Haven: Call of the King
Get a Kick Out of This
Haven.... Haven Haven Haven...... What to say about this game. This was my first play-the-entire-game-in-one-sitting-because-poor-are-we-didn't-hav-a-memory-card game back in my younger years with my cousins and this game honestly but does not completely disappoint. It had the aspects of what early PS2 games had with the "newly-improved 3-D models" and variety in game play and the variety is very very much emphasized from platforming to shooting on moving turrets, to driving a hovercraft and dune buggy to flying a spacecraft, and much much more. Personally I find it hilarious on how much you have to do in this game to just be disappointed in the end because SPOILER ALERT its a bad ending, so bad its downright funny to tell the truth. The story was alright in the sense of what you were trying to get was pretty good because it was all to save the world and all buttttt......... You really have to play and experience it yourself on the disappointment of what is to come. Adding to the personally, this is a game you HAVE TO PLAY the game FOR the DISAPPOINTMENT because after sitting through for i think 4, 6, or maybe more hours (I failed on some things many times so if you succeed faster the game might actually no its pretty frickin long to think of it), the ending is such a real metaphorical SLAP IN YOUR FACE. Play the game if you really have nothing to do because in the end even though it all seems "all for nothing" when you think back to it in later months or years, you'll giggle or even laugh that you actually played through this entire game, Haven: Call of the King, to experience the ending which was so terrible, that was the lasting appeal. I know I did.
A Great Adventrue
Haven: Call of the King is exactly the type of game they do not make anymore. This is because boring cookie cutter shooters have taken over the market, and left adventure games like this in the dust. You will notice that games like this tend to get bad reviews from users. Not because the game is actually bad, mind you, but because these young gamers have grown up with shooters, and look down upon most everything else.
Well, as someone who has been gaming for over 23 years, let me tell you the Haven: Call of the King is actually a very good game. It is the exact type of game that you could hope for, with variety at every turn, pretty graphics that still hold up 10 years later, and fun challenges. They game has you platforming, rolling around in a big energy ball, getting into dogfights in space, shooting giant turrets on trains and on boats, saving eggs from an invading swarm and even escaping prison.
The variety on offer here rivals just about every other game of it's time. The story and voice acting is laughable by today's standards, but everything else about the game holds up surprisingly well. You will be surprised at how much you will enjoy this adventure. It does not give the greatest first impression, since after the first half hour I was ready to turn it off.
But after sticking with it for an hour, the game opens up and reveals a wonderfully polished experience that is hard to find in today's shooter drenched market. So give this game a try, and take the chance like I did. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised.
One thing that Haven offers is an insane amount of variety in the "gameplay." Like the description says Haven has a lot of different types of levels - you'll fly on a jetpack, control cannons, race, engage in car combat, roll in a ball (like super monkey ball), rhythm type (like parappa), and several other types of minigames, then there's the main on foot platforming. It's actually a negative because it disrupts the flow of the game. Challenge - Haven is very difficult. Maximo is child's play compared to Haven. There were quite a few times throughout the entire game where I felt like giving up and most of these were the "special" levels with the different type of gameplay. I must have played the "super monkey ball" level and some of the shooting levels about a dozen times before I beat them, fortunately you get infinite lives. To put it in perspective I think I had a tougher time with Haven than with Devil May Cry. Sights and Sounds - The characters in the game look a bit odd but the levels are large, with plenty of details and some great effects (the sky turns dark, it rains, lots of fire and explosions). The voice acting is good but otherwise nothing in the sound department stands out. Story - The story actually grew on me and by the end of the game I really wanted to find out whether Haven would find the king that would supposedly rescue the humans. Unfortunately this was planned to be a trilogy and the first game has a cliffhanger ending. The rest of the story will probably never be told because of poor sales. So is it worth it? If you've played all of the top PS2 games and you're looking for a tough challenge then go for it.