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Haven Editorial: PVP in Elite Dangerous

Haven Editorial: PVP and Elite Dangerous 

Space the final frontier, a place where only the elite can live dangerously and die screaming. Which I have done a lot of when dying and lousing, my bounty vouchers. When farming for two hours. Never the less I had a discussion with a friend and one of my acquaintances, whom have issue to say the least. He is talks about it’s based on realism, when I say that space is too dark and an optional filter for the cockpit would be awesome. Yet he fails to consider that a cockpit made of glass is stupid to have on a craft in the first place and that space has no sound. So much for the realism look. On the other hand he has a one tracked mind, plays private and trades a lot. Which brings me to the main point of this editorial concerning, pvp in Elite Dangerous.

A virtual battle arena would be a neat thing indeed, since player versus player is very much dying and dead. Imagine entering a station then que up for a pvp session in a specialized zone, where you’re actual ship can be used and the re buy cost is greatly reduced. Where people can bet money or spectate matches. Or you have to pay a fee. Sure there is pvp with random strangers, but at this point and the current scale. It’s quite pointless or not worth it at all. Especially since anyone I shoot in a system will put a bounty on my head, causing the government to murder me. Especially on a resource extraction site. Essentially what is the point of blowing a billion on ship upgrades and min maxing with engineers, if I can’t fight some random people without having to pay a lot when dying.
The AI is unfortunately very boring and uninteresting to fight.

Combat zones makes little or no sense, I would really thing that someone would fight around a station, trying to occupy it at some point. Because the whole idea of fighting around a strategic structure with a clipper modded to hell and back sounds so much more fun that a dingy sidewinder.

I’ve talked a bit before about realism in space games, the usual thing people point out is there is no sound in space. Which is true, and can solved by turning off the speakers. Technically the only place to hear sounds is things hitting my ship, because it has an atmosphere. Then again if Elite Dangerous would be very boring without sound. Speaking of sound, I really wish there was an in-game stereo in the ship. Instead of dynamic sounds changing based on events. I really want consistent music. Seriously, every teenager dream of owning a car, cruising down the highway with wind blowing through the hair while blasting off their favorite music.

Njål Sand

Haven Editorial: Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 3 – open beta

Haven Editorial: Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 3 – open beta

In the in fourth first century there can be only war and that is one thing Warhammer Dawn of War has always done right. From a visual standpoint the latest installment looks lovely and units are very well defined. The environment looks very bad in a good way. Since the theme is war and destruction., every thing is ruins and mostly gray and brown. With an every increasing pile of broken bodies and bags of blood. As for the music, it’s moody, instrumental with a touch of heroics. With decent sound effects and it’s easy to pick out the different audio ques. Every unit has a heavy British accent that fits the Warhammer universe quite well. Technically there is a rock paper scissor logic going on, where each squad has various active abilities to lob at heretics and xenos alike. Business as usual, it’s also possible to summon various heroes that has abilities of their own and a quite commanding presence on the battle field. Which brings me to a very annoying and very true problem with games such as these. Micro management from a hell. Some units such as the snipers has to deploy, while some are meant purely for close quarter combat. Some are back line and others are mobile. Combine this with a bit sluggish response times and clunky path finding, where you have to rapidly switch between units to gain the best effect. Sure I can just clump them into a big pile and right click, but that only works against stupid people. A rare commodity in a real time strategy game. Combine that with having to click on various buildings to order units, upgrades such. It does become a handful and quite vexing indeed.

In the open beta of Dawn of War 3 there is only one game mode, where the goal is to crush the power core. Where point capture is key to gaining resource acquisition points. Which in turns summons units. No longer can squads be replenished, they have to be near a base building to do that. Each match gives experience points and skulls that can be used to learn new abilities and special orders for the heroic units. Along with some pr-order bonus skins and some skin that unlocks with level. I can’t say anything about the story mode as it is not part of the beta, it’s purely multiplayer at the moment. However I’m not convinced that Eldar has any chance what so ever to with most engagements. Especially since they are not built for defense. For the most part it feels like the Ork stomps all, eventually. It’s not bad game, just not my cup of tea. Too much micro.

Njål Sand

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