Savage Lands Review

Last Bastion Studios Savage Lands is an interesting game with an interesting history. The 2 people who worked on it originially kind of lost it for awhile and ended up getting it back and really turning it around. It started out like any EA survival type game but with some twists. Then it seem like it was more than likely going to be in the long pile list of abandoned survival ea games that are never finished. Then Last Bastion Studios acquired it and it has been worked on and improved greatly for awhile.

So what is Savage Lands? Well the steam page lists it as open world survival and crafting. Which it is. But it is also other things as well. For instance ontop of what is listed it also feels like a virtual tabletop dungeon group game when played multiplayer. The look and feel is also akin to a Kings Field like vibe.

You can craft various items, weapons, and armor. As well as potions and food. You can build various buildings, crafting stations, traps and defenses.

Survival wise you are constantly battling the frozen cold in the land as well as hunger. Trying to survive against the AI Denizens of the island as well as the giant dragon that flies overhead.

There is no level or stats outside of the gear.

The lore is spread across the isle as are various dungeon like places, boss types and tons of things to explore and discover.

All of this together does make it more like a kingsfield era game but with friends.

Ontop of this in your multiplayer games you can toggle on pvp. Or you can stay offline and play singleplayer. Sort of catering to everyone that way.

But if you want to enjoy your tabletop gaming group during social distancing this game might just help scratch that itch a bit. Or if you are looking for a bit of a Kings Field itch to be scratched. This might do it as well.

For a survival category title it is a bit weak compared to any of the others on the market though. But the pvp toggle does add some to that.

Some of the cons to it is the lack of building options to furnish your buildings and lack of customization for armor and weaponry. There are various weapon types but they do all look the same.Lack of leveling and skill points is also in that category.

Some other cons are the AI can be weird and dumb. Hit boxes can be off at times, including for looting. As where the body falls may not be where you loot, but where you last killed it.

Some will consider the graphics a con, but I think the graphics is ahead of the next era. That era being ps1 style graphic games as opposed to voxel or 2d.

Recent updates do include steam trading cards and more bug fixes so it is actively being worked on and the devs value input for suggestions and bug reports.

It is currently on sale on steam for 2.99 down from 9.99 until april 17th.

Or a 4 pack for 10.49 down from 29.99.

If you would like to see someone bad playing it here is my two sessions in it:

Part 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/582991342

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB5hAZP7B2c

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