Ok firstly let me say how overlooked this game was at the time!,it was released in 2009 and was overshadowed by far bigger household named 360 games and thats why it probably didn’t appear on my radar.To be honest the genre is not every-bodies cup of tea as it takes its roots from such games as Diablo and Skyrim Rpg’s and its no pick up blazing action game,you need to invest time and give the game a chance to open up and level your character up before you really get sucked into the game world.
Welcome to the world of Ancaria – The game takes place over 2000 years before the original Sacred (Sacred never made it onto consoles and was a PC only title),and the story revolves around a magic source called T-Energy(a blue glowing liquid) which was discovered by Elves untill it started to mutate and causing shit loads of baddies roaming the countryside.In the game there are six classes with a light or dark campaign to be chosen but certain classes can only do one or tuther!.The side quests (and there are over 500) can be a bit repetitive but your that engrossed in keeping yourself alive you don’t have to time to notice lol,there are weapon sets to collect and you can buy and sell stuff with the various merchants roaming around the world,also throw in a blacksmith to upgrade weapons and a runemaster to make your powers even stronger!.I played this co-op with my good friend Norti Rascal and we weighed in over 70 hours and ended up still only doing over 250 out of 500 side quests,but there was a big glitch at the end as it glitch-ed so Norti didn’t get the achievement and missed the cut scene which was pretty crap for him but he kept his temper and refrained from throwing the 360 out the window lol.
Overall this has to be one of the best titles ive played on a console but like ive said previous you have to be into that genre of game,and ive loved these types of game games going back to Balders Gate and Diablo – i must also add that doing the game co-op is the way to play it as you can share your stash and equipment with your partner or partners (up to four can co-op) and it has a way that one person can’t pick up all the best stuff after an enemy is dispatched and each character gets its own share of goodies which is a brilliant way to implement it.Ive stated that we did over 70 hours and i can seriously say that time flew by!,but the game is not without its negatives and characters get stuck on scenery and a few graphically glitches can be found,it was also a ball ache setting a room up and inviting each other in as it threw up this server has timed out and other errors but we stuck to it and persevered.
So to wrap it up i will highly recommend this title with its colorful scenery and caves to explore,brilliant sound effect and music,controls are spot on and co-op is immense.
Graphics – 8.5
Sound – 9.0
Story – 5.0
Playability – 9.0