Mini review: Sacred 2 Fallen Angel

27May09

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Sacred 2: Fallen Angel on Xbox 360 is the re-release of the original Sacred 2 game from PC ported onto consoles. I picked it up shortly after it was released after listening to some claims that it was the best ARPG since Diablo 2. Lets get this straight. It is not Diablo 2.  There are some similarities between the two, but Sacred 2 play much more like a mix between Baldur’s Gate and the older Gauntlet games. Be prepared for for a lot of hacking and slashing and character customization. Here’s a run down of what I thought of the game.

Loved:

  • Skill Customization: Once you get the hang of the Combat Art system you’re going to love how you can create your own unique character. There are 15 skills per class and each skill leveled up and modified further allowing for a wide range of different customizations.
  • Couch co-op: You can play the game co-op with a friend easily allowing for hours of hack and slash fun. Sure, you can’t leave the same screen but it’s way more fun playing in-person with someone you know.
  • Map Exploration: The world map in the game is huge. Players will have a fun time just exploring the nooks and crannies of the map.
  • Console Transition: Sacred 2 works great on console. The designers have effectively ported the PC version to console and not ruin it in the process. Auto-targeting and menus take some time to get used to by they work great.
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Lightning Bolt!

Hated:

  • Hack n Slash: Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE dungeon crawlers, but auto-aiming on the console version makes hack and slash kinda boring when all melee characters have to do is hold down one button (*hint* don’t play melee).
  • Humor: There something weird about humor in a techno-fantasy world that I don’t quite get. Be prepared for characters in Sacred 2 to break the fourth wall in the game by commenting on their experience going up. The game feels like it can’t take itself seriously though it wants to be a serious game.
  • Glitches: There’s just so much content in the game that you’re going to hit a glitch at some point. It’s just going to happen. Hopefully it’ll be small and not game-breaking. The developers have said they would release a patch soon but until that comes expect to hit a multitude of mini glitches throughout the game.
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Ridin' my bitch

Sacred 2: Fallent Angel comes across as a supplement to feed the hungry masses of ARPG fans out there. It’s not particularily exceptional but it’ll give you hours of playtime with a couple of friends. The game is definately more geared towards hardcore ARPG fans who like character planning and picking up rare loot. With that being said it’s still fun to play if you’re just looking for some co-operative hack n slash.

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Hack n Slash

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