Sacrifice is the acclaimed real-time strategy game that focuses on combat instead of resource gathering. The only two resources you'll need to worry about are mana and souls. Need more units? Capture the souls of your enemy. Cast spells of awesome power.
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Release Date: Nov 1, 2000

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Sacrifice is the acclaimed real-time strategy game that focuses on combat instead of resource gathering. The only two resources you'll need to worry about are mana and souls. Need more units? Capture the souls of your enemy. Cast spells of awesome power. Choose which gods to support and you will be rewarded with a different selection of spells.
Banish your enemy by sacrificing one of your allies at his altar...

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: Pentium 300Mhz
    • Memory: 64MB
    • Graphics: DirectX
    • DirectX®: 7
    • Hard Drive: 650MB
    • Sound: DirectSound
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Duck Hunt-Pr0
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
This game is truly "F''ink awesome!". The somewhat dated 3D graphics doesn't matter at all. And i'm sure anyone who's ever played this game will agree.
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Uncle Sweaty
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
One of my all-time favourite games. Has a perfect blend of RTS and RPG elements with a unique design that no other game has been able to replicate. Unfortunately, this game is outdated. Matchmating and lobby search doesn't work, and the only way to play with someone else is through direct IP connect. On top of that, the game is prone to crash on modern systems, however there are fixes which I'll link below.

I would reccomend getting this game a DRM-free platform (GOG) as that version will have less problems.

If you can look past the fixable instability and the dated graphics (which were really good at the time of release), then you are going to have a blast.
9/10

Links:
Patch 3.1
dgVoodoo2 (use for more graphics options, crash fixes, and stability fixes)
Sacrifice widescreen and multimonitor support
Community maps
General info and instructions to install the patches
My Dropbox folder in case any of these go down (trust me they will)
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Wendigo
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
Don't believe the hype if you don't have your nostalgia goggles on. Max 1200 x 900 resolution, A & D buttons to turn (no strafing). Incredibly awkward controls (you are controlling a BUNCH of different units with the worst U.I. and they mostly won't do what you want them to) and a barely ok concept to save it. As a newcomer i was expecting something good (not great) and was surprised by a very (very) sub-par game. I guess you could consider it if you had fun playing it young. I give you my word, unless you are into very old games or masochism you should stay far far far away from this title.
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Aldrenean
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Even 16 years later, Sacrifice is still one of the most unique gaming experiences you can have. There have been similar forays in to the over-the-shoulder RTS genre, such as Battlezone, but Sacrifice isn't just an experiment in genre combination. The aesthetic, the control scheme, the dynamic terrain, the imaginitive units and spells, and the branching story are all gloriously ridiculous. The textures and models are dated, and it can be difficult to control large battles with the granularity that an RTS veteran might expect, but a small amount of patience on your part will be rewarded with a captivating and often quite funny campaign, and some robust multiplayer if you can find opponents. One of my top wishes for a remake.
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Saphy
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
My all time favorite pc game! I cant get it to play on my pc anymore...is there a fix for that?
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Syrcaid
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
This game has some of the most unique creatures I've ever played with in a game. I've yet to see another game that manipulates the actual ground and sky you walk on like this game. The mechanic involving souls is excellent, as you can't claim them quickly. You must defend what's yours all while attacking the enemy. The gods themselves have different and beautiful minions at their bidding and the music has stuck with me all these years.

The real bonus is that Tim Curry voices Stratos! If you play Guild Wars 2, you may recognize the voice of Warmaster Forgal as the same man who voices the main character Eldred (Paul Eiding).

"Bovine Intervention" may be a silly spell, but it's worth casting on someone just to see the cows take flight. Don't worry, they're digital.
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Astaroth Arcaine
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
Honestly, I love this game. I played it years ago when it was released in 99. And still honestly believe it done things then that were revolutionary for the time. It is a quirky, yet ground breaking game with some revolutionary features that, in my opinion were overlooked then, and probably is now. It's got Tim Curry voice acting for crying out loud, that alone sold RA3.

It's a shame Steam doesn't have the map maker that came with the original, as it was a lot of fun to make your own scenarios and even a campaign if you had the time. Some of the hidden features were very neat aswell.

I couldn't recommend this game more, probably due to nostalga mostly. But if you're a fan of RTS or Old Games then I'd strongly urge to give Sacrifice a go.
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Jack
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
Replayed this game again a few weeks ago for Nostalgia and was not disapointed. This game still holds up to modern titles. It has a very unique 3rd person RTS feel with Spells and Creatures. The graphics may be lacking but the content is still awesome. Not only is the gameplay good but the Single Player action is unique and offers a different story each time with the same end goal, redeem yourself and become a powerful Wizard.
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Lively
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I like the preview of this game its interesting and alluring to the audience. Even though this is an okder style game it is compacted with more than the player expects. Good graphics, storyline; just an all around good game.
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jonessoda9
( 46.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Definitley would recommend. A very unique game in its own right and I would consider it a hidden gem. The gameplay is nothing that has been done before or since (not that I know of). Really had fun picking this game up after all of these years. If your looking for something new and don't mind graphics that are a little dated I doubt you would regret buying this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
One of my all-time favourite games. Has a perfect blend of RTS and RPG elements with a unique design that no other game has been able to replicate. Unfortunately, this game is outdated. Matchmating and lobby search doesn't work, and the only way to play with someone else is through direct IP connect. On top of that, the game is prone to crash on modern systems, however there are fixes which I'll link below.

