sacred-citadel
Metacritic (PC): 61/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 63/100
Metacritic (PS): 62/100
Release: Apr 2013
Reviewed on: PS3

Sacred Citadel

Site Score
6.5
Good: Item loot – Voice acting and comedy
Bad: Limited combo depth and variety – Lacks challenge
User Score
7.1
(8 votes)
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Clear the danger from the peaceful Ancaria with 3 player co-op in Sacred Citadel, a game that borrows the setting from the Sacred action RPGs and brings some of the light RPG elements into the beat em’ up scene.

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While the story is fairly typical the added Sacred elements give it that extra flair for followers of the franchise. Told over 4 different acts with a number of bosses in between the story follows your solo or group as they attempt to restore order and peace by fighting off the orc inspired enemy. Along the way you’ve voice acted humour, loot and ride able monsters.

Your hero can belong to one of the four classes in the game being mage, shaman, ranger and warrior which all play as typical archetypes with their own special and combo moves. Combos don’t vary much between characters which does make it easy to play as any of the characters once you’ve got the muscle memory down. Combo variety isn’t particularly required though with a few over powered combos allowing you to spam and stun lock to victory. Weapon choices are similarly basic with each class able to dual wield the items that they find across their adventure.

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This finding mechanic is the highlight of Sacred Citadel with enemies randomly dropping loot for you to equip. There isn’t a huge amount of depth outside resistance choices and raw damage/armour stats though. Alternatively if you’re not having any luck with drops you can spend your coins on items in town. This works closely with the level up system that unlocks more combos as you go.

Ultimately Sacred Citadel has the features you want and they are all done fairly well, it never steps into great territory though, merely reaching mediocre.

Summary:

  • Beat’ em up side scrolling in the Sacred universe.
  • Support for up to 3 players at once.
  • 4 different classes with their own combos.
  • Find and buy loot to upgrade your strength.
  • On Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Sacred Citadel, 7.1 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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