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Haven Review: NBA 2K16

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

StevenCurryMy first impression of NBA 2K16 was that the graphics looked very good. At the same time I felt the game’s pace was little slow (player’s movements, etc.). But I guess if you want it 100% realistic, that’s what you get. I would prefer it going faster and with more flow.

Shooting the ball wasn’t very fun at all. You load up a power meter, aiming for the middle to get the best shot, and again the flow of the game seems all together slow and boring. As for dunking, they should have included more possibilities to make your shot (multiple choices) rather than using the main shooting button for dunking. It’s like you feel locked in the game in the things you do…dunking, shooting, defense, it should feel more free and be more fun to control. I was fairly satisfied with the passing and dribbling. It felt better and the flow of the game was faster, too. The shooting mechanism, along with dunking and defense should have been made differently so it doesn’t feel so slow and still. It makes it really boring and no fun to play. srjThere are other game options where you can play 1-on-1 or up to 5-on-5. It works like a practice mode where you can train your skills. The game gets a little more fun when you get the hang of everything (which is a lot if you want master all of it), but it’s not worth the effort as it’s not fun enough, even when you know it all. So don’t waste your time. You can train your dribbles, passing, defense, shooting…basically everything in the game. The career mode feels long and drawn out. It tries to give it the game a deep story, but it ultimately fails.2k-title-image-600x300

Let us not forget the online mode. Here you can play matches against other people around the world. You start at the lowest ranked league and you can work your way up to the best (typical of sports games such as FIFA every year!). Overall this title offers nothing new, but it could be fun if you’re not tired of it yet; but probably not because of the gameplay. It really ruins a lot that the play of NBA 2K16 is no fun because that’s the most important element to have in place. But it’s not there…and it fails. I would recommend spending your money elsewhere.

-Remi Liljeros-
NBA

Haven Review: Celestian Tales: Old North

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

CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-29-43-00At long last there is a game that captures my deep loathing for the “Elite” class you read so much in old folk tales and lore. Now I should note that this game has a variety of characters you can pick from and I just happened to pick the racist little rich girl who believes she is doing the right thing.CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-21-45-22

Playing as Aria you get a sense of just how prideful her family and herself can be especially when you meet her brother Abel who instructs you to kill a child thief who tries attacking you with a group of thugs. At first she is reluctant to kill the child for the reasons he is begging for his life but Abel tells his sister that if she refuses to kill him. That he will fillet him alive drag him into town and drown him in the harbor and goes on about how long and painful it will be for the poor child.CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-27-46-75

Again I am talking about a literal child here although no age is given I am guessing he is around twelve. Aria is deeply troubled by this and prays for forgiveness but has no problem talking about her place in the since she was born with blonde hair and white skin she is the one meant to guide the world because providence. (Cough Hitler, Cough Cough.)

The story continues on and takes you to a place where you get trained as a Knight and not a Paladin like Aria wanted and you meet the wise ruler of the land Alain. CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-34-23-67Who knows that there are differences in class but overall we are all people and we all should be treated as such.
He then takes the youths who came to train like Aria and begins to teach them these lessons by first starting them out shoveling shit from the horses stables so even the Noble ones learn that. They should have a degree of respect for the people who actually do this job.

Now skipping right ahead avoiding more story spoilers for everyone there are a variety of characters to choose from one of which is Isaac a person who came from the slums basically who aims to work his way up to help the lower class. Lucienne who was trained by one of the nations greatest warriors and is taking up knights training as well. All of which these characters have unique and interesting backstories that you can play and experience and it doesn’t stop with just them.           CTON Win64 2015-08-16 14-43-01-59

Now overall the game itself is pretty basic in terms of graphics I found it slightly disappointing because a lot of the backgrounds they drew and made are lacking shadowing and from a game that is in fourth person.

That is a essential must and it can make it hard at times to navigate the area’s because you cannot tell certain areas from another.

The soundtrack is overall very pleasant and very nice to listen to and is very fitting for a lot of the game. CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-24-07-07So enough about that combat for the game is just like any other role-playing game in which its turn based however unlike some role-playing games this game restores your health after battle which eliminates a lot of the challenge I quite enjoy in role-playing games.

