A nice arcade hack-n-slash.
Feels like a well-done arcade game I would play when I was a kid at the mall.
1) Responsive controls, fluid animations and satisfying hack-n-slash action.
2) Story is supposedly tied to Sacred/Sacred 2 story line, but make no mistake, this is not an RPG.
It's an arcade, side scrolling hack-n-slash, no more, no less.
3) You do have some small improvement choices.
Between levels you can enter a town and purchase new weapons (Better weapons seem to drop in levels than what I find in the stores), new armor and potions to increase your health, rage and powers.
4) You can choose between four different classes that are standard fare for most RPG's.
Warrior, Ranger, Wizard and Shaman are the only choices I believe.
However, there is very lite character development included in the form of distributing two points per increase to one of four attributes, you can also add limited-time crystals which give you higher stats for about 10 minutes.
One unique feature is while in town you can place a bet with an NPC as to how well you will do on your next mission.
For example, I can bet 100 coins that next level I won't die, or will finish the level in record time.
5) Some multi-player/coop features included if you care about such.
1) Nowhere to sell loot.
After a while, I had 20 something swords way below my level and no way to sell them or even get rid of them other than swapping one out for another.
Granted, I have not progressed too far into the game, but it seems like if the feature to sell items was there I would have already found it in town.
If I discover otherwise I'll modify my review.
2) Pointless powers and attribute bonuses.
After leveling my character, I am hard pressed to see any difference in my abilities.
The temp restriction of the crystals and potions make working with them a pain and a money sink that really doesn't help.
Learning how to play skillfully and investing in better gear will go a long way to being better at this game, rather than relying on buffs.
3) By default the game could not go higher than 1600x900 resolution.
This was easily fixed by changing the resolution line in renderconfig.txt in the My Documents/Sacred Citadel folder.
I felt this simple fix should have been caught by the developer, and if not, fixed easily enough through a small patch.
People who are not comfortable modifying game files might feel hesitant to fix this themselves.
4) Very general, bland story without much emotion or drive to make you care about the story or the characters.
I assume if you play the Sacred series there might be some useful canon here, but I don't think it would be much.
But I honestly didn't really know why I was killing the trolls/orcs and so on until I made myself read/listen to the small amount of back-story.
5) Other than choosing your class, there is no character customization as far as appearances go.
You get what you get and you do not alter it as you go.
My level 10 ranger looks just like my level 1 did, only with some better weapons.
I give this a general 6 out of 10.
A touch above-average but not by much.
If it's cheap and you would like a mindless hack/slash game that will hold you for 30 minutes to an hour at a time,
then I say go for it, just don't go expecting a decent story, choices or mind blowing loot.