Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn
Some of us are giving Square’s second take on FFXIV a try. Read on for our impressions!

The Geekend took a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we’re back in full force, and we’ve been immersed in a lot of good stuff. Of course, the holidays are upon us, so some of our latest finds follow from sales, but we’ve had a good mix of gaming and reading. What have you been into this weekend?

Jimmy Stephenson — Staff Writer
Work has kept me running all over the place this week, but I still managed to accomplish a few things, gaming related. For starters, I finally conquered the final boss in The Guided Fate Paradox. This actually ended up taking a lot more time than I expected, due to the random nature of equipment in the game. I suppose that it didn’t really help matters that I ended up making a few careless mistakes. Overall, I quite enjoyed the game, although it probably wouldn’t have been something I would have picked up on my own. I’ll be detailing that more in a review that will hopefully be forthcoming (if I can be a bit more focused). I’m currently working through the first chapter of Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us. Frequent readers will probably know that I absolutely love the game’s predecessor, The Walking Dead, and from my first impressions, I think I’m going to like this new game just as much. The mechanics are very similar, and the extremely styalized look is amazing to behold. The only downside is that, once I’ve finished this chapter, I’ll have to wait for the next one. *Sigh*

Dan Furnas — Editor-in-Chief
This week’s PSN sale had Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at a discount (still there if you want to grab it!), so I picked up a copy to try it out. I had played the original FFXIV beta and, as most people are now aware: it was awful. However, people have been saying how much better A Realm Reborn is, so I wanted to give it a fair shake, and for $15, I couldn’t really complain. I played up to level 10 with my archer and spent some time working on crafting this week, and so far I really enjoy it. The way that the controls have been set up for the PS3 work quite well, and I’ve enjoyed the quests I’ve done so far, but I’m sure I’ll hit a point where it feels too grindy. Hopefully once Jennifer gets going, it will help keep things interesting. I haven’t had too much time to play other games between traveling to see my family for Thanksgiving and feeling the crunch from the end of the semester, but I did recently finish the sixth novel in the Spice and Wolf series. This volume takes place after the second season of the anime, and I’m still enjoying the adventures of Holo and Kraft, though I was hoping more would happen in the book. They brought in a few new characters, but they didn’t really tie anything up in this book; hopefully, they’ll get the plot moving with the next one!

Jennifer Griffith — Managing Editor
Like Dan, I decided to pick up Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn while it was on sale. Playing an MMO on a console a little weird for me since I’m more used to a mouse and keyboard after Guild Wars 2, but I’m learning. Still, it’s definitely not as easy to navigate the menus, so I feel like I’m bumbling along in the dark sometimes. Hopefully that will change as I get the hang of it. I also recently finished up the latest Zelda game, A Link Between Worlds. I can’t speak to how similar it might be to Link to the Past, but I can say that it’s a lot of fun. I just hope I never hear another squeaking Maiamai ever again! In terms of portable gaming (because let’s face it: even though Link Between Worlds is on the 3DS, it’s annoying to play a game on the bus when you can’t save anywhere you want), I’ve been trying out some visual novels on my cell phone. If you’re into otome games and/or all-ages dating sims, I highly recommend Winter in Fairbrook. It has good writing and nice art, and the flower-growing part of the game actually ties into what ending you get. Something rekindled my interest in Portal 2 as well, and I’ve been working my way through that a bit on the PS3. I actually beat it on the PC originally, so at least now I have a chance to get those trophies while I defy physics and listen to the amazing dialogue from GLaDOS, Wheatley, and Cave Johnson.

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