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Haven Review: Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps

   “Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-“is the first part of a visual novel game set in an all girls missionary school in japan. You follow Suoh Shirahane from her arrival at this school, and in her quest to overcome personal challenges and make friends.

Suoh is a very shy, kind and beautiful girl with a passion for books. Growing up very isolated from other children made her long for friendship. Her choice for joining this school was their friendship program. Where all students will be assigned compatible friends to share dorm rooms with while they live at the school. Suoh tries her best to navigate the social scene to get the friends she desperately wants, which causes her some embarrassment at times. But she learns from these experiences and moves on, and friendships starts to blossom in her life. Being around all the different people at school also has some darker sides, and makes memories of her childhood come back to her throughout the story, and you gradually learn more about Suohs past.

The game is a simple “click your way through” the story, and will also give you opportunities to make decisions that will have an effect on Suohs life.  So you as a player will determine this girl’s path through her time at the school while you make lifelong decisions and solve mysteries, all while fulfilling the responsibilities as a student.

Flowers is a very pretty game, with wonderful art and also with nice background music. They also used voice actors for this game, which makes it even more immersive and interesting to play. If you like anime/manga in a school setting, or you like quality manga art, you might want to give this game a try.

Personally I enjoy this game, but in moderate portions. Playing for too long became a little boring for me, it can be a bit slow, but then again it is a visual novel. But I do find myself wondering what is going happen to Suoh and return to the game to continue her story. I have yet to play many visual novel games, so I cannot compare this to others. But I do enjoy “Flowers”, and I personally would recommend it and feel it is worth buying.

“Flowers -Le Volume sur Printemps-“is the first part of a visual novel game set in an all girls missionary school in japan. You follow Suoh Shirahane from her arrival at this school, and in her quest to overcome personal challenges and make friends.

Suoh is a very shy, kind and beautiful girl with a passion for books. Growing up very isolated from other children made her long for friendship. Her choice for joining this school was their friendship program. Where all students will be assigned compatible friends to share dorm rooms with while they live at the school. Suoh tries her best to navigate the social scene to get the friends she desperately wants, which causes her some embarrassment at times. But she learns from these experiences and moves on, and friendships starts to blossom in her life. Being around all the different people at school also has some darker sides, and makes memories of her childhood come back to her throughout the story, and you gradually learn more about Suohs past.

The game is a simple “click your way through” the story, and will also give you opportunities to make decisions that will have an effect on Suohs life.  So you as a player will determine this girl’s path through her time at the school while you make lifelong decisions and solve mysteries, all while fulfilling the responsibilities as a student.

Flowers is a very pretty game, with wonderful art and also with nice background music. They also used voice actors for this game, which makes it even more immersive and interesting to play. If you like anime/manga in a school setting, or you like quality manga art, you might want to give this game a try.

Personally I enjoy this game, but in moderate portions. Playing for too long became a little boring for me, it can be a bit slow, but then again it is a visual novel. But I do find myself wondering what is going happen to Suoh and return to the game to continue her story. I have yet to play many visual novel games, so I cannot compare this to others. But I do enjoy “Flowers”, and I personally would recommend it and feel it is worth buying.

-Ingelin Gridset

Haven Review: Adam Wolfe

The Adam Wolfe game was intriguing. Developers were knowledgeable and planned the game out well.  To start, when first opening the game one knows immediately that it’s a mystery type game. The colors, back ground, decor, and Adam Wolfe himself (star of the game) shows it to be a mystery.  The advice on using headphones is a definite. Adam Wolfe opens up by stating he is an investigator of the super natural. He lost his sister Alley several years earlier and has been searching for her.  Immediately you know this is one of the achievements to be completed….to find his sister.

During the game several characters are introduced and are keys in helping to solve the mystery.  The game pulls you into the drama that unfolds in hoping to find answers and solutions to the end results….finding Alley.  There’s lots of obstacles to overcome and to find.  Some are easy, others are not.

There are four sections to complete before you reach the end.  All four sections have multiple puzzles to complete before you reach the end.  What I found, was the puzzles continued to improve with each section.  In the first section, I noticed some of the puzzles were not very instrumental in explanations as to what the player is supposed to do in completing them.  Took a few minutes to figure out there was actually a tutorial which I personally did not know was there till midway through the first section.  Once I learned of the tutorial it was easier to understand what each puzzle was about and there were also solutions to the more difficult ones.  I do feel it would be beneficial to add this to the opening of each game so players know where to find help if they need it.

The second section was similar but much improved on how to solve and complete the puzzles.  I really enjoyed the seek and find items.  some items were in different colors and it took me a few moments to figure out why.  Example of this would be hammer in red, vase in red, and other object words like ball in white.  The red meant to take the hammer, break open the vase and grab the object (ball) inside which one could not find.  Please understand I don’t exactly remember what the object inside was so the ball is just an example. You’ll need to play the game your self and find out.

