What’s in Your Box: Week of 11-21
Kalvin Martinez / Nov 21st, 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 Greg’s Box
It’s that time of the week for some deep box spelunking! Inside my box this week is a lesser known title that I never discuss: Banjo-Kazooie. To abate my anticipation over next Christmas’ Yooka-Laylee, I’m rehashing the classic in an effort to relive my glory days. Anyone weeping over being unable to find a copy need look no further than Xbox One. A 360 version is available through the Xbox Store on Xbox One as well as Xbox 360, or those wishing to just go the full nine yards will find a copy included in Rare Replay, a 30 game line-up exclusive to the Xbox One.
Banjo-Kazooie is timeless for one big reason, atmosphere. The world itself is easy to get lost in and the sense of humor hasn’t faded with time. In the same way a good Carlin or Dangerfield joke will always make you laugh, so too will the petty banter between Kazooie and Bottles as well as the games other jokes. To top it all off the game is perfect in terms of platformer gameplay, some of the puzzles seem easy all these years later, but the core of the game was built around staying fresh long after its prime has passed. Characters like Mr. Vile, Wozza and others stick out because they were written in a fresh way. Each character in the game stands out as a unique being worth getting to known, even the “throw away” characters that exist for one simply challenge have distinct voices and personality, which make Banjo-Kazooie still worth re-falling in love with all these years after its release.
Hysterical sobbing fits down memory lane aside, Star Wars: Battlefront is the big game inside my box right now. While in the midst of writing up a review and finding my unbiased opinion, I have to say the game is simply fun. While fun is ultimately a pointless term that means nothing, it’s the best way to put the game. The Star Wars aspect draws me in and the gameplay keeps me coming back. The entire game comes off as one big love letter to fans and also being a genuinely well made multiplayer experience. Having fast-paced action that focuses less on KD ratios and more on just achieving goals as team is what makes Battlefront a game that will last instead of becoming lost in the turbulent sea that is the FPS genre.
What’s in Kalvin’s Box
This week’s box has been full of some more Rise of the Tomb Raider and a handful of other diversions. After streaming over last weekend, I am happy for a chance to fart around in a game without worrying how terribly boring or sub-par my performance is. Outside of Rise of the Tomb Raider, I’ve mainly started my burgeoning Yo-kai collection in Yo-Kai Watch. Oh and I played a little more Fallout 4.
It is safe to say, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a must-have for Xbox One owners. That isn’t to say it won’t be a big draw when it slowly comes out on PC and PS4 next year, but if you own an Xbox One and aren’t experiencing Lara Croft’s second tomb raiding adventure then you’re missing out. What is most striking about the game is how confident it feels. From the gameplay to the story, there is a feeling of being in skilled hands.
The confidence is especially obvious in Lara as a character, she is no longer propelled by circumstance to see events through or merely an apprentice any longer. Now she moves and acts with purpose, any improvisation comes from her needing to re-adjust to new circumstances, but not because she is a rudderless ship caught in a violent current. Witnessing Lara’s search for the Divine Source is exhilarating.
Whether it says something about me, my mood, or the games themselves, I have been more enthralled by Rise of the Tomb Raider than Fallout 4. There is no denying Fallout 4 is dizzying both in scope and world building. My short jaunt into the Commonwealth was insanely satisfying. It is probably more about my mood because the idea of losing myself in a red ball of an open world right now is far too daunting. The idea of trying to bolster my general bad assery or build up multiple settlements and linking them is just too much at the moment. Fallout 4 seems far more life crushing than Skyrim ever was, which is terrifying. I will eventually get back to Diamond City and track down that missing PI.
Yo-Kai Watch feels like a game that if people gave it a chance then it’d be the next big thing for Nintendo. It has everything going for it, cool gameplay, monster capturing with excellent character design, a great developer pedigree, and a boatload of charm. The time I’ve spent wandering around looking for Yo-Kai has been beyond enjoyable.
There is an obvious Pokemon comparison, but Yo-Kai Watch throws in another element besides evolving Yo-Kai by leveling into the mix. You can also fuse Yo-Kai and items giving the game a very Shin Megami Tensei feel. You can fuse Yo-Kai themselves together or with an item to make interesting combinations. The everyday feel of solving people’s problems caused by the Yo-Kai gives the game a unique feel.
tags: Banjo & Kazooie , opinion , Rise of the Tomb Raider , Star Wars Battlefront , What's in Your Box , Yo-Kai Watch