Haven Editorial: Hello Neigbour

Hello Neighbor is showing some real progress and is all ready a quite fantastic game, if a bit unfinished, being a beta and all. That does not retract from the fun factor. From what little evidence I can gather it takes place in Russia, or at least somewhere like that. Only a lot more twisted, with jagged angles. Though that is purely an aesthetic design choice. Which works in the games favor, all to often indie games fall into the trap of attempting to make the game look real, dark and gritty. Almost all of them fail. There is only so many games with badly cobbled together 3d assets and survival elements I can take. Ranting aside. Hello Neighbor is a very fun game about hide and seek of a fashion. The person across the road has built himself a massive mansion, one that breaks several zoning laws and gravity as well.

I was rudely awoken room my slumber by an ear shattering scream from across the street. Where I could spot the broad shouldered neighbor grunting in exertion as he fell onto the floor. Eventually the sound stopped. Naturally my sense of wonder and justice got the better of mw. Which is why I have decided to sneak into his house without being caught.

Hello Neighbor is fun and at times quite adrenaline pumping. Where one of the main selling points is how the man keep adapting his defenses according to player transgression. Sneak in the front door and he will place a bear trap there next time. Place objects in the way and he will just brush them aside or jump over them. Which sometimes work and other times causes things to crash. Its a beta after all. Eventually all of those pesky bugs will be ironed out. I have faith in the developers skill to pull this of. Especially since they quite recently patched the game. Now there are several other minor complaints I do have about the game though. That is the lack of settings, such a borderless windowed and that the controls can be a bit crap. Hold down E to pick up an item, press the right mouse key to drop item, some items can be used with the left mouse button. In all honesty I would suggest having to press E once to interact. Since one of the first challenges I had after grabbing the crowbar from the trunk of my car, was to figure out how remove the planks blocking the door. Apparently I had to aim at the nails, then click in order to remove them. Luckily they did include a tutorial, which also work as the intro.

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Haven Review: Spider-Man Homecoming!

Spider-Man – Homecoming, for me it is the best Spider-Man movie to date, don’t misunderstand me though I did enjoy the Amazing Spider-Man with the actor Andrew Garfield leading the main role of Peter Parker and Tobey Maguire did a great job in the original Spider-Man movies that Sony produced but the most recent Spider-Man that is tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) I think is by far the most accurate portrayal of Peter Parker / Spider-Man. But before we get started as to why, for obvious reasons this is massive spoiler territory so steer clear if you don’t want to hear what I got to say.

The Movie starts with Peter Parker going to Germany to confront Captain America as Spider-Man and does a little self movie journey of his adventure on the way and even during the confrontation with Happy Hogan giving Spider-Man the third degree during the entire thing. This ultimately concludes with Peter being able to keep the new suit Tony Stark has created for him and which makes him really happy about having.

Vulture from Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

Flashback, Adrian Toomes is doing the clean up from the Avengers during the incident in New York where Loki was running amuck and he is tasked with clean up of all Alien artifacts. Soon however, the government steps in and hire Damage Control to take over with handling all the clean up and this naturally upsets Toomes and they decide to keep some of the materials they were suppose to turn in.

Thus, the Super Villain’s are born. They then spend the next eight years stealing stuff from damage control in secret and building a arsenal of super powerful deadly weapons, and when I say super Villains I mean Vulture, Shocker, and even early references to The Scorpion and even the future Prowler makes it into the cameo’s scattered about the movie.

Flash forward again and its after Civil War, Peter Parker as Spider-Man is patrolling New York fighting crime, saving old ladies, stopping bike thefts, and eating churro’s that said old lady purchased for him.
He is anxiously awaiting the next big mission so he can join Tony Stark and fight worldwide disasters as a Avenger and Happy and Tony keep brushing him off, so when he is confronted for a chance to fight a Super Villain over the course of the movie, that being Adrian Toomes as the Vulture (played by Micheal Keaton) and his underlings that make appearances throughout the movie such as The Shocker, Scorpion and others.

However it is due to Peters constant inference that his friends are put in to mortal danger and ultimately leads to Tony Stark taking the suit back from Peter stating that “If you are nothing without the suit, than you don’t deserve it.”

Which forces Peter to rethink who he is as not only a person, but as a super hero also when we wish for those immortal words to be echoed. “With great power, comes great responsibility.” But due to reasons for mortal men to ponder we never get that. Instead we get a reflection of Peter looking back at himself when he chooses to fight for what’s right regardless of the threats made to him, his family, and his friends and take a stand even without the suit Tony Stark made him.

As we read the finale of the movie Tony Stark tries to steal the thunder by inviting him to become a full time Avenger and has even produced a new suit for the occasion. But Peter, knowing himself a bit better than he did at the start of the movie when he was so anxious to prove to himself and others that he can be a great Super Hero.  He decides to stick closer to the ground as a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man instead of a Spider-Man fighting for the world and looking for trouble.

The movie in my option is solid, with an excellent cast of characters, with subtle supporting roles done by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Happy Hogan not to mention all the cast for his friends, and I am happy to say that with Marvel leading the helm of creative direction for our favorite web-head that we are getting a Peter Parker true to character finally.

I really enjoyed the movie, as did the people I saw it with and not just because I saw it in a Zentai Spider-Man suit and talked about how I remember this scene so well as if I was actually a part of it, although they did get a good chuckle out of it.The best part is the after credits scene, which is best not spoken about and better off being seen.

So go see the movie when you can!

-Daniel Clatworthy

 

 

Haven Reviews: hellblade, senua’s sacrifice

Hellblade us a mentally challenging trudge trough Hel, the underworld of Norse vikings. It is a miserable place of malcontent. Senua is on a brutal trek into the belly of the beast, with a slew of voices in her head. The story is well executed with a very earnest story that is not for the week of mind, or those who have mental issues. Even if the end is truly well urn. The scenery is stunningly beautiful, with some of the most moody and imaginative scenery in    yet to see. As someone from a viking land up north, whom have a more than passing familiarity to Norse mythology. Hellblade does a simply wonderful job at imagining nordic inspired locations. Though I truly miss a decent fjord. Meanwhile the story has a superb narrative and narration, where the world is littered with Norse mythology snippets. That being said Hellblade is a self contained story where everything you can do is there from the start. Combat is surprisingly simple and very efficient. However the combat does fall into meat wall territory, unless set to easy. Heavy attacks are combined with light ones, timed blocking, lenient dodging and a focus mechanic that slows everything down for a short period of time. Meanwhile the other part of the game is puzzles and harrowing situations, followed by long stretches of simple puzzle solving. Essentially a door is blocked by runes, which the shape has to be found, seen and focused on. Such as a distinct shadow on the wall after lighting a torch, or lining up some specific scenery. There are also a fair share of illusions and perspective tricks in place as well.  Which is a very interesting and fun way to do puzzle solving. Instead of scrounging for keys and banging things together until it magically works.  A feature I truly enjoy is the fantastically unobtrusive hud. The music is also fantastic, moody and something I need to look up later. That being said I ran across several crashes and some minor bugs. Such as walking backwards when crawling through the engulfing darkness. All in all a great game that took me eight hours to complete. Where it is impossible to miss the achievements. That being said, the save file will not be affected by dying a lot. Then again I died a grand total of five times. This is not a game for children and the feeble minded our those easily bored by long stretches of fumbling about.

A safe haven for anyone and everyone.