Haven Editorial: Running Red Alert on Windows 10

I love Command and Conquer, but EA shafted that franchise rather hard. Yet the games can be bought in a neat package at Origin. Electronic arts game platform. However making the older game run is a chore. 

Windows 10 64 bit is not the intended architecture at all. Even more problematic to record any gameplay what so ever. But I did find a workaround. One that can not be done with the origin version.

But first let’s look at the annoying issues.
Tiberean dawn can for the most part run, with the dangers of crashing. Compatibility mode is not very helpful here. Same rings true for Red Alert. Technically there exist an open Ra, which has a new engine and most of the missions. But I never got that bugger to work more than once.

There also exist a fan patch that even works with Dune 2. With custom resolution, but it crashed, then refused to start.

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Alt tab out of the games is a no go. The screen goes black with the sound still playing. I sincerely though the idea of using Origin was to make the games playable on modern systems.

Red Alert 2 has issues with a black screen that I fixed with a custom fan patch. It’s still very unstable and likes to tab out on its own and then refuse to enter the game again.

Multiplayer is no problem at all with Yuri’s Revenge, since CnC net fixes all of that. A quite good fan fix. Does not with well with the story mode though.

Command and Conquer renegade was an almost flawless experience. But as we all know almost is seldom good enough. It decided to crash after a while and the game could have been a bit better in the first place.

I have yet to fiddle around with Tiberian Sun, which is a fantastic game, but a bit poorly programmed and almost as neglected as an orphan.

The easiest way is to install Virtual Box, get Windows XP, then set it up to run virtually with Windows. In window mode, then record the window. For this to work I had to install the disc version of the games. Because the Origin version refuse to let me play then without the software itself installed.

This solution allows software like Obs (open broadcasting software) to record and stream Command and Conquer games without too many problems. It took me a lot of time to find the solution, but it works wonders. Or you could emulate the PSX version of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, which runs at 15 fps, but has superior audio quality on the music.

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Destiny 2 – A very Unexpected adventure!

Now, for the last few years I have watched the hype of Destiny grow to exponential proportions and I never once had a chance to play the game, despite owning a copy and all the DLC (Long story). But since I had some downtime while sorting through the mess which is my life, I got a lovely review copy of Destiny 2 from our friends over at Activision and finally got to try it out.

I love it, I honestly wish I boarded the hype train with everyone else a while ago. The game shares remarkable similarities to a lot of the game titles I have enjoyed over the years and is simplified much to how I would design a game and yes, I have designed a few games in my time.

Its weapon system is basic, like very basic there are probably at least three to four different types of armors for each rarity for each class. So four green, four blue, four legendary and four exotic. I may be wrong on this but after getting four days worth of grinding in to get my power level up to 280, I have noticed an awful lot of similarities in all the armors.

However, this isn’t a bad thing it just means you got to pick the equipment you want and like and just power it up rather than keep picking up new armors and throwing out the old armors. The game focuses more on the key element of appearance rather than functionality, because almost all armors at least for the Hunter have pretty much the exact same function and it doesn’t really change. So go ahead and make your outfit look good, the other pieces of armors will probably do the same thing anyways.

The same goes for the weapons, not just the armors. The weapons have basically the same functions as the guns in Borderlands, its a gun except they can add the bazillion different guns in front simply because of the power levels for each gun or effects making them all individually unique effect being used in this case of elemental property.

Now, I know this similarity is a bit crass but its still accurate. I love the Sparrows you get, it reminds me so much of Firefall with the vast open area’s you can explore and traverse, Destiny probably came first but Firefall was free and available to me so I could play it and I absolutely loved the ability to do that. It was even more fun for me to do sick tricks in the air with just like the latter and it is incredibly enjoyable.

But I think despite the mechanics, from riding a Sparrow, or customizing your character the things I enjoyed the most was the story of the actual characters. Cadye (voiced by Nathan Fillion also!)  being my favorite to the point where if you put the two of us together in a room. We would never shut up, because of how similar we are. (Friends noticed it also.)

The story in this game alone feels solid, but from what my friend was telling me since I never played Destiny, I kinda switched off during the time traveling robots. So I fear this is something I cannot connect too yet simply because this title is its own title, and I am jumping into the middle of it without playing or knowing ANYTHING about Destiny.

But I think the thing, the one key element I enjoyed about the game, about the entire time playing it was and has definitely got to be the musical composition. I love, the soundtrack. I have never had in any of the previous games I have played had a musical score make me feel so much as I played through the title with my friends, and colleagues fighting Vex, Cabal, and the Fallen.

The game is good, from its vast open area’s loaded with visual porn in ways that just make you stop and admire everything that’s been put into this title. It’s unique characters, its witty dialog, and simple yet enticing game play mechanics. Games like these are a rarity now a days even more so if its a triple A title and they are pushing hard to get it out. Making the game more about the experience rather than cheap shoddy work to make money.

