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Haven Editorial: Running Red Alert on Windows 10

I love Command and Conquer, but EA shafted that franchise rather hard. Yet the games can be bought in a neat package at Origin. Electronic arts game platform. However making the older game run is a chore. 

Windows 10 64 bit is not the intended architecture at all. Even more problematic to record any gameplay what so ever. But I did find a workaround. One that can not be done with the origin version.

But first let’s look at the annoying issues.
Tiberean dawn can for the most part run, with the dangers of crashing. Compatibility mode is not very helpful here. Same rings true for Red Alert. Technically there exist an open Ra, which has a new engine and most of the missions. But I never got that bugger to work more than once.

There also exist a fan patch that even works with Dune 2. With custom resolution, but it crashed, then refused to start.

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Alt tab out of the games is a no go. The screen goes black with the sound still playing. I sincerely though the idea of using Origin was to make the games playable on modern systems.

Red Alert 2 has issues with a black screen that I fixed with a custom fan patch. It’s still very unstable and likes to tab out on its own and then refuse to enter the game again.

Multiplayer is no problem at all with Yuri’s Revenge, since CnC net fixes all of that. A quite good fan fix. Does not with well with the story mode though.

Command and Conquer renegade was an almost flawless experience. But as we all know almost is seldom good enough. It decided to crash after a while and the game could have been a bit better in the first place.

I have yet to fiddle around with Tiberian Sun, which is a fantastic game, but a bit poorly programmed and almost as neglected as an orphan.

The easiest way is to install Virtual Box, get Windows XP, then set it up to run virtually with Windows. In window mode, then record the window. For this to work I had to install the disc version of the games. Because the Origin version refuse to let me play then without the software itself installed.

This solution allows software like Obs (open broadcasting software) to record and stream Command and Conquer games without too many problems. It took me a lot of time to find the solution, but it works wonders. Or you could emulate the PSX version of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, which runs at 15 fps, but has superior audio quality on the music.

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Haven Review: Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

Zero-Time-Dilemma-logo-Primer-PlayerNow I should mention that Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma  is the first Spike Chunsoft title I have ever played and so with that statement let it be known. I am really enjoying myself so let’s jump right into the review now shall we?

The game is a decision game, a game of choice each with its own consequences and the player faces that quite often. Taking a page from the multiverse theory of multiple realities in which every outcome has actually happened whether good or bad.

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That being said I have played the game for a good while now and I have seen a lot of the results and it is brutal, each with its own unique story and continuation. Which ultimately affects the overall gameplay giving me the player a very unique experience. It is further enhanced also by letting the player go back and redo certain scenarios over again until you have more favorable outcomes.

But lets talk a bit more about the game itself, the game is launching on the Nintendo 3DS, the Sony PSVita, as well as Windows through Steam and we were playing the Steam version. Although a bit buggy I suspect in the future that those issues will be fixed. You can have anti-aliasing support and a few extra graphic settings to make the game run more favorable on your system. But ultimately my experience with that was not so great as no matter what option I choose the game lagged and stuttered and it ran very poorly. Which is also notable in our videos as you watch and the characters lips are all out of sync as well.ZTD_GameBoxes-632x399

another issue I found was a small audio bug where the game would not save your options from BGM, SFX, and character voices. You could lower the volume to these but unless these settings are changed while you were actually playing and had a free use of the options menu during game-play your settings would not be saved.asdf

Now the characters all seem one-sided in their personalities and for me that seems is a bit of a disappointment. You got one guy who is always angry, one guy who is always calm, one girl who is super shy, one girl who is super calm but with a steer demeanor, I could go on but I’d rather not.  The characters don’t really have any unique traits that make me want to like them more apart from their visual appeal and none of them stand out to me in my head mentally.

But, that does work overall with the premise of the game. Where the only means to escape the place you are being held is to kill off up to six other characters to get passwords to open up a sealed door which will lead to your escape. You don’t feel tied to any character or try to save them because of how bland they are and you become more okay with their one-sided character traits to the point where you actually get a jolly out of killing them off.2016-02-22-193445.0

A lot of the issues I’ve run into in the game are minute and small problems but are easily overlooked as the gameplay of the game standouts a lot and has a lot of branching paths from which the player can choose different means of surviving in games to the death and the choice of being able to experience all of the outcomes is really amazing.

