Sacred 3

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Sacred 3 review

Sacred 3 review

Child's pray.

The good news first: Sacred 3 is a vast improvement over its 2009 predecessor, in technical terms at least. Gone are the fussy camera, the scruffy visuals and fiddly menus, and in their place stands a slick and basically enjoyable action RPG.

The bad news? To get there, it has been so utterly disembowelled that it's little more than a thin shell; a game that is simpler, smaller and far less interesting than previous games in the series, let alone any of its genre peers.

We're once again in the vaguely sketched fantasy land of Ancaria. This time the enemy is the evil Ashen Empire, which wants to get its hands on an artefact known as the Heart of Ancaria which is important for reasons. You - and up to three other players - are going to stop them.

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Sacred 3 release date brought forward to 1st August

Sacred 3 release date brought forward to 1st August

It was ready so they're shipping it.

Diablo-alike Sacred 3 will be released earlier than originally thought. It will now appear 1st August rather than at the end of the month.

Apparently the game was ready so Deep Silver is shipping it. That's what a spokesperson for the company told Eurogamer this afternoon. Has nothing to do with the Ultimate Edition of Diablo 3 coming out 19th August, then.

Sacred 3 is in development for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, and has online and offline co-op.

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First Sacred 3 gameplay video

First Sacred 3 gameplay video

A more colourful Diablo.

Deep Silver has released the first gameplay video for hack-and-slash RPG Sacred 3.

It looks like Diablo, only more colourful - more cheery - and with a cartoon tint. Special moves are just as over the top, if not more so, and there are magical effects and splatters of blood showering the view.

The footage is from the PS3 version of the game. There's drop-in/out co-op for two people on the same screen, and co-op for up to four people online.

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Sacred 3 out this summer

For PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Deep Silver has announced action role-playing game Sacred 3 will be released this summer on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.