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Weekly Update 12/04/2014 – Far Cry, Captain Toad, Geometry Wars and Pokemans

Yeeeaahhh…weekly.

It’s almost time for Game of the Year season, and HippoChippies will be having more awards than ever before. I’ve been planning some big things that will be happening soon, so if you like seeing the greatest achievements in the industry rewarded with heaps of praise, stick around. And, as usual, the normal posts about weird indie games and other nonsense will be popping up. So if you hate GotY stuff, there’s still content planned for you.


 

After loving Far Cry 3, I figured I would want more of that with Far Cry 4.

fc4 run

Turns out, it’s pretty much the same game, and I don’t know if I can handle Ubisoft taking me down this road again. Far Cry 4 is a good game, a great game even, but so was Far Cry 3. I loved the first and second Assassin’s Creed games, but as they kept going, the less inclined I was to want to see all of the same content again. Far Cry 4 is a fine standalone thing, but after as much Far Cry 3 as I played, I think I’m ready to move on to something new.


I’m not sure if Dragon Age is the series for me, but I keep trying to break my way into it. After a few hours of Inquisition, I’m still not sure how.

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I enjoyed the first few hours of Dragon Age: Origins, but eventually got burnt out on the combat. I’m a fan of a huge open world to explore, but Bioware’s fantasy series just can’t seem to grab me. I like the lonliness of exploration in a game like Skyrim, and in Fallout I choose not to take companions. In Dragon Age, I always have a group with me chatting it up while I’m trying to explore a forest and pick flowers. It’s a weird personal complaint, but one I’ve tried years to get around and just can’t.


 

Geometry Wars 3 is better than I had hoped.

geo wars 3

Not only does it bring back almost the entirety of Geometry Wars 2 just because, it adds in a handful of other game modes that are constantly surprising and refreshing for the series. I never played the Wii game, Geometry Wars: Galaxies, and I know some of the innovations there have been brought along, so all of the new additions from 2 are truely new to me. There’s the expansive single player mode, with changing level types and stages to see, and the great but too short co-op mode is a blast to run through in one sitting with a group of friends. If there’s ever been a more complete package of one of the most perfect arcade games of all time, I haven’t seen it.


 

I’ve only played Tales from the Borderlands for about half an hour, but that was enough to know that I will be playing more.

borderlands tales

Just in the beginning, there are some really fantastic jokes and sight gags, paired with the style and dialogue that you’d expect from Telltale. I’ll definitely be jumping back into this before Game of the Year award season.


Pokemon Alpha Sapphire is just too cute.

pokemon oras gym

I love the little sneaking animation, I could watch my little guy creep around towns and forests for hours. The game is pretty fun too, but you know what you’re getting into at this point. What’s basically an expansion for X and Y, the remakes of Sapphire and Ruby are built on that same engine, and take full advantage of the changes it brought to the series. If you liked X and Y, you’ll like these.


 

Captain Toad has some of the most unique levels in Super Mario 3D World, but can it hold up to the length of a full game?

capt toad

I’m still early in, but with the number of ideas I’ve already seen so far, I’d say it probably can. It’s colorful, vibrant, and very Nintendo.

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