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Haven Review: Walking Dead: A New Frontier

Skybound known for creating the wonderful comics and possibly their biggest hit The Walking Dead, which has spawned a great television show and for us most importantly the Telltale series and from that we now have our season three! Walking Dead: A New Frontier!

Following the story of Clementine and her journey in the world inhabited by zombies, shes begun to grow into a young beautiful woman who can still pop a cap into someone arse when the need arises and honestly, its been a roller coaster just watching her grow up from her experiences with Lee in season one and her adventures with Kenny in season two. Now we get to go on the emotional roller coaster again as she has to traverse the zombie filled wastelands again with new friends and allies trying to protect herself and them as well. How time and the times have changed a once fairly wide eyed girl into a person who has to struggle each day for her own survival it.

Like all Telltale titles I am not fond of the control styles and its fairly linear story-telling, but that is because I’ve played so many at this point but what I do love so far is the story. There is just something about the Walking Dead that keeps dragging me back, not the show but the Telltale experience. I am deathly afraid of the undead and for the most part it pushes me away from the show although I have watched it. But The Walking Dead franchise mixed with the way Telltale shows the story off is wonderful.

Playing through a A New Frontier I still encounter the same situations would you expect, but it ultimately becomes more of a refreshing moment rather than a tiresome en-devour. Because now the stakes are higher with only your family at stake the game makes you choose what you would do to protect them.

Like its predecessors music for the most part isn’t really a crucial part to the game, for most of the game its basic linear story-telling but the void of sound helps set the tone even more for the game because you are in a post apocalyptic world where zombies are everywhere and the biggest threat you face is each other.

People replace the sense of kindness for cruelty to get by and to try to survive against the new frontier. But really though it is just so nice to see Clementine alive after all these years and still taking care of that baby in tow aiming to keep herself and the kid safe as they blow people and zombies brains out.

Conclusion though the game  is pretty nice, and considering its Walking Dead title again from Telltale I didn’t really need to say that, the titles generally speak for themselves and they remain a staple of enjoyment in the games we play.

-Daniel Clatworthy

Haven review: Clustertruck

Haven Reviews: Clustertruck

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Most kids are familiar with the game the floor is lava, Clustertruck is just that. If the furniture was a convoy of speeding trucks with terrible driving skills and questionable physics. Every thing takes place in a first person view, where the only skill at hand is jumping and mostly precise timing. One thing is for certain, the title is very accurate. There is indeed cluster of trucks within the game. But you’ve probably figured that one out by now. It is a fast, fun and challenging game, with a level editor made for really sadistic people. After all nothing screams pain and suffering like a custom made tracks that bends the physics to the max. Which can lead to some unfortunate glitches and terrible stuttering.

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Incidentally the very specific way the physics works and the slightly randomized chaos that occurs. Is what makes it so fun and over the top. Though, lasers and that damn log across the road is a real killer. I can’t count the number of times I died on those. The drivers in Clustertruck is the most single minded and task oriented bunch I’ve ever seen. Totally relentless and shows a basic disregard for anything in their way. Including incoming traffic and the resulting explosions are delicious.

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The score at the end of a level is dictated by how fast it was completed and the points gained. Actions such as having air time, or leaping over exploding trucks gives point as rewards. When one stage is done, a new one is unlocked. It’s simple, slightly addictive and it works.20161003161248_1

Music in Clustertruck helps the atmosphere and is surprisingly catchy. Though it started to creep upon me like a bad hangover, after failing a jump for the twentieth time. However the music is good on it’s own and can be bought separately.20161003161226_1

Graphically the game is love polygon, with a touch of cartoon simplicity. Which makes it very easy to notice dangers and act accordingly, despite all the chaos going on. There are also several themes, as the stages progress, such as a desert and green plains,

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There are steam achievements as well, plus a multitude of levels. Which is where the re-playability comes from. However since it is a first person game, it is not one for everyone. Some people can’t handle jumping from that angle at all. Luckily I’m not one of those. Aside from that, the game is a decent time sink and a fun challenge. At least for some hours every now and then. Also there is a surprise at the end of the campaign.

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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.

Njål H Sand

Haven Reviews: Beeftacular

20160913175733_1Haven reviews: Beeftacular

A bloody piece of meat, armed with three harpoons and a sword, has to kill several rotten targets within ten seconds or less. More meat for the meat grinder and probably not affiliated with another hardcore piece of meat. 20160913173316_1

First of this game is fast, kinda hard and should defiantly be played with a controller, each stage is done lightning fast and the controls are very precise and highly responsive. The graphics are very simple and does the job well, even if it is on the simple side and could use some more variation. The screen has a CRT monitor like filter on top. Each time I hit an edge or spikes with my body a meaty blood splatter occurs, these stay persistent until the level is done. Beeftacular is deceptively easy to play, but frustratingly hard to complete. Luckily for me there is virtually no loading time and restarting is instant. The meat block in question can chuck three harpoons, cut things with a melee attack, wall jump and double jump. That’s about all there is to it. But it works. 20160913173418_1To top it all of there are a great deal of customization to be had and a fairly level editor, for people whom like to make unfair levels. The kind you share with friends you don’t like, whom never backs down from a legit challenge. Aside from that a speedrun option is unlocked after getting through the game.

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There are very few sound effects. Each time the fleshy thing hits a surface or something dies, there is an impact sound. Aside from that the music is quite good and very, very catchy. Over all there is not much more to say about Beedftacular. It is what it is, a small and fast game, with almost no room for failure or deviation. Naturally this makes it a hard game to grind achievements in, since it actually require some investment and a patience. 20160913173313_1Get ready to die a lot and get very, very frustrated. This game is not recommended for people whom might enjoy a chill and relaxed experience. Over all I found it enjoyable and got quite a decent amount of play time and enjoyment out of it. Keep in mind, Beeftacular does not have a deep story, nor does it have any profound messages to share. It’s a game, where each level has a goal and it works.

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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