Hey, readers! Welcome back to The Geekend, where we talk about the games and anime that we’ve been enjoying (or not enjoying, as the case may be). This past week was E3, so along with what we’re playing, we’re also talking about what interested us at the big convention. Check out our coverage on the homepage,read our thoughts below, and let us know what you enjoyed about E3 in the comments!
Jimmy Stephenson–Staff Writer
Well, not much to report this week, I’m afraid. I’ve been pushing through the 150 cc races in Mario Kart 8, and the rubberbanding AI makes that a very frustrating task, but other than that, not much has happened….
Oh, right, E3. Well, as you know, we here at The G.A.M.E.S. Blog have been covering all of the announcements coming out of Los Angeles, and there has been a lot of great news for all gamers. New entries in favorite franchises, as well as completely unique IPs, have been announced for virtually every system and genre. As a longtime Nintendo fan, I must say that their press conference, as well as the substantial Tree House Live sessions, have me really excited for what’s coming. In fact, I actually got a chance to play my most anticipated game, Super Smash Bros Wii U, due to their partnership with Best Buy this week. The line was quite substantial when I got there, but there were plenty of gaming fans to talk Smash with, swap Miis with, and cheer other players with. For my match, I played as the brand-new fighter Wii Fit Trainer, and we played on the Skyloft level. Trainer was fairly middle-of-the-road when it came to speed and handling, but I didn’t have time to fully explore all of her moveset. One move that did amuse me, though, was her Up+B air recovery, which had her twirling hula hoops in order to get air. Even without complete character mastery, though, I managed to score a win against other new characters like Greninja and Megaman (Damn right, I won!). My very brief taste has me excited for getting my hands on the final product, and winter has never seemed so far off. At least I’ll have the 3DS version in a few months to keep me busy.
Michael Riel–Staff Writer
E3 is over, and it’s about time for me to start saving up for a PS4. I wanted to wait a little while longer because there are PS3 games still coming out that I want, but as E3 does every year, it drew me in and hypnotized me enough that I need and want a PS4 now. Games I’m excited for are Dragon Age Inquisition, Bloodborne, The Order 1886, Destiny and (even though I’m not much of an FPS guy) Battlefield Hardline. As for video games, I’m playing I bought the Batman Arkham Asylum and Arkham City combo pack and I’ve been logging hours on that. Anime-wise, I’ve been keeping up with the simulcasts of both the tennis-oriented Baby Steps, as well as No Game No Life. I also started watching the Irregular at Magic High School, where magic has been technologically weaponized and can only be cast through a CAD or Casting Assistance Device. At the magic high school, students are put in course 1 or course 2 depending on their evaluation scores, but there is animosity between the two as course 1 students (called Blooms) think themselves superior to the course 2 students (called Weeds). It’s a pretty decent anime and I’m a few episodes in so we’ll see where it goes.
As the RPG and visual novel guy, I’m known around the site for my lack of interest in more action-oriented games, but I picked up Saints Row IV on PSN this week because of the sale. Comedy is the one thing that will sell me on genres I’m not usually interested in, and Saints Row offers it in spades. Between the weapons (e.g., a gun that shoots dubstep music and a tentacle bat), game mechanics (including having to navigate a text adventure game during one mission), and character customization options, this game is about as ridiculous as they come at times. Other than that, I’ve been working on Pokémon X some more, having collected six badges thus far. I’ve had a couple more good Wonder Trades to help flesh out my team, which has made the game go quickly without as much grinding as usual. I’m still dreading the day I sit down and move all of my pokémon from previous games up to the newest ones so I can put them in the bank. I haven’t done any transferring since Pearl. I wonder how much it would cost to pay someone to do it…
No time to dwell on that right now, though; E3 happened! After all the press conferences wrapped up, none of the big names really blew me out of the water. Sure there were games that interested me on all three consoles: Forza and Sunset Overdrive from Microsoft; Entwined, Grim Fandago, and Abzu from Sony; and Smash Bros, Yoshi and Splatoon from Nintendo. But none of the shows wowed me the way that Sony did last year. Then Nintendo did all of their Treehouse coverage throughout the rest of the week, and that sold me more on those games than their initial Nintendo Direct did. There are definitely plenty of games to buy going forward; my wallet is going to hate me.
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