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Avernum 5, Savage 2 & Kivi's Underworld In Game Tunnel Top 5
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Game Tunnel recently released its list of the best computer role playing games of 2008. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners were Spiderweb Software's Avernum 5, S2 Games' Savage 2: A Tortured Soul, and Soldak Entertainment's Kivi's Underworld.

Avernum 5:

The Avernum series is a throw-back to the time when games were about the experience and the story and not the graphics and the tech that drives them. You won't be blown away by flashy graphics and expensive cinematics, but you'll get a novel's worth of plot and interaction with a very tangible world. Battle is turn-based and varied, with lots of spells and skills and a plethora of enemy tactics to struggle against. While the storyline is mostly linear, there's a variety of ways to solve any problem and the choices you make will most certainly affect your play later on.

Avernum is gaming done right. Fans of the series are no doubt already happily engrossed in the game, but fans of the RPG genre owe it to themselves to try the game out. Spiderweb Software is confident enough in their product that even the demo of the game will give literally hours of play-time.
Savage 2:
Savage 2 is one of the more unique game experiences you can find. It's an on-line game that pitches two teams against one-another. With character classes adapted from the world of high-fantasy, players will engage in player versus player direct combat, and this is where the RPG element is strongest in game. As players battle one another, they collect souls, which are used to upgrade attributes as they fight.

However, combat is fast and furious, with players battling more to buy their team leader the time to construct buildings and gather resources and research skills that can be used to augment the fighters in the field.
Kivi's Underworld:
The big "problem" with many RPGs is the investment that they involve. There are in-depth stories and in-depth rules. A standard RPG is not the kind of game that opens its arms to gamers far and wide. They're like an exclusive club: great rewards, high dues.

Kivi's Underworld aims to solve this problem and break the doors of the RPG world wide open to the masses. Instead of playing a dense, time-intensive experience, Kivi offers quick, casual RPG action. Based in the world of Depths of Peril, with all its rich backstory, Kivi's Underworld is a simple game with RPG roots. Each mission has its backstory and its theme, but is designed to be played and solved in about 15 to 30 minutes. There are stat upgrades to collect and power-ups to collect and use, but they're temporary for the level you're on, and not something to lose any sleep over.
Read more about the Game Tunnel's choices at the link listed below.

Game Tunnel: 2008 RPG Game Of The Year
Spiderweb Software
Avernum 5
Savage 2
Soldak Entertainment
Kivi's Underworld
Buy Avernum 5

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