GeekendHey, readers! Welcome back to The Geekend, where we talk about the games, anime and manga that we’ve been enjoying (or not enjoying, as the case may be). This week, Dan basks in the glow of the Steam sale, Ethan laments his lack of a PS4, and we say hello to our newest writer, Nicolas!

Let us know what games, anime, and manga you’ve been enjoying down in the comments!

Ethan Willard–Staff Writer

So this week I have been depressed because I don’t have a PS4, and E3 really threw it in my face how much of mistake that is. In lieu of the excitement, I started playing through Uncharted 2 because Uncharted 4 looks awesome. I am enjoying my playthrough, the story is really good, but the cover system drives me crazy. Besides that, I haven’t really been playing anything else, I am just waiting for the Steam summer sale to start [Editor’s Note: Which it now has!], and of course, biding my time until I purchase my PS4. I NEED to ride elephants in Far Cry 4 with those PS4 graphics. As far as new games, I am going to pick up Wolfenstein soon because I keep hearing how great it is. That’s pretty much it with my gaming life. My anime life is always struggling. How are you?

Nicolas Fontes–Staff Writer

I’m writing a novel, and I’ll be working on its next chapter this weekend! It’s called Fortuna Academy. I’m hoping to get the newest chapter out this weekend, and I will upload it on DeviantArt whenever I finish. It’s about students’ lives at the world’s most renowned academy of magic, which also happens to be the one named in the title.

I’m also replaying Corpse Party: Blood Covered. Pretty sweet game: Frightening, chilling, suspenseful, touching. I enjoyed it very much the first time. It really makes you search every nook and cranny of Heavenly Host for clues to escape that hellish dimension, and it gets you on edge as to not search literally everything because examining certain objects can seriously throw you off your game. Gonna be enjoying my Geekend!

Dan Furnas–Editor-in-Chief

This week, I finally knuckled down and finished the main story for Pokémon X. I pushed my way through the last couple badges and the Elite Four without stopping to level, perhaps not the wisest decision I have ever made, but it was certainly more of a challenge than most other Pokémon endings as a result. I still need to transfer over all my other critters, though. That will probably be something to do while enduring the long car ride between Florida and New York in a couple months. I’ve also started up a few new games: The first one is Battle Princess of Arcadias, a side-scrolling beat-’em-up. Mechanically, it reminds me of Odin Sphere in some respects, but it doesn’t have quite the same caliber of story or design. It does offer a little more variety in gameplay, though, as there are also battles where you have to command brigades against enemy soldiers in the background while defending yourself in the foreground. If you’re a fan of the genre, it might be worth checking out, but if you’re not rushing out to get it for your PS3, feel free to wait until my review goes up sometime soon.

I also picked up a couple games on Steam courtesy of the sale (and a kind gift from a friend). The first is the digital version of the Talisman board game, which is a fairly faithful adaptation of the original. If you like board games with some RPG elements or are looking for a gateway game to get friends more interested in tabletop RPGs, either the physical or digital version might be worth trying. The benefit of the digital version, of course, is that you can play with friends regardless of where they are. The other game I’ve played from the sale is Democracy 3, which is exactly what it sounds like. You take over as head of state of one of several countries and you do your best to improve the country and get yourself re-elected. No flashy graphics, but there are lots of buttons, sliders, and charts, which is perfect for a business simulation enthusiast like me. My one complaint, though, is that it feels a little too easy. In my first playthrough, I managed to get up to 97% support from voters, eradicate crime, fix the environment, and turn the U.S. into the most well-educated in the world, all while raising taxes through the roof. Or maybe that’s what happens when you don’t have to wait on Congress to pass laws!

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