Haven Reviews: Fallout 4

Haven Reviews: Fallout 4

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«War, war never changes» The world went nuclear ,both     technologically and figuratively. Even rusty car wrecks produce a mushroom cloud. America and china fought a war over resources, which resulted in a nuclear apocalypse. Some humans took shelter in hidden underground vaults, to shelter themselves from the nuclear rain. Some m.ore success full than others. So far all the protagonist have emerged from such a vault, Fallout 4 is no different. If you look away from the hero being cryofrozen at the start, only to be woken up 200 years later. Only to witness the protagonists spouse getting gunned down, as doctors steal the baby.

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Fallout 4 is a first person shooter, within and open sandbox, with a level up mechanic. Where body parts can be targeted in slow motion, to brutal effect. But I assume you already knew that. Which means that I’ll prattle on about some new features instead. Guns no longer have durability and that is frigging sweet.

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Enemies have more and better animations, the ghouls are a true pain to deal with, as they lunge for my face. There are also an abundance of high level boss monsters that at least succeeded in spilling my guts more than once.

Then there is the abundance of power armor upgrades, too bat the thing run on a limited power source, which has to be bought or looted. Apparently there exist one with a jet pack as well. Not to mention the quite fun and engaging settlement building. The best part about it is the ability to build an artillery and bomb things to heck and back. Other than that the building mechanic is a secondary thing, which I don’t spend too much time on.

Since it hardly affects the story much. But it can provide some fun bonuses.The Fallout 4 protagonist now has voiced dialogues, with a very crummy dialogue tree, which is less flexible than ever before.Each level up gave me one point, I can put in an attribute or use in one of the lovely perks.I also greatly enjoy the unique weapon modifiers and the new unique weapons, such as being able to freeze enemies.

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On several occasion the game crashed on me, stability has always been an issue, a fan patch fixed some of it. When mods are activated the Steam achievements gets disabled, however that’s a small price to pay in order to get a portal gun, nude bodies and fancy effects to enhance the environment. Certain quest NPC still have the uncanny ability to engage in conversation with me, despite being hidden. It’s a really unfortunate trigger system. Though One of my biggest pet peeves must be the inability to see properly under water and a serious lack of things beneath the surface.

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However it is a very nice looking game, which is very fun and extremely addictive. Where the sound track is fairly decent, with a fairly decent in-game radio. As for the plot, it’s quite fun, but it feels like it’s missing something. It’s no where near the quality of New Vegas, but it makes up for it with the rule of, stunning scenery and locations.

Njål Sand

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Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this.

Haven Reviews: Redout

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Redout is one of the fastest racing games I’ve ever played on Steam. There is a serious lack of fast futuristic racers. Then again racing games are of a mixed bunch and is usually way too limited. Especially when it comes to AI and interesting tracks. Redout does deliver a fairly complete experience. 20161123063644_1

I just really enjoy speeding through corkscrews, at break neck speeds. Incidentally this is where the title comes from. When curves and speed becomes too great, the screen is likely to take one a red hue, while the vision starts to blur. There is a limit to what the human body can take. Plus it makes for an interesting mechanic. Along with the ability to adjust the pitch while going through a loop.. It’s something that has to be done, otherwise I’ll just scrape up my vehicle against the tarmac. Since the hover craft is both fast and brittle, any bump and scrape will hurt. Apparently there are powerups that can affect the opposition, however they are quite frankly boring. 20161123064704_1

Redouts campaign mode is composed of several companies to pick from. Each have individual stats and specifications on their speeders. The company picked will keep clambering for attention by offer money deals and contracts, which all relate to upgrades.  20161123065350_1The bags of money thrown at me I mostly use to buy upgrades and improving them. Progress equals higher velocities and harder races. Despite my best effort I’m not very good at winning in this game though. I have a really hard time handling the cornering and timing. 20161123064606_1 The cramped track width does not do me any favors. Then again I do have the habit of driving in first person instead of third. That could be a contributing factor. The boss levels are one of the thing that really make Readout shine. These are long hard races, with portals, that teleport the player to another location quite seamlessly. 20161123064958_1

Graphically the game is very polished and sleek. With some interesting track designs and some wicked loops. With various cool themes. Redout has all the hallmarks of a fantastic racing game. Tight cornering, drifting, catch up mechanics and some upgrades. The one thing it really lacks is a way to trash the opponents and more impact sound effects. I find t a bit too muted. The soundtrack is also quite good and upbeat, with some very catchy tunes. Being able to adjust the pitch, but pressing the stick back and froth adds some extra depth to the mechanics, preventing it from becoming a mindless arcade experience. Redout also comes with Steam achievements, which is always good. VR support I can’t comment on, since I don’t have it and a very functional multiplayer mode.

Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this.

Njål Sand

Haven Reviews: Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe

Haven Reviews: Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe

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Open Transport Tycoon, is a ported and improved version of a very old management game. Unlike most such games there is a goal and that is to have the most of everything when the year 2050 has passed. The only way to lose is to file bankruptcy, which can be quite hard indeed.

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In order to start a business all one have to do is to connect a route from something that produce materials, that can be refined into goods. Such as building a railway from a forest onto a sawmill.
Or transporting people between places, everything else is just variations on the formula. However there is a lot more to it than that. Such as the ever so fun multiplayer mode.

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Anyhow I figured out some really fun ways to spice things up. Buying up land in front of someone establishing a railway. A bit costly but it will prevent that player from claiming a good spot.

Raising land under someones boat and watch the ensuing fireball.

But a really really devious one that is very hard to notice, is when someone have trucks going to and from a depot. By building the tiniest railway ever, its about six squares in total. The locomotive will go so fast, it fails to stop at the railroad crossing. Causing the car to get run through by a speeding train. Replacing the car with a pile of ash and a mushroom like explosion. Even more satisfying when your friend fails to notice it.

All is not well in the garden though. The screen will quickly be overrun by pannels and information. Not to mention the horrible scaling text and interface, whihc was made for a different time. In hte options menu the interface can be scaled a little, but it is still very annoying. THe same goes for the blue text at the bottom.

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Aside from that, there is also a fair share of accidents that can occur, such as fires, planes crashing and Xcom blowing up a ufo on your railroad. Trains also have the habit of colliding when more than one runs on the same track, when the signals fail.

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In Tycoon, trains can be use in exceedingly complicated and weird ways, due to the signals. Which is a meta game all of its own. After all at some point, there will be so much money in play that insane things can be built.

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Drawing a line from A to B with a train running on is the icing on the cake. Town that litter the map for example have some personality and limits on what they accept being built. Naturally there are a lot of ways to manipulate the town it self, such as setting up commute. Transportation causes them to expand greatly.

Transport Tycoon graphics are made up of nice and clean isometric sprites. With several environmental themes to pick from, such as the candy land one. A real eyesore, but fun non the less. Meanwhile in game music are composed of loud chip-tunes. With a big variety of styles to pick from.

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Not to mention the scenario editor that’s a vital part of the experience. There are many, many devious maps, but most of them try to recreate real world locations. These can be downloaded directly from the various games menus, along with various AI and a bucket load of custom game settings. Which makes this a lovely cocktail for the grand price of free. Regardless of how fun I find Ottd it’s still a timesink.

.Njål Sand

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