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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: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 11, 2020
    90
    Haven is a cute and enjoyable mix of light survival, light RPG, and serious romance novel. It's exactly the kind of game to play if you want to relax for a few hours and see adorable people being adorable. The surprisingly enjoyable RPG combat and gentle survival mechanics make the game feel more like a game, while at heart it is closer to a visual novel. If you like warm and fuzzy feelings, Haven is a great choice, as long as you don't mind the occasional risqué dialogue.
  2. Jan 11, 2021
    80
    Haven presents a lush alien world, one rife with resource gathering and loaded with turn-based combat, as a suitable venue for its forbidden love story. Such an unorthodox collection of disparate elements may have had trouble connecting if not held together by widely relatable and sharply written interpersonal dialogue. It’s an assembly that allows its pair protagonists to thrive inside moments of tedium, suggesting a story worth telling takes precedent over action not always worth doing.
  3. Feb 19, 2021
    80
    Haven is a noteworthy story that defines what it is like to find your home with your loved one. Yu and Kay have their ups and downs, but Haven shows that love conquers all hardships. The game is about exploring and finding new places, and of course being free to love whoever you want. Like all relationships the game isn’t perfect, but it successfully presents a warm and powerful narrative that demonstrates an adult relationship with characters that we can all relate to.
  4. Dec 3, 2020
    75
    A charming surprise and should mark the genre of adventure game thanks to the quality of the writing, the few mechanics borrowed from RPGs, the possibility of playing as a duo and its accessibility.
  5. Dec 5, 2020
    70
    A delightful central relationship gives this love story RPG wings, but generic survival beats and somewhat empty worlds leaves Haven not quite the essential indie experience we were hoping for.
  6. Dec 3, 2020
    70
    Haven has a good premise and a touch of freshness as it strives to convey humanity, even though most of its mechanics and plot deserved more depth.
  7. Dec 3, 2020
    50
    Despite its charming story and truly endearing characters, Haven does not deliver the adventure it once promised. Between its cryptic mecanics, redundant environments and rough battles, it seems like the game does not want to player ton pursue the adventure or have a pleasant time. Too bad, because Danger's soundtrack and the story of Yu and Kay should have had a better treatment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 14, 2020
    10
    Haven isn't a big box adventure title with perfect mechanics. It is the perfect game to relax with on a weeknight with someone you love. ThereHaven isn't a big box adventure title with perfect mechanics. It is the perfect game to relax with on a weeknight with someone you love. There are few games I've enjoyed as much as I've enjoyed Haven so far. The story of Yu and Kay is endlessly relatable and the visuals, music, and mechanics come together to create a zen cooperative game. This game gives myself and my partner a sense of peace and contendedness at the end of a long day and is a real gift. Pick it up! Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2021
    9
    Rarely have I enjoyed something so much while being so aware that other people's mileage may vary. That's because I played Haven with myRarely have I enjoyed something so much while being so aware that other people's mileage may vary. That's because I played Haven with my wife, and it is hard for me to comment on what it would be like played solo or with someone else. I suspect it is a good game no matter how you play it, but that it is at its best played co-op, and with someone who- at the very least- you would happily go for a nice walk with.

    I should say that Haven makes co-op very accessible. You can drop in an out at any time, without being committed to playing solo or co-op. My wife games far less than me but had no trouble mastering the controls. Combat requires co-ordination, but general movement and exploration lets either player take the lead which avoids the frustrations that can occur when playing with two players of very different skill levels eg handing over a controller to access tricky areas.

    This game is not an action-fest: Doom Eternal it is not! Much of the game is about exploration of a lightly populated world. Fortunately there are two elements which make this enjoyable: 1) the art and soundtrack are excellent, and 2) the movement mechanics are (mostly) a pleasure to control. The player is encouraged to follow "flow threads" which start out as novelties and later become important for accessing certain areas and recharging abilities- the difficulty following these gently scales and there are a few optional ones with real challenge to them. Exploration is necessary to move the story forward but thorough exploration is rewarded mainly through unlocking additional character and relationship moments (and this is worth it, see below).

    Meanwhile, combat starts very simple and adds layers of complexity but only a few encounters are really tough. It is here that I suspect co-op has an advantage over solo play: combat requires timing and co-ordination between the characters, which is a bit more fun when playing with someone else rather than controlling both characters together. And while we only got truly beaten once, encounters can go bad quickly and messing up can leave you having to dodge further battles while you retreat to somewhere you can heal up, so combat isn't perfunctory.

    However: while exploration is calm and pleasant, and combat is diverting and occasionally frantic, the absolute heart of this game is the relationship between the main characters. In short- the characters are written and acted in a remarkably believable way. They flirt and argue and joke in a way that felt very real (as I sat doing the same with my wife of several years) and it never seemed trite or forced. We found ourselves ignoring the main quest and exploring corners of the map because unlocking extra cute moments between the characters was a worthwhile reward- and I think that speaks volumes in itself! Even the loading screens are cute and you unlock more as you get to know the characters (note: loading times are very quick on PS5).

    In short: The Game Bakers deserve a lot of praise for this game. If you go in expecting quiet exploration and fun character work, and ideally with a loved one to play with, then I fully recommend this game.
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  3. Jan 6, 2021
    5
    Haven
    Cute and Pretty and Pretty Boring
    Haven is a 3rd person exploration game where you play solo or coop as Kay and Yu, two lovers that
    Haven
    Cute and Pretty and Pretty Boring
    Haven is a 3rd person exploration game where you play solo or coop as Kay and Yu, two lovers that escaped to a lost planet together.. at first Haven looks promising with its beautiful color and design, its race like mechanics for floating around this lost planet… but almost instantly turns into a head scratching, what is this?
    its kind of instantly boring and never does much to ease this feeling, there is cute boyfriend girlfriend dialog between the two, you can explore the world to find different ingredients to cook for eachother, and you can collect materials to upgrade your items and your home called the nest, and the game looks and feels the same for at least 4 hours… I couldn’t muster up the care to see haven all the way through to the end, it is just so repetitive, all 4 hours look the same and have you doing the same things,clean up this iron goo, pacify these rogue creatures in a little turn based combat, and float across these bridges to a new patch of land just to do the same thing…
    I couldn’t take it anymore…
    Sadly there is no aspect here I could see that could make anyone else feel otherwise..
    Not even the relationship building between to two..
    I just couldn’t care where cleaning up this world would take me..
    I give Haven
    a 5/10
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