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Sacrifice (Windows)

87
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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. (990) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (51 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
Spel för Alla
Nyskapande, ursnyggt, spännande, kul... Listan mer superlativ kan göras lång. Sacrifice är ett episkt strategispel placerat i en sagolik 3d-värld, där mytologiska varelser bor och där magi är vanligt. Liknar inget annat och är hur bra som helst, Köp, spela, tappa hakan och njut.
100
GameGenie
Sacrifice is for any fan of role-playing or real time strategy games. The graphics are awesome, the gameplay is captivating, and sound is stellar, and it's a fresh whiff of air in a sometimes stale genre. Plus, Sacrifice is just WEIRD, and sometimes that's good. In this case, it's magnificent.
100
Computer Games Magazine
Sacrifice looks great, plays great, and sounds great. In short, it's great. As long as you can accept the fact that it's more about frenetic mayhem than careful planning, you should be just fine. Broaden your expectations, get a white-knuckled death grip on the mouse, and enjoy something a little different for a change.
99
Gamer's Pulse
As I mentioned, the branching mission tree means that you will be playing the game over a few times to see all the missions and get the full Sacrifice feeling. As you play and if you play well a god may notice your actions and grant you boons to raise some of your stats. Oddly enough it is rarely the god you are working for at the time that offers the boon. I played Charnel’s first mission only to have James offer me a boon. The other thing is that in some missions you will acquire new units that will make some missions easier. Play them all.
99
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Случаев такой тяжести не было, пожалуй, со времен первого Dungeon Keeper. Magic Carpet познакомился с Populous, вместе они встретили Magic & Mayhem и в компании с Battlezone заглянули в гости к Shiny Entertainment. Результат - испытание для самых крепких нервов и услада глазных яблок, пиршество тактического мышления и оголтелый TPS-экшен в одном флаконе. Пасторальный ландшафт, по которому бегают, прыгают и ползают дичайшие порождения (не)человеческой фантазии. Судя по всему, у нас с вами появился первый и единственный кандидат на звание абсолютно красивой игры года.
94
IGN
We play a lot of games here at IGNPC. A lot. We see some good, a lot of mediocre, and a few terrible titles. And then every now and again, we get something in the office that spews a breath of fresh air all over us that not only is good, but also changes the way you look at a particular genre. Well Shiny not only managed to make an incredible game, but also managed to give a new look to a couple of genres by blending them in an incredible mix of fun and fantasy. Not only that, but it appealed to my sick sense of humor and love of the twisted. This game is a riot and a half and I'm hoping that anyone that is a fan of action and RTS games will go and pick this one up.
93
4Players.de
An alle Hobbygeneräle, 3D-Grafikfetischisten und Liebhaber packender Erzählkunst: Kniet nieder und beugt Euer anspruchsvolles Haupt; opfert Eure Spielerseelen der berauschendsten und innovativsten Echtzeit-Taktik seit Populous: Sacrifice ist göttlich! Die hervorragende Grafik und der tolle Sound setzen die vielseitige Echtzeit-Taktik stimmungsvoll in Szene. Einziger Kritikpunkt bleibt die -teilweise- Unübersichtlichkeit mancher Kämpfe. Trotzdem: Kein anderes Spiel bietet diese taktische Vielfalt, kein anderes erzeugt eine dermaßen spannende und dichte Atmopshäre, und vor allem: es gibt derzeit kein Echtzeit-Strategie-Spiel, das die einzelnen Aufträge der Kampagne mit einer derart komplexen und faszinierenden Story verknüpft.
93
GameSpy
It's always been fairly easy to pin a game down to a specific genre, especially a real-time strategy title. Easily recognizable, these titles are often the ones that adhere to genre conventions the most. But forget about conventions -- Shiny is throwing all of that out the window with Sacrifice, and it's a great move.
92
PC Gamer (Netherlands)
Sacrifice is dus als multiplayer-game absoluut top. Ook als singleplay is het zeer genietbaar en vooral goed doordat ht zo goed herspeelbaar is. En verder is Sacrifice eigenlijk gewoon het mooiste spel van het afgelopen jaar. Met afstand.
92
ActionTrip
Sacrifice has in fact introduced so many new ideas that I'm beginning to fear it won't get enough recognition from the mass market. People that are used to playing Deer f***ing Hunter really aren't the type of crowd to go - hey, it'd be nice to play something different for a change! I somehow doubt they have the desire to try anything remotely unique, but I hope for the sake of gaming that Sacrifice does well sales-wise (the original Battlezone didn't fare so well in the financial department and yet it was an awesome title). If that happens it could stand as a precedent, which could bring the overall standards in the gaming industry a notch higher. And if anyone can do it than it's the Shiny gang. Earthworm Jim got its animated series, didn't it?
91
Game Revolution
Sacrifice is clever, innovative, deliciously creative, and just about the prettiest thing I've ever seen. The graphics are simply astounding and remarkably scalable to work on older systems. And with a newer system, especially with a G-Force 2 or Voodoo 5, your eyes will simply dance for joy. If it wore a bikini, I'd put a poster of it in my garage.
90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
But it is exhilarating and it is intense. It is lovingly unconventional and singularly alive. SACRIFICE captures that intangible joie de gaming often missing from otherwise competent titles. There will he a great moment when you’re crossing a map — leading a troop of flapping, crawling, loping, whirling, hopping things — when, out of curiosity, you will spin the camera around to see your wizard at the vanguard of his odd army. The shimmering weirdness of it all will strike you and you’ll think, “This is what gaming is all about.”
90
Power Unlimited
Ieder spel dat magie gebruikt zal Sacrifice als standaard moeten gaan nemen om nog indruk te maken. Waanzinnig gewoon. Voor dit spel zul je graag heel wat uurtjes vrije tijd 'opofferen'.
90
PC Gamer
Given all the details to track, the action may be a bit too fast. Afew seconds spent fumbling for the proper spell to cast or creature to command can be disastrous. A first-person view option for at least your wizard, as well as the ability to click on a unit on the map and have your view change to its location, would have been very helpful. There's also no difficulty setting -- you're stuck with Tough As Hell. While a little more polish would have made Sacrifice more accessible, it's still an innovative, superior RTS game. It's got a wild, frenetic appeal, and it's exquisite to look at. All music to this RTS fan's ears.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I have a confession to make. Since the days of the original Starcraft, my interest in the real time strategy genre has waned to near nonexistence. Almost every title released in this genre follows the same basic mould in that you gather resources, build units, and then lead your army forth to war -- using tactics that will hopefully wipe out the opposition. Very few real-time strategy titles have deviated from this basic formula with any success.
89
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Sacrifice is niet alleen een uitzonderlijk knap maar ook een bijzonder origineel 3D RTS spel.
86
Gamesmania
Bisher konnte Shiny keinen richtigen kommerziellen Hit landen. Mit Sacrifice wird dies hoffentlich anders, verdient hätte es das Team um Dave Perry fraglos. Neue Ideen am laufenden Band, Atmosphäre und eine herausragende Optik es stimmt eigentlich alles, um diesmal den erhofften Hit zu landen.
86
GameSpot
Clearly, tremendous effort went into the game's unique fully 3D presentation and into formulating the similarly unusual play mechanics.
85
PC Player (Germany)
Hut ab, meine Herren! Zweifellos stellt Sacrifice optisch sämtliche Konkurrenten in den Schatten. Wer angesichts der Wahnsinnsgrafik nicht sprachlos vor dem Monitor hockt, ist wohl durch nichts mehr zu beeindrucken. Selbst die lieben Kollegen scharten sich staunend um meinen Computer. Ich wüsste nur allzu gern, was die Designer bei Shiny in ihren Zigarettenpausen rauchen, denn wieder einmal haben sie sich in punkto Abgehobenheit selbst übertroffen. Doch trotz des ungewöhnlichen Szenarios wird man in das Geschehen hineingezogen, läuft sogar Gefahr, nachts von den intensiven Landschaften zu träumen. Sicher, die Steuerung ist gewöhnungsbedürftig, es ist nicht leicht die Übersicht zu behalten und die Kampagne ist herausfordernd schwer, aber Sacrifice setzt einfach Maßstäbe.
85
Game Informer Magazine
At first I was pretty down on this title. It just seemed like yet another attempt at ingenuity through blending, but at its heart, Sacrifice is a solid and beautiful game with plenty of magic, creatures, and interesting tactics to test on your opponents. I expect there will be a pretty dedicated online crowd for this one. It's cool, but not quite the "Game of the Year" that so many mags and websites have been making it out to be.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Graphiquement, là encore, Shiny nous fait montre de prouesses techniques. Les mondes, différents selon le Dieu choisi pour la mission, sont de toute beauté avec une taille colossale, un horizon à perte de vue et des décors splendides. Cascades, chutes d'eau, ciels multicolores et autres jaillissements de lumières sont omniprésents, donnant une atmosphère féérique à l'ensemble. L'impression visuelle est vraiment réussie car les créatures sont toujours variées et dotées de nombreux mouvements. Les sorts, qui constituent l'essentiel du jeu ont été peaufinés pour donner des effets lumineux et visuels parfaits tout en étant tous différents. A la fois réussi sur le plan conception et technique, l'aspect visuel de Sacrifice restera une référence.
