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HippoChippies’ Favorite Games: 40-31

Journey-Screen-One#40 – Journey –

One of the most recent games you’ll find on this list, but it’s one that will almost certainly stand as a timeless classic. The sense of place in Journey is so awe-inspiring it’s next-to impossible for this text to even give you a glimpse into what makes it so special. As thatgamecompany’s finest piece of art, it’s one of the closest examples we’ve ever seen of a “perfect” video game.

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63538_3DS_SuperMario_7_scrn07_E3-620x#39 – Super Mario 3D Land

By this point, I’m pretty sure it isn’t a secret that I like platformers…like…a whole lot. The Super Mario franchise kicked off one of the greatest and most well respected genres in video games, and somehow our plumber still finds ways to surprise us. Created by the Super Mario Galaxy Team, 3D Land steps away from space to refresh us with something a little more down to earth. By combining elements of more traditional Mario Games, specifically Mario Bros. 3, with pieces of the first 3D game, Mario 64, they’ve struck gold (coins?) once again.

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original#38 – Final Fantasy VI

I’ll admit, I still haven’t ever finished Final Fantasy VI. To some, that may disqualify me from the discussion of it being one of the greatest games of all time, but I disagree. I’ve probably played through over 50% of the game, and I’m in sheer awe that it’s as great as it is. I don’t have the strongest affinity for the Final Fantasy franchise, but this seems eons ahead of the other games I’ve played in the series. I absolutely adore its main antagonist, Kefka, and I the story and characters are the best I’ve seen from any of the games in the series. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises, but nearly everything that unfolds is brilliantly executed, and I can’t recommend it enough even if you aren’t a fan of Final Fantasy.

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01-heavy_rain-playstation_3screenshots16707mad_neon2#37- Heavy Rain

Thrilling, cinematic, and intense. I have the highest respects for what Heavy Rain was able to achieve. Weaving a crime story between multiple playable characters, Heavy Rain grabs you right into its world and drags you through the shit along with every one of its fictional participants. By the end of the game, you’ll be as utterly destroyed as anyone in it, and you won’t be able to get it out of your head.

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R3_StLouis_Widowmaker_02#36 – Resistance 3

Resistance 3 is one of the greatest first person shooters ever made. Insomniac struck pure gold when they mixed the silliness of Ratchet and Clank’s weapon system with some incredible design choices that revolutionized what a shooter can be. I can only describe the experience of playing it as magical. Every mechanic blends together just…perfectly; it’s a kind of lightning that probably won’t strike again for a long time.


999-.9.Hours.9.Persons.9.Doors.full.934360# 35 – 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

Like many games that I enjoy, 999 has chunks that I despise. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker has some blatantly terrible sequences, but I still get through those parts to enjoy one of the best games ever made. 999 caused me more frustration than nearly any other game I can think of, but I still adore it more than almost any other as well. A game that starts you and the characters in it at zero, you know literally nothing as you begin the game. You grow with the characters throughout the course of the game, discovering the ins and outs of what is probably the most fascinating mystery I’ve ever been able to participate in. The game has multiple endings, which leads to much of the frustration you’ll go up against. Repeating multiple sections of a game in the exact same ways half a dozen times is never particularly enjoyable. The rewards for struggling through this though…they’re incredible. Experiencing the twists and uncovering mysteries of 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors is one of the most rewarding experiences in gaming, despite it trying to keep them from you.

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??????????????????????????????????????#34 – Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is a game about nothing. There are no objectives forced upon you; there isn’t a way to win or lose. The game doesn’t care if you participate, the world still moves on if you aren’t there. Seriously, pull out your GameCube or DS version that you haven’t touched in a few years. Everyone is still there, they’ve been there every day since you started the world, and you should probably take care of all the weeds that sprouted up. Animal Crossing doesn’t have to ask you to care about it at all, you just do. You make friends with little animals, build up your home, and do whatever else you feel like doing. Animal Crossing is a friend many of us have had, spent time with, maybe moved on from, but haven’t forgot about. Like our best friends, Animal Crossing always be around for you to come see how it’s doing.

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Demons-Souls-D-God#33 – Demon’s Souls

If you want to play Demon’s Souls, you have to make an effort to learn it. Demon’s Souls is a tough game, but it reminds me of older games in more ways than just difficulty. In The Legend of Zelda, you start off with a sword and huge map to roam without any direction. In Metroid you have a gun, turn into a ball, and get confused as you run around a maze. Demon’s Souls is kind of like that. Once you make the leap into Demon’s Souls, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave it alone until you’re finished. The boss fights are always exciting and interesting, the multiplayer implementation goes beyond anything that’s been done before, and exploration is rewarded immensely. Pretty much everything I like about games is wrapped up in here, and it’s up to you to make the leap in and see if it works for you too.

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92278-all-paper-mario-64-bowser#32 – Paper Mario

Take a whole lot of colorful cartoon charm and roll it up into some excellent RPG mechanics, and you’ll start to figure out what makes Paper Mario so special.  I stand by assertions that Intelligent Systems is one of the most talented game developers working today, and Paper Mario is one place where they began to shine the brightest. Some really great writing make this adventure one of the funniest and most entertaining stories Nintendo has ever had. There’s a ton of extras to seek out when you aren’t playing in the inventive combat system. Paper Mario takes a simple concept and expands it to unexpected highs, it’s one of the silliest and most fun games I’ve had the pleasure of playing.

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tumblr_md1i6a3WJ61rcdcnho1_500#31 – Sonic Adventure 2: Battle

There is so much going on in this game. First off, we’ve got Sonic. His levels are traditional platforming levels where you run fast. Next there’s Knuckles’ levels where you use hints to hunt for treasure. Tails has his own set of levels where he stomps around in a robot and shoots stuff. And then there are three evil characters that you can play through that share these three level types. THEN, there is an entirely different game mode where any of these six characters can grow tiny Pokemon-esque children called Chaos. You spend hours and hours forgetting about the story mode and raise children in a garden and make them fight and race each other. You can even send them to your Gameboy and bring them out of the game with you. ALSO THERE IS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MODE THAT IS A KART RACER FOR SOME REASON. I don’t know why there is so much going on in this game, or why all of it is as good as it is. Come for the action platforming, stay for the child raising simulator. I’m sure I’ve spent at least 100 hours with it. Yeah, this game is pretty sweet.

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-Zach

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