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Haven Reviews: several Good Old Games

Haven reviews: Several Good old games. GOG is a fantastic service that breathe new life into old titles, which may or may not run properly in new operating systems. Most of that has to do with the original game code being crap and a general lack of compatibility. Some games run fantastic even on Windows 10, while some will only run on a specific OS and some does not run at all. This is a short list of several games I bought from GOG.

Blood: One unit whole blood

It’s violent, filled with blood, mutilations and monsters. It’s a old school fast phased first person shooter, with some inventive weapons and some great sprites. The GOG release comes with the original music and the FMW sequences. Which has not aged well at all. The 3d graphics looks worse than my first attempt at modelling. Which is quite jarring, since the in game graphics are quite good, with detailed sprites. Each level has an unique design and theme, heavily inspired by horror movies. A froze Johnny can be found in a hedge maze. While the game supports different resolutions, they may or may not work entirely as intended. At least they’re there. There is only one big issue and that is the music. It can’t be turned muted, turned down or stopped. Especially in the amusement park the music is loud. Not sure if GOG can fix this.

Swat 4

It’s a game about breaching doors, busting criminals and rescue civilians. Where the biggest question is why that guy ignore teargas and where the devil a suspect dropped his gun. The Ai is questionable, but the levels are fun, with random perp placement. It runs, looks okay for the most part and sports a terrible aspect ratio. However it does come with the expansion pack. The game itself runs fine, minus one place where it had stuttering and slowdown. Apparently there are mods to improve the game. Such as the elite forces mod, that takes the realism up several notches and adds more features.

Sim City 4

Build a town, run the town, play mini games to keep earning more money. Then call in a meteorite and nuke it all to hell. Just for fun. While juggling traffic jams and air pollution. It’s fun, addictive and a great educational game, when it comes to city management and all the problems that comes with it. Runs fine, looks fine and it works.

Roller Coaster Tycooon 2

Run and operate a custom built amusement park. Build attractions and kill guests with a badly designed roller coaster. It’s a seriously fun management games, with many fantastic features. However the sprites and the interface is almost impossible to see. Since everything is so small. Usually these old games have too large interfaces if anything.

Outlaws

Lucas art made a game about a sheriff trying to rescue his wife from a big man, with a lot of money. It’s a first person shooter, with some fantastic levels, questionable physics and a insane difficulty. The dynamite has some of the worst physics I’ve ever encountered in a game. It’s also prone to random crashes.

Alien Breed: Tower Assault

Your ship has crashed and the place is over run with alien monstrosities. It has coop, challenging levels and limited ammo. With enemies that spawn in your face a lot of the time. It runs great and has a cheesy as hell intro movie. It’s top down and easy to play, very hard to complete with several paths to take.

Anachronox

A gum shoe detective has an office on the top floor of a seedy bar, set on a very odd planet. it’s a turn based RPG game, with a great story, some really interesting characters. But is littered with so many bugs, that i’d recommend watching a let’s play on Youtube. I have had all of the movie sequences go on repeat, while I was still playing. Looping them when ever I got back to the spot. At one point I also fell through the world.

Planescape: Torment

A man wakes up in a morgue, with no memory, next to a talking skull. It’s one of the few RPG games that brings the town of Sigil to life, with good graphics and for the most part avoidable combat. It’s a terrific story, with a lot of twists and turns around every corner.

Tyrian 2000

Jump from system to system, collect data logs and kill hordes of enemies. It’s a top down scrolling game, where  you control a heavily armed and poorly protected space craft. It’s an okay game, with some dry graphics and intense bosses and a hair raising difficulty.

Archimedean Dynasty


The world has gone down the crapper, along with man kind. Now everyone lives under the sea and commute with submarines. Which pilots a lot like space crafts. As far as sandbox games goes, it’s very open ended, with some catchy tunes and hard enemies. Plus a plethora of bugs. It may or may not run properly. Personally I could not see anything on the screen, followed by random crashes. Hopefully a fan patch or GOG will make it run better.

