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What’s in Your Box: Treasured Lore

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Review

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 again my fine fine boxi, and welcome back to a peak into the inner-workings of two madmen, namely Kalvin and myself.

I’m sure Kalvin only exists in ARMS now (which to be fair, so do I a little bit) but that’s not the game I’ll be discussing this week.

However do note I have played a lot of ARMS this week because it’s combat system is fine-tuned with the motion controls and I can’t believe how many different ARMS there ar-

Sorry, I got side-tracked, just know ARMS is an amazing game worth your time.

What I did this week was finally beat Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End . It was an emotional roller-coaster and you should check out our review if you haven’t already.

The entire series plays like a more smirky Indiana Jones film saga, and is utterly beautiful, even if playing the original PS3 versions of the first three games.
 

Uncharted 4

The gunplay is both challenging and fun.


Nathan Drake through the first three games is mostly all smiles and some emotion, but in Uncharted 4 the entire cast floored me with their range, as did the development team in their facial animations.

Beautiful long-lost locales, tons of tidbits for history buffs and a great cover-based 3rd-person combat mechanic mixed with platforming nightmares to keep players on their toes.

Uncharted 4, and the entire series, is a smorgasbord of gameplay. It is possibly Naughty Dog’s crowning achievement in gaming history, even over the delightfully zany Crash Bandicoot (or woefully beautiful The Last of Us).
 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Witnessing how Elena and Nate’s relationship has developed and deepened over these four games is a real treat.


If you don’t have a PS4, find a friend with one, and if you have no friends with a PS4 consider just watching some of the gameplay on Youtube (or a buy PS4, silly). I usually say experience everything for yourself, but this entire series is too good to miss.

Very rarely can you look at something while it’s happening and say “this is history” but the Uncharted series is a welcomed exception as it cemented itself thoroughly.

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

The E3 hangover is long and pervasive. While I have tried to get preview written up and posted, I have been getting back to normal life and playing video games again.

This week I have been mainly playing ARMS, but I won’t be talking about that. Like Greg I have other fish to fry. ARMS is so dope and I sincerely hope all Switch owners pick it up.

Last week before I left California, I met up with my hetero life partner to play some Tekken 7.

10 Pounds of Crazy in a 3 Pound Bag

A year ago at E3 2016 I got the opportunity to play Tekken 7. I was mildly interested before playing it, but putting my hands on it increased it ten fold. It played super smooth with a great combo system and the new mechanics helped make it both accessible and deep. Even though I got my ass kicked, I couldn’t wait to play it upon its full release.

Fast forward to E3 2017, Tekken 7 is out and my backlog is heavy. Luckily my best bud picked up a copy, so we spent hours digging into the roster and exploring the absolutely nuttiness that is Tekken 7.
 

Tekken 7

Tekken 7 is absolute bananas in the best way.


Up front if you need a fighting game to play right this moment, pick up Tekken 7. It runs like a dream, looks gorgeous with dynamic stages, and has a great battle system with a gigantic roster. There is a lot to love.

Tekken’s emphasis on hand-to-hand combat makes it a bit hard to get into if you’ve been playing projectile heavy fighters like Street Fighter or in my case losing real hard at Dragon Ball FighterZ on the show floor. However, once you realize how to string together punch and kick combos and utilize throws (and how to reverse out of them) it becomes an incredible experience.

The new mechanics rage arts, power crushes and rage drive are game changers. They are easy to use but difficult to master. Knowing when and how to use them can change the tide of battle allowing for some come backs.
 

Tekken 7

Tekken 7 is a beautiful and deep fighting game.


Using them at the wrong time or having them canceled can leave you dead in the water since you can only pop a rage art or drive once in critical health. It makes fight dynamic, accessible, but never betraying high level play.

Tekken 7’s roster is huge with a ton of crazy character because it is Tekken. From Kuma to Lucky Chole, and from Akuma to Bob Richards, the eclectic cast of fighters means there is a fighting style for everyone. Add in the deep customization options and the game’s story mode, and you got a ton of replayability outside of online and local play.
 

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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