The third and fourth part of the game had improved significantly on understanding the puzzles.  What I found different from most puzzles was the fact this particular one had you getting into a zodiac and diving under the water by the Golden gate bridge.  I’ve never had a puzzle do that before.  Being an old diver myself, I really enjoyed that.  The only puzzles I did not find appealing, at least for me, was the fights.  It was not well received as I had no idea what I was supposed to do.  there was a bar on top the screen with a fist.  The assailant had me pinned and I had to keep hitting the button and keeping it above a certain point to win.  I actually went to the help screen to figure out what I was supposed to do but it was not very specific so after about ten minutes of pushing the button I was finally out of that mess.  I do feel this needs to be addressed along with one other things (next paragraph) and the game will be perfect.

After completing all the sections I was looking forward to seeing Adam reunited with his Sister Alley.  Instead, Adam was stuck inside an hour glass (which had to be broken to break the cycle) with no way to break it!  His Sister kept apologizing as she was “tricked” into saying his name which was supposedly his demise.  The ending was not what I expected.  More or less a cliff hanger.  After finally completing all those sections I felt the ending should of been better.  It would of been nice to put the demons in their place, rescue the sister and be reunited.  Perhaps Adams little sister, after being taken by these demons and forced to be part of their world when she obviously wanted nothing to do with them, could of been beneficial to Adam in future games.  She could of been a big help to Adam in his supernatural detective work.  Instead all we see is Adam dying in an hour glass, an upset sister apologizing for putting him there, and all his detective friends racing in.  Was he rescued or not?  Are they reunited or not?  Think the story needs a better ending.  Other then that I thought it was a very good game.

-Kathryn Clatworthy

Haven Review: Mafia III

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This is my first Mafia game and I am going into this knowing nothing of the previous titles apart from what my friends and colleagues have told me about the series and honestly. I am really enjoying it, I should note however for a lot of people the game has been incredibly buggy since the launch and a lot of people have been quite angry about its lacking frame-rates although. The frame rates have now been rectified the rest of the issues have not.20161008000058_1 Now at the very start of the game they tell you straight out this game is basically meant to be an accurate representation for the time period that it is in and depicts scenes of extreme racism and hatred towards people of colored skin. Its pretty bold in it too and doesn’t sugar coat it calling the protagonist Lincoln Clay a nigger, negro and pretty much every other racial slur under the sun and for a good part of the game this is a huge story and focal point and they executed it very well.

It even has extreme versions if you visit white neighborhoods the cops will start harassing you, and attacking you for doing nothing at all. I was driving down the road and they kept running their car into me before requesting backup and having me chased out.

But lets not lose too much focus here this is a review after all. The games overall controls are pretty solid although the timing when using items is off and that creates issues. When I am in a game like Grand Theft Auto V I can easily switch between things, and heal in this the delay often gets me killed and when you die you lose half the money you have gotten up to that point which is quite annoying to say the least.20161008153541_1

The soundtrack to the game is mainly of old classic rock from the time period, like songs such as “Help me Rhonda” and “Respect” and since I am a fan of classic rock and grew up with it due to my parents I have a good regard for that and the blue’s. My personal thoughts is the music is great, amazing, and I absolutely love it. Since I don’t got MP3’s on my computer for those songs I just kinda idle in my car now and listen to them.20161009012255_1

As it goes for visuals the game has been quite buggy for a lot and if you try running things on high and medium even if you have a newer PC it can become incredibly laggy. I was forced down to a crippling 12 FPS a second because of it and when trying to fix the graphic settings on the loader I could never get it to save. Which brings me to the menu for the game. It ends up being slightly confusing to a new comer to the series and it was hard to navigate and although I figured it out. It did present a fair amount of issues, in the end however I did discover that the game has another graphic menu inside the game once its loaded and from there I was able to fix the graphical issues I had. Putting the entire game on low basically fixed every single issue I had.20161008040836_1

Even on low though the game remains visually breath-taking and the cut-scenes remain flawless. If anyone is having issues I recommend putting that it on low. Hell I am running a ASUS GTX590 the kind that burns out easily and was crappily made and it manages to push a solid 30-45 FPS so it’s fairly well optimized for older equipment such as mine although numerous people are complaining they can’t play it due to poor optimization on AMD CPU’s and I feel kinda bad for those who can’t enjoy this.20161009163257_1

In conclusion though the game is amazing, as a game that entails my introduction to the Mafia series. I found it very enjoyable and an accurate representation of racism of the past and of some area’s in Florida where I grew up. But it also stands as a harsh reminder that if we hate / fear people for the color of their skin, heritage, beliefs, or genders. We just continue to let Racism grow in America and in the world.

We as gamers, no as people need to recognize these issues and take a stand against them, and to show people this way of thinking is wrong and will always be wrong.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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 review.

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