Haven Editorial: Reborn Boss Besting: Shelly

The Pokemon Reborn bug queen!

The art of besting Shelly in Pokemon Reborn. A while ago I decided to look up some Pokemon fangames and I came across several full fledged titles.

I had to fight the trainer known as Shelly, she is a pink haired gym leader, whom likes to spam bugs in dual battles. If this was one of the official games, I would have crushed her monsters hard. But alas it was not easy at all. I brought a burning slug to the fray, it got stuck in a pile of rocks. Despite me putting the forest on fire. In theory I was hoping that the flames would consume the enemy in a inferno. But they survived and retaliated. Then I brought a bird, a mighty Unfezant, whom mighty plumage brought the mightiest of bugs to their knees. Until it took a Dazzling gleam to the face and was no more. The flying pink psychic elephant fetus took down some, but eventually fell as well. Despite many, many tries I just could not beat Shelly in a fair fight.

There are a couple of thins you should know by now. Pokemon Reborn is hardcore difficulty wise. Which means that if you exceed the level cap set by the current gymbadge, Most Pokemon will ignore your orders completely. In the case of Shellys gym, the cap is 35, and her is somewhere below that. This limit exist in all the games, it’s just much, much higher. In Reborn each badge after the second one only increase the level cap by five. But that is not main issue though. In most games I hardly ever see critical strikes occur at all. However in this game they are very much a real thing. Naturally this mean that some luck is involved.

The second problem is the very limited selection of practical Pokemon with elemental affinity. Especially rock, ground and fire are very hard to come by early. So far I’ve found two types and I use both. Eventually I came up with a brilliant idea, to crush her bugs with living stone. In this case a Sudowoodo. That three looking stone fellow, whom hate water. I trained day and night to make him into a champion. It was not to be, he got killed before I could even launch a single pebble at the enemy Pokemon. In the end I had to rely on a burning fire slug and an oversized Dove. I set fire to the forest with a plume of lava, followed by a Wing attack and they fell like flies. Until the thrice cursed Anorith entered the field and managedto pull off a rock slide. The bane of all flying and burning creatures in the Pokemon world. Lucky for me Shelly somehow missed.

Which means that luck was the only reason I won the damned bug battle.

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Hatsune Miku Project Diva X

Vocaloids its taken the world by storm with their nice synthesized voices and their little skirts but lets be serious does it stand up well in a game and that is what we aim to find out in Hatsune Miku Project Diva X.     project_diva_x_logo Now getting right into it the game is a Rhythm game and as such it has a standard rule of thumb which is to simply hit the right notes at the right time to win points at the end of the game. It has a score multiplayer to increase your score but that really isn’t needed and its just to make the game seem like it has more depth to it.

project-diva-x-gameplayEach stage is done with the music we have grown to love from various YouTube artists online and the canon that the fanbase has helped create. Don’t get me wrong in this regard, I love how Sega handles many of their fan related things from Sonic the Hedgehog, and the first class shade they throw at Nintendo deserves awards.

But this variety of game has been recycled over and over from the 3Ds title we reviewed to this game. The same mechanics over and again to the point where they aren’t really inspiring.

Now I know what you are probably thinking, why am I attacking the franchise like this? We’ll its true, that is all a Rhythm game is and truth be told you can find other franchises like it also such as Dance Dance Revolution from Konami, or anything fan made on NewsGrounds that is completely free to play.hatsune-miku-diva-x-feature

I am not saying that Rhythm games are bad, I am saying they need to work on their material that being said lets continue on with the review shall we?

The music for the game as expected is songs that have been a part of the fan base for the longest time and they are enjoyable, there are a few tracks that Sega themselves put in mainly for menu’s but in the end the games music is pretty decent. Not saying its bad, its decent much like how if its not broken don’t fix it basically.

There is some fun aspects for the game where you can complete stages and win items to dress up your Vocaloids with items like Dog ears, fancy outfits and skirts and such. So if you are a fan of dressing up digital women in fancy outfits you can do that too! I even have a personal favorite for the Vocaloids and my personal choice is Luka and her long pink hair so its nice to dress her up, it makes my inner nerd scream with joy.hatsunemikux-jpg

The controls for the game are also spot on and truth be told its the most accurate part of the game as it is the requirement to even play a Rhythm game. Without decent controls the game wouldn’t even be playable.

But I think the biggest issue with the game is that they try to give it a deep in depth story and it just makes the entire game fall apart as a whole. I get it the worlds you go to need music and their falling dim and you need to sing to bring the worlds back to life and also use this special item to make singing easier and fill it up so you can go to the other worlds.obyii4xutlzi2dxslelo

There I summarized the story for you, each world is comprised into a musical category from Jazz, to classical and so forth and you got to play the various stages of each world to bring them back to life.

In conclusion though the game is fun in its own regard, but it feels like Sega keeps pumping these out for a cash grab to try and lure in the love struck fan base for a quick profit. I would hope that a company that can provide first class shade can back up their strong talk with more solid gameplay but the title left me a bit listless in terms  of its quality.hatsunemikuopeningmovie5

If you are a fan of classic Rhythm games and the repetitive gameplay it provides than this is the title for you. If you want something more creative and innovative you best look elseware.

-Daniel Clatworthy-


Haven Review: Touhou Genso Rondo Bullet Ballet

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Touhou Genso Rondo Bullet Ballet or to be put more elegantly a bullet hell title with lots of strange women. Now I should say I know nothing of the anime or manga this is based off of. I am judging this solely on its game mechanics and characteristics of the genre so if you’re a fan of this franchise well, prepare to probably be offended.gr-se

Upon loading the game I am met with a check file screen almost every time and it loves to indulge me in this aspect for a good two to three minutes of so before I am able to play the game. But once the game does load I am able to start picking from the story mode, online mode and the various other gameplay modes the game has and I got to say.

Having a bullet hell game where I can battle against other players online seems actually like a lot of fun. The fact that if two top tier players got together and went at it we would probably see them dancing around each other for a good while and I find that really interesting.bullet

Now the visuals of the game are quite breath-taking a few of the girls minus their anime like appearance reminds me of girls I knew back in Florida where I grew up. I really do love all of their designs although some make me wonder about the creators mental health.

The audio for the game is fairly nice as well and really enjoyable, its both relaxing and fairly up beat through most of the stages you play through. But I must say when I see a story in a game without a linear style of playing it never feels right to me and it doesn’t really fit for the area of gameplay.feat-ss02_lg_thumb

Its much like taking a game like Just Cause 3 and saying the entire story is based around playing Pong. Even in games like Street fighter you have a linear story to go along with it such as a Worlds Material Arts Tournament and that explains the plot, and the combat style but in Touhou Genso Rondo Bullet Ballet you don’t get that at all.

The gameplay however is good, and it is enjoyable. Not to mention its fairly straight forward to learn and adapt to that style of playing so its great for beginners but as for everything else in the game It felt lacking.

ss03_1The characters didn’t really stand out to me, if I went into this knowing more of where they are based from maybe I would find it a bit more interesting. But as to someone who just picked up the title and started playing I don’t have that sense of attraction that they are hoping to get from people so they will buy that game.

If it had a way to appeal to more players outside of the fanbase maybe I would be more keen to study them. But I am not, so I simply the if you removed all the anime and manga ties to this game you would have a decently made game. But trying to tie in a story and making it oblivious to newcomers hurts the game more.t1

The game doesn’t shine like I wish it would, as a game though its good, as for its characters, and story I can’t give it any points.

-Daniel Clatworthy-


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