I would reccomend getting this game a DRM-free platform (GOG) as that version will have less problems.

If you can look past the fixable instability and the dated graphics (which were really good at the time of release), then you are going to have a blast.
9/10

Links:
Patch 3.1
dgVoodoo2 (use for more graphics options, crash fixes, and stability fixes)
Sacrifice widescreen and multimonitor support
Community maps
General info and instructions to install the patches
My Dropbox folder in case any of these go down (trust me they will)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This game is truly "F''ink awesome!". The somewhat dated 3D graphics doesn't matter at all. And i'm sure anyone who's ever played this game will agree.
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455 of 520 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
Have you ever played Brutal Legend? If yes, have you heard of Sacrifice? Assuming not, Sacrifice IS one of the first and the best Action RTS hybrid titles out there, so BL's gameplay is hardly all that "innovative" (though still fun). Fun fact: Tim Curry starred in both of those games. You don't know who Tim Curry is? Go sit in the corner, you're on timeout.

Sacrifice is an incredibly bizzare and twisted game. Probably the weirdest I've ever played, aside from American McGee's Alice and The Path. The game sounds fantastic, has got a very memorable soundtrack and the voice acting is simply superb. The world and the creatures that inhabit it are quite strange, but unique and beautiful in their own way. The graphics are pretty outdated in this one though and it's something that may be difficult to overlook, especially if you're having a hard time getting engrossed into the game.

The gameplay is something that takes time to get used to and playing the (rather comprehensive and enjoyable) tutorial is a must here. As previously mentioned, it's a third person squad based game where you make formations out of your units, cast spells to aid them in battle and complete various map objectives. Whatever units and spells you acquire vastly depends on the deities you choose as the story progresses, thus making the game replayable due to the large amount of combinations that can be created.

Last but not least, game has the same oddball sense of humor you might find in titles like Earthworm Jim. Considering that Earthworm Jim was the first successful creation of (now defunct) Shiny Ent. along with Sacrifice that followed a few years later, it's not all that surprising.

This game is really, horribly underrated. But at the same time, it's not for everyone. If you enjoy the hybrid gameplay of games like Brutal Legend, Overlord or Natural Selection (to name a few, but those three are on Steam), you might as well give Sacrifice a chance.
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161 of 178 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2013
This game deserves a remake.
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177 of 200 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
one of the best games of its time!
and a game that passes the test of time!

+ unique gameplay
+ unique combat - big brawl
+ great solo and multiplayer
+ deformable terrain
+ great physics! (mostly for stratos creatures and spells)
+ great map editor (including the whole single player campaign)

- dated
- combat without much depht (still lots of fun though)


this game is on my all time favorite list, and i can highly recommend it!
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106 of 133 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
A wizard fleeing from a land torn asunder, his past tinted a bloody red, finds succour in a land on the eve of war. A pawn of the gods, or chaos itself? Or perhaps no pawn at all...

Imagine a world without the internet. Imagine being alone in a room with a computer, and no internet, for several hours a day. Perhaps some of you don't need to imagine, perhaps some of you still live a life away from the madness of the net, able to sequester yourself in an insular paradise. Well, if that is the case, or perhaps you need to forget the world for a few hours and a lifetime, I honestly have to recommend Sacrifice.

I bought this game back in 2002, the first year of uni, and I have to say for about 4-6 hours of every day - before I met up with my friends, this was my world. I suppose I should have been a better student, studied more and achieved better grades. But it's very rare to be able to look *back* at a time, and say while it mightn't have been the best use of the time, you don't regret it. This game was that much fun.

Later on it was joined by staples such as Wizardry 8 and fps's i'm sure we've all played, but even throughout the next two years of my life, it still earnt its place on the shelf. It's just...an amazing game. It is still beautiful, the insane character models defying time, the gameplay still challenging and sometimes even frustrating, the spells still awesome, the gods still scheming and the action as frantic as ever.

I have yet to play a game that really catches up to Sacrifice. Like a lot of great innovative games, at the time it just didn't get to its audience. Like your system shocks or deus ex's, where decades have passed before they've been emulated and resurrected, Sacrifice fits into a niche that is hard to define. You play like a field marshall, summoning troops to your side even as you dodge incoming fire and fury, and your objective is often simply to conquer, to destroy, to cleanse. But the path to that goal is often turf-war, sneak attacks, flanking, trap-setting and straight bull-dozing through your enemies. It's a wild and wonderful ride, with an atmosphere that pulls you in almost from the first moment.

I can't recommend it enough.
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49 of 50 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
Best old game ever!

I have finished the game with all the gods. Man, I have to say : PLAY IT!

