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Haven Review: Drifting Lands

Now in my time I have played a lot of side scrolling games, starting from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) all the way to the glorious Sega Genesis and despite my enjoyment of those titles they never felt complete to me, they never felt like they were what the genre could be and what Drifting Lands accomplishes.

Humble in their beginnings they created one of the first genre of game where you have a ship of some kind that you got to blast through hordes of enemies that generally spew in from the right side of the screen. All the while you are madly dodging lasers, bullets, bombs, and explosions and everything else that is trying to kill you from giant space worms to other alien ships.

Drifting lands takes from its predecessors in the basics where you got the ship, its bullet hell in dodging and fighting. But that is where the comparisons end, they have added level select, they have added in stage difficulties, they even added a currency system and what I most absolutely love. They added the ability to buy and build a variety of ships from parts you scavenge from destroyed enemy ships.

However, this also presents a problem because with multiple ships to own, build and customize with a variety of weapons there is a downside to it all. That being you can lose your ship and all the rare parts you get while you play through stages. Which at this junction breaks my heart, because I got a really amazing rare item that boosted my ships stats through the roof, but upon fighting a enemy boss my ship was destroyed and I lost that part never to see it again.

Now, to this extent they have given the option to go classic mode where you will lose your equipment like I have. Never to be able to get it back again and you got to grind all over again for hours and hours on end if you hope to find it again OR you can do a safe mode which items will only break and you can repair them in the market place.

My only wish is that I would like an option to change between the two game modes while in game but, that is not do-able. So if you want to play it safe you got to make that choice very early on at the start of the game or else you may run the risk of losing your really good stuff.

Drifting Lands is one of the best side scrolling action games I have ever played with its very in-depth customization features, toppled with its beautiful scenery and exciting soundtrack. It stands out to me as one of the best if not to date the greatest side scrolling title to date.

The only thing I wish they did better was changing the game mode option freely, because I deeply regret being blown up, I lost a really awesome Guardians of the Galaxy Easter egg which was a old cassette.

If you are a fan of the classic side scrolling genre and have always wanted more from it, but also sticking strongly to its roots than look no further, Drifting Lands is the game for you. I’ve enjoyed it for countless hours.

Also the man in charge of the market looks suspiciously like Anthony Bourdain

-Daniel Clatworthy

Haven Review: Syder Arcade

SyderArcadeFirst up is our disclaimer.  We received this game because we wanted to review it, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been tendered for this review.

Syder Arcade from Studio Evil is a trip back in time to the old classic arcade left-and-right, side-scrolling, space-combat shoot ’em ups! The game is very straightforward. You begin on the deck of a space carrier, where you select from a small line of fighter ships to use on your maiden mission. Some ships inflict more damage and sport heavier armor than others, but at the cost of speed and maneuverability. The game is so faced-paced that it really is a toss-up as to which play style is superior; might or speed.SyderShipsIf you are fan of arcade coin-ops from the ’80s and ’90s, you may remember classics such as R-Type and Darius. If you were even somewhat good at those, you will love Syder Arcade.

Syder-Arcade-12The story in this game is fairly deep, but the mechanics are simple. Flip your ship left and right as you blast enemies and avoid incoming shots across a stunning 2½-D backdrop.Syder-Arcade-Review-The-StoryThe game gets tougher as you progress, so be sure to grab boosters and power-ups as you dodge AI opponents. Additionally, new fighter ships will periodically “unlock” for you, providing even more firepower.

The only downside to the game is its difficulty, but of course that’s an occupational hazard in this genre.

Is Syder Arcade worth it? Yes it is, even if you’re not a natural fan of arcade games. Unlike its coin-op counterparts, Syder lets you save your game in progress! ‘Nuff said.

-Chris Roberts-

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