Category Archives: PlayStation

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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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Haven Review: Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon

EN-170-banniere-l1024-h728First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No monies have been tendered for this review.

Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon represents a departure from the earlier installments in this series. In this game, you play the role of a Catholic priest in the year 1920, who has been dispatched by his local Cardinal to conduct research into some strange disease reported in Romania; largely non-Catholic at the time.

359388-dracula-3-the-path-of-the-dragon-windows-screenshot-visitingYou will meet many people throughout your journey; the cast of characters being considerably larger than in prior episodes. The graphics and controls are markedly improved, and the story itself is longer and more flushed out.

dracula_path_of_the_dragon_20779Upon arrival in Romania, you learn that those suffering from the disease are coming over all bitten in the neck, allergic to garlic, prying the “+” sign off their typewriters, etc. (JK on that last one ;). The “Path of the Dragon” is apparently local jargon for “Vampire Hunting”. Of course, it’s against the Catholic faith to believe in vampires, so it’s up to you to determine whether this is a simple blood disease, or if there actually is a vampire lurking about…perhaps in that spooky old castle shrouded in rumor and legend…

In any case, is Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon worth it? If you’ve played through the entire series so far, then Yes, continue. If however, you’re predisposed to play only one game in the Dracula series, I would recommend Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary. Overall, the Dracula trilogy has been a blast to play, and if you find these old-school point-and-clicks not overly tedious, then by all means purchase the entire series. Happy vampire hunting!

-Chris Roberts-

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Haven Review: Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary

header2First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No monies have been tendered for this review.

Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary follows on the heels of its predecessor…Dracula: The Resurrection. We here continue our Sony PS1-era sojourn into blood and darkness.

RUwKqhOD8-1gq2RsyOybGQYGgbl8E02lMlFIGkthB_QjOOo0d1wxTt-barZrPq0db44=h900Once again, you take the reins as protagonist Jonathan Harker, and I must say that this installment is scarier, more intense and more interactive than the first game in this series. It seems that your beloved wife has once again been captured by Dracula, along with a special ring that you must procure in hopes of defeating the Transylvanian Count once and for all.

8In Dracula 2, you will explore various locations throughout the city of London. This includes establishments actually owned by Dracula, as well as places frequented by him and his minions. Discovered clues and items form puzzles that must be solved with lateral thinking; this is not a simple “choose your own adventure”. Will you ultimately succeed in saving your wife and securing the ring, while vanquishing Dracula forever? You’ll have to play the game and find out! Or you could just YouTube it.

Is Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary worth it? Yes, it’s a good sequel to a growing series, but is also a great game on its own, should you be in a position to play only one Dracula game at the moment. It left me anxious for Dracula 3, for which I’ll write a Haven Review in a few seconds here…check it out!

-Chris Roberts-

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