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What’s in Your Box: Storming the Cave

/ Sep 16th, 2017 No Comments

Cave Story+

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

Hello boxi! It’s time for another wonderful dive into my juicy delicious box! Is it a burger box? Is it a burrito box? No, just a video game box as per the norm!

War For My Heart

Guild Wars 2 has captured my heart this week as I play through more of the story and delve into the first expansion a bit more.

A second expansion is set to come out on September 22nd, which is sure to draw back in a lot of older players, as well as facilitate new ones for anyone looking to get in.

If the expansions don’t draw you in, keep this important fact in mind: The base game is entirely free.
 

Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 is entirely free to play the base game.


While most MMOs give a paltry sampling for their “free” model, Guild Wars 2 gives everything, there’s no secret cons or paywalls, it’s just a free MMO that uses instances instead of a constantly open world.

That said, smaller instances are constantly being merged to ensure players don’t find themselves in empty spaces. Basically every single aspect of the game can be played solo meaning you don’t need to have perfect time sync-ups with friends in order to enjoy it.

Between the level-scaling for zones, choice system that actively affects your own unique story and one of the best leveling systems around, Guild Wars 2 is practically perfect and I cannot stress that enough.

Back to Basics

When I’m not giving Guild Wars 2 the most overt reach-around possible, I’m still enjoying a lot of Heroes of the Storm, which is another entirely free gem of a game.

It’s the quintessential MOBA with the fanfare of the entire Blizzard universe to keep you sucked in, what more can you want?
 

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is the MOBA to play.


On top of that I’ve been switching (pun intended) between my entire Nintendo Switch library at a breakneck pace, playing everything from Splatoon 2 to Minecraft.

I can finally say that the Nintendo Switch has a truly amazing line-up and by the end of the year that will be indisputable with titles like Super Mario Odyssey, Skyrim, Morphie’s Law and Battle Chef Brigade.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

The post-PAX catch-up can be daunting. I’m still feeling a bit of those effects, but more previews are being written and you’ll learn about a lot of the cool things I played at PAX West. My box hasn’t been neglected, however. This week I spent time finally playing Cave Story+ on Nintendo Switch.

Robot and Friend of Dogs

I think I’ve had the original Cave Story for yeas on PC thanks to a Humble Bundle, but I never quite got around to it. Even though I paid probably 10 times the price for the Switch version, it finally pushed me to dive into this unique platformer.
 

Cave Story+

Cave Story+ is worth picking up for those who have and haven’t played it before.


Cave Story+ is a fantastic presentation of the game with updated graphics. The controls are tight, which is necessary for the game’s pixel perfect platforming. Cave Story+ isn’t just a good platformer, it adds in Mega Man/Contra style shooting to create tense action within the movement.

The story is full of intringue as you are dropped mysteriously on an island. Quickly you run into a village or rabbit-like creatures called the Mimiga. There is a lot of chaos as the leader of the Mimiga village, King is looking for an interloper named Sue.
 

Cave Story+

Hey you’re a robot turns out, and you’re going to get save the Mimigas!


King bullies another Mimiga to reveal her location to him so he can give her up to the doctor so the rest of the village will be safe. Even though there are only six Mimiga left in the village, Toroko won’t give up Sue. It is up to you to find a way to get to Sue and start figuring out what the hell is going on.

Cave Story+ rightfully deserves all the praise it gets. It is quirky, brilliantly made, and utterly fascinating. If you haven’t tried it yet then you could do worse than picking it up for the Switch.
 

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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