84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Indrukwekkende systeemvereisten voor dit killergame die enkel overtroffen worden door nog indrukwekkender grafics en gameplay.
83
PC Games (Germany)
Keine Frage, Sacrifice macht nach einer kurzen Eingewöhnungsphase gehörigen Spaß. Die verschiedenen Einheiten, die spektakulären Zaubersprüche und die grafisch geniale Spielwelt sorgen gehörig für Laune. Was mich allerdings stört, sind die teilweise chaotischen Massenschlachten, in denen aufgrund mangelnder Übersicht kaum noch koordinierte Aktionen möglich sind.
83
Gaming Age
This past year has been one of the best for PC gaming. If I could skim a list of games released this year I could find many that at least deserve honorable mention. Still, while these games were very good, they really didn’t offer anything totally new, opting instead for extreme amounts of polish. Arriving late in the year, Shiny’s Sacrifice busts out of the pre-defined genres and clichéd storylines providing the most original game of the year, and also one of the best.
82
GameStar (Germany)
In der bizarren Welt von Sacrifice habe ich mich sofort wohl gefühlt. Da mag Jörg noch so über die abgefahrenen Charaktere und Monster schimpfen, ich finde die ungewöhnliche Atmosphäre des Spiels einmalig. Besonders die spektakuläre Grafik und der stimmungsvolle Sound lassen mich die reale Welt vergessen. Zumindest so lange, bis mich einige gravierende Mängel wieder auf den Boden der Tatsachen zurückholen. Zum einen ist die Perspektive unglücklich gewählt. Ständig wünsche ich mir, noch weiter herauszoomen zu können. Die Formationsbefehle erscheinen zwar zunächst sinnvoll, greifen aber im Spiel kaum. Auch Zaubersprüche habe ich oft umsonst gelernt, weil ich in den Monsterhaufen kein Ziel finde. Ohne diese Mankos wäre Sacrifice ein Hammerspiel, so ist es »nur« eine interessante Alternative für Leute, die von Sciencefiction- und Weltkriegs-Szenarios die Nase voll haben
80
Gamekult
Sacrifice a beau ressembler furieusement à un Populous III dont la vue aurait été recentrée sur le personnage principal, son univers particulier et ses mécanismes novateurs en font un excellent jeu. Le soucis du détail, de l'immersion dans l'univers du jeu et du confort du joueur en font un titre très prenant. Le meilleur jeu de stratégie depuis des lustres, avec un concept parfaitement adapté à la 3D : les jeux de stratégie classiques, même dopés à la 3D, viennent brusquement de prendre un sacré coup de vieux !
78
Game Informer Magazine
It goes a little something like this – you buy Sacrifice, you love it for a day. In fact, you play it constantly until you get to an impassible mission at around 3:34 in the morning. Then you go to bed and have dreams about putting your fist through your monitor. After work or school the next day, you start back in. Repeat indefinitely. Sacrifice is a game that will suck you in and spit you out. With intriguing plot lines and solid graphics, you’ll be turned-on enough to invest a good chunk of time, but some of the missions are real melon-scratchers. Sacrifice is definitely a step in the right direction for a glutted RTS market. A fine balance between RTS and RPG has been struck here that hasn’t before. Sacrifice caters to both the control freak with unique unit management and command, and the role-playing fan with a number of options available for different storylines. If you’re a RTS fanatic, I’d say give ‘er a whirl.
75
JeuxVideoPC.com
Dans un monde médiéval fantastique très poétique, incarnez un magicien qui se place au service de l'un des cinq dieux locaux. Jeu de stratégie aux légers relents de jeu de rôle, Sacrifice ne prend pas facilement de rides...
70
All Game Guide
In any case, Sacrifice is a delightfully fun first stab at combining a handful of different games and most of the game's creaky experiments don't irritate as much as you'd think. Shiny Entertainment's particular humor comes through most of the time, while the strategically satisfying scope creates a sense of anticipation on where titles such as this can possibly go in the future. The sequel should be amazing.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Sacrifice isn't a bad game, just frustrating. If I drop dead from a heart attack tomorrow, it will be because of the massive increase in blood pressure I've suffered from while playing this game. The camera view is frustrating, the controls are frustrating, the AI is frustrating, the resource system is frustrating, the missions are frustrating, and above all the fact that this game isn't half as good as we were all hoping it would be is very, very frustrating.