It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend here at The Geekend, but we’re celebrating with games and anime instead of green beer. If you’re looking to avoid the walk of shame to trade in some bad games and anime, check out what we’re enjoying below. If you’ve been loving something you’re playing, watching or reading and want to share your thoughts, head down to the comments and let us know!
Michael Riel – Staff Writer
For me only one thing of gaming importance happened and that is I beat South Park: the Stick of Truth. I found it to be a very well put together game with many moments of WTF, which I have come to expect from Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, but you’ll know more of that after Jimmy’s upcoming review. On the anime side of things, I’ve been continuing my shotgun approach, or what I started calling my two-episode strategy. If the anime cannot capture me fully within two episodes, then I stop and move on to the next show. For some of the anime I didn’t respond to, I’m sure I’m going to hear some backlash from many people, and they were The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sword Art Online, Dance in the Vampire Bund and Tokyo Godfathers (which is more of a movie). I’m probably going to be tortured for saying that I don’t like the first two because everyone seems to be in love with them. They aren’t bad anime, but Haruhi didn’t really entrance me and Sword Art, even though it was imaginative, couldn’t get me to stay interested for some reason, even after a third episode. There was one series I did finish, and that was My Mental Choices Are Affecting My High School Romantic Comedy. This one kept my attention based on the sheer weirdness of the plot. The main character is affected by a curse known as Absolute Choice where a voice gives him two random options depending on the situation he is in, and he has to choose one or he receives a terrible migraine. For example, he sees a dirty magazine on the ground, and the choices he is given are to either pick it up and sniff it or to…well I can’t remember what the other choice was off the top of my head but it was absurd. The other anime I started watching was Campione! where the main character kills a god and gains his powers and must battle other gods and god-slayers. Well, now time to reload and hunt me some more anime.
Ethan Willard – Staff Writer
So this week has been a pretty big week for me. I started getting on my anime grind. It seemed appropriate, given I am new here amongst avid anime fans, and I would like to watch it more consistently. In terms of my anime life, I destroyed all of Eden of the East and all I have to say is, good lord. The mere fact that that show only has one season and two movies is a travesty that has left me quite depressed. It was truly brilliant, and I am excited to hopelessly devote myself to another show. Any suggestions? As far as gaming, I started playing Dark Souls and The Witch and The Hundred Knight, the former for fun, and the latter for fun and work (I’m going to review it). Now, I know what you’re thinking, but you’re wrong. I am not just now playing Dark Souls because of my out-of-the-loop issue. It has taken me this long to summon the courage to play the game. Through much deliberation and internal turmoil, I finally decided that I need to play it. I want the satisfaction of saying I beat it. And Jimmy’s piece on the game was part of what convinced me. As I left the GameStop after my purchase, the cashier said to me, “have fun hating yourself.” It took me another three beers to actually put the game into my PS3, but I did it. I am one of you now.
Jennifer Griffith – Managing Editor
Thanks to the recent Humble Android Bundle, I’ve finally seen the hilarious, rainbow-colored light when it comes to Color Sheep. I’m still not sure I’d call it my Game of the Year for 2013 like Ari did, but this simple mobile game is quite fun. I’ve also been solving plenty of puzzles in Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, the sixth entry in the series and the end of a prequel trilogy to the original Curious Village. This one has really hit the ground running so far, with much less of the usual story buildup before launching into some epic twists, and I can’t wait to see how it ends. In manga news, I finished up the Saika Arc of Durarara!!, and it’s pretty fantastic. I love the art and story in this series, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a manga that blends the supernatural with the real world effortlessly, though not without a degree of insanity.
Dan Furnas – Editor-in-Chief
I finished up my playthrough of Lightning Returns this week (expect the review in the next couple days!), and let’s just say that I’m glad I finished it. I was really disappointed with how the story was told and the horrible pacing problems the game had. On the bright side, now I can go on to something that I’ll hopefully enjoy reviewing: Atelier Escha & Logy, though I’m about a year in and I feel like I’m already way ahead of the curve in both battle and alchemy, so we’ll see if there’s enough end-game content to keep things interesting. But so far, I’m enjoying traveling in my hot air balloon and mixing up all sorts of bombs to use in battle. I’ve also been playing through World End Economica episode 1. Or perhaps I should say reading through, as it’s a kinetic novel. It’s basically a digital storybook, or a visual novel without any agency, if you prefer. At first I really disliked the main character, but he’s been growing on me. We’ll see if that trend continues as I wrap up this first episode. WEE has been approved on Steam Greenlight and should be available pretty soon for everyone. If you’re interested, keep an eye out on my review coming very soon! In non-review-related news, I recently got to play Towerfall for the first time, and that game is amazingly fun. We had four players jumping around like crazy, shooting arrows everywhere and falling on each others’ heads for hours. The game stayed interesting thanks to a pretty wide variety of modifications you can use (different types of arrows, changes to dodging effects, etc.), too. The one complaint some might have is that there’s no online multiplayer, but this game is absolutely made for playing together on the couch.