What’s in Your Box: All Types of Hype
Kalvin Martinez / Jul 8th, 2017 No Comments
Each week, we here at Gaming Illustrated are always playing a number of different video games. However, we may not be talking about them in reviews or editorials. That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth talking about, but for any number of reasons an avenue to speak on them doesn’t come up. To remedy the issue, we’re going to ask our staff (and you, honestly) what’s in your box?
What’s in Kalvin’s Box
It’s been a whileeee since I’ve written about what’s been in my box, which isn’t to say I haven’t been playing games. No, my box has been full these past few weeks. It just happens that life has been more pressing. It was my birthday a few weeks ago and last week some housekeeping stuff popped up.
Since we last spoke I’ve been playing Arms like crazy, got a new nightly routine in Puyo Puyo Tetris, and played the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite story demo.
The Agony of Getting What You Want
Marvel vs. Capcom has a special place in my heart. I remember playing Marvel vs. Capcom 2 for hours on my buddy’s Dreamcast back in middle school and loving every second of the hectic 3 vs. 3 matches. That love has not died since those fateful days even if I didn’t pour as much time in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as I’d have liked.
When Capcom announced Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite my excitement was through the roof, which caused me to ignore some of the wonky faces and overly shiny graphics. The focus on a cinematic story line bringing both universes together to stop Ultron Sigma was exciting. When Mahvel indeed!
Fast forward to E3 2017 when a free story demo for PS4 was announced during Sony’s press conference, and this is where you lose me. I downloaded the demo before flying out to LA to check out the big show knowing I’d have a chance to play it when I got home.
Before I could even try it out, the response on the show floor was not great. People were confused about people waiting in line to play the demo they could play at home. More importantly they found the gameplay changes not for the better and the graphics even worse.
My best buddy told me not to waste my time when we met up to play Tekken 7, but I had to try it. Even if all the negativity was true, I had to put hands on it myself.
I wish I could say people’s ire over the demo is overblown, but it isn’t really. The move back to 2-on-2 gameplay feels regressive. It no longer has that chaotic yet rewarding gameplay, which made worse by the auto combo system and easy supers. In trying to be accessible it likely will alienate the core fighting game scene that would support the game long after its initial release.
The gameplay isn’t terrible though. There is smoothness to it, but that is marred by the mechanic changes and the poor character models. Honestly, the faces in the game are trash. They look like melting wax figures with the worst looking Chun Li ever, and Chris Redfield has offset dead eyes. This is made even harder to swallow when we know Dragon Ball FighterZ exists.
To top it off, the bit of story we get in the demo is bad. Cinematic fighting game story modes are supposed to be silly, honor crazy fighting game mythology, and be over-the-top. Mortal Kombat obviously is the model for what this should be. The little taste of story we get is too serious with a terribly cliché Ultron Sigma takes over the world plot. It feels like a C-level Avengers movie with Capcom characters thrown in.
It is a shame the story demo leaves such a bad taste in your mouth because a new Marvel vs. Capcom should be a cause for celebration. However, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is not the MvC game we deserve.
Min Min Main
Ever since I got home from E3, I have been playing Arms kind of non-stop. It is such a deep yet accessible fighting game with so much room for close and dynamic matches. Playing online has some serious swings, but when you get on a hot streak, it is so satisfying.
The problem with being on a roll is you are at a severe disadvantage going forward. Every consecutive win when on fire reduces your HP by 25%, but increases the money you get from a win.
By the time you’re at +4 money, you only have 25% health and even the best Arms players are going to have to be smart and work extremely hard to win. One mistake and you’re done.
Luckily hot streaks don’t fade away immediately. After each loss your heat reduces by one so it takes several loses in a row to lose all your heat meaning you can battle back and become champ.
Party mode in online play results in super quick one round matches where you can rack up money quickly whether you win or lose, but winning pays some serious dividends in a shorter period of time. If you want to buy a lot of new arms then chilling out in a Party lounge for an hour so will do it for you.
Ranked matches are a more serious affair. It is closer to a traditional fighting game where you square off against a similarly ranked player in a 2 win match. No team battles, free-for-alls, volleyball, skillshot, or hoops, just 1-on-1 fights. Best Arms player takes the glory and the money.
It is more similar to playing against a buddy in your living room except the caliber of player may out class you severely.
The thing I love about Arms and the Switch in general is I can play it on my couch just as well as I could play it docked. The portability of Arms and staying competitive is a testament to how good the Switch’s gimmick is.
30 Time Champion
My love of Puyo Puyo Tetris is no secret. It is undying. On my birthday, a bud came over and we played a whole lot of Switch multiplayer games including a lot of Puyo Puyo Tetris. My girlfriend happened to notice us playing Tetris and wanted in. Ever since that day I’ve been playing Puyo Puyo Tetris every single night before bed.
Playing it again and teaching her tricks to be competitive has rekindled my passion for the game. It is so much fun. The intensity of matches is high, which makes senses as to why it’s going to be part of EVO 2017. If you haven’t bought Puyo Puyo Tetris for the Switch then you are missing an integral part of the library and if you haven’t bought it for PS4 then you’re missing out on multiplayer perfection.
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