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Haven Reviews: Pokemon Reborn

Haven Reviews: Pokemon Reborn

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My less than glamorous Pokemon journey started with a blast; Some insane terrorist decided to blow up the train I was riding on. The nerve of some people. The call of adventure lured med into the region of Reborn. Little did I know that this place is a rundown carphole. A depressive and run down place. Where nature has run wild and the once tranquil Azure lake has turned into a toxic mire. There are more Muck in there than Magicarp, which is saying a lot.

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If you are reading this, then you are probably quite familiar with Pokemon already. Never the less here is a rundown.

Reborn is a fangame, which is in no way affiliated with Nintendo. However if this was an official release it would certainly bring the franchise to a new level. Story wise it follows the exact same set up. A trainer starts his journey with one Pokemon, which he use to capture more creatures. Which are used to fight gym leaders and a nefarious gang of thugs with an agenda. However unlike the mainstream games, this one is hardcore. It enforces the rules I seldom had think of and forced me to play outside my normal comfort zone. 16-11.png

The silver lining is that I could pick any starter. Amongst these rules I never payed much attention to, is the level cap on the badges. If I have only kicked the grass of one gym leader, then I can’t get a high level Pokemon to obey me in battle. Normally the camp is quite high, but with twice the number of gym leaders it become very tricky. If I have two badges, the level limit is 35. While Three is 40. This means that I can’t power level my way through them at all. Not only that but the move set and the Pokemons they use, is pulled straight out of competitive it seems. Besides that there is not that many Pokemon to find early on, that is not poison or normal type. Though I did get an appreciation for the toxic spike ability and the ways of using Trubbish in combat. All the special Pokemons are found all over the place, be it an abandoned building, grass or random events. They are all over the place. I feed my team with common candies to decrease their level, in order to have them obey me. A fun challenge but hard.

Though that being said, the most interesting feature is the field effects, which boost certain types. Within a forest, grass type will be strong, until I set the field on fire. This interaction holds true for all the other types as well in Pokemon.

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In most Pokemon games the music is a mixed bag, cant say I really like the music most of them. However the Reborn music is just up my alley, oh so catchy and cool. To me that is. Where the game fails a bit, is the inconsistency of the environment sprites. Some of them does not match the esthetics and are clearly out of place. Though it did not deter me from playing, It is highly recommended for any fan. But be warned the story is much, much more darker and serious. With some people dying amongst other things. Since it is made with RPG Maker, it runs fine on PC and can be found with a quick search.

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil its one of the classics of gaming, I remember picking up a copy of Resident Evil code Veronica from a pawn shop as a child and proceeding to get the crap scared out of me for a good while afterwards. Resident Evil 4 continues that tradition the same way it did then, with jump scares.

Now over time Capcom has innovated and and improved upon the series some results being good and some results being poorly received and now even though its been out for a good while Capcom has revised and refurbished Resident Evil 4 much like a lot of the series up to this point.

Now one of the first aspects of the game I noticed they improved upon that I for one am quite happy about is that you can freely save without the need to have printer ink and for the record yes, I haven’t played a Resident Evil since code Veronica.

However there is one thing I deeply loath about Resident Evil 4. I can handle the mini-bosses, the new approach to enemies, and the finishers but I cannot stand the whole escort missions. I grew up in the age of Golden Eye and and horrible escort missions and even though they improved upon the AI I still cannot stand escort missions and I go into them with a deep passionate loathing for them.

The combat seems infinity better than what it has been where you stand around swinging a knife around in mid-air. Although you do remain stationary almost all the time when firing a weapon so where it visually looks different and more fluid its still pretty bad in terms of combat. Although we can’t be too brutal with it as it is a product of its time and newer games look and feel a lot more fluid.

Music for the game remains as good as always, and as a fan of Capcom’s work over the years they remain pretty good in giving a perfect musical score to their video games from Mega Man, to Devil May Cry its always spot on to help set the tone and the fluidity of the game.

My only issues with the game besides the escort mission is the horrible character dialog it feels poorly conceived and to be fair not many decent Capcom games for that era have had very good dialog written for the characters.

The game ultimately outshines its predecessors in some good ways, but that doesn’t mean it has a flawless experience. Its nice to see Capcom bringing its older titles to the Xbox One, Play Station 4, and the PC. But I just wish instead of just increasing the resolution and updating the visuals. I would hope that they would also patch things or do a complete overhaul fixing some bugs.

The game is good though, and I’m gonna continue to play this.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Haven Review: World of Final Fantasy

It’s chibi, its adorable, and its a Final Fantasy title! Wait, what?
That’s right World of Final Fantasy takes all the things you love from being a ridiculous internet dork and amplifies it mixed with that bit of Square-Enix!

Like equipping hats, and then hats on top of those hats and so on! Now I got to say that this is one of the most random Final Fantasy titles I have played to date and I have found it incredible enjoying from casually hanging out with Cloud and Squall to just walking down the road.

I found even the combat ridiculous as I spent hours giggling away uncontrollably at what was going on. Now despite all this Square-Enix does everything justice as the title is pretty fun and really easy to get into for old and new fans a like and playing it feels more light hearted than other titles with Final Fantasy in the name.

Even the music for the game is on point and remains one of the main strong points for the game franchise they have. Both subtle and elegant with enough energy in it to keep a player both excited and at ease with everything going on through the game.

The controls are fairly straight forward as well nothing really that stands out there even in a new title the controls almost never change when it comes to the series.

Despite the few people that are butt-hurt over the fact that Square-Enix has been using chibi’s in a few Final Fantasy related titles the games have been increasingly popular even despite some peoples negative receptions and to be fair I can see both points and arguments. I just find the enjoy-ability of the chibi’s to much fun to pass up and think it brings a interesting and fun look to the series that has gotten known for how dead serious it was all the time.

Now design wise for the game its just like any other Final Fantasy bad things happen, gotta stop bad thing. I simplify it in that sense because the game is so light-hearted might as well stick with that tone for the review. So fight monsters, save the day and make a few new friends that will vanish as soon as you turn off the game console.

I know the sad reality of being a gamer is grim. But hey think of the upside you can always start a new game and do it all over again and again, and even again if you want!

Conclusion though if you enjoy something silly, fun loving, and light hearted in a RPG and also have a deep love for Final Fantasy or you just want to get into the series and not take it as serious as the other titles in the Franchise are then this is the best title for you to pick up and play and suitable for everyone in the family even a kid! Keep out of reach of toddlers though, they tend to drool on the controller….

-Daniel Clatworthy