Hopalong: The Badlands Review – A Great Game With no Save Games

It does not happen all that often we see a VR game which does not save a player’s progression whatsoever. Hopalong: The Badlands is a rare exception in this regard, even though the game is still extremely fun altogether. There are many positive aspects to this game which should not be overlooked whatsoever. Hopalong: The Badlands is currently available for HTC VIve and Oculus Rift at a price of $24.99.

Hopalong: The Badlands is Extremely Fun

Any VR game with a Wild West setting is immediately a hit in our book. Even though the game setting doesn’t make a game good or bad, we just want to see it utilized more often. Hopalong: The Badlands checks a lot of the right boxes in this regard, as it presents a gorgeous and cute Wild West setting for players to enjoy. Do not be fooled by the graphics, though, as this game is not all that forgiving when it comes to physical exertion. At the same time, the entire concept is surprisingly family-friendly, which we can only applaud.

It has to be said, Hopalong: The Badlands utilizes VR technology to its full potential. Every aspect of this game is incredibly fun and beautiful. Whether it is the graphics, the audio, or even the locomotion system, the game just gels together in an extremely nice manner. There is a trade-off for all of this “power”, though, as the game lacks a checkpointing system. If you die or mess up, you will go back to the beginning.

Wield your gun and a stick pony, moving around the game world is pretty relaxing. Movement can be completed by waving your hand up and down. Moving your hand faster results in faster movement speed. it is a simple concept that works surprisingly well. As you move around, you can also pick off enemies with your gun. It feels surprisingly good to do so. While you may lose health points along the way, they can be refilled by making your horse drink. An interesting solution that simply works well.

Even though Hopalong: the Badlands has just three chapters, there are multiple levels per chapter to complete. They are a bit linear in nature, but it doesn’t take away from the overall fun and challenge. Without checkpointing in place, a cautious approach is more than warranted first and foremost. One thing to take note of is how this game taxes your body throughout the entire experience. You will even develop some new muscles if you play the game quite regularly.

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