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Dhruin September 15th, 2008 13:30

RPGWatch Feature: Sacred 2 Preview
 
During our visit to the Leipzig Games Convention, Myrthos had the opportunity to check out Sacred 2. Here's a sample from our preview:
Quote:

The world of Sacred 2 looks beautiful and varied and is estimated to have a size of 22 square kilometers. In addition to the world, above there are also two dungeon levels below it of the same size. This means the game world is big enough to get lost for a while and Sebastian explained that it takes six hours to travel from one end to the other and there are no loading times when doing that. The world is completely open from the beginning - you can go anywhere you want but you'll probably get killed if you donít follow the route of the main quest as least for a little while, as the monsters youíll encounter might be too hard if you come across them early in the game.
Read it all here.
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szokol September 15th, 2008 13:30

Sacred 2 is The Game Of The Year for me. I hope this one will be more bug-free than the previous.
Any news about hardware requirements?

GhanBuriGhan September 15th, 2008 13:50

Thanks, very informative preview. I haven't been playing action RPG's for a long time, but this sounds interesting for the big world that's to explore. You talk in detail about the geography of the aboveground lands, but if the dungeon levels are as big as described, what kind of variety can we expect there?

GothicGothicness September 15th, 2008 13:55

I had a very strange experiance with the first sacred. I absolutely loved the beginning especially as a vampire, the atmosphere was great, and the combat was fun. But it just died after like 10 hours. I found all the characters were empty, the quests were randomly generated and bugged out, and nothing new came just the same type of combat forever and ever.

I really enjoyed it for those first 10 hours though :S

Dhruin September 15th, 2008 14:02

I felt the same, actually. I hope the quests are better this time around.

Benedict September 15th, 2008 14:44

I'm quite looking forward to it, with that and the new divine divinity coming up the action rpg market is looking vaguely promising for the first time in ages.

Quite like the look of the argonauts thing too.

crpgnut September 15th, 2008 16:59

I lasted longer, but had the same result as GG and Dhruin. The amount of combat in Sacred was just mind-numbing. There were thousands of complaints about it, yet they brag that Sacred 2 has even more combat! I'll wait for the bargain bin unless folks here tell me that there's a deeper game inside.

Prime Junta September 15th, 2008 17:23

Same here, more or less. Goblins. More goblins. Wolves. Goblins again. Goblins *and* wolves. Yay, orcs. And goblins. And wolves. Only spiced up by the occasional crash to desktop. IOW, I utterly failed to get what was so great about Sacred.

Benedict September 15th, 2008 17:32

Everyone's got me confused now . . . I can't remember whether I enjoyed it or not, I might be getting it more confused with divine divinity.

Was the first one many years ago or do I just have a shit memory.

magerette September 15th, 2008 17:38

@ Benedict—Sacred was put out around 2004, I think.

I also have tried several times to slog through Sacred—patched and updated—and enjoyed it at the beginning only to get worn down by the combat—which is saying a lot, since I generally have little problem with grind in arpgs, but the spawns in Sacred were relentless—you never had an area really cleaned out.

Hopefully they've made the combat more tolerable with a new skills system, choice of light or dark paths and larger world in this one.

Thanks for the preview, Myrthos. :)

Dagon September 15th, 2008 17:39

After reading this preview I watched some gameplay movies on youtube and the game looks fun. I hope that it will be on the same level of Hack'n'slashing experience as Diablo 2. I'm very interested to read the review here on Watch, before buying the game.

Benedict September 15th, 2008 17:41

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Originally Posted by magerette (Post 95721)
@ Benedict—Sacred was put out around 2004, I think.

I also have tried several times to slog through Sacred—patched and updated—and enjoyed it at the beginning only to get worn down by the combat—:)

Now that you mention it I don't remember finishing it . . .

Although I don't really properly remember anything about it at all so that doesn't really say much. I can't even remember what character I played . .. was there some kind of vampire thing?

Santos September 15th, 2008 18:31

I wish that I could be excited about this release, but it seems like an empty shell of a game. Time will tell.

crpgnut September 15th, 2008 18:50

Off-Topic @ Santos: I'm sorry Santos but "empty shell of a game" is a trademark of Space Siege :D All other games are displays of amazing depth in comparison. Even the original Siege game.

Santos September 15th, 2008 20:20

I admit it, you have me there. I must also admit to playing Space Siege (after a disgusted friend passed his copy along). How about this. Sacred is a peanut with one nut missing. Fair?

Alrik Fassbauer September 15th, 2008 21:46

I played Sacred to the end.

It just fuelled my hate towards hack & slay (had got down off the D2/LOD train at one point before that).

To me, the environment was just "throwing pearls to the pigs", so to say. Everything was in my popnion TOO detailed for a true hack & slay game - but much, much rather instead for an TRUE RPG …

Toothpaste September 16th, 2008 14:30

Hoa is hot… I hope she speaks English. O.O

Roland September 16th, 2008 16:11

Thanks for the Preview!
 
Really looking forward to this game!

Will hopefully be the Game of the Year for me as well ;)

Currently trying to finish Sacred with my DE and enjoying that game as well. Yea there's a lot of repeat attacks, but imo if you don't enjoy that kind of gameplay then perhaps a ARPG isn't the best choice. They are called Hack & Slash for a reason ;)

And I love all the details in Sacred, the world feels/looks/sounds more alive than any ARPG that I've played.

I'm looking forward to hopefully the same caliber of development in Sacred 2, can't wait to play it!

Again, thx for the article :)

Regards & Good Hunting!

Cleglaw September 16th, 2008 16:44

One of the big problems of the original sacred was that all the different character types had the same type of combat moves (with the exception of the battle mage and arguably the wood elf). They all had multihit, attack, etc.

Dez September 16th, 2008 21:16

Sacred was a fun game for the first ten hours or so, then it became the most boring game i have played in recent years. Maybe more questing, relationship building with npcs, puzzles and so forth. Basicly I yarn more rpg stuff between my action stuff thank you. Or if they wish to make a hack n slash game, better make sure that combat would be more intresting than just mouse clicking.


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