Gateway To The Savage Frontier

Copyright: © 1991 Strategic Simulations Inc
Genre: Role playing games

Role playing games

Gateway to the Savage Frontier
Gateway to the Savage Frontier and Treasures of the Savage Frontier are
the last two releases in SSI's famous but by-now-overused "Gold Box"
engine. Both games take place in the world of "Savage Frontier," a
welcome change from the worlds of Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance used
in most other Gold Box games. Gateway starts with your party drugged and
robbed blind of all possessions. Soon, you get involved in a brewing
political plot, and assigned the monumental task of defeating the evil
wizard Vaalgamon. In the sequel Treasures of the Savage Frontier, the
action starts after the first game leaves off: you are summoned to help
the dwarves in their battle against the evil forces of Zhentil Keep. If
you have played Gold Box games, you'll know exactly what to expect here:
a solid blend of real-time first-person perspective and turn-based
isometric combat. Similar to other Gold Box games (and especially the
Krynn series), there is a LOT of fighting in Gateway and Treasures: so
much so that anyone who dislikes AD&D mechanics will likely feel
frustrated. Fortunately, the mostly interesting stories help keep things
interesting. The best thing about these two games in my opinion is the
character-specific side-quests: in Gateway, there are two NPCs that give
you access to optional side quests, as well as different endings to the
game. As befits the final Gold Box game, Treasures adds two welcome
features: the effect of weather in battles, and the ability to call in
reinforcements. Die-hard AD&D fans might complain about the low level
caps (for example, eighth is the highest fighters can reach), but in a
way, this serves as a nice throwback to the classic Pool of Radiance. All
in all, two worthy additions to every RPG's library, although the engine
is clearly "long in the tooth," showing its age, and you still have to
slog through far too many battles.
 

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