Save games have been an essential part of the gaming experience ever since the first home video systems were introduced to the market.
A game save stores progress for the player, so that games can be continued from that position in the game and do not have to be restarted all over again.The storage locations have changed especially in the online gaming world where progress is usually stored in the cloud and not the local PC of the gamer.
Local save games can be backed up like any other file on the system. Backups ensure that the game progress can be restored in case of save game corruption, deletion or when saves are overwritten by accident or lack of choice. Another benefit here is that backups make it possible to transfer saves to another system.
Game Save Manager 2 is a complete rebuild of the Game Save Manager program that we reviewed back in April. One of the biggest criticism back then was the unattractive user interface.
The user interface has been completely revamped in Game Save Manager 2 and support for additional games has been added.
A total of 469 games are supported currently by the application including newly released titles such as BioShock 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare 2 but also old games like Diablo 2, Empire Total War or Doom 3.
These games are identified automatically by the application and listed under the Backup Gamesave(s) entry.
All or some of the games can then be backed up to be able to restore them at a later time. Steam support has been improved to better support local saves of the popular gaming platform.
Save game backups can be restored at anytime. Game saves can be backed up regularly by scheduling tasks to do so.
Custom game save locations can be configured in the program if a game is not in the supported list of games. All that basically needs to be done is to select the save game directory of the unsupported game to include it in the backups.
The new version of Game Save Manager supports Dropbox which allows the gamer to store the game saves in the cloud instead or in addition to storing them locally. That could be interesting to move game saves to another computer or in cases where the same game is played on different computers.
Game Save Manager 2 is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows. The developers are continually improving the program by adding new features and additional games. A complete list of supported games is available at the developer website.
Review of the latest version of Game Save Manager 3
The developers of the program have improved it further over time. Several new features have been added, including an option to move Steam games to another hard drive or partition without losing access to the data or the need to reinstall it the next time you launch the game.
Additional cloud providers have been added as well, you can now use Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive next to Dropbox, or store your game saves on a ftp server that you have access to.
The program will automatically check for installed and supported games to display them in a list when you open the backup menu.
All in all welcome changes that make a good program even better.
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