Savage: The Battle for Newerth

a game by iGames Publishing
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
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Online-exclusive titles are becoming more and more common nowadays. Usually, they're in the vein of a FPS or MMORPG, but every now and then something will arrive that's completely new and refreshing. Savage: The Battle for Newerth is that something'creating an entirely new genre with excellent execution.

Categorizing Savage as either a RTS or FPS game would be doing it an injustice. Self-proclaimed as a RTSS (real-time strategy shooter), Savage blends the two genres seamlessly into a unique online game. To get an idea what an RTSS is, think of Battlefield 1942 and it's addictive combat on vast maps. Then think of Warcraft 3, and it's meticulous strategy with a slight RPG twist. Now think of what would happen if the two combined. That's Savage in a nutshell.

Two warring tribes square off each match, with one commander and the rest of the team who play in the FPS mode. The commander oversees things in a traditional RTS fashion while everyone else tries to kill opponents and structures through weapons or melee combat, ala the FPS mode. It's an interesting concept, one that's executed extremely well. While just about every online game incorporates teamwork in some form or another, in Savage it's absolutely vital. It's not all about gunplay in Savage since the maps complement the game's strategic nature, with certain tactics viable for each map. Everything just works really well, with plenty of subtle gameplay features that keep things fun and balanced.

Like most online-exclusive games, the learning curve can be extremely high in Savage. While this is true for the FPS portion, it's very noticeable for the RTS portion. There's no in-game tutorial so you're forced to learn under the heat of battle. Usually this wouldn't be too big of a problem for any regular RTS, but you have to take into account that you're commanding other people. Success is extremely dependent on the commander's skills, and learning the basics of the game with all of your teammates on your back can be quite frustrating. Adding a single player mode for the RTS portion could have helped considerably.

While Savage isn't the next Doom 3, it certainly does look nice. It's similar to Warcraft 3 in most regards, with stylized structures in open and mountainous terrains. Perhaps the biggest fault against Savage is that the draw-in distance could be longer, especially since all of the maps are on open fields. Likewise, the audio also works well, with a grand, epic feel to it. Unfortunately, the music seems out of place at times for the FPS portion, especially since it often slows down to more thoughtful themes'not exactly ideal for the FPS mode. But on the whole, a strong showing on both fronts.

Between all the copycat FPSs and MMORPGs that constitute the majority of online games, it's refreshing to see something like Savage come along. Whether you're an action or strategy enthusiast, there's something for you in Savage. And really, with a few tweaks here and there, Savage could easily become the next big thing in online gaming.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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