However, the competitive side of the game should be tweaked a bit.
Despite the player power cap being well, capped in such area’s as the Crucible item effects aren’t and if you haven’t been lucky enough or skilled enough to get special items such as the MIDA guns or Foetrackers you can be at a bit of a disadvantage. Although a good well balanced team can fix a lot of these issues and skill can outshine item effects easily.

This is what a game should be, from the adventures with friends, to a story you can enjoy by yourself, the game is really amazing. In conclusion the game is amazing, and I absolutely love it, from its musical score, to is mechanics, and overall game play, with very minor things being barely noticeable, hell its not even pay to win, any money you put it for bright engrams is solely cosmetic or maybe a slightly faster sparrow and even then you can get them by leveling up once you go beyond level twenty the cap level.

I even managed to get a few, But like I was saying the game is good and despite the scenery being a bit linear in places it brings that atmosphere that people want, i’ve found myself just listening to the music in the game and the ripples of the water on the farm because its enjoyable, and it makes me yearn for a chance to experience things like that in real life.

But despite all the positive things I got to say about it, I should point out the loading screens are annoyingly long, and serve only as gloat material to show off your ships, on the PC it crashes quite a bit and I have been stricken with error code buffalo a lot. Not to mention the game will suddenly and without warning just exit to the desktop for no apparent reason. But despite all these issues,

I love it.

-Daniel Clatworthy
(Team Note: Zaceron hates the suicide enemies in the HIVE and Vex, and Invixs thinks the story is very lack luster in comparison to the first game, and we all experienced bugs that made playing the game far more challenging than it should have been.)

Goddess of Thunder: Is It Time for a Lady Thor Movie?

Jane Foster is Thor

The first reviews of Thor: Ragnarok hit the net hours ago, and they are phenomenal. With an impressive score of 98%, the folks at Rotten Tomatoes cannot help but suggest the MCU has reached its peak. Such positivity has many fans reaching back to an interesting statement Marvel President, Kevin Feige made during an interview with Movies.com on Wednesday. When asked about the possibility of a Lady Thor movie Feige replied:

“We always look back to the comics to get those ideas … sometimes very specific storylines like “Civil War,” sometimes just nuggets or characters like “Planet Hulk.”  So anything that’s happened in the comics, even a female Thor, become great potentials and the ideas from which future movies can be born.”

While no one is arguing that the MCU needs to improve on female representation in its films, is a Lady Thor film the way to go?

My answer, in short, is no. At least, not yet.

With Thor: Ragnarok just days away from theatres, the buzz surrounding the character is understandable—especially when coupled with the arrival of Cate Blanchett as Hella, and Karl Urban as Skurge.  Early reviews for Ragnarok aside, public reception for Thor’s solo films has remained consistently tepid when compared to other Marvel mainstays. Theories for this lag span the nine worlds. However,  dragging plots, and inconsistent character development remain common complaints.  (Darcy played a better leading lady than Jane in The Dark World, just saying.)

Some go so far as to blame Thor himself. They claim that Odinson’s tendency to be aloof and distant doomed the character long before Hemsworth donned the helmet. All of this seems to support the notion that Mjǫllnir may fair better with a which begs the question; who is the goddess of thunder?

The answer has been ours to discover since 2014. In Vol. 4 issue one of Thor, we learn that she is none other than Dr. Blake’s on again off again girlfriend, Jane Foster. The problems with translating this onto the big screen should become apparent immediately.  

Problem one: Natalie Portman. The actress has stated, rather emphatically, that she finished with Marvel studios for the foreseeable future. Assuming a Lady Thor movie got the green light, it is unlikely that she would be willing to reprise the role. Moreover, you should not need the eye of a skilled critic to see that she lacked interest in her character. While I respect Mrs. Portman and her work, she would not do the character justice; which brings me to my second point.

Problem two: Jane Foster is a relative unknown outside of the comics. I get it. Solo movies are intended to introduce a character to a broader audience. In this case, Jane Foster’s movie persona would require a total rewrite, or as is more likely the case with the MCU, her adventures as Thor would go to another woman. Offhand, the most logical choice for this mer

Tessa Thompson is Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok.

ging would be Valkyrie who just so happens to be making her MCU debut in Ragnarok. (Coincidence? Maybe not).

 

Captain Marvel

Solution: While I am in no place to tell Kevin Feige how to run his company, I can urge Patience among the fans. Remember, Captain Marvel is slated and confirmed for 2019.

Black Widow

In the meantime, Mr. Feige, I can think of another Marvel woman who deserves her own film. (See above)

-Bethany Killian

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