What’s in Your Box: Week of 10-3
Kalvin Martinez / Oct 3rd, 2015 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 Ben’s Box
After one of the longest beta tests of my life, Destiny has finally become a slightly great game. The Taken King has delivered on some of that initial magic Bungie promised when most guardians sprung to life in the Russian Cosmodrome this time last year. To be fair, I’ve played Destiny for more hours than any other game in existence. It’s a sickness. But I’ve only done so because of the amazing times me and my friends have had goofing around, shooting aliens, and using Destiny as the best way to play together.
A few weeks have passed since The Taken King drastically improved Destiny for the better and made the game feel fresh again. I’ve flown through the story, beaten several quests, farmed exotics, and bumped my light level up to 300. Now about that raid… Conflicting schedules among my fireteam have prevented us from being able to coordinate the best times to go through the raid. In the first week we hit a progression wall at the second boss. We couldn’t figure out how to damage the ugly ogre in a timely manner and had to stop because sleep is important. Fast forward to now and we breezed through everything leading up to Oryx. Well, the king of the Taken is going to meet his maker this weekend and hopefully the loot system isn’t going to be stingy.
My box has also been full of the beautiful, handsome stubble of the adventurous Nathan Drake. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is a dream come true: more Uncharted. Last year I popped Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception into my PS3 but never finished them because the PS4 always called my name. Now all three games are on one disc, easily accessible to play at any time.
Naughty Dog’s masterpiece homage to action/adventure flicks has consistently remained one of my favorite series of all time. Getting a chance to play the games with slightly improved visuals and a better framerate should delight anyone who already owns the games on PS3. Sure, I’m sad that the entertaining multiplayer is absent from the Collection but I suppose a taste of Uncharted 4‘s beta in the near future will suffice until March. And let’s face it, what’s better than putting three games into your box at once?
What’s in Greg’s Box
Well despite being sick as a dog I managed to fit in some playtime this week of a few stellar games. World of Warcraft is shockingly in my box as I enjoy a free 30 days courtesy of a friend. Despite being hesitant to try out the MMO juggernaut, I’ve found a world that is shockingly well done and enjoyable to explore. Leveling is still work, but not an awful grind that will leave you disheartened.
Playing through World of Warcraft at times can feel like a museum of gaming history as many of the locations are from past entries to the Warcraft series, as well as from popular pop culture. My aforementioned friend has served as my gaming cohort and tour-guide, one of the first places we visited was the city featured in South Park’s WoW episode, which in the particular server I started on was a haven for roleplay meet-ups of the sexual nature.. Different strokes for different folks, no pun intended.
When not knee-deep in Alliance and Horde d*** measuring, I’ve been enjoying Shower With Your Da- just kidding, it’s mostly been more Payday 2, which only gets better with more and more updates, that for the most part have been free. The only real purchase-required content is the ability to host the new jobs as well as new weapons/characters. Players still enjoying “vanilla” Payday 2 still have a lot to explore and even more to master.
Super Mario Maker also continues to be in my box, having finally unlocked all the tools in the game creator means I have that much more in my endless quest to screw with people. Dicking around aside, the random level playlist that is 100 Man Mario is truly astounding as the varying difficulty options mean every play through is never quite the same. Playing a level made here in the States and then immediately one made in Australia is proof that the golden age of gaming wasn’t in the 80s, but is instead now, with the magic of the internet.
What’s in Kalvin’s Box
This week has been about wrapping up reviews. It has taken me longer than expected, but I’ve finally put Metal Gear Sold V: The Phantom Pain to bed. The game’s epilogue is where all the insane and fun stuff happens, much of what has been shown in trailers occurs here, but it lacks the defined structure the main game deftly employs. Seeing everything the epilogue has to offer involves spinning your wheels doing side ops and wasting time for events to occur at Mother Base or missions to be available.
However, it is worth waiting around because a good deal of the epilogue story beats are pure Kojima and leave you scratching your head in the best way possible. Gather up your MGS thinktank quickly once you’ve all finished the epilogue to decipher exactly what was going on.
The rest of my week involved putting some time into Persona 4: Dancing All Night. I’ve been steadily plugging away at the story mode, which is set up like Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. There are three con-current story lines between Yu’s group, Rise’s group, and the new character Kanami. It has the same solid characterization previous games in the Persona 4 strain of games had, but everything is cut with a little more goofiness and lighthearted nature given the dancing element.
I also decided to give it a whirl on PlayStation TV to see if there were issues playing it on a bigger screen. Sadly, there is a bit too much of input lag between the controller and the game to make it an enjoyable way to play the game. It is a true gem on a Vita, but playing it on a PS TV will leave you rage quitting.
tags: Destiny The Taken King , Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain , opinion , Pay Day 2 , Persona 4: Dancing All Night , Super Mario Maker , Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection , What's in Your Box , world of warcraft