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Haven Editorial: Hello Neigbour

Hello Neighbor is showing some real progress and is all ready a quite fantastic game, if a bit unfinished, being a beta and all. That does not retract from the fun factor. From what little evidence I can gather it takes place in Russia, or at least somewhere like that. Only a lot more twisted, with jagged angles. Though that is purely an aesthetic design choice. Which works in the games favor, all to often indie games fall into the trap of attempting to make the game look real, dark and gritty. Almost all of them fail. There is only so many games with badly cobbled together 3d assets and survival elements I can take. Ranting aside. Hello Neighbor is a very fun game about hide and seek of a fashion. The person across the road has built himself a massive mansion, one that breaks several zoning laws and gravity as well.

I was rudely awoken room my slumber by an ear shattering scream from across the street. Where I could spot the broad shouldered neighbor grunting in exertion as he fell onto the floor. Eventually the sound stopped. Naturally my sense of wonder and justice got the better of mw. Which is why I have decided to sneak into his house without being caught.

Hello Neighbor is fun and at times quite adrenaline pumping. Where one of the main selling points is how the man keep adapting his defenses according to player transgression. Sneak in the front door and he will place a bear trap there next time. Place objects in the way and he will just brush them aside or jump over them. Which sometimes work and other times causes things to crash. Its a beta after all. Eventually all of those pesky bugs will be ironed out. I have faith in the developers skill to pull this of. Especially since they quite recently patched the game. Now there are several other minor complaints I do have about the game though. That is the lack of settings, such a borderless windowed and that the controls can be a bit crap. Hold down E to pick up an item, press the right mouse key to drop item, some items can be used with the left mouse button. In all honesty I would suggest having to press E once to interact. Since one of the first challenges I had after grabbing the crowbar from the trunk of my car, was to figure out how remove the planks blocking the door. Apparently I had to aim at the nails, then click in order to remove them. Luckily they did include a tutorial, which also work as the intro.


Haven Review: NBA 2K16

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.   

StevenCurryMy first impression of NBA 2K16 was that the graphics looked very good. At the same time I felt the game’s pace was little slow (player’s movements, etc.). But I guess if you want it 100% realistic, that’s what you get. I would prefer it going faster and with more flow.

Shooting the ball wasn’t very fun at all. You load up a power meter, aiming for the middle to get the best shot, and again the flow of the game seems all together slow and boring. As for dunking, they should have included more possibilities to make your shot (multiple choices) rather than using the main shooting button for dunking. It’s like you feel locked in the game in the things you do…dunking, shooting, defense, it should feel more free and be more fun to control. I was fairly satisfied with the passing and dribbling. It felt better and the flow of the game was faster, too. The shooting mechanism, along with dunking and defense should have been made differently so it doesn’t feel so slow and still. It makes it really boring and no fun to play. srjThere are other game options where you can play 1-on-1 or up to 5-on-5. It works like a practice mode where you can train your skills. The game gets a little more fun when you get the hang of everything (which is a lot if you want master all of it), but it’s not worth the effort as it’s not fun enough, even when you know it all. So don’t waste your time. You can train your dribbles, passing, defense, shooting…basically everything in the game. The career mode feels long and drawn out. It tries to give it the game a deep story, but it ultimately fails.2k-title-image-600x300

Let us not forget the online mode. Here you can play matches against other people around the world. You start at the lowest ranked league and you can work your way up to the best (typical of sports games such as FIFA every year!). Overall this title offers nothing new, but it could be fun if you’re not tired of it yet; but probably not because of the gameplay. It really ruins a lot that the play of NBA 2K16 is no fun because that’s the most important element to have in place. But it’s not there…and it fails. I would recommend spending your money elsewhere.

-Remi Liljeros-