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What’s in Your Box: Don’t Need Roads

/ Aug 13th, 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

Well boxers, it’s been a bit of Pokemon GO for me this week (as it has every week). It’s quickly gone from an all-consuming app to a fun aside when I’m doing errands. I’ll go to grab groceries and maybe take a hike nearby before or after. Super simple stuff. I’d also highly encourage anyone at a park to help out by picking up trash; even just one left behind cup or a couple cigarette butts really helps out.

Augmented reality aside, Killing Floor 2 has drawn me back in. What used to be an near-unbeatable brutal game has since evened out. New classes, a boss health bar and more specific instructions/tips makes Killing Floor 2 even more addictive than the original. Anyone looking for a great multiplayer experience, complete with a bit of the old ultra-violence, will find it in Killing Floor 2.

The Killing Floor 2

The Killing Floor 2 achieves balance.

I also want to throw out a shout to a game I reviewed a while ago, you should check out Nobody Said It Was Easy. It is incredibly addictive and challenging with an amazing control scheme. It will cost some cashola, but not a lot and the pay-to-play scale is superb (you’re going to get your money’s worth).

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

I want to say I’ve been playing a wide variety of video games. A real rich and diverse week full of surprises, but I haven’t. I’ve only played one game this week, truthfully. It just happens to be the one game anyone should be playing this week. Obviously, I am talking about No Man’s Sky.

Full of Stars

At the start of your journey to the center of the universe, you’re disoriented and confused. How did you end up here? Where are you going? What should you do first? Why is this world toxic? What the ***k happened to my ship?

No Man's Sky

Congratulations you discovered a planet, no go fix your ship!

You don’t know what’s going on at all except you’re on an alien planet and you need to fix your ship. The first thing is you need to do is get flight ready again. Before you can familiarize yourself with the particulars, you are being attacked by floating drones.

Why are they attacking you? No clue, but you need to defend yourself. Except you’re unsure if you have any offensive capabilities or just a mining beam, before you learn you can use the mining beam as a weapon they’ve already killed you.

How did you come back? Why are you at your ship again? What is that floating metal sigil that gives you back the things you lost in death? How can you be the second generation if you’re still you?

No Man’s Sky starts out by forcing you to ask a lot of questions and learning as you go. Eventually, you begin to understand what you can do and what you should do. This planet is undiscovered meaning you’re the first one to see all it has to offer. It is up to you to document it.

No Man's Sky

Many of the creatures I encountered were friendly little scamps.

Even though you have a duty to document the planet, fixing your ship is certainly the top priority. To fix it, you’ll need to scour the planet for resources. Constructing a fix isn’t too difficult once you’ve gotten all the materials, but it’s about finding them all first.

While that is your primary goal, besides surviving, you also get a sense there is more you can do. As you explore the planet looking for the necessary materials, points of interests pop up in your visor. Every area you encounter is new and can be claimed by you as the first to encounter it. You’re helping map out the wide, infinite universe.

It isn’t just new areas that haven’t been discovered, it is planet and animal life. By using your trusty scanner, you can collect research on alien flora and fauna. Along with everything else you’re uploading, you flesh out the picture of this alien planet.

Everything is foreign and alien, but it is all standard stuff: animals, plants, precious resources, and environments. That is until you come across the first thing that throws you for a loop: a giant black monolith. It is strange. Yet you can’t help but interact with it.

No Man's Sky

There is more than the planet than it appears at first.

This is your first contact. You know the words are unfamiliar. Not simply foreign, but profoundly out of your depth. Still, you can understand what they mean like the alien tongue contorts in your mind to lovingly whisper the import in your own language. You begin to learn about the Korvax Convergence, and start to build an understanding of the Korvax language.

After finding the monolith, you find odd stones dotted around the planet. Each contact with the stones further expands your understanding of the Korvax language.

You begin to wonder are you truly alone on this planet? Was it actually undiscovered?

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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