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Haven Reviews: Sonic Forces

BilderesultatSonic Forces me to make a totally radical original character (Don’t steal). It’s no longer enough for the blue blur and his band of rebel buddies, besting Badniks. In the name of liberty. Robotnik has taken over the very world itself and rebuilt the humongous death egg. A giant planet sized ball of Eggman Ego, adorned by his disgustingly distinct face. They also need a show stealing Mary/ Gary Su to hog almost all the action.

Sonic Forces is about war. Where the pastel coloured cretins of the planet, rises up against the robot army, to liberate the land once more. Naturally the only ones that can save the day is New Sonic, the totally over powered OC and the classic Sonic.

They did not learn much from Shadow did they? The overwhelmingly over powered OC comes with a burst gun and a grappling hook. Which work as the homing attack. It’s very graphically polished and has decent animation.

The game is very short, quite fast and have very few if any game breaking bugs. But it’s a very boring experience, with very little, if any replayability. Most stages have at least five red star rings and a timer. Getting a good score, results in a S ranking or higher, which unlocks the largest collection of clothes. The Sonic Forces OC creation process is simple. Pick a gender, pick a body type. Equip a pair of eyes. Pick various colors and start dressing the character up. I found the whole procedure very lackluster and quite boring indeed. Since all the parts are presets. Which means I can’t make a mangled, mutated monstrosity of a man porcupine.No automatic alt text available.

The story plays out much like a poor fan fiction, written by someone child inspired by Sonic SatAM. All the other characters of the story is weak and pointless. Hell, they even think Sonic died at the beginning. The most positive thing I can say about the music is how forgettable it is. It’s there, I don’t like it one bit, but it never gets in the way of gameplay. 

That’s where the level design comes into play. It’s bland, boring and bad. Uninspired and I swear I’ve seen several of the set pieces before. Classic Sonic is a lesson in frustrating gameplay. As he romps around in a side scrolling perspective, with poorly placed peons everywhere. Not to mention the issues I had with precision platforming. I also have to mention that cutscenes can’t be seen by Twitch viewers on Xbox One. At least they look nice and the voice acting is not terrible. Will not play again. It’s not bad for a 3d Sonic Game, it’s just mediocre.

No money was exchanged for this review, all opinions are my own.

Njål Sand

Haven Reviews: Everspace

Haven Reviews: Everspace

    Space the final frontier, a wast black ocean of star and debris. Seemingly infinite and mercilessly cruel to the unprepared traveler. But don’t panic, just bring a towel and a trusty yet sarcastic AI.20161016063416_1

Board the undreamed and poorly out fitted spaceship and head into cosmos. More often than not, space is rather drab with virtually no color aside from stars and explosions. Everspace is luckily not one of those games. Within the game there is a lot of color, from gas clouds, to debris and the huge selection of floating space rock. If only there was a way to diffuse the glow of lasers and such. Graphically the game is quite gorgeous and well designed.20161015164702_1

Combat in Everspace is six degress of freedom with no extra inertia, when I stop hitting forward I stop. SO do not go in and expect much in the way of friction and hardcore space physics. There are other games on the market that does that.

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I’m still a bit annoyed that I died right after the tutorial by boosting into an asteroid though.  Space in Everspace is randomly generated and the same goes for loot, enemies and various objectives. The goal is to jump from one system, to the next, until I reach the end. However that end will come at the cost of dying a lot. Using my hard earned cash to upgrade the flying bolt bucket and watch it get blown up by angry lizard people. Then proceed do it all over again. Since you will die a lot within the universe Everspace, the game spits out a new clone of your current ship. Which means that slowly but surely you’ll reach the end. However there is a sliver lining, every so often enemies and crates drops blueprints, and those are permanent. Which is quite fantastic, since they allow me to make supplies and upgrades on the fly with the loot I have in the inventory. Resources are also used to repair the hull and damaged ship systems. That being said, the pseudo number generator can be a bastard and drop you in the middle of a murder of various enemies.

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The only real issue I had was that I had to prevent the game from accessing core three, otherwise it would randomly stop for several seconds.

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Music is surprisingly nice and very catchy, with a decent section and variety. It’s also very dynamic and usually change according to the action going on. The in-game voices are surprisingly nice, I really love the snark mostly helpful AI indeed. The pesky bugger and the pilot has a nice comedic duo going on. Giving the game life and slowly dropping exposition. As the story is told in short snippets and the journey progresses. Due to the random nature and the time the game will eat away, it is not recommended for everyone. However I’m personally quite hooked on Everspace indeed.

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Keep in mind, this is still in early access, thing can only go uphill from here.

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.

Njål H Sand