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What’s in Your Box: Better Than Nothing

/ Aug 20th, 2016 No Comments

No Man's Sky

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 Greg’s Box

It’s been a good week boxers! I finally managed to beat The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for the first time ever, thanks to the streamlined HD version. I cannot recommend the Wii U version enough, especially for fans underwhelmed by the original Gamecube edition.

However, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD was not my biggest love this week, that title got plopped onto Diablo 3‘s sadistic lap on PS4.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo 3 is your perfect dungeon crawler.

Between the engaging story, free-roaming adventure mode and multitude of ways to play each class, no title quiet has the replayability of Diablo 3. Of course I enjoyed the Reaper of Souls expansion as well, which adds acts IV and V. Anyone needing a multiplayer dungeon-crawling fix will find too much for one lifetime in Diablo 3.

Keeping in touch with my friends across the various states hasn’t always been easy, but I’m always grateful for our modern gaming conveniences of online multiplayer and drop-in/drop-out mechanics.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

It’s been heating up in Portland this week. Nothing is better to beat the heat than being an indoor kid playing video games and enjoying some A/C. This week my box has remained occupied with No Man’s Sky, but I also pulled the trigger on Mighty No. 9.

Truth in Advertising

It has been easy to lose myself in exploring the different planets of No Man’s Sky. Thus far in my journey, I’ve uncovered all the planets and moons in two galaxies. I wish I could tear myself away sooner from each planet, but luckily for me everyone has been pretty flush with alien fauna. Cataloging and discovering each of these new species has been an exciting endeavor.

The meme floating around contrasting the pre-release trailer densely populated with a bunch of alien dinosaurs with what creatures actually appear in the game is such bull***t. Sure the trailer looked cool, but the reality is so much more exciting. Finding the nightmare creatures the algorithm populates is both terrifying and electrifying.

No Man's Sky

Try sleeping again!

You never know what creature may be just a friendly herbivore or a deadly predator. I may never sleep again after seeing a raptor with a prawn head or a tiny four legged creature with an insect head and a flower growing for a mouth.

However, I do wish the game would populate animals while you’re in the air and have them run out of the way of your landing spaceship. The visual flairs the trailer showed off are missed. I’ll gladly trade them in for giant walking plants with a fangs growing out of their head.

Let Nas Down

Mighty No. 9 might be the biggest disappointment in this current console cycle. That is saying a lot with a generation that can boast The Order: 1886 and Watch Dogs. The word of mouth on this Mega Man spiritual successor has been nothing but venomous. Even backers didn’t hold back on the game.

Is it really that bad though? Much like Watch Dogs and The Order: 1886 is Mighty No. 9 a promising game that misses the mark amplifying the disappointment or are the horror stories true?

Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9’s dialogue ends up seeming tragically ironic.

At its release price, it was far too pricey. One thing bad word of mouth is good for is driving down the price of a game: the Battleborn effect. After only a month of being out, it was cheap enough at a physical release to check out if just for curiosity’s sake.

Is Mighty No. 9 as bad as they say? Yes and no. It obviously is lacking in execution. The graphics look busted with plastic Duplo looking character models. It is a shame too because the art for the characters look good. Had the game used a more stylized cel shaded look the game might look better.

Mighty No. 9

The puns might be worse than the controls.

The controls are gummy and the rough frame rate hurts the speed of the gameplay. It is hard to tell if the game is actually difficult like older Mega Man games or if its failings in terms of controls and frame rate that makes it tough.

Despite its many, many flaws, there is something fun about Mighty No. 9. It is a train wreck, but like a train wreck, you can’t peel yourself away. Even for its bleh controls, you work up a rhythm and find a way to power through levels.

It is by no means good, but buried within the game is a bunch of cool ideas.

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs

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