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Haven Review: Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil its one of the classics of gaming, I remember picking up a copy of Resident Evil code Veronica from a pawn shop as a child and proceeding to get the crap scared out of me for a good while afterwards. Resident Evil 4 continues that tradition the same way it did then, with jump scares.

Now over time Capcom has innovated and and improved upon the series some results being good and some results being poorly received and now even though its been out for a good while Capcom has revised and refurbished Resident Evil 4 much like a lot of the series up to this point.

Now one of the first aspects of the game I noticed they improved upon that I for one am quite happy about is that you can freely save without the need to have printer ink and for the record yes, I haven’t played a Resident Evil since code Veronica.

However there is one thing I deeply loath about Resident Evil 4. I can handle the mini-bosses, the new approach to enemies, and the finishers but I cannot stand the whole escort missions. I grew up in the age of Golden Eye and and horrible escort missions and even though they improved upon the AI I still cannot stand escort missions and I go into them with a deep passionate loathing for them.

The combat seems infinity better than what it has been where you stand around swinging a knife around in mid-air. Although you do remain stationary almost all the time when firing a weapon so where it visually looks different and more fluid its still pretty bad in terms of combat. Although we can’t be too brutal with it as it is a product of its time and newer games look and feel a lot more fluid.

Music for the game remains as good as always, and as a fan of Capcom’s work over the years they remain pretty good in giving a perfect musical score to their video games from Mega Man, to Devil May Cry its always spot on to help set the tone and the fluidity of the game.

My only issues with the game besides the escort mission is the horrible character dialog it feels poorly conceived and to be fair not many decent Capcom games for that era have had very good dialog written for the characters.

The game ultimately outshines its predecessors in some good ways, but that doesn’t mean it has a flawless experience. Its nice to see Capcom bringing its older titles to the Xbox One, Play Station 4, and the PC. But I just wish instead of just increasing the resolution and updating the visuals. I would hope that they would also patch things or do a complete overhaul fixing some bugs.

The game is good though, and I’m gonna continue to play this.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

Haven Review: Batman Arkham City [Return to Arkham]

Batman Arkham City the continuation of the Batman Arkham franchise from Rock Steady. In the first installment Joker had a great plan which involved making Batman out to be a terrible monster like the Joker himself but ultimately it backfired.

Now the story continues and Quincy Sharp the old warden of Arkham Asylum is now the Mayor of Gotham City and from it he created Arkham City a place for all the mentally deranged, criminally insane and all around scum of Gotham to be imprisoned in.

Throw into this prison run by a Professor Hugo Strange the inmates are left to go about their own business. With the return of the famous voice crew again from Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamil and Tara Strong reprising their roles again for Batman, Joker and Harley Quinn.

Now like its predecessor the musical score is on point bringing a great depth and also grim atmosphere to the area. Where Batman is forced to fight for his life and learn the truth behind Arkham City before countless lives are lost to a madman who lurks in the shadows.

Now in Arkham Asylum you could only travel upon the island where the Asylum was. In this installment of the franchise Rocksteady has given us a more open world environment filled with buildings and the chance to explore quite a few of them. However the scale of the open world is still quite limited but at the time of the games release unless you are comparing to Skyrim the game’s map is quite huge.

However like its predecessor it still heavily relies on the two buttons used for combat one for attack and the other for countering. Although this makes it simple for new comers still, the combat is still a bit lacking. Although at times you will have to use two other buttons in conjunction with each other it still doesn’t offer any improvements.

The story of Arkham City though remains very on point, offering a new glimpse at old enemies and new enemies from Batman’s rogues gallery with Mr.Freeze, Two-Face, Mad Hatter, and even Catwoman joining the party. Catwoman being a particularly important character that you play as through a portion of the story.

Visually the game is breath taking, both original and remastered the game remains perfect in its representation of what we believe Gotham City should look like from the grim undertones we have been told about it. A place where villains like the Joker and Penguin fight to rule the place and cause chaos.

The game overall shows us and brings to life everything we have expected from Batman from the city he protects, to the villains he fights and people he protects. Like the character jumped from a comic book and into our gaming systems capturing the essence of Batman so well that the differences between comic and game character are almost indistinguishable.

Like its predecessor its a game I hope comic book fans and even non fans buy and enjoy. Weather it be the original copy or the Return to Arkham edition the game is worth it, and worth every penny.

-Daniel Clatworthy

Haven Review: World of Final Fantasy

It’s chibi, its adorable, and its a Final Fantasy title! Wait, what?
That’s right World of Final Fantasy takes all the things you love from being a ridiculous internet dork and amplifies it mixed with that bit of Square-Enix!

Like equipping hats, and then hats on top of those hats and so on! Now I got to say that this is one of the most random Final Fantasy titles I have played to date and I have found it incredible enjoying from casually hanging out with Cloud and Squall to just walking down the road.

I found even the combat ridiculous as I spent hours giggling away uncontrollably at what was going on. Now despite all this Square-Enix does everything justice as the title is pretty fun and really easy to get into for old and new fans a like and playing it feels more light hearted than other titles with Final Fantasy in the name.

Even the music for the game is on point and remains one of the main strong points for the game franchise they have. Both subtle and elegant with enough energy in it to keep a player both excited and at ease with everything going on through the game.

The controls are fairly straight forward as well nothing really that stands out there even in a new title the controls almost never change when it comes to the series.

Despite the few people that are butt-hurt over the fact that Square-Enix has been using chibi’s in a few Final Fantasy related titles the games have been increasingly popular even despite some peoples negative receptions and to be fair I can see both points and arguments. I just find the enjoy-ability of the chibi’s to much fun to pass up and think it brings a interesting and fun look to the series that has gotten known for how dead serious it was all the time.

Now design wise for the game its just like any other Final Fantasy bad things happen, gotta stop bad thing. I simplify it in that sense because the game is so light-hearted might as well stick with that tone for the review. So fight monsters, save the day and make a few new friends that will vanish as soon as you turn off the game console.

I know the sad reality of being a gamer is grim. But hey think of the upside you can always start a new game and do it all over again and again, and even again if you want!

Conclusion though if you enjoy something silly, fun loving, and light hearted in a RPG and also have a deep love for Final Fantasy or you just want to get into the series and not take it as serious as the other titles in the Franchise are then this is the best title for you to pick up and play and suitable for everyone in the family even a kid! Keep out of reach of toddlers though, they tend to drool on the controller….

-Daniel Clatworthy