A shadow of evil has fallen on the kingdom of Ancaria. It is a time for champions - a time to journey into the perilous world of SACRED. Battle blood-thirsty orcs & lumbering ogres... Destroy undead wizards & rotting mummies... Slay hellish demons & legendary dragons.
User reviews: Very Positive (675 reviews) - 82% of the 675 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 14, 2006

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A shadow of evil has fallen on the kingdom of Ancaria. It is a time for champions - a time to journey into the perilous world of SACRED. Battle blood-thirsty orcs & lumbering ogres... Destroy undead wizards & rotting mummies... Slay hellish demons & legendary dragons. With blazing magic & sharpened steel, prepare to embark on an epic quest of fantasy adventure & heroism.
SACRED GOLD is the complete SACRED collection in one box, containing the full version of SACRED, winner of the 'Best Roleplaying Game 2004' award from PC GAMER, Sacred Plus and Sacred Underworld.
SACRED - The new name in Action-RPGs. SACRED delivers a huge, elaborate world comprising 16 regions beset with heroic quests, battle-hardened warriors and horrific enemies. Ancaria consists of highly detailed landscapes, complete with villages and towns, and also features a day/night cycle with varying weather systems. Regions vary from forests and mountains to deserts, catacombs and ice-covered landmasses. More than three quarters of the world is open to the players from the very start - no unlocks needed.
SACRED Plus - Incorporates all of the feedback from the player community since the first release of SACRED. This includes an optimized interface, and many completely new features: two new regions, two additional main quests, new item sets and weapons, and many new creature types which make adventuring in Ancaria even more dangerous.
SACRED Underworld - Ancaria is facing a threat far greater than ever before. The now familiar world continues to evolve, with existing SACRED players able to import their old characters into the Underworld.
  • Choose from eight heroic characters: Gladiator, Seraphim, Battlemage, Wood Elf, Vampiress, Daemon, and Dwarf.
  • Hundreds of unique weapons, armors and set items - collect artifacts and forge all-powerful weapons!
  • Learn Combat Arts, develop new skills, and customize devastating combo-attacks.
  • A huge world open to explore from the outset.
  • An epic RPG and enthralling storyline with over 30 main quests & 200 sub-quests and dynamic quests.

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® III 800 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 16 MB DirectX 8 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB HD Space
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 MB DirectX 9 compatible graphics card
Helpful customer reviews
42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
170.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This game is just amazing! It has everything that most other RPG games doesn't have.
It's an entire open world so there is much to explore.
The Gold version is the full version of the first installment of Sacred.
Imho Sacred 1 is still the best.
A lot of loot, A lot of items and quests and sidequests. A lot of enemies.
Easy keyconfigs.
Although the graphics are oldschool this version is still the best and the most fun.
There is a possibility to buy a horse which was an amazing feature for RPG games in that time.

Warning to windows 8.1 users: Google for what you have to do to make it run in Windows 8.1
It's very easy because the config.exe is already in the game under Programfiles -> Steam-> Steamapps->
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
The Good
  • an unbelievably expansive, mostly open world that invites (and rewards) exploration
  • an overwhelming amount of side quests
  • a broad selection of playable characters/character classes, most of which offer a very distinct gameplay style
  • gorgeous and exceptionally detailed 2D backgrounds
  • mountable horses and dwarves with guns... may not sound like anything special nowadays but back in my day it was the bomb, I tell ya!

The Meh
  • the enemy selection/bestiary is rather bland; among the orcs, goblins, skeletons, dragons, spiders and, of course, humans, it's very rare to see any original enemy designs that you haven't seen many, many times before in other games
  • having to depend on dropped runes for the development of certain character abilities (like spells and special moves) might irritate some players
  • finding a proper path to your targets on the map can sometimes be a bit more difficult than you'd expect
  • the portal system is unnecessarily restrictive; instead of town portal spells or scrolls that can be used at any time, teleportation is limited to a rather small number of portals you find all across the world
  • this is more of a personal peeve, but I have never liked Sacred's main story; I think it's convoluted, draggy and rather boring, to be honest

The Ugly
  • even after all these years and with all patches installed, it's still possible to accidentally "break" certain quests or run into other minor bugs; frequent saving is advised

What had been an absolutely amazing game that blew me away on release has held up admirably well over the years. Revisiting Sacred now after having played many of its modern competitors, I can say that its charm hasn't faded all that much. It might come off as a bit archaic initially, and it certainly has its quirks, but the world is still as massive and open and with all its countless side quests, secret caves and hidden treasures still as much fun to explore as I remembered. Ultimately, it's an incredibly addictive experience that'll keep completionists occupied for a very long time.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Sacred Gold fix for windows 8.1 64bit
Step 1- Go into the file location of Sacred Gold. Mine is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Sacred Gold.
Step 2- Open config. exe
Step 3- Check 32 bit color, Filter Active (anti-alasing), and Video Comapatiblity Mode.
Step 4- click ok
Now play the game

If you bought the game while it was on sale and cant play it.

txnnok came up with the fix.

I used it and it worked on windows 8.1

I dont see why people are complaning the game is a classic just takes a little work to be able to play it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
You didn't play Sacred back in 2004? You missed probably the best Diablo-clone out there. That's why fans where so dissapointed about Sacred 3 release. But we are reviewing the original game, so here we are.

Sacred Gold is a lassic action RPG where you slash and loot and slash and loot and slash and loot and take some random quests in between. Steam edition includes every single patch ever released, including some Sacred Plus stuff and Underworld campaign. Also the latest 2.28 patch removed the Starforce DRM, which is awesome.

The map is huge, the area you'll uncover in an hour will only take 1% of the whole map. Since this game is actionly 2D, you might think the graphics are way off and the screenshots here might prove it, but it's just steam stretching, cutting and smoothing the image. If you click it, you'll see it's more sharp and actually has some HUD. Also, all screenshots here present the massive close up on the character. While it was the issue back in 2004, I think the developers added the option to zoom out way farther with some patch, so now you can actually see stuff around. The only problem is that the game is locked on the low 4:3 resolution and never was patched for the wide screens, but it doesn't really feel so bad as in some other games. However, having 1080p and actual smoothing would be nice...

The official online servers are down, but you still can play this via Tunngle or another LAN emulator. You might face a certain issue with error 10026 which is not explained anywhere, but in the tutorial I posted here on Steam. Check it out if you'll ever face this issue.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I just bought this and am running win10.
The game froze after the initial game company and nvidia intros.
Froze on loading the main title screen.
I immediately browsed to the Sacred Gold application launch icon in my steam library and tweaked it and got it running.
I don't really prefer this method as launching from steam library or the desktop icon still produces the bad result.
Then I saw the Config application icon which was the best answer to my issues.

Fix the game like this
-Right click Sacred Gold in your library
-Choose Properties
-Choose Local Content tab and select Browse Local Content
-Scroll down to the Config application Icon and select it
-Check the "32 Bit Color Depth" and "Video Compatibility Mode" boxes
-Exit with OK
You should be good to go now.

I am just trying this game for the first time. Too bad I missed this one back in the day... seems to be a real gem.

No time like the present I guess.
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