Today, HippoChippies is getting something I’ve been wanting to have for a long time, guests! I asked some of the coolest people I know for their opinions on the games they’re playing right now. Sometimes it can be good to dig around in someone else’s brain for a little while, so here are some thoughts on the games everyone has been into during the first half of 2012.
“My impressions for the 2012 gaming year so far are very good. We are not even halfway through the year yet and already have had so many innovative and creative titles come out. One of my favorite titles of 2012 so far has to be Journey, by ThatGameCompany. Journey is the third game in the indie company’s game lineup and personally my favorite. Journey brought me in not by an emotional appeal but with innovation and creativity.
I’ve waited for journey for well around 2 years when it was first announced. Ever since I saw the first teaser trailer and screenshots I was already pulled in by it’s creativity. fl0w and Flower were also great games but I really believe Journey captured the best of ThatGameCompany. I hope to see more titles like this in the near future and I really believe that independent developers could learn a lot from ThatGameCompany.” – Trevor Baldwin
“Skyrim. Lots of choices to make, dragons to kill, weapons and armor to forge, and lots of leveling up and perks for your character.” – Reed Grimes
As most of you may recall, Prototype wasn’t the greatest game on the market and with Prototype 2 a lot of consumers were, safe to say, skeptical. Prototype 2 takes the good points of the first Prototype and improves on that and more, with the addition of new powers as well as a new character, Sgt. James Heller. One of the new powers that you receive is the tendrils. This new power shoots out tentacles to the nearest target whilst ripping them to shreds, a definite improvement from the shield and muscle mass powers.
That’s not all though, evolution plays a key role in this game, meaning, you guessed it, creating your optimal prototype. As you level up you will get a chance to choose a perk that makes your character stronger, for example you can make yourself bulletproof, fun! Prototype 2 gets rid of the little min-events like races and replaces them with side missions which can be completed to earn new perks.
The game isn’t perfect though, Heller’s character development is mediocre at best and he drops the f-bomb every other sentence, not to mention some of the missions will have you do the same thing every now and then. But the story is believable in a sense that you do connect with the character at some level. Other than that game is good and I recommend it to anyone, fans and newcomers alike. I believe Radical Entertainment knew what they were doing when they designed this game and it is definitely worth checking out. Remember, revenge is a dish best served cold.” – Zackary Dickerson
“Of the many games released this year, some of the most entertaining were Journey, for it’s beautiful graphics, Lone Survivor for being able to scare the pants off of anyone even with really simply animated people, and The Witcher 2 and Max Payne 3 for their great stories that were always able to keep my attention. Last and best is The Walking Dead, with its many choices and interesting (yet sometimes irritating) characters, it’s impossible to get bored.” – Brittany Tynes
“I just bought Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for 3DS and it’s lovely. You can pick your favorite characters from any of the games 1-13 and level up. There’s a lot to collect and the music is really fun too!” – Michael Mays
“Kid Icarus: Uprising is a great game. The controls definitely take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the aerial battles feel a lot like a Star Fox game. Each level is divided into two halves, aerial and ground battles. Pit starts off each level taking to the skies, but once Palutena’s power runs out, Pit if forced to finish the level on foot.
The hearts earned during each level by killing enemies can be used to place bets on each level, more hearts raise the difficulty on a scale of 1.0 to 9.9, with higher numbers resulting in tougher battles, but better rewards. Some areas in the levels can’t be access unless you play on a high enough difficulty. In addition to the combat, Pit can spend his hearts to buy weapons and even combine two weapons to make a more powerful one. The weapons come in many different varieties and different situations call for different weapon types, you just have to experiment and determine which is best for you. With the extensive weapon set and many levels of difficulty, this game has a surprising amount of replay value.
Even the story is great with a surprising turn of events around the midpoint of the game you’ll never see coming. The game has a surprising amount of humor as well, despite all the commotion of battle, you’ll want to pay really close attention to the conversations between Pit and Palutena, or else you’ll miss out on a lot of snide comments and silly jokes. This game is definitely a must have for 3DS owners.” – Jonathan Vaughan
I want to thank everyone so much for giving me your time to write all of this, I have been looking forward to doing this for a while; I’m so glad that all of you were as interested as you were in helping out. I can’t wait to do it again soon! – Zach