GeekendThis week’s edition of The Geekend is a tale of two reviewers at two different stages. Jimmy is feeling the mid-game beatdown of Dark Souls 2 (Follow his Let’s Play here!) while I found the light at the end of the tunnel in Atelier Escha & Logy. Let us know what you’ve been playing down in the comments.

Jimmy Stephenson – Feature Writer

Once again, most of my focus for this week has been on Dark Souls 2. Its take a few deaths (or more than a few), but I’ve managed to conquer several bosses. I feel like I’m making progress, but there’s still a lot to see. One thing I have noticed about the game that sets it apart from its predecessor is that it seems to take pity on me at times. After dying several times in certain areas, I found that some of the enemies had been removed from my path to certain bosses. It’s certainly a welcome change, as it makes replaying those sections much faster, but it is a little bit embarrassing, like the game is feeling sorry for me. Outside of Dark Souls, I’ve played a bit of the indie heist game Monaco with a friend online. Its a lot of fun, as you can pick from different classes to try and work your way through levels, avoiding guards and snagging loot. I’m a fan of the top-down maps that look like blueprints, and the jazzy piano soundtrack gives the whole package a very cool vibe. Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a good time with friends.

Dan Furnas – Editor-in-Chief
Like Jimmy, I spent most of my week on one game: Atelier Escha & Logy. I managed to finish up Escha’s storyline and complete almost all the optional content in one go, everything except the final super-powered optional boss. I’m making a quick run through Logy’s version thanks to New Game +, which carries over end-game equipment and cash. I’ll be honest, I completely forgot about the end goal of the game at times because it’s so rarely mentioned during the first part of it, but it takes up the entire final year of in-game time. After a quick playthrough on Logy’s side, I’ll have a review ready. I haven’t played too much else in the past week, since I put in a solid 20+ hours to finish up Atelier. With that finished up, I can finally get back to World End Economica and several other games in my backlog.

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