Hey, 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, Jimmy kicks off another Let’s Play, Ethan digs into some anime, and Jenn makes a return to The Geekend!
Let us know what shows you’ve been watching, along with the games and manga you’ve been enjoying down in the comments!
Jimmy Stephenson – Staff Writer
Compared to last week, this has been a very busy week of games for me. To start with, I’ve begun my Let’s Play of Transistor, the second game from Bastion creator Supergiant Games. So far, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my time with the game, both from a narrative and a gameplay perspective. The cyber-punk setting is very intriguing, and the way the game drops you into the middle of the action makes for a lot of mystery and suspense. Wanting to figure out why Red was attacked, how her companion got transferred into a sword, and the goal of the antagonist are great hooks to pull me along. The gameplay is also a lot of fun, as it provides the same frantic action as its predecessor while creating a unique tactical feel with its planning mechanic. All together, I can’t wait to see what else the game has in store, and you should definitely follow along with me on our Youtube channel, if you are interested. When not playing Transistor, I’ve been having a blast playing Saints Row IV with a friend of mine. The game’s superpower mechanics make navigating the city a whole lot of fun, a la the Infamous franchise. It does make me wonder, though, why they bothered with cars at all when your character can leap, Hulk-like, from building to building. I suppose its for the sake of variety and freedom of choice, as players have so many options for entertaining themselves. So far, my favorite time with the game, by far, has been traversing the city while listening to the classical music channel on the radio. Leaping off an enemy tower, gliding for miles, and running up the side of a skyscraper to regain height is made all the more entertaining when “Night on Bald Mountain” is your background music.
Ethan Willard – Staff Writer
I have spent the past two weeks watching a lot of anime, believe it or not. It’s fun discovering what I like and what I don’t like. To determine which shows I will like, I use Michael’s screening method he has talked about in past Geekends, only more extreme. If I am not attached or interested enough to make it past the second, or even first episode, I stop watching and move on to the next one. Thus far I have watched Log Horizon, Knights of Sidonia, Death Note, Kill la Kill and Btoom! Of those, Log Horizon was just something to get my fix after I finished Sword Art Online and I was left completely uninterested by the end of the first episode. Same goes for Knights of Sidonia. Kill la Kill is one that I know people really enjoy. I only watched a bit of the first episode, and it was super bizarre. I will have to give it another shot. Death Note and Btoom! struck a chord, and I am knee deep into the former and excited to get further into the latter. And, of course, I have been watching SAO II. I agree with Michael that it has been a boring start, but I am not too upset about it. To me it’s just more SAO. I could care less if it the beginning has been slow, I am in love with everything about the show and I am happy it’s continuing. As far as gaming goes, I started playing Diablo 3 again. The only reason I continue to play is to beat Inferno and to make my wizard a monster. Once I finish that, I am going to start a new character finally. I also saw on PSN that From Dust and I Am Alive are being sold together for $14.99 so I might pick them up.
Jennifer Griffith – Managing Editor
It’s been entirely too long since I actually just sat down to watch some anime, but I finally just made the time for Sailor Moon Crystal. When I was a kid, I used to watch the original Sailor Moon the way old ladies watch soap operas, and I can tell already that Crystal is going to turn out the same way. I’m loving the art style that’s more in line with the manga (though sometimes it manages to put CLAMP to shame in the limb distortion department), and I’m looking forward to watching the story unfold again. I also started up Kamisama Hajimemashite, which is pretty amazing so far. The heroine is a homeless girl who manages to become land god, and when she makes an irritable kitsune her familiar, hilarity and romance ensue. In manga news, I finished up the first two volumes of Madoka Magica: The Different Story, so watch for a review soon!
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