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Haven Editorial: Conan Exiles

Haven Editorial: Adventures is Exile

Conan exiles takes place in the magical world of Conan the barbarian. Which the Norwegian game company Funcom made another game in. Unlike Age of Conan, this is an open sandbox, with crafting, survival elements and full frontal nudity. Both genders can chose to be completely naked within the game settings. The same options can be set by the server host as well.

I started my adventure on a sour note, being accused of crimes I never committed. Some quite unsavory people knocked me out cold and left me dry and hanging. I mean honestly, who the devil crucify someone alive in the middle of a god forsaken wilderness? honorless dogs that is who. After a mighty struggle I managed to pry myself off the cross and found a note next to me, along with a waterskin. Something I consider a quite fitting contribution to my glorious conquest of these savage lands. All around me is a barren wasteland of a desert, sparsely populated with black ruins and a cobble stone road to traverse. Further down the path I ran into a flying fiend of sorts, that snarled at me before it flew into the distance. Eventually I found an oasis, with lush vegetation and a whole lot of water all over the place. As I was admiring the lovely scenery several vicious scaly beast ganged up on me and I died brutally. Eventually I re-spawned at the cross again. Death is apparently a slap on the wrist as long as I can reclaim my corpse and the loot I carry.

Long story short, Conan Exiles is an open sandbox survival game on Steam, that launched as an early access title. Which leaves rooms for a lot of patching. Despite some minor bugs and annoyances, the game is fairly addictive and a decent proof of concept. However there are some very nasty bugs and horrible loading time around the time this article is being written. Make no mistake, Conan Exiles is fun, especially with friends and comes with both PVP and PVE modes. Where people can host their own servers and modify the game mechanics. Such as day and night cycles and the experience gain. It’s also totally possible to play it solo and access the admin panel, which can create any object of desire within the game. AT one point I decided to summon an avatar of Yog. A 50 meter tall tentacled monstrosity, with the ability to penetrate the earth. Unfortunately it only last for a minute.

Crafting is fairly fast and straight forward. Gather the needed resource, go into the menu and click on the desired recipe. Each level unlock several new recipes. However they are best to divide between several players to maximize the effectiveness. One should focus on building fancy things, while the other player should work on making weapons. Eventually I learned how to make a lesser wheel of pain, rope and a blackjack. Three lovely items that allows me to knock someone out, string them up and drag them back to base. Nothing is more satisfying than to employ several highly trained athletic slaves. Knocking someone unconscious can lead to some rather gruesome mutilations. The game is bloody, brutal and uncompromising. Limbs will fly and blood will soak the sand. The sandbox of Conan Exiles is composed of 90% sand, which is quite an oxymoron indeed.

The wilderness is populated by various camps, vicious monsters and swarms of hyenas and toxic spiders. I can’s count the number of times I ran out of stamina, got crippled and was brutally murdered by fanged fiends. All in all a very fun, if a bit flawed game, which can only get better with time. Since long loading and optimization leaves a lot to be desired,

 

 

 

http://store.steampowered.com/app/440900/

Njål Sand

Haven reviews: Dungeon Souls

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The bodies of a slain champions lies before you, with their immortal soul floating above the empty husks below. In order to challenge the dark, dank and dastardly dungeon ahead, one of these poor unfortunate souls has to be resurrected. After that you have to best the horde of vicious enemies. Be especially wary of the candy cane snowman and the REDEEMER! Pick wisely, as each hero, if you can call them that, has an unique set of abilities. Such as the ever so charming necromancer and his army of disposable skeletons. Or the brutish barbarian, with his overcompensating axe. To succeed and proceed, you must touch the magic spell circles on the floor. But be warned, they will spawn savage monsters straight into your unsuspecting face. However should you manage to kill wipe out the enemy, great treasure awaits. All monsters in Dungeon Souls are loaded with gold and valuable trinkets. 20160728164930_1 Thing stuff that can be used to buy items from that mysterious vanishing vendor. Should you somehow get through the first floor, more vicious levels awaits, and they will never have the same layout, ever! Even if the pretentious boss baddies tends to stay the same. Every hero and villain will eventually meet their demise. There is a reason why they where dead in the first place. Meanwhile when down in the dungeon, could you gather materials and look for some item recipes? These remnants are very under equipped and have the worst accuracy ever. Cheers!