The music also really helps set the tone of the game as well as when things boil down to decision time where the player has to choose the outcome that they will live with and not know the results until after it happens. The worst part of that though the intense problem solving you got to do at times where in the end the player could ultimately face death even after doing everything you possibly can to stay alive.

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In conclusion though the game offers a unique and varying experience and is definitely one of the more unique titles we have had the privilege of playing. Which I can only really say I hope you pick up a copy upon its release as it is really good despite its few flaws that I mentioned.

You will enjoy putting all the one-sided characters to death and not regret doing it not even a tiny bit.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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Haven Review: DOOM [2016]

Doom_logoDOOM! If you’re a child of the 90s like me, you know exactly what it is. The popular game stayed with all of us for years, with its two-dimensional graphics displayed as three-dimensional rooms.  The game was all about fighting demons, as well as other sorts of monsters coming after you. It was incredibly popular and everyone loved it (apart from the soccer moms who screamed that bloody games are making our children more violent)!    2YYBfaq

Well that was then and this is now, and we have a new DOOM. The game has been reworked for a few years now; even had some closed multiplayer testing. But since it’s finally out we can at long last play and review it!

Thing’s start off fairly interesting, me sitting up from a weird coffin, only to see me shackled down and demons coming at me on all sides. They’re doing the most badass thing; just crushing their skulls into my coffin and breaking out. I quickly break out of a suit and learn the controls, going on a murderous rampage (of demons, no less) to finally leave the room I was in.

It was this first impression that told me I would love this title, because the game flows as if they took the original DOOM and just overhauled the graphics. The jumping, the moving around and the fights you get into felt to me like it was a rebirth of the original game and I absolutely loved it.DOOM-2016-Cacodemon_Plus_1437988255 However their are things that I found a tiny bit strange…mainly the glory kills. But I can understand that, being a new thing and innovation from the original design and concepts of DOOM, and it began to grow on me. The entire game felt so fluid to me, although I am playing on the Xbox One at this point. But I’ll get into that reason in a little bit.

The soundtrack stayed upbeat and hardcore, giving me a nostalgic trip. It was like I was listening to the heaviest of heavy metals as I crushed a demon’s skull in my hand  and watched its eye-balls pop out from between my fingers. I absolutely loved it. However I must mention that while I was enjoying my glorious killing spree, the game felt good overall. I felt like its story aspect was lacking and I was kind of disappointed at that, since they were changing a few things and adding other things.

But despite all this, it felt wonderful. It felt great and it truly felt like I was playing a piece of my childhood again. Although the game is obviously not for kids, let’s face it, some nostalgic parent out there will probably buy it and their kid will get a hold of it and it will create the next generation of DOOM fans.doom-2016_005

Now about what I said earlier in the article regarding playing on the Xbox One. A lot of people have reported this issue, and from my own research I can conclude that the PC port of DOOM is pretty broken for a lot of people. But groups and companies outside are not reporting on this and a lot of gamers have taken to complaining in Indie game development groups because of how broken it is.

As for myself, the title was broken for me as well. The start of the game was playable but if I opened Fraps, Loilo, and hell…even OBS, the game would close or it would give me a black screen in the top right hand corner. Even trying to adjust the graphics to 720p crashed the game and made it hang, and so I attempted to adjust the graphics manually, which also made the game crash.maxresdefault

Eventually I settled on playing it in 1080p and gave up on recording, but the moment I finished the tutorial area the game began to lag to no end and left me at 1 frame per second. This ultimately made me go to the Xbox One version of the game, because programming for a console system is far easier than for PC because the former’s hardware is always the same. But this brings up the point of Bethesda releasing a fairly broken version of DOOM onto the PC, and we are waiting for it to be fixed.
Despite this one major issue about DOOM, the game remains very solid in every way for our review scale, and again I absolutely loved it…even if I couldn’t play it on PC.

Everything about the title screams nostalgia and I continue to look forward to skull-stomping a demonic lord with my big boot!

: 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.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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