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Haven Editorial: Heated Steam Changes

Haven Editorial: Heated Steam Changes

Steam has for the longest of times been a hive of scum and villainy, like few others. It practically made Newgrounds look sparkling clean when compared. The platform is great for people to publish and distribute their own games in hope of gaining money and fame. Naturally this brought the opportunistic fools whom think they are great, whom will attack you with vicious rabid layers if you say their game is crap. Due to the number of games I’ve played and tried over the years I’m quite biased indeed. Especially when it comes to badly made trailer trash. Criticism is a way to improve and get better. Accept that not every one will agree with your opinion. Do not be afraid to have your views challenged and admit that you might just be wrong. In my eyes a person is not a responsible adult until they start talking it out, instead of acting like angry kindergartners. Yes people are very passionate about their projects and their beliefs. However that is no excuse to not act civilized. That primal rage reaction is unfortunately an evolutionary leftover.

Which brings me to my topic. Steam is doing massive changes to fix the plumbing on their junk clogged toilet. To a lot of people this will be a harrowing change of epic magnitudes. To me, it’s magnificent, watching it unfold. Change is good, especially when things have grown stagnant. Basically the current system is based around a small fee to publish as many games as you want. With the community being the only quality assurance to rely on. Essentially someone has to buy, download and play the game, then leave feedback on it. Hoping that the publisher of said game is not deleting the comments or making fake accounts to boost popularity.

I’ve seen some weird things in the Steam jungle. People posting movies, World of Warcraft and many, many other copyrighted products made by infinity more successful people. The changes being put in place will cause steam to become a lot more moderated and hopefully more quality will come from it. There are only so many versions of Unity Asset flip games with horrible controls and survival elements one man can take. Before he turns utterly and totally bonkers.

Sure some new and aspiring developers will be hurt by all of this. However that is the price of change. Someone will get hurt, others will get butt hurt. Meanwhile the rest will accept it and make the new system work. Remember there are other platforms that Steam out there after all.

I like the changes, I look forward to how it will turn out and I hope everything will get better.

http://steamcommunity.com/games/593110/announcements/detail/558846854614253751

Njål H Sand

Haven Reviews: Fallout 4

Haven Reviews: Fallout 4

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«War, war never changes» The world went nuclear ,both     technologically and figuratively. Even rusty car wrecks produce a mushroom cloud. America and china fought a war over resources, which resulted in a nuclear apocalypse. Some humans took shelter in hidden underground vaults, to shelter themselves from the nuclear rain. Some m.ore success full than others. So far all the protagonist have emerged from such a vault, Fallout 4 is no different. If you look away from the hero being cryofrozen at the start, only to be woken up 200 years later. Only to witness the protagonists spouse getting gunned down, as doctors steal the baby.

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Fallout 4 is a first person shooter, within and open sandbox, with a level up mechanic. Where body parts can be targeted in slow motion, to brutal effect. But I assume you already knew that. Which means that I’ll prattle on about some new features instead. Guns no longer have durability and that is frigging sweet.

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Enemies have more and better animations, the ghouls are a true pain to deal with, as they lunge for my face. There are also an abundance of high level boss monsters that at least succeeded in spilling my guts more than once.

Then there is the abundance of power armor upgrades, too bat the thing run on a limited power source, which has to be bought or looted. Apparently there exist one with a jet pack as well. Not to mention the quite fun and engaging settlement building. The best part about it is the ability to build an artillery and bomb things to heck and back. Other than that the building mechanic is a secondary thing, which I don’t spend too much time on.

Since it hardly affects the story much. But it can provide some fun bonuses.The Fallout 4 protagonist now has voiced dialogues, with a very crummy dialogue tree, which is less flexible than ever before.Each level up gave me one point, I can put in an attribute or use in one of the lovely perks.I also greatly enjoy the unique weapon modifiers and the new unique weapons, such as being able to freeze enemies.

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On several occasion the game crashed on me, stability has always been an issue, a fan patch fixed some of it. When mods are activated the Steam achievements gets disabled, however that’s a small price to pay in order to get a portal gun, nude bodies and fancy effects to enhance the environment. Certain quest NPC still have the uncanny ability to engage in conversation with me, despite being hidden. It’s a really unfortunate trigger system. Though One of my biggest pet peeves must be the inability to see properly under water and a serious lack of things beneath the surface.

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However it is a very nice looking game, which is very fun and extremely addictive. Where the sound track is fairly decent, with a fairly decent in-game radio. As for the plot, it’s quite fun, but it feels like it’s missing something. It’s no where near the quality of New Vegas, but it makes up for it with the rule of, stunning scenery and locations.

Njål Sand

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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.

Haven Review: Warzone 2100

Warzone 2100

Why is a doomed future always a featureless desert with murder machines? The world has ended and a bunch of survivors found an abandoned army base and made the place their home. After dealing with some local raiders, they came in direct conflict with something called the “Paradigm”; more war happened.

The future is brown and desolate
The future is brown and desolate

Warzone 2100 is a strategy game where war is a battle of research and resources, a veritable arms race. Machine gun research leads to rotating turrets, and that research leads to the option of making rotating canons. These can be combined with various chassis and turrets. This is the crux of the game play. Researched parts are assembled by the player into whatever configuration is needed and available at the time. This includes heavy cannons, which are not a very good thing to put on a squishy hover-tank. However, laser guns and artillery work great.

The sheer amount of weaponry, upgrades and research is simply staggering. This in turn means that matches can go on for ages. It all depends on the path each player takes, and the strategy used. It can turn into a pretty cool case of bouncing artillery shells back and forth due to various countermeasures. It was one of the first games that introduced the concept of units getting experience in combat, giving them an extra edge if they survive long enough. Luckily this experience can be transferred to other newer, shinier units.

War is noisy, brutal and not very flashy!
War is noisy, brutal and not very flashy!

After some time, those pesky all old units will become obsolete, rusted buckets of bolts. Back in the day I played this on a Playstation demo disc and the most interesting thing was the ability to manually navigate units with the controller. This is extremely helpful, since the path-finding is atrocious. Incidentally, this is also the biggest downfall to an otherwise great game; that and the horrid timer on each mission. Luckily there are cheats to disable these.

The other feature that set the game apart from other strategy games is in the way the campaign is set up. Each area has a main base and a limited map. As events occur, the map expands. Eventually you have to put units into a drop ship and ferry them to the next combat area. This makes the main base a staging point, which might be attacked during or after a mission.

Watch giant armies duke it out!
Watch giant armies duke it out!

Haven Review: Warzone 2100

Aside from a Playstation version, a PC version also exists, and dedicated people still play it. The game keeps up to date with newer Windows releases. However no one has yet had it in their mind to remake the game with better path-finding and more refined graphics. Most of the game is brown. The soundtrack is quite good and composed of several very long tracks which are most enjoyable outside the game itself. Personally I find the title very enjoyable, even though the path-finding is terrible. But by now you already know this.

Here is the page where the current version of the game can be acquired for free. Open source is awesome like that, and same goes for dedicated fans whom keep the game running on new systems.
http://wz2100.net/

Disclaimer: We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand