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Haven Editorial: Conan Exiles

Haven Editorial: Adventures is Exile

Conan exiles takes place in the magical world of Conan the barbarian. Which the Norwegian game company Funcom made another game in. Unlike Age of Conan, this is an open sandbox, with crafting, survival elements and full frontal nudity. Both genders can chose to be completely naked within the game settings. The same options can be set by the server host as well.

I started my adventure on a sour note, being accused of crimes I never committed. Some quite unsavory people knocked me out cold and left me dry and hanging. I mean honestly, who the devil crucify someone alive in the middle of a god forsaken wilderness? honorless dogs that is who. After a mighty struggle I managed to pry myself off the cross and found a note next to me, along with a waterskin. Something I consider a quite fitting contribution to my glorious conquest of these savage lands. All around me is a barren wasteland of a desert, sparsely populated with black ruins and a cobble stone road to traverse. Further down the path I ran into a flying fiend of sorts, that snarled at me before it flew into the distance. Eventually I found an oasis, with lush vegetation and a whole lot of water all over the place. As I was admiring the lovely scenery several vicious scaly beast ganged up on me and I died brutally. Eventually I re-spawned at the cross again. Death is apparently a slap on the wrist as long as I can reclaim my corpse and the loot I carry.

Long story short, Conan Exiles is an open sandbox survival game on Steam, that launched as an early access title. Which leaves rooms for a lot of patching. Despite some minor bugs and annoyances, the game is fairly addictive and a decent proof of concept. However there are some very nasty bugs and horrible loading time around the time this article is being written. Make no mistake, Conan Exiles is fun, especially with friends and comes with both PVP and PVE modes. Where people can host their own servers and modify the game mechanics. Such as day and night cycles and the experience gain. It’s also totally possible to play it solo and access the admin panel, which can create any object of desire within the game. AT one point I decided to summon an avatar of Yog. A 50 meter tall tentacled monstrosity, with the ability to penetrate the earth. Unfortunately it only last for a minute.

Crafting is fairly fast and straight forward. Gather the needed resource, go into the menu and click on the desired recipe. Each level unlock several new recipes. However they are best to divide between several players to maximize the effectiveness. One should focus on building fancy things, while the other player should work on making weapons. Eventually I learned how to make a lesser wheel of pain, rope and a blackjack. Three lovely items that allows me to knock someone out, string them up and drag them back to base. Nothing is more satisfying than to employ several highly trained athletic slaves. Knocking someone unconscious can lead to some rather gruesome mutilations. The game is bloody, brutal and uncompromising. Limbs will fly and blood will soak the sand. The sandbox of Conan Exiles is composed of 90% sand, which is quite an oxymoron indeed.

The wilderness is populated by various camps, vicious monsters and swarms of hyenas and toxic spiders. I can’s count the number of times I ran out of stamina, got crippled and was brutally murdered by fanged fiends. All in all a very fun, if a bit flawed game, which can only get better with time. Since long loading and optimization leaves a lot to be desired,

 

 

 

http://store.steampowered.com/app/440900/

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness

EN-68-banniere-l1024-h728First 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.

Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness is a point-and-click adventure originally released for the Sony PS1, back in the year 2001. Here in the port-over for the PC, the game remains largely unchanged…in fact it’s completely unchanged! There are no current settings to alter the sound or music volume. There is also no way to change the mouselook, should you prefer the inverted style. However, there is a very easy-to-use inventory system and the game does come with eight save slots.necronomicon

In Necronomicon, you play the role of a young man on a mission to investigate a mysterious gift that was bestowed upon him by a friend. You must travel around the local town and talk to people to find out what this gift is all about, as well as the impending sense of doom that is overshadowing the entire region. If you are a fan of H. P. Lovecraft and his stories, you will likely enjoy Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness.

thumbnail4There is one issue that gets a bit repetitive, and is somewhat annoying: You move from scene to scene using “still frame” progression; made famous by the PS1 platform. I would recommend to the developer that they bring the title up to date; add modern components to make the experience more fluid and inspired. This would be especially welcome to the Millennials, who may not remember the PS1 as anything more than dad’s “Don’t touch that!” box.

-Chris Roberts-

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