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What’s in Your Box: Flipped and Cooked

/ Aug 26th, 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 Greg’s Box

Boxerinos it’s been one hell of a week.

I got to go see my main man Kalvin and play all sorts of Switch titles such as Flip Wars, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Overcooked Special Edition.

I cannot stress enough how great of a console the Switch is for multiplayer, not only do all of these games feature four player local co-op but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe still features 2 player online, allowing two players to battle others online from the same system.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Head-to-head local play is the only thing that sustains me.

We had some laughs, we shed some tears and both agreed that the Nintendo Switch is easily our favorite system in a long, long time.

My quick meet-up with Kalvin aside, I finally beat Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and loved everything but the final boss fight.

The entire campaign is fast-paced and hectic while the final Boss Fight is a pseudo pop and shoot slog that was less about action and more about just timing and slowly taking the boss down from one spot.

Titanfall 2

You’ll come to love BT-7274 quickly.

I’ve also been enjoying a lot of Titanfall 2, which with all the DLC being free is an absolute steal. The single-player campaign is gripping and serves as the perfect tutorial for mastering the basics.

Meanwhile online multiplayer has a great PVE mode as well as PVE allowing players to not only kick each other’s asses but team up in wave-defense too.

I’m incredibly torn on again playing through Paper Mario, so we’ll see what next week holds as I gear up to take on PAX West 2017 at the beginning of September.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

Like Greg said, he came down to visit me in the good good PDX. We stopped into Ground Kontrol to see how its expansion has come along. While we didn’t play anything, I mean if you’ve played Rampage once you’ve played Rampage enough, it does look like it is going to be a dope spot soon enough.

They aren’t even done though, the original spot is being re-modeled still, which hopefully means they’ll have a lot of space for more tournaments and “eSports” type games.

While Greg was in town bumming my couch, we did get into some hot Switch play. We tried out Flip Wars and he finally let me get my hands on Overcooked.

Oh and we played some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which as I’ve said is still great, but if you’ve played the Wii U version then there is no rush to grab the Switch version. That’s still true, but it’s kind of dope being able to play it on-the-go and it looks real pretty.

In talking with Greg we both hope that going forward the Mario Kart and Mario Party (more him than me here) switches to a Super Smash Bros. style of game. That way it is all Nintendo properties and maybe some guest characters battle it out in intense kart racing or terrible mini-games.

Flip Wars was cool. It is really basic right now. Some solo online play, which was a bummer because Greg and I wanted to team up against randos online.

It has local co-op with a few maps and different modes like life battle, knock out, and the more interesting color battle. The maps all feel similar with the exception of obstacles stopping you from flipping tiles.

Flip Wars

Flip Wars is cool with some simple yet fun gameplay.

Of the modes color battle was the most intriguing. Instead of trying to whittle down lives or knock people off the map, you’re more focused on making sure you flip as many tiles to you color as possible before times up.

It has a Splatoon fell that way with knocking your opponent out as a way to get more time to flip tiles uninterrupted rather than simply being good at ganking.

While the gameplay is simple basically doing a Mario-style ground pound to flip tiles over, the power ups and closed quarters of maps make everything super hectic.

There is a lot of fun to be had in Flip Wars. For the $9.99 price tag it is a good multiplayer game to pop out when friends are over, but I feel like the online battle might not have enough depth or meat to it to be compelling on its own.

The real highlight of Greg’s visit was finally playing Overcooked. Man, that game is fun as hell. It is deceptively simple.

Get your mise en place ready to cook then cook and serve your dish. The twist for me was you had to wash your dishes to continue serving. It is a relatively straightforward idea, right?

Overcooked Special Edition

Overcooked Special Edition might be the most intense cook has been since being an actual chef.

The complexity comes when you get more involved dishes that need more ingredients. That’s when communication becomes huge.

If you’re not talking about what you’re doing like in a real kitchen then you’re bumping into each other or letting soup burn or have no clean dishes. You need to work together.

Except cooking gets more complicated with the game’s masochistic level design. We only played a small chunk of what the game offered, but cooking on a ship was a particularly frustrating moment.

Or the maps get smaller, more confined where compartmentalizing tasks become super important. If you can’t adjust and work together then you’re going to miss tickets and get a bad ranking.

As Greg mentioned previously the Switch might be my favorite console in a while. That’s saying something because I love the PlayStation 4.

I think in most respects Sony has made smart moves to get compelling and varied games to the platform, but it whiffed it in terms of cross-buy. The Switch is what cross-buy should have been.

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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