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Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

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  • Summary: Does love truly conquer all? Two lovers gave up everything, left their entire lives behind, and escaped to a lost planet to be together. Play these lovers, Yu and Kay, at the same time as they settle into an unknown and eerie world. Explore the planet searching for parts and material to fixDoes love truly conquer all? Two lovers gave up everything, left their entire lives behind, and escaped to a lost planet to be together. Play these lovers, Yu and Kay, at the same time as they settle into an unknown and eerie world. Explore the planet searching for parts and material to fix their ship and make it a cosy home. Enjoy life together as a relatable couple cooking meals, crafting, collecting resources and engaging in meaningful conversations. Fight against those trying to tear them apart by synchroniSing their actions in combat, finding the perfect timing and rhythm, while controlling both characters simultaneously. Glide through the mysterious landscape, explore a fragmented world and fight against what’s trying to tear them apart in this RPG adventure about love, rebellion, and freedom. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Dec 3, 2020
    100
    I could probably write a dissertation on everything Haven does right, but the truth is, Haven is something you must feel. Your relationship with Haven will change over time, the nuances left on you only realized long after the controller has been put away. Haven is the game every game developer wishes they could make and every gamer wishes they could play for the first time every time. It cannot be understated how beautiful Haven is in every sense of the word. Please don’t just play Haven — feel Haven.
  2. Dec 3, 2020
    90
    Haven exudes an amount of confidence that’s not often seen. Every piece falls into its place and there is never a moment to suggest that developer The Game Bakers had any doubts about the direction in which it wanted to take the game. Its satisfying exploration of interconnected levels, light survival, story-driven visual novel elements, and rhythmic combat all serve the greater experience. It boasts some of the most organic writing we’ve seen in a while and strong protagonists with excellent chemistry. Kay and Yu embody weakness and strength, childlike wonder and maturity, and kick ass together when the need arises. It’s hard to dislike them. Regardless if you’re in it just for its story or want to see everything it has to offer, Haven always finds a way to reward you and never wastes your time.
  3. Dec 14, 2020
    82
    Haven is a great comfort game. Relaxing music, pleasant color palette, dialogues that are often light but never empty. Yu and Kay’s adventure on source never fails to be entertaining, and if the combat seems a bit shallow at first, it will certainly put you to the test as you progress. Some things could be better, of course; but after the excellent Furi, Haven is another proof of The Game Bakers’ competence.
  4. Dec 3, 2020
    80
    Haven is a charming and unusual sci-fi RPG about love prevailing above all else, although between its thrilling gravity boot rides and respectable combat are long spans of monotonous resource gathering and clean-up.
  5. Dec 10, 2020
    72
    A relaxing adventure that's at its best when focusing on the romance.
  6. Jan 2, 2021
    70
    In spite of the general tedium of its gameplay, Haven is a truly poignant and memorable story of two lovers against the world. It has a rare combination of intimacy, tenderness, humor, and fear all in one. Whether it's the central relationship, the social implications of its universe, or its final, gut-wrenching decision, Haven is sure to stick with players in one way or another - just as long as they can look past its much more mediocre gameplay and repetitive cycles.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Dec 31, 2020
    40
    Haven doesn't lack for heart, but the spark sadly just isn't there. It's not us, it's Yu. [Issue#354, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Dec 5, 2020
    10
    Dear developers! Please accept my gratitude for such a great game! It is a pity that many people did not appreciate it and the rating ofDear developers! Please accept my gratitude for such a great game! It is a pity that many people did not appreciate it and the rating of Metacritic did not reach 80( for me, the game became a real mini-masterpiece! Once again, I am convinced that you do not need to have million-dollar budgets and arrange a hype to release a decent, interesting and deep game! No need for graphics that squeeze all the juice out of your computer, PS or XBOX. The main thing is an approach, live characters who want to experience, sympathize. The game should not have a beautiful cover. The game must have a soul! And You, all those who worked on this game succeeded! The game is live!
    Personally, I am very much looking forward to new masterpieces from Your team! Keep it up! 1010!
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  2. May 1, 2022
    10
    Story 5/5
    Music 5/5
    Artstyle 5/5 Combat 3/5 Worth to play 4.5/5 This game has a smooth gameplay for sure.The combat system is a bit
    Story 5/5
    Music 5/5
    Artstyle 5/5
    Combat 3/5
    Worth to play 4.5/5

    This game has a smooth gameplay for sure.The combat system is a bit simple but still satisfying. And the story.. well this game is focused on characters story with a simple gameplay which is a good thing because nowadays we forgot that games doesn't need to have an action scenario in order to be called a good game.
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  3. Dec 15, 2020
    10
    This game is just amazing in terms art, music, characters and they relationship, its a wonderful romantic story, so if u like this type ofThis game is just amazing in terms art, music, characters and they relationship, its a wonderful romantic story, so if u like this type of games u should play it. The only problem is rushed ending Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2020
    10
    What a fantastic Xbox Gamepass game. The music is appropriate and atmospheric, the gameplay feels new yet familiar, this is especially trueWhat a fantastic Xbox Gamepass game. The music is appropriate and atmospheric, the gameplay feels new yet familiar, this is especially true for the combat system, but the best of all the great things about the game is the synergy between the two main characters. I've played almost all of the games that the general public dubbed the best of the decade, and yet none of them have shown me such an honest and well-written relationship as Haven can. Truly a recommendation. Expand
  5. Sep 16, 2021
    9
    Not the best combat system but I throughly enjoyed this game. It could've been a 10/10 for me if the combat was a little bit more enjoyable. ANot the best combat system but I throughly enjoyed this game. It could've been a 10/10 for me if the combat was a little bit more enjoyable. A turn based combat system like that of FF or Persona series with a couple more skills might've been much better. But I really liked the story and characters and the game overall for what it is. Expand
  6. Jan 3, 2021
    8
    Warm, honest and lively relationship between our lovers is what creates that game. I swear to god, that I never saw such charming and lovableWarm, honest and lively relationship between our lovers is what creates that game. I swear to god, that I never saw such charming and lovable couple, as Yu and Kay. From gameplay perspective it's fine - I love exploration of Source, and discover it's history. The only thing that I hate is chaotic and awful fight mechanic, that looks like waterdown version of Final Fantasy. But other than that I think that I honestly love this game. One of biggest suprise of this year Expand
  7. Dec 14, 2020
    1
    Can you make more boring game than this? I think you can't!

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