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Pick a hero, select a starting skill and start exploring. Dungeon souls is one of those rogue lite games. Where many things are random and death is permanent. The player controlled characters are based on the typical d&d (Dungeon & Dragons) stereotypes, along with several unlock-able ones. Aim in the direction of an enemy and hit attack, or use spells when they are off cool down. Eventually the hero will gain levels where one stat has to be raised. Too bad the game does not pause, when these screens are up. Since some enemies spawn out of no where, or will attack you from outside your vision range. When they die they drop materials and gold, which can be spent on items that gives benefits. Though these items  need a lot of gold and materials, which will stack up after multiple  dungeon dives. Once all of the magic circles on a level is touched, head for the portal in the middle. Stay for too long and a big ass deadly demon will come to claim the hero. There are a lot of traps that can be triggered, such as rolling boulders, too bad these does not hurt enemies. Aiming is rather terrible and you are more likely to miss and some enemies can’t be out run at all. Health can be replenished to random potions and by leveling up. Heroes and recipes to unlock, a lot of levels and several difficulties, makes for a lot of replay-ability .20160728165633_1

The marker for the skill select, could  use a different color, yellow, on yellow, is not very smart. Animations turns weird when ruining against a wall. Music does get a bit boring and enemy attack animations are poorly telegraphed. Most bosses talk too much. Besides that, projectiles are atrocious, so hard to hit anything at all, especially with a gamepad.

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The graphics are made of well drawn sprites, with a lot of effects all over the place and a crap ton of litter. The music is fairly okay, not much to say about it, very forgettable, but quite fitting.
For people whom like these small and charming beat things up and progress games. Dungeon Souls is not a bad game to pick up.

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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 review.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Volgarr the Viking

volgarr_screen_04First 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.

Do you find modern games too easy, with their abundant checkpoints and simple streamlined level design? Do you remember those nail biting platform games that chewed up your coins like a blender, where death was only one good hit away and the levels had an abundance of pitfalls and spikes? Topped off with huge bosses? Then look no further.volgarr_screen_01

Volgarr the Viking is very simple to control and requires a lot of memorization and some luck, since it’s a retro style platform game that’s inspired by old arcade games. The hero can throw spears, cut things with his sword, roll and double jump. Every now and then you’ll find treasure chests with power-ups, which provide the player with a shield that blocks projectiles and can take one hit. Naturally, there is an achievement for getting through a world without taking any hits. A true challenge for hardheaded and thick skinned players, whom like to die a lot, yet feel they achieved progress with each mistake.

The goal of Volgarr is very simple.VolgarrTeaser_1.wmv Navigate the fiendishly-designed level and fend off anything in your way, while collecting riches. To prevent the game from being too frustrating there are checkpoints every now and then. After all, a platform game is all about reflexes, timing and memorization. The levels will press the players to the max.

Big bad bosses.

The in-game sound feels bit muffled and downplayed. This is a good thing, since it takes a long time before it gets on the nerves. While the music is fitting, it is a forgettable affair. The overall style is a cross between Golden Axe and a Conan movie. In this regard, they truly captured the feel of an old-school game. The is some music as well, however I found it quite forgettable, its just there.

The environments are nicely drawn and set up in a style which makes all the important elements stand out. It also captures that retro feel.

Is it enjoyable? Hell yeah. Is it hard and frustrating? Indeed. But then again, this is why I enjoy such games. It’s all about improving your gaming skills and learning from mistakes. Volgarr the viking throws no punches and will leave you oddly satisfied yet horribly brutalized at the same time. And that is quite the achievement.

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Their homepage

http://www.volgarrtheviking.com/

A like to the steam store fromt.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/247240

-Njål Sand-