Honourable Mention -
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, Earth 2150, Shogun: Total War
Sacrifice is Shiny Entertainment's epic multiplayer, no-holds-barred real-time 3D Real Time Strategy game with strong RPG elements. One to Four players are able to control powerful wizards, armies of creatures, and utilize a myriad of spells and incantations to wreak havoc across a revolutionary 3D landscape. With vast worlds of clearly viewed terrain, multiple landscape designs, unlimited camera angles, and over 50 different kinds of fantastic creatures at your command, Sacrifice will be the new benchmark against which all other RTS games are measured.
I think I over-used the word brilliant in this review, but that's because Sacrifice is simply a brilliant game. Sacrifice seems to be a relatively flawless experience, perhaps because there's nothing like it out there, but also because this game exhumes quality. Shiny, as usual, has tried something radical with Sacrifice and once again, it's paid off big time.