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Haven Review: Pokemon Gold and Silver

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Greetings trawler and welcome to the magical word of Pokemon, a place of untold mystery filled to the brim with mighty beasts, fluffy critters, a bucket load of weird things and a fair share of Eldrtich abominations wanting to feast on your soul. In this lovely pastel-colored world, children as young as ten are sent out to become a Pokemon trainer; someone who can wield the mighty powers each Pokemon contains. However I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s mostly children who did badly on their aptitude tests that have to travel across the land. This might also explain why fishermen with only “Magicarps” are in the party. In other words, these poor uneducated buggers throw fish at you…weak aquatic creatures that flop around on the ground.

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A move that involves only flopping and Splashing around in front of the opponent. It has no effect. Image found on Google.

As Pokemom participate in vicious fights against other monsters, they will eventually become stronger and “evolve” into a bigger and much more vicious version, though the process should be called a metamorphosis. After all I was taught that evolution was something that happened over a very long time through generations. But I’ll crack that up the likelihood that the local scientist in town could quite possibly be bonkers with no formal education. So I’ll stick to the term “evolution”.

The most common way to proceed through the game is via combat, though some rare exceptions occur. Either through elemental rocks or when night sets, some evolve through trading with other trainers, and a selective few by holding an item while being traded. These also seem to grow strong faster, as well. A new trend that recently occurred a well, is the ability to breed Pokemon by putting two of the same gender at the ever-friendly Caretaker’s place. Eventually they lay an egg that will hatch into baby, and if its nature is right will get a little stronger than the rest, by fighting certain Pokemon. Rumor has it that a Pokemon with different color might just appear…and it’s ultra rare! On my journey I got some new tools, as well. This includes a snazzy phone with a map function, though I’m not sure why these deadbeat trainers I fought on the way want to have my number. It’s not like the eventual rematch will be any less one-sided.

Fact of Pokemon life.
Fact of Pokemon life.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for several decades or in The Congo, you have probably heard of or seen a Pokemon product. Whether this is a good thing or not is for you to decide. My first encounter was the pesky Trading Card Game (TCG), which almost no one played (yet everyone and their mother had a card or ten). I was clearly a target demographic when Nintendo launched its nefarious plot to make money off funky critters that fought each other in an arena…essentially a combination of cock fighting and match of rock-paper-scissors.

The old and the new version.
The old and the new version.

The first in the series I actually played through was Pokemon Gold, the sequel to Red and Blue, which added more of everything; new monsters, new locations and a lot of post-game content. The formula mostly follows the idea of fighting eight gym leaders, then challenge the elite four and lastly the champion. As part of the post-game content, there were eight more gym leaders to beat and to have a climatic battle against. Red was the champion from the previous game.

Slightly upgraded graphics.
Slightly upgraded graphics.

Eventually Gold and Silver got a remake named Soul Silver and Hearth Gold, which included a lot of the new elements introduced in later games. This includes Pokemon that need a certain level of happiness to evolve. Aside from better graphics and the addition of some mechanics the game includes a pedometer, a device that counts the number of steps the user has taken during a walk. It is also possible to transfer a Pokemon into the device to level it up while walking, and trade a random item with another person who also has such a device.

The main series is formulaic as all hell and is an example of how to make a highly addictive, turn-based role playing game correctly.

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.

While you’re at it, check out this Pokemon fancomic.
http://pokeventuras.smackjeeves.com/

Njål H Sand

Early Access: BOID

headerFirst up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it or take a look at it, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review. Even though we have had this game for a while we finally got a chance to take a look at it and I got to say I’m impressed. BOID is a Class based RTS about life and mutation. What does that mean?

YEA-BOID-1It means summed up that this is a real time strategy game based around single celled organisms. In BOID you build your troops up and gather more as you play until you conquer the entire map.

The best way to think of it is you are a frog leading a army of tadpoles to do your bidding in a quest for cell dominance to become the next big evolution. Think Big Bang theory if that helps just not the television show.
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After a while of playing I got to say I am really enjoying the game and it is interesting to play. Do I recommend you check it out? Indeed I do for the price its worth it and its a lot of fun even more if you enjoy real time strategy games.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Haven Review: Evolve

First up is our disclaimer.  We got this game because we wanted to review it, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Evolve-Goliath-TitleEvolve: The game in which you are either four hunters fighting a giant monster, or a
giant monster fighting against four hunters. Either way it’s a pretty epic battle. Created by Turtle Rock Studios and published by 2K Games, this game takes first-person shooters to a new level of awesome.

There are a few important points however, to note about this game. There is no campaign mode whatsoever; you are playing in a team-based arena battle where all you do is hunt a monster or be the monster…and for no apparent reason. There is also precious little back-story and no plot progression to speak of. There is only, in a word: ACTION. Often this is not a bad thing. In Evolve‘s case however, it is.

For a game that costs approximately $60 (USD) or 55 (EUR), you would expect a little more bang; something to do besides fight against other players or AI in burst matches lasting from 2 to 8 minutes. Even then, battles aren’t really that interesting. Playing as the monster, you must “feed” until you can evolve into what’s called a “Stage-Three Monster”. Then you must wreck the base that the heroes are trying to protect. In another scenario, you must protect your eggs while feeding, and then kill the hunters as they are being evacuated. Playing as the hunters, it’s the same thing but reversed. You are always out to kill the monster, period.evolve3

Playing as a hunter is definitely more interesting than as the monster.
There are currently four classes to choose from: Trapper, Assault, Medic and Support. The Trapper endeavors to physically restrain the monster. The Assault tries to damage the monster with weapons. The Medic heals your team. The Support…well…supports your team, primarily by creating a special dust cloud that can reveal the monster when it’s cloaked. However like in any good strategy game, if the Medic goes down you are pretty well screwed (unless you have much experience or a very advanced fighter).

Within each class are individual characters who bring to battle a small amount of personality, albeit not enough to fill the game’s overall variety void. Certain entry-level characters are playable right away, while more advanced ones can only be unlocked after leveling-up the entries. Thievolve2s is done over and over, rinse and repeat until you have unlocked all the characters.

Despite the impressive graphics, the overall game-play is dry and tasteless. It left me disappointed; wishing there was more to this big-money title. But there wasn’t.

You don’t get to play the characters long enough for them to be really memorable, and it feels as if the game is desperate for your attention.

Ultimately, is the game worth it? Absolutely not. If I wanted to fight a really powerful being in a massive group I would go all Saxton Hale mode in Team Fortress 2. It too, has no campaign mode and offers a similar style arena battle. Yet it’s FREE to play!saxton_hale_smash_by_mafaka83-d46s5lr

If Evolve was free to play, or at least in the $15 (USD) or 13 (EUR) range, it would be worth it. 2K Games could offer “pay to unlock” characters and just sell skins to make a profit, as well as host tournaments for squads and guilds. At its current price and degree of variety, I cannot recommend Evolve.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
Edited by Chris Roberts

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