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Haven Editorial: No Man’s sky Revisited

No Man’s Sky clearly had a good thing going for it and the winds at their back, when it came to their vision. But as we all know by now, they failed to deliver, which was quite unfortunate indeed. Despite a lot of major setbacks, they do seem to come around and actually have decided to add more content. The only problem is that the content in question provided by No Man’s Sky is quite crap and bare bones. The base building is boring and adds virtually notching, aside from a way to return to the place you built it. Not only can it only be built on a very small area, it also has very few things that can be built and a hard limit to the number of pieces. I made a very informative and insightful video about it. You can have the honor of watching me stack a ton of round modules on top of each other and spam banners. Which brings me to the not some impressive update they have decided to announce. An all terrain vehicle. Which sounds more impressive than it is. Especially when you consider the limitation on the space craft while in orbit.

However fans and the mod community is the most fantastic lot of them all. They spend countless hours tinkering and refining the game code. Adding things the developers wish they would think of. I’ve tested several mods and the work wonders.
The first one mutes the in-game voices and sounds. Which removes the need for that ear grater computer voice Hello Games out in there. The blissful silence reveals a sever lack of any ambiance. In other words it solves one problem by giving me a poor sound picture instead.

Another fantastic mod removes all limitations on flying while in No Man’s Sky orbit. Low flight always me to crash, burn and fly underwater while doing loops and barrel rolls. Hovering in place is also included. Finally I can squeeze my craft into any planetary orifice I can think of. There are also a bucket load of mods that add other interesting things, such as the chance of finding a particular type of planet. The number of animals. Slight visual overhauls and many, many fantastic shaders. Infinite resources. Not to mention more insane terrain or removal of all terrain. Keep in mind, none of these fantastic mods I’m pushing here solves the god awful loading screen and piss poor pc performance.

nomansskymods.com

Njål Sand

Haven Review: Xmas Shooting – Scramble!!

Fruitbat Factory is at it again bringing us another delight from Orange juice! No, not the beverage that got our YouTube channel suspended for three months. The game design group! This time its Xmas Shooting Scramble!

Like its previous Bullet Hell titles its come out with like QP – Shooting is dangerous we are back for another round of insanity and mischief lead by the chibi’s from that as far as I know represent their development team at Orange Juice.

This game though has a plot, which at the very moment you start arcade mode you are chasing down someone who has stolen the presents from Bunny Girl Santa! That devious little bastard, Who dares steal from Santa! Well besides villains like Team Rocket and other characters throughout the history of games and television.

But back on track on track now, the game controls just like its predecessors and its pretty easy and straight forward to the point where anyone can pick it up and start playing it and have little to no issue understanding the controls, the configuration, and everything else.

It really feels like they just re-skinned QP-Shooting is dangerous in terms of mechanics and just made a new story. Which is forgivable in this case because its a bullet hell game and if you are like myself you just kind of expect bullet hell titles to just be pumped out over and over again. There isn’t anything wrong with it unless they “literally” just re-skinned QP – Shooting is dangerous and trust me they didn’t and they did manage to fix a few bugs as well.

Like their previous titles the music is very delightful and spot on, as is the actual gameplay where you can challenge your friends and family and prove to them all you are the dominate gamer of the household and that your bullet hell skills should be recognized.

But what it ultimately boils down to is do you like Bullet Hells, do you like anime ladies dressed as Santa, because you know thats a fetish and people are into that. Do you also like cheesy dialog to explain why you are firing energy waves and protecting yourself with little reindeer than look no forward! When Christmas rolls around we have found the ideal game title for you that is not only nicely made, runs smooth as silk, but also has lovely animation in terms of game design in it.

If you liked QP – Shooting is dangerous than you will definitely love this title.

-Daniel Clatworthy

Haven Review: Spirit Sphere

What do classic Game Boy color games have in common with Spirit Sphere? The visual appearance and color pallet. Which not many people can pull off properly for a game, which results in poor design, and gameplay. However Spirit Sphere is none of these with excellent design, and a visual appeal I absolutely love due to its classic look.

Spirit Sphere in it of itself is a very simple game with pong like gameplay, a sphere shows up and you use your sword to hit it back to the other side. However the sword is only one of the aspects of the game with various characters to choose from and unique weapons to use the game has a very character based aspect to it because no two characters are alike.

The aspect of the game as I have mentioned is like Pong where you hit the ball and try to score a point and even on Normal mode its quite challenging as I was getting my face handed to me by what looks like a very sinister wizard named Ozo.

During the games you play you can collect power ups to make winning easier from a bow, to bombs it feels like its screaming Links Awakening to me although its nothing like that, well apart in its visual appearance anyways. Another thing that ends up dropping in games is coins which you can use to get unlockable things from a beautiful fountain you can visit as well.

But I think one of the best features of the game so far is that it has a multiplayer feature, although the multiplayer is local-multiplayer only which I find a bit disappointing. Because I do think the game would do very well with a Online Multiplayer feature for people who want to kill time and also have a good time with friends.

The game even offers controller support to make playing it even easier, which makes me really wish I had a controller again because its one of those things that I am greatly lacking at this point in time.
Don’t get me wrong the game is very enjoyable but trying to handle this on a keyboard for me is incredibly difficult and quite hard to pull off.

I even enjoy the upbeat music to the game which sounds incredibly accurate for the era they are trying to represent. In conclusion though the game just screams retro, and not like most pixel-art games today where just because they have sprites they think its retro.Spirit Sphere is a game that takes the designs of a true retro based game’s and brings it to life for modern PC gaming.

-Daniel Clatworthy