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Sacred 2 First Impressions |

I got my copy of Sacred 2 the other day, so I thought I’d give some first impressions now and a more in-depth review once I’ve played the game for a while. (I actually received a review copy, but for the 360! So I sold it and bought the PS3 version.)

The presentation of this game is pretty good. I don’t know why some people have complained about the graphics. Except for the screen tearing, this is a pretty good looking game. I also found that once I set the camera not to follow me, I liked the experience a whole lot more. Many people have complained about the menu system, and yeah, it’s a bit cumbersome. But not as bad as the complaints led me to believe.

My biggest issue so far has just been getting used to playing the game and figuring it out. The game allows you to have a bunch of different weapons, and switching is accomplished just by using them. The magical abilities and how they interact with your weapons is taking some getting used to. And being able to drink a potion to learn a skill was odd as well. But I’m slowly getting used to it.

The game uses a targeting system, which I have to say I don’t like much. I prefer the Champions of Norrath method, whereby you aim your bow in the right direction and shoot. Or swing your staff, and if a baddy is close enough, good for you. This takes some getting used to as well. I think it’s a hold-over from the PC version.

I still haven’t figured out how to pause the game. It seems that no matter what menu I enter, the game continues, so I end up dead after I come back from the bathroom. I’m sure there’s an easy solution to this, but I haven’t figured it out yet.

Lastly, I’m still confused about the quests. I helped a town get their tax money back by going after the brigands that stole it. Now I’m back in the town with the money, and I can’t find the person to give it to. Objectives really should be made much clearer.

It sounds like I have nothing but complaints. But this game really does look like it has promise. I hope that once I get used to the strange mechanics of this game, that I’ll get into a flow and enjoy it a whole lot more. We’ll see.

  • I’ve been playing this game for the last couple weeks (although the Xbox 360 version…I know…don’t hit) and pretty much agree with what you’ve shared so far.

    As for the pausing thing, the only way to truly pause it is likely to hit the PS button in the middle of the controller to bring up the XMB. On the 360 version, the only way to really pause it is to hit the menu button, so I assume its similar functionality. I dislike this as much as the next guy, but that’s the way it is.

    The quests are all tracked on your mini map and large world map. Main quest targets are in color (orange, I think), and all others are grey-ish. Although, sometimes it buggy for me in that one minute it will show the target, and the next it will not show at all, or either show the previous step in the chain, which you’ve already completed. Besides the buginess, I found the quest tracking fairly easy to handle once I figured everything out.

    If its not showing correctly, try making it the current quest in your quest log (even if it already says it is), and that should fix things and update the maps to show the correct next quest target. Its still rather clunky having to open up the large map to figure out where you need to go every time you turn around.

    Overall, I’m actually enjoying the game and the graphics are pretty darn good. There’s nothing major wrong with it, but all these little issues do add up.

  • I’ve heard people compare this to Diablo. That’s good, right?

  • Nevermind. I just youtube it. Looks pretty good, thoough it sounds a bit buggy. 4 players online and 2 offline sounds great. How’d this game fly under my radar?

  • Blackstaffer

    I’ve never played Diablo, but I’ve heard only good things about it. But I don’t think that this game is in the same league. It’s the same style of game, however.

  • I’ve never played Diablo either…took me a while to get used to the top-down camera (especially during co-op). Good game though, not great, but good, and quite a lot of fun.

    Extremely buggy, however. 🙁 But, rumor has it a patch isn’t too far away, assuming they didn’t take a lesson from Lionhead. =/