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What’s in Your Box: Week of 8-22

/ Aug 22nd, 2015 No Comments

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

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 friends and foes, welcome to this week’s box! Mostly I’m putting my time into Terraria enjoying the Moon Lord and all the new lunar events that come with him. This game has done a lot right by me as a gamer; reasonable price, plenty of free DLC and overall steady gameplay. While daunting at first, Terraria has a nice curve to its progression that revolves around beating bosses, farming said bosses and then using their drops to gear up for the next level of bosses. It’s a game that can be played for hours or just the occasional half-hour. Spending more time will yield quicker progression, but putting in the occasional session just to farm for gear is equally rewarding to an entire evening spent challenging bosses.
 

Terraria

Terraria might as well be a farming simulator at times.


When not at my PC enjoying some Terraria, I’m at my new Xbox One playing Rare Replay. I held off on getting an Xbox One for quite some time, but Rare Replay finally hooked me in. The prospect of a new Gears and Halo were selling points, but Rare was the clincher. Getting 30 games for 30 bucks was nothing but a steal, as while classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie have been available digitally for some time, hard to find gems like Jetpac and Battletoads were welcomed sights. Rare Replay may be one of the few truly perfect games I’ve played in some time, the interviews and challenges bring waves of nostalgia that I won’t soon forget. Nostalgia aside, it’s a well put together piece of software, the games all run smooth, have easy to learn controls and the interface for game selection is quick and painless.
 
Greg's Cheers to Gaming

Battletoads, right?

What’s in Kalvin’s Box

After an arduous and nearly life ending drive from Southern California to Portland, buying and building an unfortunate amount of furniture, and sleeping significantly, I have finally made the move to Portland, Oregon. There are still boxes lining the floor, a bed without a frame, and a box case waiting to be erected, but mostly my apartment has become a home for me. There is furniture and internet, which is what matters most. Best believe the first thing I did when I unpacked the car after my harrowing drive cross state was set up my PS4 and pulled a quick run in Galak-Z. Sadly, transitions are still rough, thus this week is another review box. To that end, I’ve kept busy playing Submerged and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

Submerged has some slight rough edges in terms of frame rate in spots, but it is an utterly beautiful game with one of the most seductive and inviting soundtracks in a while. The story of Miku’s feverish attempt to save her dying and feverish brother, Taku is incredibly moving and builds in a fascinating way. Finding the various secrets, landmarks, and creatures all across the city is a joy. Be on the lookout for a full review this upcoming week.
 

Submerged

Watching the weird, ruined sea life crest the waves is a delight.


Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is similar to Submerged in telling a compelling story through an adventure setting. Unlike Submerged, it is much more ambient with a stronger focus on exploration than anything else in terms of gameplay. At times it is easy to get lost (not necessarily in the best way) in the idyllic and abandoned Yaughton Valley, but there is generally a fascinating and well-acted story beat somewhere nearby to get you back on track.

Constructing the macro plot of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and the side stories of various villagers is at times difficult, especially if you trigger different beats out of order. However, keeping track of the finer details and everything happening with the various townspeople is worthwhile. Paying close attention to the various stories results in some titillating breakthroughs and often bittersweet yet cathartic conclusions.
 

Everybody's Gone to the Raptrue

Reconstructing what happened to the Yaughton Valley is no easy task.


An easy criticism of these type of games is their gameplay leaves something to be desired in terms of what a video game should. This is misunderstanding of what the medium can achieve. Submerged transports players into a sad and lovely world overtaken by nature, and allows them to inhabit the seemingly tragic story of young girl willing to risk herself for the safety of her remaining family. While Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture creates a feeling of isolation and emptiness as you try to figure out what exactly happened to this peaceful countryside village. The sense of discovery can only be achieved through the interactiveness and immersiveness of video games.
 

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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