Hey there, Geekenders! This week, along with some carryover from last week’s games, Jimmy gives some quick impressions of the new Smash Bros. and Dan gets off the couch to go play some semi-competitive Magic: the Gathering.
Check out our thoughts below and let us know what’s gotten you excited this week in the worlds of anime, gaming, and manga down in the comments.
Jimmy Stephenson–Associate Editor
This week, I spent quite a bit of time plowing through Hyrule Warriors, and overall I’ve enjoyed it. While its story is about up to Mario standards, the gameplay is fun and addictive. Getting used to the different combos and scenarios let you experiment with your tactics, and all of the additional characters mean that you have a lot of options. I’ll talk about it more in my full review a bit later. On Thursday night, though, my priorities shifted a bit. My local Gamestop had a midnight launch of Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS, and I couldn’t resist getting my hands on it a little early. Neither could a lot of people, apparently, as there were probably 40 or 50 people there at midnight. Once we got our hands on it, a lot of us actually just hung out and played together. It was a great time, and so far the game is more than living up to the hype. Smash Run has quickly become my favorite mode, as it tweaks with the classic formula while still managing to feel appropriate. The game plays great, even on the smaller screen. The one gripe I had was from occasionally encountering lag in multiplayer bouts. That is a minor point, though, and I can’t wait to see everything the game has to offer.
I finished up Fairy Fencer F this week, and the review will be published very soon. It is perhaps the most well-put-together of Compile Heart’s games thus far. The story is better written, the gameplay is a little tighter and the soundtrack is great. I don’t want to go too deeply into my thoughts, though with the review on the horizon. I also finished up another Spice and Wolf novel, the first half of the “Town of Strife” plot arc. I really enjoy the triangle of interaction between Kraft, Holo and Eve, so this whole plot involving the trio has been great.
I also went to Friday Night Magic for the first time in forever and played in a Khans of Tarkir draft where I was competitive enough to win an extra pack. Not bad for having not drafted since… 2004? I enjoyed the new set a lot, and I’ll probably be doing more drafting in the near future. I’m not sure which of my clans is the favorite yet, but since I’m not playing constructed anytime soon, I guess I don’t have to pick. As a traditionally green and blue player, it hurts me a little inside to like Mardu (red/white/black clan) as much as I do. But I do also like Sultai (blue/green/black), which I played in the draft tournament, and Temur (blue/green/red) a lot, too. You know what would be great? A Microprose-style adventure/card-battle Magic: the Gathering game set during Khans of Tarkir. They should really get on that.
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