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Haven Reviews: Herald

 All good stories have a start and Herald starts with a splash, as the main character is drowning, while drooling on as he starts narrate. He eventually wake up in an exotic palace place of sorts, with lush pillows and a wise woman whom want some information. And thus begins the story of the poor waterlogged sod, as he recalls his epic voyage across the seven seas.

Herald is a fairly competent put together adventure game. With a pleasant to look at, complimented by a very colorful art direction and a handful of colorful characters. Which fills Herald with life and charm. The point and click part is a great departure from the way most story heavy games deals with events. After all it will get a bit boring to listen to the people going on and on. That being said, there is a lot of voice acted dialogue and much text to be expected.

For some very questionable reason our illustrious leader, decided to hand me this review copy. Despite my issues with how slow the story progress. Which is very ironic coming from someone who has played through Final fantasy 8 several times and most of the Metal Gear Solid games. Then again this is a purely subjective point of view.

The voice actors does a fairly decent job and competent job, when bringing the emotional range of the characters to life. At least for the most part at time they do talk way too slowly, despite the situation at hand. Even if it brings a certain charm to it all, the dialogue is incredible slow and tedious for the most part.

Herald also sports some lovely drawn cut scenes helps to bring it all to life. Though a combination of fully animated 3d models and several hand drawn scenes. Though dialogue can be a bit awkward, as the one whom is currently talking is shown on the right side of the screen. Much like a muppet, with dramatic eye movement and some facial expressions here and there. However there are not much in the way of mouth animation when anyone talk. It is also very refreshing to see such a varied cast, showing of the fantastic variety of people the world has to offer.

Some animations are a bit hit or miss, sometimes those pesky buggers stand around looking weird and unfocused, while other times people in Herald look like they actually have a purpose. Such as the poor fellow puking at the side of the ship. Or that one crew member swabbing the floor.

A historical inspired dram, with many choices that may or may not have an effect on the story. In between the story events, there are a lot of interactivity, through pointing and clicking. Where objects can be looked at, along with an encyclopedia to find info about almost everything. Some blood and sprinkled with violence is to be expected. But due to the nature of the game, it’s not something that should scar or scare anyone.

Highly recommended for people whom like an intriguing mystery and visual novel storytelling, that’s more than just flashy images and walls of text.

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

Tech Review: Facerig

review-facerigFacerig is a very unusual program where you can actually have a lot of fun. So much fun in fact, That I have literally spent a few hours alone on it, just talking to myself and learning the software so I can make some funny videos later.

However, I’ve found a few notable problems with the software and after a quick Google search I’ve learned that they are either still working on fixing them, or that the developers have stopped caring about fixing them.20131215151557-FaceRig_alpha-stage_03_-_Copy

When I first tried recording with the software, I was met with a loud hissing and static noise that made it impossible to hear my own voice. The problem was that the software doesn’t auto-detect your microphone/headset, rather it sets its own default (even if it’s disabled). This was odd, but regardless I set it to my headset and moved on. But even after doing that, recording with FRAPS was also pointless because it still detected the audio input according to the earlier settings.

But after trying LoiLo I was finally able to clear up the audio for recording and it was pretty great. I really enjoyed it overall, however after restarting the program I found out that the software does not save all of your settings and you must manually reset your microphone and headset each and every time you want to use the software.FaceRig Games

Now this is what I meant by the developers not fixing the issue yet after a quick Google search I learned that this has been a persistent problem for the software and even after a year you think they would fix it but they haven’t so far.

But let us move on to the actual software, it does have a lot of variation and once you do get your webcam working and microphone working for lipsync the animations you can do are incredible, however this all goes without saying that you got to make sure its all probably being detected by the software each and every time you use it.

Their exporting feature also for video and audio is a little disappointing which is the reason why I am relying heavily on using Loilo or FRAPS for the software to get better results, they even have a green screen feature for the software which is amazing for editing the images into other videos but if you are using AVS or other software it won’t be as good as you would hope.maxresdefault

All in all by its own right the software is remarkably fun and I have literally killed a bunch of time on it and the bugs I have encountered although widely known has not stopped people such as myself and others from using it.

I recommend you pick up the software and give it a try sometime it’s really amazing.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Haven Review: Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-

20140822083031!GGXrd_Logo Guilty Gear: it’s gone through many changes over the years with iterations on how its been presented to us.
But just as consoles lacked the capabilities to play things which later get remixed and remastered, it goes to say the same for Guilty Gear.

Screen-Shot-2014-12-26-at-1.54.19-AMNow Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- is possibly the best version of the game to date with its own unique story, but with the same great characters you have been playing since day one. This game has kept true to its roots by fully embracing its design and game play, and removing unnecessary clutter.

I start first with the menu. It’s all clean, very well organized and easy to navigate. But in previous Guilty Gear titles they kept things a jumbled mess, even after it was ported and remastered. The mechanics of the game are also straightforward and easy to learn, as with some of the previous titles. But where the game stands out the most is in its visuals.guilty-gear-xrd-sign-08-23-14-1 The game is now using animated cut-scenes and diving more into the characters’ stories in a way they haven’t attempted before, and giving more depth to these characters.

The combat itself has gotten a rework using animation instead of its traditional pixel look, which it stuck to religiously for a while (apart from, Overture but we don’t want to talk about that game anymore…it only depresses me). The music also is astounding, much like you would expect in a really popular anime or hell, even a movie.
The game really begins to shine in every way it can now, as if it is evolving to meet rival competition from Capcom with their Street Fighter series. However the only real thing I question is simply some of its character designs and their weapon choices. GuiltyGearXrdSign_SS04As you will see in our linked video, you have a character who is literally attacking and damaging Sol Badguy; you know, the man who is possibly the biggest badass in all of the Guilty Gear series, with a freaking bouquet of flowers.

Hell, one of the character’s moves is literally just dropping a rose onto the ground that can do damage. So I am guessing not all things put into this game were thought through all the way. But considering that’s really the only true issue I have…besides the trope with almost all Guilty Gear titles on Steam giving me an achievement the moment I load up the game…it’s pretty insignificant.GuiltyGear-20 Honestly I am really impressed with just how far the franchise has gotten and just what they have done to it in the last few years. I really hope those who love the franchise and fighting games in general pick up a copy.

It really is very well done and I loved every aspect of it: its music, its design, its cut-scenes. It’s all flawless to me.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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