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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 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Dec 11, 2020
    93
    If you take one thing away from this review, be it this; playing Haven is utterly mesmerising, a wonderfully written and performed tale of two lovers taking a chance on each other even at the cost of their very way of life. Yu and Kay have become two of my favourite characters this year, and even now I can’t help wonder where they will go next. Exploring Source is an exercise if joy, even when we have to repeat sections a few times, and there always feels like there is something else to find or see. It could have been a tad shorter, but when what’s here is this enjoyable I’ll allow it!
  2. Dec 4, 2020
    90
    Part of me wants to say Haven is my game of the year, but I should probably let the post-play buzz die down first. What I do know is that Yu and Kay will stick with me for a long time.
  3. Dec 3, 2020
    80
    At the end of the twenty hours required to complete it, Haven is confirmed as an intimate and daily love story, which rejects the pomposity of the epic to settle on the sweetness of adolescence. And it's a rarity in the gaming world.
  4. Dec 14, 2020
    80
    Haven is an uplifting and positive tale of a young couple setting out to make an alien planet their home. Yu and Kay are a likeable pair as you watch their relationship strengthen, the world of Source is a gorgeous place to explore, and the soundtrack is great as well. While the overarching story could be deeper and battles could be streamlined further, Haven is a game that offers a chilled out escape.
  5. Dec 3, 2020
    78
    Even when I was frustrated, I was impressed by the touching and thrilling moments Haven creates. I enjoyed the genuine connection between Yu and Kay, and jetting off into the unknown with a pair of hover-boots is a blast. But this otherworldly adventure extends itself too far beyond its strengths. Sometimes the rough patches are worth working through, but like any relationship, sometimes you’re just giving more than you’re getting.
  6. 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.
  7. Dec 3, 2020
    45
    The endearing love story and vibrant art style of Haven can't save it from being a derivative and forgettable RPG adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 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
  2. Feb 14, 2021
    10
    The rhythmic gameplay, music and sound, and story all blended together so nicely. I'm shocked at how polished the game feels and gets out ofThe rhythmic gameplay, music and sound, and story all blended together so nicely. I'm shocked at how polished the game feels and gets out of your way to embrace the story and characters.

    I'm a complete sucker for story-focused games where the gameplay works for the story without getting in the way. Haven completely knocks this out of the park with such a beautiful experience.

    Haven is easily the best thing I've played in a long time. I can't wait to see what The Game Bakers brings for their next game.
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  3. Dec 17, 2020
    10
    It has some minor flaws but it is a gem nevertheless. Pros:
    - it's relaxing and engaging at the same time
    - creative vision of the story and
    It has some minor flaws but it is a gem nevertheless. Pros:
    - it's relaxing and engaging at the same time
    - creative vision of the story and environment
    - believable, charming characters
    - how every game mechanics are connected and related to the story
    - it has ZERO bugs - something AAA productions cannot active nova days
    - the level of user accessibility customisation is one of the best I ever saw
    - delightful dialogues

    Flaws: - repetitive music
    - sometimes its not clear what to do next
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  4. Feb 3, 2021
    8
    Ame las interacciones entre yu y Kai, son lo mejor del juego, el combate aunque simple es muy entretenido, el juego es un poco repetitivo yAme las interacciones entre yu y Kai, son lo mejor del juego, el combate aunque simple es muy entretenido, el juego es un poco repetitivo y los finales, sobre todo el final "malo" dejan mucho que desear, aún así buen juego, valió la pena Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2021
    8
    This is a very relaxing game that grabs you just by dialogue, voice acting, visuals and music. The music can be overused after some time butThis is a very relaxing game that grabs you just by dialogue, voice acting, visuals and music. The music can be overused after some time but it didnt bother me that much.

    My only complaint about this game is the combat but I can understand why it is this way because you control both players at the same time and have to let them work together. I played this game alone so maybe if you play with someone else it would be better but idk. The combat while playing alone can be confusing and weird but luckily the game is not that hard so its not frustrating and there are a lot of accesabilities to change to make it how you would prefer it.

    the story is just simply not that great but the way its told is amazing by just these two characters and their relationship. actually thats where the whole game is about and it is amazing! also the world they are on is pretty interesting.

    the game also doesnt take to long to finish so it wont get repetitive. I even think that if you search how to complete this game you can finish it in about 2 to 3 hours because most of the time is sucked into exploring.

    simply amazing game but didnt blow me away.
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  6. Aug 20, 2021
    8
    Si bien el juego es bastante repetitivo en su mecánica de recolección, y sus combates no presentan mucha dificultad, la parte de historia ySi bien el juego es bastante repetitivo en su mecánica de recolección, y sus combates no presentan mucha dificultad, la parte de historia y las interacciones entre yu y kay lo hacen un juego precioso.

    No es difícil ni mucho menos largo, la recolección se hace algo normal que no es necesario hacer en exceso y con cada salida a explorar consigues lo que necesitas para seguir avanzando sin pasar horas de grindeo o farmeo, es muy bonito y altamente recomendable pese a sus carencias como RPG
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  7. Feb 2, 2021
    0
    La daube du jour est un indé et inversement, l’indé du jour est une daube sous couvert ou plutôt le prétexte habituel du jeu « poétique » dontLa daube du jour est un indé et inversement, l’indé du jour est une daube sous couvert ou plutôt le prétexte habituel du jeu « poétique » dont la direction artistique semble tout droit sortie d’une poubelle fluo ! du mauve et du violet, un peu de bleu turquoise… mais pas grand-chose de plus puisqu’on est limité aux 16 couleurs réglementaires de la charte des étrons indés !

    Attention tout de même, c’est tout en 3 dimensions et ça peut même tourner sur la Switch de chez Nintendaube (en 360pet à 25 im/s) ainsi que sur console de salon : ça doit être au moins de la kat-ka, d’autant que c’est optimisé par exemple pour Series X|S ! ton étron inday plein de poésie, il tourne du coup nickayl à 60 im/s, putain ! quoique… pas en mode « qualité » mais en mode « performance » parce qu’en « qualité » on constate des ralentissements… dingue, ça… y a pourtant putain de rien à afficher mais bon…. voilà les branques quoi.

    Y a également putain de rien à jouer à part ramasser des merdes en glissant trop vite comme un hydroglisseur ou en marchant à 0,5 km de l’heure (c’est tout l’un ou tout l’autre). Quant aux « combats », on se croirait dans un ersatz de « jeu de rôle » japonais avec un tour par tour à deux yens boulotté par des baltringues.

    Et quant à l’histoire (?!) de ce couple, c’est à dormir debout et à bailler d’ennui : le style est d’ailleurs très manga et très niais, le tout avec des voix (anglaises uniquement) qui doublent des dialogues lénifiants alors que la musique d’ascenseur Bontempi omniprésente fait le reste !
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