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What’s in Your Box: Prize Hunters

/ Apr 22nd, 2017 No Comments

Street Fighter V

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

Boxers near and far, lend me your eyes as I tell you of great glory.

This week I’ve been trying to finish up Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (all in an effort to make room on my HD, because I am too lazy to get another external!).

If you haven’t tried the grand finale to the Nathan Drake’s story, you’re truly missing out.

I’ve always held a firm belief that Nintendo is the one true king when it comes to first-party exclusive content, but damn if Naughty Dog doesn’t make me a firm believer in Sony’s sway.

Uncharted 4

The game’s beauty is unparalleled.

Uncharted 4 has it all: story, gameplay, visuals, audio, controls and even Sullivan smoking plenty of cigars. In the same way The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild moved me with it’s story so too has Uncharted 4. It takes a long road and shows us the end of a grand journey by reminiscing as well as wrapping up.

Everything about Uncharted 4 feels like a long goodbye in terms of pacing and character interaction, but with a couple parting gifts.

A new rope mechanic is introduced, and there’s plenty of intense chase scenes with much improved driving controls, everything a thrilling adventure seeker could ever want.

I have to take my hat off to Uncharted 4 for moving me in an honest and genuine way, here’s hoping Last of Us 2 is more of the same.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

Last week I was chilling in Southern California, which was a stark contrast from Portland at the moment. It was raining before I boarded my plane, and as you know, it never rains in Southern California so that was a nice change. Sadly being so far away from my stuff meant less video game playing than I would have liked.

That didn’t mean I didn’t get down. It just meant I revisited an older game. Since I was hanging with my best friend, we got into some Street Fighter V.

Round 3 Hype

It’s been a while since I dug back into Street Fighter V. When I originally reviewed the game, my biggest complaint was that it felt incomplete. At full retail it was a hard purchase to justify if you weren’t into the fighting game niche.

Street Fighter V

Ibuki is hella thirsty for pits.

Since its intital release it has added plenty of extra features including a story mode. The story mode is properly silly and dumb, which is what makes modern fighting games such fun. It also has dropped in price at retail making it a super easy purchase to justify even with only its vanilla roster.

As well since its release it has gone through one full season of roster DLC while currently being a third through its second season. The two season passes add an additional 12 characters to the roster fleshing it out more. With the lower retail price the first season pass is a no brained adding Alex, Juri, Balrog, Urien, Ibuki, and Guile. These veterans fit nicely into the new system and make the extra cash easy to drop.

Street Fighter V

Akuma hits hard but has a dumb beard.

The second season pass for 2017 will be more of a mixed bag since it isn’t finished. While it adds in Akuma complete with Cowardly Lion re-design, the rest of the characters will be completely new. Depending on how open you are to new characters will determine the season pass’ value. Outside of F.A.N.G. the newer characters brought into Street Fighter V have been awesome with Laura being a personal favorite.

Urien’s right hand lady, Kolin is a super technical wrestler. She has a cool moveset that takes a lot of practice to get down. Despite being technical, she is still a lot of fun to try out. Timing is important with some of her staple moves, but she adds a good dynamic to the game.

Street Fighter V

Kolin is tough to get a handle on, but once you do she is deadly.

For now it is probably best for new comers to earn that Fight Money and spend it on newer characters as they come out given the uncertainty of what may come.

Street Fighter V is still a lot of fun. The new fighters give match ups more variety. They help round out the package. It didn’t lack with 16 characters, but more fighters adds additional depth. The gameplay still tickles me as it is super easy to pick back up even with some rust. The accessibility is what makes me dig it so much. It is a new jumping on point.

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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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