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Sacrifice (Windows)

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Description

In this Real Time Strategy game, the player plays a wizard who escaped his own ruined world, only to arrive to a world who has quarreling gods, each trying to become the most powerful. On each of the different levels of the game, the Wizard can choose another God to support, and according to that God you'll get new spells and creatures. After finishing the game, each player will have his own unique set of spells.

As said before, this game is a real time strategy game, but unlike the traditional Top-Down view, it features a third-person view (much like Tomb Raider or Oni), and emphasizes combat rather than resources management. The most important resource, Souls, which is used to summon creatures, can only be obtained through combat- and there's a limited number of souls on the map.

The game's multiplayer option is very similar to Blizzard's Battle.Net- you can log on to the company's chat room and find new players to play with. You can either choose a God to serve (and get all of his creatures) or load one of your Single-player wizards, so you'll have your own unique set.

Screenshots

Sacrifice Windows Selecting a gate to jump through in the campaign mode.
Sacrifice Windows Nice view
Sacrifice Windows Sacrifice features many strange and beautiful landscapes
Sacrifice Windows Pellanon suffers from sudden rain showers.

Alternate Titles

  • "牺牲" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Жертвоприношение" -- Russian spelling
  • "Xisheng" -- Chinese title
  • "Sacrifice: Im Auftrag Der Götter" -- German title

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User Reviews

Confusing at first, but amazing after some practice. El-ad Amir (110) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Great game with sentimental value Alex M. (1173) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fantastic game not represented by its sales neko_ (6) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A genre of it's own ! Henry Aloni (64) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
An absolutely amazing game worth checking out now! (might as well, saw it for 5 bucks with some other game at CompUSA) Archagon (103) unrated
Still kicks a** a decade later anton treuenfels (37) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

Computer Games Magazine Dec 12, 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 10, 2000 99 out of 100 99
IGN Nov 16, 2000 9.4 out of 10 94
4Players.de Dec 04, 2000 93 out of 100 93
PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 92 out of 100 92
ActionTrip Nov 17, 2000 92 out of 100 92
Game Revolution Nov 01, 2000 A- 91
PC Joker Dec, 2000 87 out of 100 87
Gamesmania 2000 86 out of 100 86
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Nov 30, 2000 84 out of 100 84

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Sacrifice appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Engine

Did you know that Sacrifice was one of the first games to ever implement a scalable engine? That means that it would look better on better computers.

References

Everybody knows Shiny's Earth Worm Jim, but nobody in our world ever heard about the Earth God James and his powerful bovine spells... Until now.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 2001 (Issue #201) – Strategy Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – Special Award for Best Genre Bender
  • PC Player
    • Issue 01/2001 – Most Original Game in 2000
Information also contributed by NeoMoose

Related Web Sites

  • Sacrifice (official website)
  • Sacrifice Casts a Spell on Mac OS X (An Apple Games article about the Macintosh version of Sacrifice, with commentary being provided by employees of MacPlay (October, 2001).)
  • Sacrifice Center (Look up news, polls, interviews, forums, and game information on this site.)
Adam Baratz (1344) added Sacrifice (Windows) on Dec 29, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (131936)