I wish we could have a Sacrifice 2.
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42 of 43 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
I bought this game in its original big cardboard box + jewel case (who remembers those) when it was released back in 2000 (just looked in my cupboard and the cardboard box is still there ha), and man i can honestly say this is 1 of the best games i have ever played. I lost one of the discs over the years and then it popped up on my radar on offer here on Steam and i just had to pick it up.

This game probably has one of the best stories ever (not just for when it was released, but even nowadays). Obviously the graphics are dated at this stage, but back then games were made with quality, not like these days (hell looking at the cardboard box now, the effort alone put in to the art on the box is beyond anything iv seen in recent years)

If you want a game that has 5 different endings and hours of narrative story dialog. Then pick this game up. Back in those days i did not have proper internet so never truely got to try out the multiplayer, only ever managed to do skirmishes against the AI. Now that i have this again on Steam i seriously hope it has an active MP base to play with.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
One of the best games of all time. Many of you will skim over this because you've never heard of it, because none of your friends play it or because of its sparse store page. You shouldn't.

Sacrifice offers the best mix of tactical depth and ease of learning I have ever seen in a strategy game. You play as a wizard standing down on the field where everything happens. Any units you summon are summoned directly next to you, buildings are created only by you standing next to them (for up to 10 seconds for the largest buildings), and orders are given based on what you can personally see. This makes for a much more immersive and easy-to-grasp gameplay than most other strategy games out there where you may be queuing up orders, units and buildings; might be zoomed far enough out to be disconnected from the world but not far enough out to see any useful distance.

Furthermore, the wizards you can choose from in multiplayer (you always play as Eldred in the fully-voiced campaign) are all equal. That is, everyone you might play against has access to the exact same spells and units as you. Or rather they have access to the same choices: your spell and unit lists are fully customizable offering a massive amount of variation possible. You could have ranged units that damage over time, can go invisible, can track enemies etc. Or you could pick units based on style if you prefer and do just fine: disease-ridden monsters, aloof mythical creatures, rangers, soldiers, constructs...

This customisation is in the campaign too but in a much more organic style so that you won't have to worry about choosing units based on no previous experience. Every level of the game has 5 alternatives (one for each of the gods) and each god will try to convince you the help them for each mission. You can decide who to help on a mission-by-mission basis, picking the most interesting or beneficial mission for you. You can become unwaveringly loyal to a particular god (or a certain alliance between 2 or more gods) and only server them. Or you can decide completely randomly if you like. Every mission you take increases your pool of spells or units equally, with units and spells granted by the god you choose to work for. You can also pick up heroes along the way who will be loyal to you (unless you do something completely against their nature) and will follow you in future missions until they die or you lose their trust. Every mission you choose (and don't choose) affects future levels to varying degrees. By making a god's defence stronger you protect their territory that another god or being was after and would've been able to use in future levels. Discovering something allows the god you discovered it for use that information in future battles. Capturing a village, building, character, area etc. will give the benefits of that asset to your god (whether that be a new factory, new allies, a weakness in another god or a number of other boons). This all leads to your character and the world evolving organically in a way that's not always obvious but always makes sense. By the end of your fifth mission you'll have access to a wide variety of spells and units (and perhaps a hero or two) and certain gods will have grown or diminished in power noticeably.

All of the spells are breathtaking. From the bog-standard heal and speed-up spells you begin with which create a pleasant glow/melody and a cool-looking trail effect respectively. To the more extreme spells granted later on including tornados, volcanos, earthquakes, death-incarnate and many more. In addition, most of these spells can be cast within a couple of seconds and without stopping. This allows you to run amidst your army healing, speeding up and buffing who you need, sniping an important enemy unit (or a bunch of them) and then hiding behind your own units again within a very short period of time. A lot of these spells (and some units) scare the landscape permanently too. This makes places where small skirmishes and large battles have occurred very obvious, even after 5, 10 or 60 minutes. Scorch marks, blood stains, unnatural bumps or dips in the earth, sometimes even the earth itself has gone.

The penultimate thing will mention (even though there is so much more I could say) is that the humour in this game is incredible from start-to-finish. From the gods (voiced by Brad Garrett, Kevin Michael Richardson, Castulo Guerra, Jennifer Hale and Tim Curry) to the units (every one of which with the sole exception of the manahor (an armless, mana-dispensing bunny) has a half-dozen lines if you enjoy clicking on a unit repeatedly long enough for it to yell at you to get lost) to the wizards. This game has so much personality and not in an annoying way. The humor interlaces with the rest of the game beautifully instead of being forced like in so many other games.

Lastly, this game is worth your money and time without question. Without exaggeration I have played through the campaign seven times with a vastly different playthrough and experience each time: once following each of the gods wholeheartedly, once working for all of the gods and keeping them all as friendly with me as possible for as long as possible and once attempting to keep a pair of gods powerful and friendly with each other until the end.

At £7 it's worth it easily, at half-price (as it is at the time of this review) I can't recommend it more to everyone I know. Get it, it's awesome.
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45 of 56 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
This game is a lot of fun. The combat and strategy elements are fast-paced and keep you on your toes without being frustrating. The music is great, the character designs are great, the writing is great, and the voice acting is great. This game does not deserve the limited exposure it got.
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