GeekendTime for another round of The Geekend here at The G.A.M.E.S. Blog! This week we are talking all sorts of games–from Dark Souls 2 to Layton. See what we are up to below, and let us know what you are up to down in the comments!

Michael Riel – Staff Writer
This week, I put my anime hunting rifle down and took a break from trying to find a good series. Why? Because it’s hard for me to find good anime. I have a really high standard, and shows that many find amazing, I find terrible or maybe okay, and other anime that people find weird or not so great, I find to be awesome and imaginative. Prime example: Everybody is obsessed with Sword Art Online these days. Is it a bad anime? No. Is it one that I really didn’t enjoy? Yes. Why didn’t I like it? I don’t know. The art was good, the concept reminiscent of the old .//hack days, but there was just something that wouldn’t allow me enjoy it. Instead of watching anime, I just replayed some classic video games while trying out a couple of newer titles. I rebought my PlayStation Plus account and gave both the newest Tomb Raider game and Remember Me a whirl. I didn’t get far in either because, as with anime, I have a high standard for video games. I’ve also been continuing to log game hours in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn because to me it’s the perfect MMO. I also restarted Dragon Age: Origins so I can run through the campaign followed by the sequel, Dragon Age II, to prepare for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is set to be released later this year. Lastly, I’m going to try and get through Mugen Souls so I can fully prepare myself for when it’s sequel, Mugen Souls Z, gets released stateside in Mid-October. Maybe I’ll watch some anime, too; I’ve been meaning to check out Heaven’s Lost Property, Mermaid Melody, and Occult Academy as well as finish up the Tales of the Abyss anime and A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives.

Jimmy Stephenson – Staff Writer
I’m really close to finishing Bravely Default, I promise. Every time I feel like the end should be close, a certain twist extends the story more. I’m not complaining too much, though, since I’m still having a lot of fun with combining abilities to come up with the most broken strategy. For the last week, though, my time has been dominated by Dark Souls 2. I’ve been playing through blind, which means that I never know what’s around the next corner. I’m still getting used to the slight control and timing tweaks from the first game, but so far I’ve been enjoying my time quite a bit. The game is just as challenging as I expected, and the new monster designs are very cool. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Follow my progress by watching my “Let’s Play” series here.

Dan Furnas – Editor-in-Chief

This week, a lot of my time has been spent rolling along in Atelier Escha & Logy, and I’m approaching the endgame now in Escha’s story line. I’m about to arrive at the mysterious ruins that have been the goal all game, so we’ll see what they have in store for me. It’s been fun, and there’s definitely some end game enemies that are pretty difficult which was a worry of mine as the early game was so easy. Once I’m to done I planning on trying out Logy’s storyline. I’ve also put in some more time reading my way through World End Economica. As long as real life doesn’t get too crazy this week, I should be able to finish one… or both!

Jennifer Griffith – Managing Editor
This week, I’m still chipping away at the latest Layton game. The story is quite intriguing, and fortunately, there haven’t been any slidey puzzles yet. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to Streetpass anyone else playing the darned thing; if you have the game, create a scavenger hunt and turn on Streetpass! I don’t want to spend all my play coins on challenges. I’ve also been spending a fair amount of my game time with mobile titles, trying out some of the “escape the room” games on Android to while away the morning commute. There’s a cute little puzzler that grabbed my attention recently as well, called God of Light, in which you have to direct a beam of light around the levels to bring the world out of darkness. The first 25 levels are free, so check it out! The digital version of Small World was recently on sale on all available platforms, so I also decided to give that a try on the iPad, and I have to say I like it. Can’t wait to play with more friends online, and I may even have to pick up the original tabletop version for IRL board game nights.

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