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  • Summary: They escaped to a lost planet to be together. A RPG adventure about love and freedom. To play solo or co-op with a special someone. Yu and Kay have escaped to a forgotten planet. Play the two lovers settling in an unknown world. Survive together, glide over the plains, camp, restore theThey escaped to a lost planet to be together. A RPG adventure about love and freedom. To play solo or co-op with a special someone. Yu and Kay have escaped to a forgotten planet. Play the two lovers settling in an unknown world. Survive together, glide over the plains, camp, restore the planet, fight if you have to. All that matters is to stay together.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 26, 2021
    80
    Haven is absolutely worth playing, especially with a partner. Its story is beautiful, engaging, and authentic. Its storytelling sets a clear benchmark in realistically portraying relationships in video games. I do wish Haven’s gameplay reached the incredible standards set by its story, but even a few blemishes can’t completely tarnish such a unique experience.
  2. Feb 16, 2021
    80
    The writing and atmosphere are top-notch, and as long as you come into it knowing those things are the focus I think you’ll get on well with Haven.
  3. Feb 4, 2021
    80
    A heartwarming story of love against all odds. Traversal can be tedious, but Haven makes up for it with some charming characters and an adorable lizard companion.
  4. Feb 17, 2021
    80
    Haven is an incredibly zen and cathartic experience that has a genuine human relationship at its core, with combat that expertly manages to match the airy flow of the overall gameplay. It sets an incredibly high bar for quality.
  5. 75
    I stuck with Haven, throughout the crashes, the glitches and the slightly repetitive exploration, because I really fell in love with these characters. I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed being in their presence. Hearing them talk about their feelings for each other, their choices, their background and their doubt about fleeing the Apiary just made me connect with them. It feels good to see a relationship that comes across as more mature and developed in a video game. Something that isn’t there to satisfy people that ship in-game characters or gives them additional stats, but two characters that live together and struggle together. They each have a complete personality and to see that flourish, to see them flourish together, is something I have rarely if ever experienced in a game. Haven is not perfect, certainly not on Switch, but I would follow these characters to the edge of space and beyond.
  6. Feb 21, 2021
    70
    Haven is a beautiful game about a relationship that is best in its quiet moments. The conversations and tenderness between Yu and Kay, its two leads, are the lifeblood of the game, and everything else is secondary. Its interesting combat system would benefit from a bit more signposting, and the flying traversal is a fun sci-fi addition to the game that works more often than it doesn't. Still, it's a wonderful experience, especially in co-op, but perhaps one to get on sale.
  7. Apr 27, 2021
    70
    With its very well written characters and dialogue, as well as a marvelous looking world, Haven could have benefited from more ambition during its development, rather than going for a simple work which at times can feel somewhat repetitive.

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  1. Feb 15, 2021
    7
    This game, when first starting, takes a lot to get used to. You may expect some interesting turn-based combat, some strong plot or largeThis game, when first starting, takes a lot to get used to. You may expect some interesting turn-based combat, some strong plot or large landscapes to travel for 100's of hours. It doesn't really have any. The combat is real-time and you only get 5 actions to choose from, the story seems (at first) to be pretty weak, and the landscape doesn't seem to be that large. At this point, you are probably wondering why I gave it a 7 whilst giving it such harsh criticisms, and you are right to do so. I do this as playing this game gives you this feeling off the bat. It feels as if there is tons of unused potential at the beginning. Despite all this, this game grows upon you incredibly subtly. The movement (the free rail system) is genuinely really interesting and could've been expanded upon, even though it is pretty good. The combat is generally disappointing, however, it is nice to get the hang of it. Now, the plot. The overall arc is pretty loose and cheap. When I arrived at the end, I found myself asking the game, "Is this it?". There is however a massive silver lining to this, which is the bond between the two characters. It seems like the game was focussed on delivering a more realistic outlook on the relationship that is typically not present in most games. It may be a little cringy at first but quickly becomes thoroughly interesting. The development of a backstory to create urgency is pretty poor, the differences in settings are similarly poor, which really matters on a foreign planet with such vibrant colours and foreign ideas (with cooking, discovering the planet, etc), and the overall creation of care and urgency in all facets is not par, to say the least.

    The positives are the fun movement, the rich relationship between the characters, the vibrant colours and vague plot points.

    The negatives are the lack of expansion on the afore-mentioned plot points, the lack of development of urgency for getting things done, the lack of unique landscapes (and differences between the pre-existing areas), the terribly boring combat and the quick ending. I would've liked a more game to play and even a post-game would be appreciated.

    The reason I give this such a high rating is because of how sneakily charming it is, the size of the development team and the sheer potential behind the game. I wouldn't recommend this to a personal friend, however, it is a genuinely interesting experience and if you are looking for a more real experience of the relationship between two characters that isn't typically done in other games, go ahead. It's only £20.

    (Oh yeah, there's also tons of glitches and crashes in the game on the Switch version, so if you want to play it on that, it's going to be annoying at times.)
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