Review: SAGA — The MMO Gamer

Review: SAGA

Make New Friends

One of the biggest things the game supports is questing with a partner. Theoretically, if a quest becomes too hard or if you’re just bored doing them alone, you can ask the aid of some of the people in chat to quest with you and help you in your fight for glory. Problem is, people weren’t very willing to help out at all. Over the two weeks of game play I got two solid conversations through about 15-20 hours total.

Usually I’d say hello, ask for help and would be completely ignored by the community at large. Later on, I received two free accounts to test out with a friend but I wanted to synthesize a real experience that you, our readers, might have. That, and my friend turned me down when I asked him to play. Fucking WoW.

How Does the CCG Element Mesh?

Possibly one of the coolest parts of Saga is its website. Yes, you heard me. Its website. On the website, you can buy booster packs and actually open them a card at a time on the website like you would if you bought it in stores (which you can do).

This creates the same tension and excitement that you get any other time you open a booster and might serve Saga well for those who can’t resist buying just one more pack.

The problem with the boosters are the number of units you get with each pack. Usually you get a random unit of 1 to 4 but when I usually play with units of 20 or more, they seem fairly worthless on an individual basis. More than one of the same card are needed to be the most effective which means more of your greenbacks to be more effective. Such is the problem with CCG’s.

Another incorporation of CCG’s within SAGA is their trading system. You’re able to trade cards for other cards or in-game resources. This is great for the fickle spender, but the trading system’s about as elegant as a bovine and isn’t available to those of you with a free account.

But The Website Says I can Play for Free

Within my glorious SAGA , I played with three separate accounts. One was free, one was bought, and the other was given to me. Within these 3 accounts lied entirely different experiences from a user perspective ranging from frustration to pure elation.

In the free account, I was barred from teaming up with anyone, trading with anyone and had a “trial account” moniker to my name whenever I tried to chat in the public channel.

This usually meant people ignored me. At a certain point, you hit a unit cap and are unable to create any more units without purchasing something. The only way I can see getting out of this problem is if you build so many peasants and beef up your units so much that you don’t need new units. This experiment would have taken me much longer than I anticipated playing and so I leave that up to you.

When I hit the limit, I finally broke down and bought the game. It cost me $19.95 which includes the full, unlocked game (obviously) and 3 booster packs. I also bought an additional 3 booster packs to round it out. This ended up costing around $30 dollars but I found that the units I bought weren’t incredibly satisfactory and would have liked a little more for the $2.99 price tag.

The third account I tried was given to me. This account was given to me to try as a “review” account. I was given 2 activated accounts and 20 booster packs on each account. This means that my review experience, with a friend, would have cost about $159.50. With so many boosters, I had such a great selection of troops that I would have been blasting fiends away until 3AM with a buddy.

Sadly, he turned me down. However, the fact that I was given so many boosters insinuates to me that this is what the SAGA developers would like you to buy as an optimal playing experience (about $80 worth).

The Upside Downs

The best thing about SAGA is the fact that its an MMO. What I mean, is that the developers behind SAGA, Silverlode Interactive, are extremely good at updating often and being receptive to the needs of its community. This means that while most developers promise change, Silverlode Interactive delivers.

SAGA isn’t a perfect game – not by a long shot. But with a great support team, a growing community and the $19.95 initial price tag (free to try/play), it won’t hurt to go and give it a shot yourself.

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  1. Lord Azmodae says:

    Obviously did not review the game well enough ! Oh well hardly anyone does anything more than half ass anymore

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