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haven Reviews: V2000

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Retro games and insane challenges is a thing these days. Let me give you a challenge and a treat; A real lesson in game design for all those hard core macho players out there. V2000 is a very odd game with a fun concept but a very flawed execution. According to the story and in-game intro dragons attacks a series of small worlds with a contagious virus and giant bugs among other things.
In order to fight this infestation a weird vtol (vertical take of and landing) craft is deployed


The main reason why the game is so damn hard and broken, is the controls. The craft can’t slide sideways and aiming is quite shit. Nor can the camera actually rotate, which makes this a very tricky business. However the game is far from impossible and each level is unique and interconnected. In order to win the nest has to be destroyed and the infestation must not reach critical mass. Or enough civilians die. Tough at that point it’s just to hit restart. Sure there are extra lives, but those are limited. There are only so many medals to collect. On is gain from finishing the level, while the other ones are hidden in various spots.

The other challenge is that each level is a puzzle of sorts and usually require weapons from another world. Hover these weapons can only be unlocked by ferrying civilians off to the factory, where they will produce new upgrades and guns. After all some enemies are bullet proof to the max. The craft itself has two modes, flying and floating and can be submerged by carrying a weight.

Graphically the game was quite decent for its time, with waves in the ocean, some physics and in full 3D. Naturally the physics is what makes things so hard at times. Touch trees, fences, buildings and such and the craft takes damage. Not only that it will also be bounced backwards as the thing in question usually explode. Which makes the fixed camera and floaty craft a real thorn in the buttocks to deal with. Which surprises me a little that games like the Silver Surfer has been been completed and recorded. One of the very noticeable challenges in V2000 includes, drowning white lizards things through mind control. Rolling boulders down a cliff and have them crush various hives, which otherwise are immortal and a slew of other challenges. Each world is different and very, very challenging.v3

Back in the day the PC version apparently had a versus mode as well. Tough the PC version will not keep the save file when exiting. Naturally this makes the Playstation the best version, if you can get a copy and get it running. Emulators can be a fickle mistress when it comes to weird old and virtually forgotten games. Also, good luck searching for a copy, V2000 is a painfully generic title.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Cradle

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this software for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this article are our own. We have not been paid in any way to review this product.

Cradle is a game with a strong science fiction setting in the game you wake up with no recollection of who you are apart from some memories from your child-hood and your name that being Enebish and you find a note in your hand writing telling you to make breakfast.2015-08-07_00001

Now truth be told during the game it gives you the option to have a tutorial to learn the basics of the game which I took just to make sure. An then I forgot all about it and spent a good twenty minutes wandering around trying to figure it out again.

In the game you have to solve various challenges and in doing so you learn about the world around you. Although you do not live in any big cities or towns but a tiny hut in the middle of freaking no where. After a while of solving the first few puzzles you must get a M-Body working again “mechanical body.” although it is currently a lamp and cannot walk around anywhere.2015-08-07_00002

After getting the lamp I mean, M-Body fixed you discover that it belongs to a living person who was digitally uploaded into a mechanical body either to use her physical body for harvesting a special substance or it fell gravely ill. You see in this world there is a special substance harvested from humans nervous system that can fight this new virus that has shown up. But the other bit is that this substance is tied to a persons emotions and as such some people produce more or less of it and its the only cure for this virus.

But because of this people now has a fiscal worth in this world and a grade of quality and if you are low quality you are considered to be one of the “uglies“. Essentially the uglies are a burden to society and no one wants them around or even to support them the game also describes a persons grade not solely on how much of this substance they can produce but also with how corrupt a persons DNA is.2015-08-07_00004

Alright a little explanation is needed but Ill summarize since this is a review. If you inbreed a dog or a cat their genetic structure breaks down and as a result the offspring become weaker same in humans although that’s called incest and is indeed frowned upon in many societies.

But that is the summary of it. During the story you are helping a girl named Ida and helping her solve her mystery of why she was buried in sand for eighteen years and also what happened in the local area and the biggest question of all “Who are you?“.

But enough of the story, The graphics for the game are pretty amazing and the game looks very stunning and despite the fact you are literally in the middle of no where in Malaysia the area really gives off a perfect rural feel and there is even a Horse hidden somewhere in there!
The soundtrack I found nice but at times it was a bit off-putting playing a track at the wrong time making me think something important is happening with the plot and. The voice acting for the game is pretty garbage there didn’t have any depth or emotion to the voices they used and it felt like one of those audio books you listened to in school on the tape player.

2015-08-07_00003Overall though the game is short but very sweet and there isn’t a dull point in the story and it even has mini-games! Although truth be told again the mini-games are all plot related and they even explain why so you know why they are the way they are.

In conclusion the game is great and the price is great I spent about four hours playing the game and beat it in that time frame and I wasn’t disappointed apart from the voice acting.
The game is simple in design telling a story and making you think about a lot of topics that may be in humanities ever approaching future.

-Daniel Clatworthy-