GDC '08: Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Updated Impressions

Take Diablo and meld it with a world the size of Oblivion's and you get the idea behind this action RPG.

SAN FRANCISCO--If it seemed like checking out Sacred 2 at the Game Developers Conference felt a bit like déjà-vu, that's because it was. We saw this upcoming action role-playing game at last year's GDC. There wasn't a lot to see then, as the game was still early in development. This year, developer Ascaron has something a lot more polished and impressive to check out. The impression we got of Sacred 2 is that it's a bit like Diablo, with a huge, seamless world the size of Oblivion's. That's an intriguing combination.

For some key features about Sacred 2, check out the big update that we got on the game late last year. The one thing that the developer wanted to hammer home is that this isn't a hack-and-slash-style game, like Diablo. Sure, there's plenty of combat, but there's also more exploration and role-playing. To that extent, the world of Sacred 2 will feel like a living, breathing place. The citizens of the world all have daily schedules. Hang around town in the evening and you'll see them head to the pub for dinner and a drink.

The impressive thing about the demo was when the dev showed off the sheer size of the world. We're talking about an area that's about 27 square miles in size, full of cities and villages, woods, mountains, deserts, and more. And delve beneath the surface and there are plenty of dungeons, sewers, and caves to explore. Here's where it gets really cool: The PC version will support up to 16-player cooperative gameplay, which means that you and 15 of your friends can wander around the world at the same time. (The Xbox 360 version will support only up to four players in co-op mode.) You don't even need to stick together; you can all be spread out miles from one another. It's like a very small-scale massively multiplayer online role-playing game in that regard. Whenever you play, even if you're playing single-player, the game is always online. That means that if your friend has the game and starts playing while you're playing, he can seamlessly drop in and out of your game if you want.

We also got a glance at some of the cool mounts in Sacred 2. Every character type will have access to basic mounts, mainly horses. But each character has his or her own unique mount. The shadow warrior can ride a hellhound, for instance. The most spectacular mount will be a dragon, which it sounds like anyone can ride, though at this point the dragon may fly only along a predetermined route--sort of like the flying mounts in World of Warcraft. However, the designers told us that they were considering making it possible to unlock the ability to control the dragon directly.

If you like Diablo-style action role-playing games but wish they had huge, coherent worlds to explore, you should definitely keep an eye on Sacred 2. It'll ship for the PC and Xbox 360 in September.

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21 comments
SexyPorkins
SexyPorkins

This sounds like it's going to be good, but with Fable 2 and Fallout 3 coming out around the same time I wonder if it will get the attention it deserves.

relset
relset

hope it will be a good replacement for diablo 2...until diablo 3 comes out

toxicmog
toxicmog

i am looking forward to this game

stuwilldo
stuwilldo

Lots of people dont actually realise how good the first one really was. And yes, it's a shame some characters from it aren't in this one. But i think they might bring them in , or different char types down the line in time. Definately the right combination of gameplay, I can't wait.

Yokuz1166
Yokuz1166

Diablo was the greatest game in its genre and Oblivion is an epic. If they can combine these two then this game will be one of the greatest RPGs of all time.

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

I definitely loved Oblivion, and this looks like it'll have all that it had and maybe a little more, not to mention up-to-date graphics. Lookin' sweet!

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I bought the original Sacred and expansion for like $9.99 and it is definitely a game worth playing and hopefully graphically the new version will be updated to suit players expectations in 2008.

ollobrains
ollobrains

Looks promising i enjoyed oblivion and diablo, lets hope that they have an indepth inventory system and also have expansion packs. I guess the very big thing though is it has to be bug free or minimal non game breaking bugs - thats the only thing that will turn me off a game that has potential but is so buggy playing it is impossible

bigpimppapa
bigpimppapa

We need a great rpg like Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 2, lets see how the game play is on this game

Conrack112
Conrack112

"nintendorocks It looks alright. However, it looks fairly generic. " If thats the case for you, you need to read more about the game.

ghost89x
ghost89x

i like, but id still like to see a more medievil game where your a knight or somethin but this game looks and sounds raw

greater_bird
greater_bird

Sounds much better than I expected when I first heard they were doing a sequel. Looking forward to hearing more about this game...

Huntress67
Huntress67

I've really enjoyed the first game plus expansion. Especially the two characters I played, Vamp and Daemon. Looking forward to the next but disappointed these two classes won't be included. :-( I do hope they open up Dragon handling in the same way you rode your horse. I played Draken years ago and loved that game and the abilities your Dragon had to help you in combat! I also hope they don't dumb-down the game for PC via console players....!!!

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

It looks alright. However, it looks fairly generic.

console-deity
console-deity

This is number 8 of 12 on my 2008 games to get list, there are so many great games for 360 this year. I'm looking at shelling out around $900 for all 12 on my list just this year.

bigmit37
bigmit37

Sounds pretty good so far.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

This should keep those waiting for Diablo III at bay for awhile!

KayHangman
KayHangman

It's one of my must-have picks for 2008. Sorry that it's not coming until September instead of the original early 2008 date, but better that it's done well than soon.

doggy47perfecto
doggy47perfecto

im definetly getting it. i clocked in over 300 hours on the original plus its expansion. amazing game.

zeus_gb
zeus_gb

Sounds quite good but i'll wait for the demo before I buy it.