Game Review: Ravaged

Blood, Guts, and post apocalyptic glory.  Hello That VideoGame Blog fans!  I am honored to review this game today.  If any of you read my previous article about Ravaged, you’ll know that I had the awesome opportunity to play this game with the developers during its open beta.  I’ve logged a good 20 hours into this game and needless to say it is intense.  Let’s get started!

Ravaged was developed by 2 Dawn Games and published by Reverb.  It came out just today for the full retail price of $24.99.  Since this is an indie game, it hasn’t received a rating just yet HOWEVER I would say this is for a MATURE audience.  There is the scantly clad kitty assassin as well as blood and gore.  The game is all online multiplayer action, so choose your battles accordingly if profanity offends you or your loved ones.  I will post the required specs at the end of this review.

Your main objective in Ravaged will depend upon which map you play, however, the general consensus is the same; kill or be killed and steal that beloved gasoline.  You can choose between the Scavengers or the Resistance,  each of which have their own special classes and weapons (although they are pretty similar.)  Currently, the game offers 20 weapons and 10 vehicles with 10 characters to choose from (5 on each side) and 8 maps to play on.  Up to 64 players can play on one server, wait did you read that right?  Yes, 64 whopping players!

The gameplay will feed your action addiction.  Shooting someone in the head wont look as realistic as other shooters and the blood particles aren’t the best looking but the action and speed of game play more than makes up for this.  When you and 2 other buddies hop into a vehicle and nitro boost your way through a screaming jump (yes there is nitro! NOS BABY) and land to wreck the enemy’s base, you’ll be yelling “WOOOoOooOOOAOAAA!” the whole time.  You wont get away that easy.. as your enemies will most assuredly chase you with their vehicles as well while serenading the desert wasteland with a bullet storm.

One thing that bugged me was the way your cross hairs jump after you fire a shot; the recoil isn’t the most realistic, and with a sniper rifle your scope will JUMP around after a shot.  This takes some getting used to.  However the blood animation will let you know when you’re hitting the enemy.  Overall this game has a short learning curve and after about an hour you should be up to par with the average players.  The hardest part is mastering each vehicle and getting your turns down, not to mention parking at the right spot so you can switch your seat out for the gattling gun or whatever weapon is on the vehicle so you can strategically destroy the opposition.  Learning how to effectively get out of your vehicle, shoot to kill, and get back in is also PARAMOUNT as you will be getting chase a lot.

The overall graphics are great, the vehicles look like they have a high poly count as do the characters in game.  The portraits don’t look the greatest but it reflects well during game play.  Some choppy animations in third person view and to be honest I wouldn’t recommend  the third person view as sometimes your body gets in the way of the cross hair.  The landscape is beautiful and the blur while your driving will put you on the edge of your seat at first, with how fast these vehicles are going we are talking about high speed dirt!  The sound and voice quality is awesome, no complaints there.  All of it is crisp and will keep you informed on the battlefield.

For anyone who likes speed and team play action, this game will hold up for a while in your play time.  During my time with the devs they did mention DLC will be available in the future, however user modifications have not been announced.  If you have friends that play this or make some new ones, I believe this game will be on your to do list.

Realistically the games interface sort of screams Battlefield, especially the HUD (although all vehicle encounters are in the third person.)  In terms of indie shooters, this is one of the better ones, and for a $25 price tag you really can’t beat that.

Overall, this game packs a punch that some other indies lack.  I’m a real stickler on action and if hitting or shooting something doesn’t feel good to me, I wont play it.  Ravaged felt good.  I would give this game a 7 out of 10.  What it lacks in animation and blood quality it makes up for in hot pursuit, pedal to the metal action.  Try it out and add me, BlazingSun801, if you guys ever want to get your butts kicked!

Here are the system requirements.

Minimum:

OS: Windows XP(SP3), Windows Vista(SP2), or Windows 7

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon X2, or equivalent, running at 1.6 GHz or greater

Memory: 1.5GB

Hard Disk Space: 3 GB

Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 256 MB of VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS, ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256 MB, or greater

DirectX®: 9.0c

Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit

Recommended:

OS: Windows Vista (SP2), or Windows 7

Processor: QuadCore 2.0 GHz

Memory: 2GB

Hard Disk Space: 3 GB

Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 512MB of VRAM; NVIDIA GeForce GTX260, or ATI Radeon 4870

DirectX®: 9.0c

Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible, 16-bit

About the author: Nate Hodson
Nate Hodson.
Nathan Hodson is a 23 year old enthusiastic and passionate gamer, musician, and sports fan born and raised in Sandy, Utah. His love for technology, and especially video games, sprouted at the young...  Read more...

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