Tuesday, November 2, 2010

[Review] Haven and Hearth

I wanted to do something on this game for a while now but I never got around to it before, so I figure I'd do something quick about it before I spaced it completely.

Haven and Hearth is a java based MMO in development. It's unique in that there are MANY different aspects that meet and merge into one game. Basically it's a farming-hunting-fishing-crafting-village building-survival-fully PvP game, quite a mouth full. The game is in what the devs describe as "playable alpha" so it's still under a lot of development, which is both good and bad. The client and some game aspects are unstable and there are a lot of imbalances, but on the other hand, the game gets updated and changed fairly often.

Watch their outdated trailer, it'll give you a better idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v72vZb2FL5M&

A landscape screenshots of my fort before it was destroyed.


Everything in the game is player driven. There are no quests, no NPCs (outside of hostile animals) and no shops. Players start off in random spawns and need to find resources and learn skills to survive, and it's tough. You're expected to lose a few characters in the trial process of starting out before getting settled. After learning to feed your character and survive, the next step is to build shelter. Building a house and surrounding it with a palisade wall will keep out animals. Once you have a safe spot, you need to CLAIM the land around your house. This will make it so other players can't steal your things without learning the PvP skills and leaving traceable scents. Once all that is set up, you're ready to explore and find other players and make your mark on this digital world. Not all players are friendly however, so be careful.

All in all, this game is amazingly genius. I personally can't wait for it to blossom into a finished game. If you wanna check it out here's the link. Just don't get too attached to your creations, as they reset the maps for testing periodically.

http://www.havenandhearth.com/portal/

26 comments:

VGBlogger said... [Reply]

have you ever tried Evony? it sounds like the same thing-ish. nice post

Unlogic said... [Reply]

This is epic game :)

RatsRunThisTown said... [Reply]

This game looks sick!

Copyboy said... [Reply]

That trailer made me so miss my colecovision. BTW...are you going to turn this retro game quest into a book? I think you should.

Brandon said... [Reply]

Wow, interesting game ideas in this

RoodNverse said... [Reply]

should be cool once it gets going....

Luigibomb said... [Reply]

That is a sweet game dude.

Dan said... [Reply]

Wow, that looks really neat. Tricky title though >.<

ModerneFusion said... [Reply]

wow, really reminds me of that survival game I always played on Warcraft xD

g4strainer_exx007 said... [Reply]

nice dude, this is cool

Astra said... [Reply]

looks really fun

Jesson Balaoing said... [Reply]

awesome blog, great idea... happy blogging

Gansita said... [Reply]

Seems like an addictive game, bad thing I don't have enough time to play it. (perhaps when I get vacations, lol)

Classically Trained Nub said... [Reply]

Checking it out now, looks pretty awesome.

Kartoffeln said... [Reply]

Nice entry, keep it coming!

Zetta Reviews said... [Reply]

Great indepth review yo! ^_^

rebekillah said... [Reply]

looking good

Fuuuuuuuu said... [Reply]

thanks for the overview

timeline1992 said... [Reply]

looks good , thnx

MacPCharmony said... [Reply]

good stuff!

About Insurance said... [Reply]

good job with this blog :)

Swift Love said... [Reply]

this is great!

amidoinitrite? said... [Reply]

thanks for sharing this

TechnoMac said... [Reply]

oh wow doesnt look too bad il give it a shot this weekend if i have time

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said... [Reply]

Java is so slow.

SpringyB said... [Reply]

Yeah the Java is slow, it's sometimes a huge problem because the client can get unstable after updates.

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