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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

Pokemon Fighting – Pokken Tournament!

There is a reason we love a lot of the stuff that comes from Japan. Tekken is a quite popular fighting game series that started on PlayStation. Contains a powerful and colorful cast, with some insane combos to remember.

Unless you’re one of those that has lived under a rock for a long time or some backwater place. Where you’ve been lucky enough to avoid internet interaction. Pokemon is a multimillion franchise owned by Nintendo. A huge series of games, anime and trading cards, where odd creatures fight each other, until one side wins. And these creatures are captured in tiny balls that children can use however they want.

And when you merge a fighting game and a mostly turn based rpg series, sprinkle it with some insanity and ingenuity, you’ll get this. Personally I’m not too found of fighting games, but this one could at least be fun to watch.

At least this is one step in the right direction to get a game that will truly capture the brutal and fast paced feel of a Pokemon battle. After all even the tiniest critter can level a city block under the right circumstance and young children are hardly capable of containing and controlling that power.

From the looks of it, the game-play is based on reaction, blocking and counter reaction. More so than usual since most of the creatures can spam range attacks. Even if I do enjoy the concept, I must admit that I suck at fighting games. I’m just looking forward to a more epic-scale and real time Pokemon game

In the meantime here is a Pokemon comic http://pokeventuras.smackjeeves.com/

-Njål Sand-

Haven Review: Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary

header2First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such
all views in this article our are own. No monies have been tendered for this review.

Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary follows on the heels of its predecessor…Dracula: The Resurrection. We here continue our Sony PS1-era sojourn into blood and darkness.

RUwKqhOD8-1gq2RsyOybGQYGgbl8E02lMlFIGkthB_QjOOo0d1wxTt-barZrPq0db44=h900Once again, you take the reins as protagonist Jonathan Harker, and I must say that this installment is scarier, more intense and more interactive than the first game in this series. It seems that your beloved wife has once again been captured by Dracula, along with a special ring that you must procure in hopes of defeating the Transylvanian Count once and for all.

8In Dracula 2, you will explore various locations throughout the city of London. This includes establishments actually owned by Dracula, as well as places frequented by him and his minions. Discovered clues and items form puzzles that must be solved with lateral thinking; this is not a simple “choose your own adventure”. Will you ultimately succeed in saving your wife and securing the ring, while vanquishing Dracula forever? You’ll have to play the game and find out! Or you could just YouTube it.

Is Dracula 2: The Last Sanctuary worth it? Yes, it’s a good sequel to a growing series, but is also a great game on its own, should you be in a position to play only one Dracula game at the moment. It left me anxious for Dracula 3, for which I’ll write a Haven Review in a few seconds here…check it out!

-Chris Roberts-

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