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Haven Review: Rise and Shine

First and foremost in the review for Rise and Shine I just want to make one thing incredibly clear to the developers of this lovely but very punishing game.

I loathe you, I don’t hate you, I just loathe you. The game is both enjoyable and dreadfully punishing with non-stop re-spawns and very mellow story.

That being said we are now heading into spoiler territory folks! Now at the start of the game you are introduced as the young boy named Rise who meets the legendary hero of Game-world after a evil space grunt is killed before him, as he is killed the legendary hero takes a mortal blow and he hands the legendary gun Shine to Rise, hence the name of the game.

The Legendary hero goes on to explain that the bearer of the gun will have unlimited re-spawns and cannot die now, to which the kid asked “Why aren’t you re-spawning?” before the legendary hero dies on the spot.

Now the game as you progress through is loaded to the brim with every kind of video game reference you can think of some of which confused me, and others that were so obvious I overlooked them, from statues of Princess Peach, and Kid Ikarus, all the way to jumping over barrels to get by certain stages the game is loaded to a unhealthy level with video game references.

One of the things I enjoyed so much about the game is actually its very dull and but amusing story that it has unfolding. Yes, you read that right I was truly enjoying the dull story-line they cooked up for the game and It was pretty funny at times too and not in a pathetic way, just in a that is a very creative way.

Its nice to see a game like that with some originality despite its very dull approach, unlike other game companies who just stick to what they know and don’t trust to do anything bold or creative. That really stood out to me.

Now avoiding anymore spoilers I want to say that the soundtrack to the game is actually really sweet, and by itself I kind of recommend the game because it really have that vibe that helps bring it all to life. From seeing Flappy bird fly on the screen, to have the Duck Hunt Dog show up and screw me over.

But I should point out for the game that the controls are pretty abysmal and I think it was by design, to add a level of difficulty to the game. If you have a game of infinite re-spawns you wouldn’t expect the game to be easy and they didn’t skimp on the difficulty. Although if you do want difficult they have a “Iron Man” mode for the game as well besides Normal because honestly, get good skrub.

I however will not be using Iron man mode, because I am indeed a skrub, so I will leave that to the developers to show off if they can even do it.

So let us review real quick! A very dull but amusing story, hard to use controls, great soundtrack, a solid design, incredibly rage inducing, and let’s not forget the peace of resistance the overwhelming easter eggs for the game, it’s like it bleeds One Up’s.

Conclusion though the game is pretty game, and I have had a wonderful time playing it despite the rage educing coma it will probably put me into by the end of the week.

-Daniel Clatworthy

haven Reviews: V2000

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Retro games and insane challenges is a thing these days. Let me give you a challenge and a treat; A real lesson in game design for all those hard core macho players out there. V2000 is a very odd game with a fun concept but a very flawed execution. According to the story and in-game intro dragons attacks a series of small worlds with a contagious virus and giant bugs among other things.
In order to fight this infestation a weird vtol (vertical take of and landing) craft is deployed

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The main reason why the game is so damn hard and broken, is the controls. The craft can’t slide sideways and aiming is quite shit. Nor can the camera actually rotate, which makes this a very tricky business. However the game is far from impossible and each level is unique and interconnected. In order to win the nest has to be destroyed and the infestation must not reach critical mass. Or enough civilians die. Tough at that point it’s just to hit restart. Sure there are extra lives, but those are limited. There are only so many medals to collect. On is gain from finishing the level, while the other ones are hidden in various spots.

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The other challenge is that each level is a puzzle of sorts and usually require weapons from another world. Hover these weapons can only be unlocked by ferrying civilians off to the factory, where they will produce new upgrades and guns. After all some enemies are bullet proof to the max. The craft itself has two modes, flying and floating and can be submerged by carrying a weight.

Graphically the game was quite decent for its time, with waves in the ocean, some physics and in full 3D. Naturally the physics is what makes things so hard at times. Touch trees, fences, buildings and such and the craft takes damage. Not only that it will also be bounced backwards as the thing in question usually explode. Which makes the fixed camera and floaty craft a real thorn in the buttocks to deal with. Which surprises me a little that games like the Silver Surfer has been been completed and recorded. One of the very noticeable challenges in V2000 includes, drowning white lizards things through mind control. Rolling boulders down a cliff and have them crush various hives, which otherwise are immortal and a slew of other challenges. Each world is different and very, very challenging.v3

Back in the day the PC version apparently had a versus mode as well. Tough the PC version will not keep the save file when exiting. Naturally this makes the Playstation the best version, if you can get a copy and get it running. Emulators can be a fickle mistress when it comes to weird old and virtually forgotten games. Also, good luck searching for a copy, V2000 is a painfully generic title.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Hitman [2016]

13303615761260.822.1dde4da9301213e2cbd5ff1750571d40Assassination is just one of the many things that can bring in money in the underground and when you need a job to look like an accident then there’s only one person to call. Agent 47, the assassin of choice.

HitmanNow I am familiar with Hitman but I have never played a Hitman title this is the first time I have actually managed to play one. An I got to say I am absolutely loving it. I was afraid about it at first, as stepping into a new franchise can be a daunting task as a lot of titles are very unforgiving.

But the Hitman franchise has been gracious in not only teaching me what I need to know but giving tutorial stages to practice your skills out on before you actually go for big assassinations. It also gives you new and fun ways to experiment and play around in each stage so you don’t have to keep killing people the same way. Which I absolutely love about the title.hitman-2016-ps4-pc-xbox-one

I’ve literally sunk hours into the game so far to the point where I am just now getting the review out. Hopefully they will be equally forgiving with me as the gameplay is. Now stepping right into things you are given a single task as your assassination mission starts and it is up to you as you play to come up with new and creative ways to take the life of your target.

My personal favorite so far is simply just blowing up a cockpit with my victim inside and making it look like an accident as I casually slip away under the cover of darkness. As you play also you can unlock new items such as bombs, to make your job easier although for me I am old fashioned with using a coin to distract people and knock them out.

The power of spare change compels you! But I think where the game shines the most is with its episodic games and unlockable content from other places. Although it is a bit troublesome when some the places with unlockable content aren’t near you or even in the same country…2016-02-20_00003

But the episodic approach to the Hitman game really helps make it shine, letting players unlock all the extra content before a new episode comes out and continue the story.

Now the biggest concern is the atmosphere of the game , does it make the locations come alive with what it’s doing? The answer to that is a simple yes, the locations, the attention to detail makes it all flawless from the music they play to the character interactions. Although I do hate having a gun drawn on me every time I drop a chandelier on someone’s head, even though I told them it was an accident.

As an introduction to the series the game is really great, really easy to understand, and really fun to play. They even have a fairly active community with special events going on to where you can hunt down select special individuals such as Gary Busey from the smoking gun’s comedy series on TV, as well as the Predator two movie.

The only issue I have had with it. Is its constant need to always be online and if you are not online it forces you out of the mission you are in, and makes you wait at the title screen until your internet connection is restored.Hit

So if you got bad wi-fi the simple answer is you are boned, don’t buy this game, you can’t have any fun with it at all. Sorry buddy you are shit out of luck.

Minus that one very tragic downside the game is amazing, but seriously if you don’t have the net to support it. I feel sorry for you friend, because you won’t ever be able to enjoy its greatness.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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