Njål H Sand

Haven Review: Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

I am the son of a famous and brave explorer. However, my father was taken by a creature known as Oceanhorn; a mechanical monstrosity that makes a terrible haunting sound whenever it emerges from the murky depths. It’s now my destiny to take up the sword and find out why the monster took my father. Anyone who stands in my way, be it monster or man, will fall by my hand like a leaf on the wind.

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The hero is on time

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is a cutesy and fun game about exploring islands, getting new gear and discovering new places to explore. This game clearly carries its inspiration on its sleeve and makes me wonder why there aren’t more of these for PC. The hero starts out with a sharp pointy stick that eventually gets replaced with a sword and shield. Later he’ll get bombs and a bow. If this sounds familiar to a certain fellow in a green tunic, then read no further. (There is no Link to be found in this game). If not, then carry on reading.

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Adorable graphics

Each island holds a clue to where another island is located. Each place has a lot of treasure hidden in clever places, such as behind walls that can be blown up with bombs.  The journey between islands is on a sailing ship, complete with a trusty peanut shooter to fight enemies and clear debris; the latter containing money and ammo when destroyed. When I eventually found an island, there were usually some talkative natives and foul beasts about, which quite often led to a muddy dungeon. Dungeons are full of monsters, insidious traps and terrible block puzzles which eventually lead to a boss room.

Combat is an easy and smooth affair, since it’s based around using tools, blocking attacks and running around a lot. When I died (which happens every now and then), I re-spawn at the dungeon entrance. If there is anything to complain about, then it has to be the tad wonky physics of movable objects. As the enemies keep dying and island-specific challenges get done, the hero gains experience that will give him more items and ammo capacity. These perks are lost upon death.

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Big bosses to battle!

Water is bright blue, clouds are white and one island is flying!? In other words, the art direction is beautiful, simple and very vibrant, with exaggerated character designs and a cartoonish style. All this is complemented by a lovely soundtrack and fitting non-intrusive sound effects. Kudos for excluding an annoying beeping sound when the player is at death’s door. Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas is clearly a game that most people will enjoy, until they get stuck in a puzzle they can’t solve. I know this because it happened to me! The game is available on Steam, as well as for iOS.

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Steam store page.
store.steampowered.com/app/339200
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evelopment blog
http://oceanhorn.blogspot.no/

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.

-Njål Sand-

Haven Review: Mad Max

First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

There once was a man named Bruce Wayne who owned a multi-billion dollar conglomerate and was also named Batman; a real hero. But as it turned out, his latest video game iteration was complete trash on the PC.Mad_Max_Gameplay_Overview_Trailer-mp4-1429805396900_mp4_Still001-1429904983413

Now there was also a man named Max who was quite mad, you see. He also had a PC game…jokingly called the “Australian Simulator”…and let me tell you, despite both games coming from the same publisher, Mad Max is infinitely better than Batman: Arkham Knight on the PC.

Now Mad Max the game is based around the Mad Max movie franchise, following the exploits of well, Max. In the game, besides searching for water, you take out enemies in the most bad ass way possible; your aim: to steal your car back.

The game itself is made quite well  and despite my fairly dated hardware (a first generation i7 and an Nvidia GTX 590), I am pushing an easy 40 to 60 frames per second from it. Not to mention it’s on high graphics settings for the most part, which is a good show of quality.gameplay-screenshot-2

The visuals for the game are simply breathtaking and leave me wanting more, to the point where I want to buy all the movies. Right now I only know about Mad Max: Fury Road. I’m also really loving the voice acting and menu layout for the game, as it’s easy and straightforward to understand. It doesn’t feel convoluted like a lot of other games out there.

The musical score for the game is simply one of the best I’ve heard in a while; it’s really well done. Those merits alone for me make the game really enjoyable, as do the seamless cut scenes that are shown during game play.Mad Max_20150902132048 Although I’m half Australian myself, I’ve never been to the Outback. However I feel, even in a comical sense, that I’m connecting with my family’s roots. Now despite all the positives, I do have one small negative about the title: side missions can take an awfully long time to complete. If you like time-consuming activities however, you may actually enjoy this feature! At the end of the day I have nothing better to do, so side missions here I come.

Overall, even if you aren’t a fan of the movies and just want to play a really good game, this would be a good title to pick up. I really recommend checking it out if you find a spare allotment of funds laying around.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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