In conclusion it is a pretty great game with a lot of contrasts, that focuses on its story more over than anything else and its simple and easy to follow that even a younger gamer could follow along. Is it worth checking out? I think so and if your a fan of role-playing games I would recommend it even more.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
North

Early Access: Life is Feudal

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

Trending…the term is almost a parody of itself. During the past decade, if you don’t trend then you’re relegated to the back of the bus; and it seems the retail gaming world agrees. One such trend is “early access” availability. Projects non-existent in a retail sense are attaining major acclaim (a certain open world zombie title comes to mind); and they’re profiting as much now in alpha/beta as they likely will upon release! Another developing trend in gaming is the “Sandbox RPG”, which requires players to mine, hunt, craft, explore and build to ensure survival.

Enter Life is Feudal from BITBOX, Ltd. This beautifully rendered product fits into both the aforementioned trends, and I’m currently posting an ongoing series for it on the HeroesOfGamersHaven YouTube channel. There are two versions of Life is Feudal (LiF) in progress: A small-server edition called “Your Own” (LiF:YO), as well as a full MMORPG (LiF:MMO).

SellingPoints1Currently, only the early alpha stage of LiF:YO is available. The projected release is TBA, but early 2016 is likely. LiF:MMO is somewhat trickier to predict, as closed testing isn’t scheduled to begin until the “first half” of 2016, according to the developer.

There are two major differences between LiF:YO and LiF:MMO:
1. Map size (3 square kilometers vs. 21 square kilometers, respectively)
2. Maximum number of players (64 people vs. 10,000+ people, respectively)

Don’t let the seemingly smaller scope fool you…3×3 km is huge! The game started me off at the extreme southern shore of the map, and I decided to hoof it to more interesting landmarks on the northern side. It took over 30 minutes to trek the following path:
LiFRoute1LiF focuses on three major activities:

Exploring: Walk, sprint and mouse-look your way to victory. Basic movement is fairly straightforward, but here in the alpha the interface occasionally trips over itself. When you close a dialog box for instance, the Windows cursor sometimes fails to disappear. This means that mouse-look is frozen until you press a certain key to release the cursor. One of the first things you’ll want to seek out are apple trees, as they will be your primary source of food for a while:

Inventory1Acquiring: I’m using this term loosely to refer to the collection of resources, whether it be foraging, fishing, mining or any other such general gathering. It all begins by opening the “Context Menu”, which I have bound to my left mouse button. Simply point to any object in your environment (yes, even the ground) and click. This brings up a list of actions that directly relate to various skills your character has thus far mastered:

Skills1Building: I use this term to reflect improvement; not only to your eventual homestead, but also to your character’s physical prowess. Press the “Skills” key to see a complete list of abilities. On the left-facing page in the diagram below, each horizontal row represents a unique skill, while vertical columns denote increasing levels of mastery. The right-facing page describes abilities earned after reaching important milestones of learning:

LiFSkillsAlthough there are several goal-oriented play modes available in LiF:YO, the easiest way to learn the game is in “basic sandbox” mode. Here there is no hurry; I simply enjoy taking in the sights. I also turn my air conditioning up nice and breezy for full effect! As you explore, day turns to night…and back to day…perhaps a little too quickly. It would be nice to directly control the length of each; maybe even sync it to your local time zone. Other than that, the environment is quite realistic; especially with the Ultra graphics settings enabled. For my video series I use Medium, but periodically switch to both High and Ultra when key vistas present themselves. Below are a couple of screenshots for reference. The forest scene is in High-res; the mountain shot is in Medium-res:LiFScreenshot1aLiFScreenshot1bBy now you may be wondering about the huts, farms, houses and eventual mega-keeps and castles supposedly featured in LiF. You should understand that this is a slow, deliberate process (Rome wasn’t built in a day, etc.). You will, and should spend hours in discovery before constructing things. Additionally, take time to understand your status bars. Pop quiz: What’s the difference between “hard” and “soft” stamina…or between hard and soft hit points? Which character stat allows you to carry inventory in slight excess of your weight allowance?

My YouTube series progresses just like this; as anyone would, tossed almost naked (and somewhat afraid) into the wilderness! Indeed, we will eventually build a homestead replete with chickens, steam baths and fire pits. Until then, we wander.

I will write a complete Haven Review upon LiF:YO‘s release, including breakdowns and scoring…and then again next year when the MMO debuts! I eagerly await both.

-Chris Roberts-