Category Archives: PlayStation

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haven Reviews: V2000

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Retro games and insane challenges is a thing these days. Let me give you a challenge and a treat; A real lesson in game design for all those hard core macho players out there. V2000 is a very odd game with a fun concept but a very flawed execution. According to the story and in-game intro dragons attacks a series of small worlds with a contagious virus and giant bugs among other things.
In order to fight this infestation a weird vtol (vertical take of and landing) craft is deployed

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The main reason why the game is so damn hard and broken, is the controls. The craft can’t slide sideways and aiming is quite shit. Nor can the camera actually rotate, which makes this a very tricky business. However the game is far from impossible and each level is unique and interconnected. In order to win the nest has to be destroyed and the infestation must not reach critical mass. Or enough civilians die. Tough at that point it’s just to hit restart. Sure there are extra lives, but those are limited. There are only so many medals to collect. On is gain from finishing the level, while the other ones are hidden in various spots.

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The other challenge is that each level is a puzzle of sorts and usually require weapons from another world. Hover these weapons can only be unlocked by ferrying civilians off to the factory, where they will produce new upgrades and guns. After all some enemies are bullet proof to the max. The craft itself has two modes, flying and floating and can be submerged by carrying a weight.

Graphically the game was quite decent for its time, with waves in the ocean, some physics and in full 3D. Naturally the physics is what makes things so hard at times. Touch trees, fences, buildings and such and the craft takes damage. Not only that it will also be bounced backwards as the thing in question usually explode. Which makes the fixed camera and floaty craft a real thorn in the buttocks to deal with. Which surprises me a little that games like the Silver Surfer has been been completed and recorded. One of the very noticeable challenges in V2000 includes, drowning white lizards things through mind control. Rolling boulders down a cliff and have them crush various hives, which otherwise are immortal and a slew of other challenges. Each world is different and very, very challenging.v3

Back in the day the PC version apparently had a versus mode as well. Tough the PC version will not keep the save file when exiting. Naturally this makes the Playstation the best version, if you can get a copy and get it running. Emulators can be a fickle mistress when it comes to weird old and virtually forgotten games. Also, good luck searching for a copy, V2000 is a painfully generic title.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Warzone 2100

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Why is a doomed future always a featureless desert with murder machines? The world has ended and a bunch of survivors found an abandoned army base and made the place their home. After dealing with some local raiders, they came in direct conflict with something called the “Paradigm”; more war happened.

The future is brown and desolate
The future is brown and desolate

Warzone 2100 is a strategy game where war is a battle of research and resources, a veritable arms race. Machine gun research leads to rotating turrets, and that research leads to the option of making rotating canons. These can be combined with various chassis and turrets. This is the crux of the game play. Researched parts are assembled by the player into whatever configuration is needed and available at the time. This includes heavy cannons, which are not a very good thing to put on a squishy hover-tank. However, laser guns and artillery work great.

The sheer amount of weaponry, upgrades and research is simply staggering. This in turn means that matches can go on for ages. It all depends on the path each player takes, and the strategy used. It can turn into a pretty cool case of bouncing artillery shells back and forth due to various countermeasures. It was one of the first games that introduced the concept of units getting experience in combat, giving them an extra edge if they survive long enough. Luckily this experience can be transferred to other newer, shinier units.

War is noisy, brutal and not very flashy!
War is noisy, brutal and not very flashy!

After some time, those pesky all old units will become obsolete, rusted buckets of bolts. Back in the day I played this on a Playstation demo disc and the most interesting thing was the ability to manually navigate units with the controller. This is extremely helpful, since the path-finding is atrocious. Incidentally, this is also the biggest downfall to an otherwise great game; that and the horrid timer on each mission. Luckily there are cheats to disable these.

The other feature that set the game apart from other strategy games is in the way the campaign is set up. Each area has a main base and a limited map. As events occur, the map expands. Eventually you have to put units into a drop ship and ferry them to the next combat area. This makes the main base a staging point, which might be attacked during or after a mission.

Watch giant armies duke it out!
Watch giant armies duke it out!

Haven Review: Warzone 2100

Aside from a Playstation version, a PC version also exists, and dedicated people still play it. The game keeps up to date with newer Windows releases. However no one has yet had it in their mind to remake the game with better path-finding and more refined graphics. Most of the game is brown. The soundtrack is quite good and composed of several very long tracks which are most enjoyable outside the game itself. Personally I find the title very enjoyable, even though the path-finding is terrible. But by now you already know this.

Here is the page where the current version of the game can be acquired for free. Open source is awesome like that, and same goes for dedicated fans whom keep the game running on new systems.
http://wz2100.net/

Disclaimer: We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Final Fantasy IX

First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

final_fantasy_ix_logo_glowing_version_by_snowlady4ever-d4f7uvlFinal Fantasy IX: one of my all-time favorite and enjoyable Final Fantasy titles. I was paying off my first Sony PlayStation (that my father secretly paid off for me) He also bought me a copy of Final Fantasy IX so I could play a new game. Now to me that meant an awful lot, considering he was the only person working. ss_a677dfadb3da854598b766705490da6c93a39c2d.600x338My mother was in the hospital again for various issues and died yet again (She’s good at coming back from the dead, like Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood).  So I remember this game quite fondly. I remember starting it up naming the Zidane character “Daniel”. It was then that I played my first ever quick-time event (QTE). I had to fight with one of Zidane‘s allies in a mock play, which lead up to a series of fortunate events. I got chased by a knight, a princess jumped off a tower and we all somehow met up with a little black mage; after which we went on an incredible journey that I will never forget.FFIX_Virtue

From visiting little villages on our way to see Cid (who just happened to be transformed into a bug at the time), to watching an entire city be eaten by Atomos as he kills hundreds of thousands of people, as you look on in horror. One of my all time favorite scenes is where Zidane is walking away from the airship with the love-stricken princess looking onward, as the knight holds her back as you walk gallantly forth to stop the villain.

The game for me packed a huge emotional punch, with varying degrees of characters, stories and of course a lot of really cool airships. These were some of the best designs I’ve seen, and that’s including the Ragnarock from Final Fantasy VIII. For me the game really shined on its own, final fantasy 9 pcbut there has also been much speculation that it’s one of the first Final Fantasy games to directly tie into another Final Fantasy title…specifically Final Fantasy V…but that’s something for Matpat to handle on game theory.

In terms of character design, Final Fantasy IX was the first (with one exception) to start including non-human characters in its rosters, which have ultimately led to the creation of Mithras, as well as others. The exception was of course Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII. In the game as well, we have possibly one of the greatest ending songs of all time: “Melodies of Life”, which helped console me during everything that was happening in my life. It brought me some degree of peace.

Honestly, this is one of the best Final Fantasy titles to date and a great improvement on the Final Fantasy franchise that helped create a standard for most of Square Enix‘s Final Fantasy RPGs. It was also the last in the franchise to relay how characters feel using cut scenes without vocals; only expressions to show off their attention to detail.maxresdefaultdfg

Conclusion? It’s simply one of the best RPGs of all time in style, design, artwork, musical composition and story. It’s also available now on Steam and other platforms. So if you like, go pick yourself up a copy. Even if you don’t share my emotional investment in the game, it still remains one of the best. If you guys liked our review here is the first 40 minutes of Final Fantasy IX!
Let us know what you think in the comments of the game!

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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