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Haven reviws: Sonic mania

Haven reviews: Sonic mania

«Blue streak speeds by, sonic the hedgehog». Hes back, hes blue and he got an attitude. For those who grew up with the robot fighting fluff balls, this is a true blast to the past. Which for once is a good thing

Telling a story without a voice is quite an impressive feat, even if it is a bit bit bare bone, but no dialogue which good. As usual it is about the rotten egg maister himself Robotnik and his hard boiled chaos crystal schemes.

Gameplay is very simple true and tested, left movement, right movement and jump. The rest is either character specific or tied to a shied. Since knuckles can glide and climb by holding down the button, while tails can fly by spamming it. He really need a cancel flight key. Like pressing down. The most noteworthy feature though, is that going super is a separate key. Not all is good though, the special stages suck hard. The stages takes place on a horizontal track where the goal is to catch an ufo. The problem with this is two fold. The 3d models looks like low polygon glitch fest, complete with horrible character controls and physics straight out of Sonic CD. On the flip side it highlights the problem with doing sonic in three dimensions. Much like a drunk man on ice.

The Sonic Mania music score is fantastically fabulous. With remixes of old song and a slew of new ones. A music test mode is also included. But no polar icecap zone it seems-_-. At this point in time several features would be awesome. Such as having the level music play while going super mode and turning down the pick up blue sphere volume. It is very loud and intrusive. Should be mentioned when all 50 of them are done, a replay them mode opens up.

Note worthy features includes unlockable content which take some effort to acquire. Such as  & Knuckles mode. Where he can tag along as the secondary  character. A slew of stream achievement. Time trail mode and a versus multiplayer mode.

All in all a solid Sonic experience for people who enjoyed the good old 2d sonic game play and fun for the whole family. Not recommended for people whom like to grind achievements.

Always online DRM or not, which is pure bull crap and will piss of so many people.

Njål Sand

Haven Editorial: Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 3 – open beta

Haven Editorial: Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 3 – open beta

In the in fourth first century there can be only war and that is one thing Warhammer Dawn of War has always done right. From a visual standpoint the latest installment looks lovely and units are very well defined. The environment looks very bad in a good way. Since the theme is war and destruction., every thing is ruins and mostly gray and brown. With an every increasing pile of broken bodies and bags of blood. As for the music, it’s moody, instrumental with a touch of heroics. With decent sound effects and it’s easy to pick out the different audio ques. Every unit has a heavy British accent that fits the Warhammer universe quite well. Technically there is a rock paper scissor logic going on, where each squad has various active abilities to lob at heretics and xenos alike. Business as usual, it’s also possible to summon various heroes that has abilities of their own and a quite commanding presence on the battle field. Which brings me to a very annoying and very true problem with games such as these. Micro management from a hell. Some units such as the snipers has to deploy, while some are meant purely for close quarter combat. Some are back line and others are mobile. Combine this with a bit sluggish response times and clunky path finding, where you have to rapidly switch between units to gain the best effect. Sure I can just clump them into a big pile and right click, but that only works against stupid people. A rare commodity in a real time strategy game. Combine that with having to click on various buildings to order units, upgrades such. It does become a handful and quite vexing indeed.

In the open beta of Dawn of War 3 there is only one game mode, where the goal is to crush the power core. Where point capture is key to gaining resource acquisition points. Which in turns summons units. No longer can squads be replenished, they have to be near a base building to do that. Each match gives experience points and skulls that can be used to learn new abilities and special orders for the heroic units. Along with some pr-order bonus skins and some skin that unlocks with level. I can’t say anything about the story mode as it is not part of the beta, it’s purely multiplayer at the moment. However I’m not convinced that Eldar has any chance what so ever to with most engagements. Especially since they are not built for defense. For the most part it feels like the Ork stomps all, eventually. It’s not bad game, just not my cup of tea. Too much micro.

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Hatsune Miku Project Diva X

Vocaloids its taken the world by storm with their nice synthesized voices and their little skirts but lets be serious does it stand up well in a game and that is what we aim to find out in Hatsune Miku Project Diva X.     project_diva_x_logo Now getting right into it the game is a Rhythm game and as such it has a standard rule of thumb which is to simply hit the right notes at the right time to win points at the end of the game. It has a score multiplayer to increase your score but that really isn’t needed and its just to make the game seem like it has more depth to it.

project-diva-x-gameplayEach stage is done with the music we have grown to love from various YouTube artists online and the canon that the fanbase has helped create. Don’t get me wrong in this regard, I love how Sega handles many of their fan related things from Sonic the Hedgehog, and the first class shade they throw at Nintendo deserves awards.

But this variety of game has been recycled over and over from the 3Ds title we reviewed to this game. The same mechanics over and again to the point where they aren’t really inspiring.

Now I know what you are probably thinking, why am I attacking the franchise like this? We’ll its true, that is all a Rhythm game is and truth be told you can find other franchises like it also such as Dance Dance Revolution from Konami, or anything fan made on NewsGrounds that is completely free to play.hatsune-miku-diva-x-feature

I am not saying that Rhythm games are bad, I am saying they need to work on their material that being said lets continue on with the review shall we?

The music for the game as expected is songs that have been a part of the fan base for the longest time and they are enjoyable, there are a few tracks that Sega themselves put in mainly for menu’s but in the end the games music is pretty decent. Not saying its bad, its decent much like how if its not broken don’t fix it basically.

There is some fun aspects for the game where you can complete stages and win items to dress up your Vocaloids with items like Dog ears, fancy outfits and skirts and such. So if you are a fan of dressing up digital women in fancy outfits you can do that too! I even have a personal favorite for the Vocaloids and my personal choice is Luka and her long pink hair so its nice to dress her up, it makes my inner nerd scream with joy.hatsunemikux-jpg

The controls for the game are also spot on and truth be told its the most accurate part of the game as it is the requirement to even play a Rhythm game. Without decent controls the game wouldn’t even be playable.

But I think the biggest issue with the game is that they try to give it a deep in depth story and it just makes the entire game fall apart as a whole. I get it the worlds you go to need music and their falling dim and you need to sing to bring the worlds back to life and also use this special item to make singing easier and fill it up so you can go to the other worlds.obyii4xutlzi2dxslelo

There I summarized the story for you, each world is comprised into a musical category from Jazz, to classical and so forth and you got to play the various stages of each world to bring them back to life.

In conclusion though the game is fun in its own regard, but it feels like Sega keeps pumping these out for a cash grab to try and lure in the love struck fan base for a quick profit. I would hope that a company that can provide first class shade can back up their strong talk with more solid gameplay but the title left me a bit listless in terms  of its quality.hatsunemikuopeningmovie5

If you are a fan of classic Rhythm games and the repetitive gameplay it provides than this is the title for you. If you want something more creative and innovative you best look elseware.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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