequent updates from the company, that includes more armor and quests, even a new area.
    Mounts are great in this game, much better then the last one.
    Reasonable drops, not too much but not too little.

    Cons:
    Really do need a higher end computer to get the most out of the game (especially with the elite textures)
    A little overwhelming with the quests, and size of the world.
    Not as many people playing online as I'd like.
    Not too much in depth with the story, and it's easy to forget there even is a main quest/story with all the side quests.

    Overall, I'm very happy I got this game. And the collectors edition was worth it, since I play at maxed graphics and the elite textures are incredible for a game with such little load times.

    There is a "demo" which is actually the full game, but it's only playable for one day. But that should be long enough to know if you want to keep playing it or not. BTW, it's also coming out on Xbox 360 and PS3 in Feb, I believe. However, the PC version does still look better.

    If you played Sacred and enjoyed it, definitely pick up Sacred 2. If you loved Diablo 2, and want a game similar but with way better graphics (but can't wait for Diablo 3), this is your game....more info
  • Great!! but buggy o_O
    WARNING:
    Please note that the Carrier Imp can only be accessed in Multiplayer. I was under the false impression that the CE version of Sacred 2 would allow me to use the Imp in Single Player or Multiplayer (amazon does not specifically clarify that the Carrier Imp is Multiplayer only) :(

    NEGATIVES-
    The game is extremely buggy at this point in time with broken quests, insane AI during escort missions, incredibly tiny hard-to-read text (and I have 20/20 vision) and somewhat frequent crashes to the desktop. I do believe the developers will do as much as they can to fix a lot of the bugs in the following months to come (this was the same for the first Sacred game). As of now there is a new patch expected to come out near the end of November.


    -POSITIVES-
    All that aside, I am enjoying the game immensely even with the many negatives listed above. I love a good fantasy hack n' slash game similar to Diablo, Titan's Quest and of course the first Sacred. Sacred is a looter's paradise. The addiction of collecting better equipment and gold is great. There doesn't seem like there is a strong story to keep your interest but there are so many places to explore and tons of side quests to do! This game almost reminds me of a Diablo type style of Oblivion. Huge world to explore, new quests to be added in the patches and playing as the different character types offered in the world of Ancaria.

    If you're interested in purchasing this game, download the demo first and see if you like it. If you do then go ahead and buy it but if the negatives I listed turn you off and you like this type of game, wait six months or more and by then the game will be a lot more stable and thoroughly playable.
    ...more info
  • Everything I expected in this game
    Game is awesome. Absolutely love it. Fans of 3rd person adventure/RPG's such as Diablo, D2, Sacred, etc. will really enjoy this game....more info
  • Sacred 2 Buggy, quirky, but still enjoyable
    Only reason I gave this title overall a 4 star is because of the games personality and what it offers.

    On the surface its a straight Diablo/net hack clone. See bad guys, smash bad guys loot, loot, loot - oh goody did I get anything really cool, oh good new level new skills and abilities...

    Its a simple pattern but still really enjoyable.

    I have played the original Sacred and it caught my attention because it had a Valkyrie character running around messing up the bad guys. Good fun! The Valkyrie is back in the games prequel along with some other more conventional and nonconventional characters. An example of non conventional character available to play is the Anubus looking robo dogman that runs around and like in Battlestar Galatica has a hand that converts to a gun.

    The story drive is very thin and is poorly executed in many places. You literally roam around hoping to get more story elements or discoveries on the side quests but they mostly end up just that, side quests and unrelated. I guess that is just like the real thing, just because you get off your main track to go help a sheep farmer does not guarantee that he will know some deep secret related to your mission. lol

    The main storyline is ok but you do not feel as driven as it should be. Seriously if you are fighting a world disaster, you should be pretty motivated in your cause and the story should drive that through. That is from ONE characters perspective - the Seraphim's. Its easy to forget that each character has their own drives, ambitions, and views on what is happening. So the Inquisitor would see this as an opportunity vs a huge mess.

    The graphics and sound are very well done which adds alot of the flavor to the games style of quirky character. For example? When the character complains to you that they are tired of standing around and maybe to get your attention is to start throwing things away from their inventory... They never do it, well at least I don't think they have.. hehe.

    Install patches before playing because the games has lots of bugs! The recent patches (two as of this writing) found over at [...] is well worth downloading and installing as it fixes many issues, an important one is hardware scaling. Sacred 2 can be very demanding on the hardware so I recommend installing the patches before playing for the best experience.

    The patches is one of the things about Ascaron that is a lot like Blizzard, they patch and patch and fix things until it's right. Then patch again to make balance changes or add new features. I hope they continue what they have done in the past of good support and fixing issues.


    Securerom! Yes that evil is here. According to Ascaron the Securerom service is not installed but they require online acitivation. You get two keys that can be shared. When you uninstall it deactivates a key online and makes it available to install on another workstation. No I am not happy with this but it beats the heck out of EA's customer service of "we have so much money so we don't need you as a customer, give us your money and go away".

    Please take a moment to read up on it and make the decision for yourself. Its not like the standard Spore DRM hell that EA is more than happy to force on its customers but it is still Securerom.

    In summary, yes this is a wandering review, I have not had my coffee, yet the muse spoke and so I type the review. : )

    Alright so should you get Sacred 2? I think yes, warts and all I still love the game. It has interesting characters to play that make you want to go though the game again from a different angle/perspective. It has the good/evil side of the story as well and some characters can be played either way. It charms you with its commentary from monsters such as "Dang it! I am just an extra after all!" when they die to your main character making comments/observations about themselves while playing.

    Sacred 2 is also scheduled to come out on the consoles: 360 and PS3. If you love Diablo style hack and slash along with quirky but enjoyable gameplay then please take a look at Sacred 2. We need more people playing the game. Heck if anything the people at my work place are tired of me talking about it. lol

    Take care and happy gaming!...more info
  • Visually beautiful and lots of fun
    Been playing Sacred2 now since Nov (review date: 3/19/09), and am still having a blast. I enjoy exploring this fantasy realm and appreciate it's open approach, allowing me to stray from the core storyline and just have fun. Richly detailed in the design touches, you know when you enter a town if it is human or elven or orcish by the architecture and layout. Unlike most games where I get bored around the 3rd week, this one is showing no signs of getting old. I also enjoy the many humorous touches, such as the various voice bits, the occasional anachronism (what's a soccer ball doing in the sewer?) and funny quest like helping the band, Blind Guardian get their instruments back from undead metal heads, or helping Santa Ogre save Christmas.

    And the game world is vast. I'm not what you'd call a hardcore gamer, so in the months since I started playing I've only managed to explorer about 20% of the world. When I consider that there are 5 other characters to play, some with two storylines, light or dark, to choose from this could take me some time to finish.

    In game bugs encountered? Apart from the occasional "cow up in a tree", which is just funny, none. There was a patch bug bug in December that was difficult to get to install, but as I don't play on online this didn't impact me.

    Anyone thinking of getting this should try the demo first, or make sure who they buy it from has a good return policy. The game is great, but it is also demanding on your computer, both in graphics, and for the elite textures, in hard drive access. Standing beside shimmering stream, while dropping a blizzard on to an angry mob of skeletons with flaming swords, during sunset looks great, but it really stresses your graphics card.
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