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Haven Reviews: Redout

Haven Revies: Redoutredout

Redout is one of the fastest racing games I’ve ever played on Steam. There is a serious lack of fast futuristic racers. Then again racing games are of a mixed bunch and is usually way too limited. Especially when it comes to AI and interesting tracks. Redout does deliver a fairly complete experience. 20161123063644_1

I just really enjoy speeding through corkscrews, at break neck speeds. Incidentally this is where the title comes from. When curves and speed becomes too great, the screen is likely to take one a red hue, while the vision starts to blur. There is a limit to what the human body can take. Plus it makes for an interesting mechanic. Along with the ability to adjust the pitch while going through a loop.. It’s something that has to be done, otherwise I’ll just scrape up my vehicle against the tarmac. Since the hover craft is both fast and brittle, any bump and scrape will hurt. Apparently there are powerups that can affect the opposition, however they are quite frankly boring. 20161123064704_1

Redouts campaign mode is composed of several companies to pick from. Each have individual stats and specifications on their speeders. The company picked will keep clambering for attention by offer money deals and contracts, which all relate to upgrades.  20161123065350_1The bags of money thrown at me I mostly use to buy upgrades and improving them. Progress equals higher velocities and harder races. Despite my best effort I’m not very good at winning in this game though. I have a really hard time handling the cornering and timing. 20161123064606_1 The cramped track width does not do me any favors. Then again I do have the habit of driving in first person instead of third. That could be a contributing factor. The boss levels are one of the thing that really make Readout shine. These are long hard races, with portals, that teleport the player to another location quite seamlessly. 20161123064958_1

Graphically the game is very polished and sleek. With some interesting track designs and some wicked loops. With various cool themes. Redout has all the hallmarks of a fantastic racing game. Tight cornering, drifting, catch up mechanics and some upgrades. The one thing it really lacks is a way to trash the opponents and more impact sound effects. I find t a bit too muted. The soundtrack is also quite good and upbeat, with some very catchy tunes. Being able to adjust the pitch, but pressing the stick back and froth adds some extra depth to the mechanics, preventing it from becoming a mindless arcade experience. Redout also comes with Steam achievements, which is always good. VR support I can’t comment on, since I don’t have it and a very functional multiplayer mode.

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 Sand

Haven Editorial: Questionable Online Game Conduct

The questionable code of conduct in online games

Who is the biggest fool?

When people are very hooked and focused on a certain sport or activity, they tend not to tolerate failure. Yet they often fail to include themselves in the equation. After all, these people are a part of the team. Essentially everyone can be mean spirited rude, competitive pricks who only look out for themselves. Naturally this holds true for me, as well (to some degree). However I usually notice my mistakes, acknowledge them and try to rectify the situation. Alas, basic human modus operandi is to blame someone else first. By insulting their parents, skills, sexuality and a whole slew of other slurs and creative words. In the end, the result is the same, someone is to blame and a scape goat is needed.

Since most people are only out for themselves, by nature we’re quite egotistical. It’s a crude and primitive defense mechanism. I notice this a lot amongst sports supporters and fellow League of Legends players (or any other MOBA, for that matter). Almost all players want to win. However most don’t know what it takes. They take too many risks, such as going off on their own without help. They then die brutally, usually from a knife in the back or a well placed laser. It depends entirely on the identity of the opportunistic killer. This brings me to a point.

Despite all the inherent negativity and self-defeating thoughts, there is a certain code of conduct. Most people don’t like it when players use terms  such as “noob”, simply because they’re new at something and lack certain skills. Then there is the classic “EZ”, which basically means the player in question found their victory too easy, and is now rubbing it into the opponent’s face. Amongst the more common ones there is REPORT, which explains it self. The funny thing about this though, it’s usually the worst player on the team who shouts it. These people are more often than not, ignored. Usually I report them instead if they do it too often. Since people want body counts, and kills seems to be the only thing on their mind, most players will complain and make crude jokes. In general these are the most common examples of things not to do when playing with others.

Another very common problem is poor Internet connectivity. Players afflicted with low net speeds have trouble entering the match in the first place. They then complain about lag and the annoying sods who rage quit. Essentially they became so mad and fed up that they leave the game, which can cause their team to lose outright. This is generally considered bad conduct as well, not to mention beyond annoying.

