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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 Reviews: Herald

 All good stories have a start and Herald starts with a splash, as the main character is drowning, while drooling on as he starts narrate. He eventually wake up in an exotic palace place of sorts, with lush pillows and a wise woman whom want some information. And thus begins the story of the poor waterlogged sod, as he recalls his epic voyage across the seven seas.

Herald is a fairly competent put together adventure game. With a pleasant to look at, complimented by a very colorful art direction and a handful of colorful characters. Which fills Herald with life and charm. The point and click part is a great departure from the way most story heavy games deals with events. After all it will get a bit boring to listen to the people going on and on. That being said, there is a lot of voice acted dialogue and much text to be expected.

For some very questionable reason our illustrious leader, decided to hand me this review copy. Despite my issues with how slow the story progress. Which is very ironic coming from someone who has played through Final fantasy 8 several times and most of the Metal Gear Solid games. Then again this is a purely subjective point of view.

The voice actors does a fairly decent job and competent job, when bringing the emotional range of the characters to life. At least for the most part at time they do talk way too slowly, despite the situation at hand. Even if it brings a certain charm to it all, the dialogue is incredible slow and tedious for the most part.

Herald also sports some lovely drawn cut scenes helps to bring it all to life. Though a combination of fully animated 3d models and several hand drawn scenes. Though dialogue can be a bit awkward, as the one whom is currently talking is shown on the right side of the screen. Much like a muppet, with dramatic eye movement and some facial expressions here and there. However there are not much in the way of mouth animation when anyone talk. It is also very refreshing to see such a varied cast, showing of the fantastic variety of people the world has to offer.

Some animations are a bit hit or miss, sometimes those pesky buggers stand around looking weird and unfocused, while other times people in Herald look like they actually have a purpose. Such as the poor fellow puking at the side of the ship. Or that one crew member swabbing the floor.

A historical inspired dram, with many choices that may or may not have an effect on the story. In between the story events, there are a lot of interactivity, through pointing and clicking. Where objects can be looked at, along with an encyclopedia to find info about almost everything. Some blood and sprinkled with violence is to be expected. But due to the nature of the game, it’s not something that should scar or scare anyone.

Highly recommended for people whom like an intriguing mystery and visual novel storytelling, that’s more than just flashy images and walls of text.

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 Reviews: Turok 2 Seeds of Evil

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil

Have you ever had a dream of being a native American man, fighting dinosaurs, aliens and robots, while riding a gigantic triceratops. Mounted with dual grenade launchers? If not, what the hell is wrong with you? It is practically childhood imagination come to life, in a neat and gory package with fantastic death animations. It also sports the wonderfully inventive and equally gruesome cerebral bore launcher. A sadistic weapon which fires a homing bolt that digs out a humanoid targets brain and explodes. All of this is accompanied by neat sound effects and a catchy score. That being said there is something a bit odd with some of the models from the original game. Such as the blinking animation.

The levels in Turok2 are sprawling vistas and complicated labyrinths that will drive anyone insane. In fact that is the biggest issue, that can not be fixed without a total redesign of the game. Essentially the whole game is a needlessly convoluted maze, divided by teleportation pads. Which does rear it’s ugly head every now and then, when a thing can clearly be reached, but an invisible wall stands in the path. I have spent too much time looking for that damnable cage in the land of mad monkey mooks.

The last boss is still a boring bastard, which is easiest to beat with the nuclear launcher, which is littered all over the map

This is by no means the first time Turok 2 has been released on pc, but at least this time around it is a lot better when it comes to the control setup. Not to mention the ability to plug in a gamepad. However one of the most neat thing is the objective markers that can be activated, which shows destroyable things with an exclamation mark. The character models have also had a major upgrade. Which is very easy to notice, when going into the character gallery. As the story      progress various cheats are unlocked and they are as glorious and silly as ever before. Unlike the first Turok, the wireframe mode is back.

Naturally steam achievements are included as well, too bad they disable when a cheat is activated. Plus there are trading cards. The multiplayer is also back in action, in all it’s gory glory. Though it is for the most part the standard affair. All in all a very neat and nifty package, that comes highly recommended for fans of the series. Unless you hate being stuck in a giant maze, whilst searching for the next objective.

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.