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Savage 2: A Tortured Soul 2.1 - somewhat new, improved and better than ever!
Posted by stenchy on Jul 30th, 2009
The majority of gamers have their blinders on, always looking towards the next upcoming releases. Coverage across games is the same, the only time a look back seems warranted is when a new update to a franchise is imminent. In the case of indie games however, there's always a boatload of gamers out that have yet to become aware a lot of indie games exist. Savage 2 is one of those titles. Brought to you by the same developers that put together its IGF (among others) award-winning predecessor, the game has received numerous updates. After a tumultuous launch, Savage 2 obtained a small but dedicated following. Thanks to continued developer support though, the game underwent many changes that have resulted in the solid experience people are still discovering over a year since its release. Here's the kicker, the game can be enjoyed for free.
ModDB is proud to present this coverage of Savage 2: A Tortured Soul to in hopes of exposing as many players as possible to it. Over the next coming days, we'll dole out features that showcase the depth of strategy and tactics straight from the developers. By the end, we hope you'll try out the game for yourself and discover just how much of a genre-bending, action-packed romp it really is.
Before we get down to the details of how to eviscerate your foes, here's a little backstory of the game: in the lands of Newerth, both humans and beasts wage war for supremacy. In the course of battles, both sides will use strength, cunning, and magic to best each other. However, the lands of Newerth contain a hidden, untapped power trapped deep underground — the Hellbourne. In their race to claim superiority both humans and beasts will stop at nothing to unlock this menace to use for their own means. Such is the battle for Newerth.
At the core of Savage 2 is its melee combat which has gone through a number of iterations with help from the community. When combined with RTS, FPS, and RPG elements you'll find it offers deep competitive experience with a fantasy environment. It's a wholly unique experience that's taken a long time to mature and refine. Now that it has hit its prime development-wise, it's worth taking a look or re-discovering.
Stay tuned as we reveal more Savage 2 footage in the coming days, or you can download it now to test it out for yourself. S2 Games also runs a live stream for the game on Justin.tv (4pm EST, GMT-5) three days a week, where you can ask developers and community members questions.
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