WorthPlaying writes: "Diablo has cursed every other title following its formula by having the unfortunate privilege of being compared to its accomplishments. One of these was Ascaron's Sacred, which took the radical route by dropping that formula into a continent-sized sandbox. It apparently did well enough for a sequel, and Sacred 2's updated sandbox has never looked better, but there are unexpected rocks buried beneath its deceptively pretty surface.
Sacred 2's backstory takes place approximately 2,000 years before the first game, although you needn't have played it in order to understand what it's all leading up to. Ancaria's world mixes together science and sorcery with the introduction of T-Energy, a magical power with atomic consequences that everyone wants to control. With Ancaria about to fall back into the flames of war, that's where you come in."