I’ve composed a list of common stupidities found in your typical League of Legends match:

* A player has disconnected from the game.
* I have lag/ ping. Usually over 9000.
* People whom run in straight lines, then get brutally eviscerated. (These dies a lot then do it again).
* Elitist bastards whom think they know best.(They usually die a lot).
* A very pessimistic person that wants to surrender at 20.
* Someone shouting report player. Usually someone bad and rude. (Oneself not included.).
* The rude butthurt bastard whom flames other players non stop.
* Insisting on playing Teemo in ranked. (Pro tip, he sucks donkey balls and a light breeze will topple him over).
* Finnish it quickly, I have to go (This one have not realized that a match can take up 50 minutes).
* First time [insert champion name]. (Don’t play untested champions in ranked, you will die a lot).
* People whom refuse to speak in English or can’t. (Most players on EUW knows English).
* Those that ignore common sense and do their own thing, regardless of outcome.
* A wood Xin Zhao player that jumps at anything that moves, then die a lot (at least 15 times).
* Never buys wards. (those shiny things that lights up dark places).
* A troll. (They just play to mess with people)
* The smurf. (Someone made a new account to kill bad players a lot, by being much better).
* Playing on a toaster. (A slow and old computer that takes more than 5 mutest to load a match).
* Players whom like to chase wounded people across the map. (They also die a lot).
* Last hitting, what is that? (The art of getting the last hit on an enemy, which gives gold).
* Only kill gives gold. (Killing enough minions will give you the advantage).

Generally speaking, the above are examples of bad conduct. So put aside your biases and never blame someone without evidence. This holds true for anything in life. Try to see both sides of a case and accept that you could be wrong before taking action. As I mentioned before, it’s inappropriate to complain about dying after wandering off, away from all possible assistance. Also, don’t play with a bad connection and remember, you are a valued part of the team.


Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Super Mario Bros: Crossover

Mario, Luigi, Link, Samus, Simon, Rockman, Forte, Bill, Ryu, Sophia.

Super Mario Bros: Crossover

An alternate Megaman skin

Everyone has heard of Super Mario, that red plump plumber who stomps on different animals in his quest to save a princess that might be in another castle. It is a true and tested formula that’s still quite popular. This might sound like the idea from a weird fan-fiction, or just Nintendo doing their stuff again. But this crossover is no half-baked fever fantasy from an enraged fanboy. It’s an actual game. Take the first Super Mario game, add a slew of other characters from the same age and system, then import their respective powerups and physics. The only real changed is that some characters now have a double jump to traverse the world of Super Mario Bros.

A different skin and a different dead hero”

Yes, you heard me right. In this very game, Bill (from Contra), Link, Megaman and more can run around making a mess of the Mushroom Kingdom. Very few things can stand up to the spreadshot as it tears Bowser…and every hidden powerup block…a new one. The guys behind this game have done a fantastic and very impressive job of importing and implementing all of the most important elements into Super Mario Bros. Aside from several characters, there are also different themes, skins, music and a lot of cheats. Interestingly, the lost levels are included in this game, as well. Too bad that it’s a flash game; it really makes it a bit troublesome. Luckily, controls can be changed and there is a fullscreen mode. Using the arrow keys has never been a pleasant or practical experience, in my view. They’re just too far down on the keyboard to be comfortable. Fortunately, such things can be rectified with software and a gamepad!

Samus in the house!
Spread shot destroys everything!

After playing it for a while it occurred to me that the iconic sound effect of picking up coins is really terrible and too high pitched, just as with the Nintendo console. Since each character comes from a different game, their respective music and graphics were brought over, as well. Apparently NES graphics were not good enough, so they also took the ones from SNES, as well. This gave me the option to pick a tile set to go with, or just make a garbled mix of random tiles. The choice is there and that’s all that matters. There’s only one very big problem with this game: it can never be legally sold online since certain people and companies own the various trademarks. Since it’s free in a browser, anyone can play it and everyone who likes Mario can enjoy it.

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 review.


Njål H Sand