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What’s in Your Box: Destined to Clean

/ May 20th, 2017 No Comments

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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

Hey boxerinos, welcome to another wonderful week of What’s In Your Box? Where Kalvin tells you about cool games and I try not to discuss Paper Mario.

Whoops, guess I screwed the pooch again!

Speaking of Mario, I picked up a little Super Mario Sunshine this week, or more accurately watched some gameplay as my girlfriend took it on with me lending help and moral support. Both of us have beaten it before and it never gets any easier.

It’s still an incredibly deceptive game as the first few levels are easy, but it quickly takes a major difficulty hike especially when F.L.U.D.D. is taken away for some select sections of unimaginable frustration.

Heroes of the Storm

Greg keeps playing Heroes of the Storm like MOBA trash.

Meanwhile I’m still enjoying a lot of Heroes of the Storm. I am especially excited over the news of Destiny 2 using Blizzard Tech (aka the app formerly known as due to my preference of it as a voice chat service to Steam.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

Brevity is the key of exhaustion. I’ve been traveling this week to check out the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal. As such I haven’t played a whole lot between travel, the event, and being absolutely tired. If you haven’t checked out the live stream for Destiny 2 then please do so, it was fantastic. Bungie promised a lot of cool stuff both in terms of the game itself and its launch on PC for the first time.

I played Destiny 2’s opening mission “Homecoming” on PC. It is good. Very good, in fact. The mission featured more cinematic and dynamic elements making the story feel more present, which was the biggest weakness of the series thus far. Bungie addressed one of the major issues with vanilla Destiny to great effect. Hopefully the full story mode is as exciting as “Homecoming”.

Destiny 2

Story missions in Destiny 2 promise to be more dynamic.

The PC version looks really good like stunning gorgeous, but the cinematics have some odd compression making them look way less crisp than the in-game visuals. I suppose that isn’t the worst thing considering the opposite is usually true.

If you’re not used to a keyboard set up then the controls are awkward, at first, for me especially since I am coming from a controller to a keyboard. But they smooth out pretty quickly. Aiming with a mouse obviously is smoother and more accurate meaning it’ll b a different class of player and experience on PC.

Destiny 2

The new Strike had the same Destiny vibe but with way more bells and whistles making for a more varied experience.

All in all, not a bad first impression. I’m excited to see more of the game.

Look out for a full impression on the game this coming week as I recover from traveling and put into more eloquent words my thoughts.

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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