GeekendHey, readers, it’s time for another round of The Geekend! This week, Jimmy gets his fill of Gamescom, Candy looks forward to taking on more noobs in Pokemon, and after a hiatus, I, Dan make my triumphant return.

Check out our thoughts below and let us know what’s gotten you excited this week in the worlds of anime, gaming, and manga down in the comments.

Jimmy Stephenson — Staff Writer/Interim Editor

To be honest, this week hasn’t seen me playing a whole lot of games. Instead, I’ve been devouring all of the trailers and footage to come out of Germany’s Gamescom 2014. Evolve, in particular, has really captured my attention. For those unfamiliar, Evolve is an online multiplayer game that pits a team of hunters versus one enormous player-controlled monster that roams around the map, eating animals and evolving to more powerful forms. The way the 4-on-1 multiplayer still seems balanced is really impressive. While you would think that the monsters, which have special abilities like flying, leaping across the map, or climbing up walls, would dominate, it was actually the hunters who seemed to come out on top more often than not. Also, this being a Valve game, you can be sure that the game will be very polished upon its official release. Other highlights included new footage of The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition; both are looking very exciting. Gameplay was also shown for Bloodborne, which looks just like you’d expect Dark Souls to play like on a next-gen console. Carefully examining the footage will show what appears to be a giant spider clinging to the side of the buildings in the background, but come on. From Software wouldn’t do that to us. They never have spiders in their….. Oh crap.

Candy Lebby — Staff Writer

This was an exciting week because it was the Pokemon World Tournament finals and it was full of surprises! I’m looking forward to seeing people online using the electric type Pachirisu incorrectly in battles after Se Jun Park’s shocking victory at the masters finals. The Pachirisu took a draco meteor from the dragon type Salamence, and still had just under half its HP left, which just goes to show how it can be used as a tank! Coupled with the moves nuzzle and hyper fang it made for a dangerous addition to an already strong team.

Dan Furnas — Editor-in-Chief

After being away for a few weeks due to a move, I’m officially back on staff. First off, thanks to everyone for holding the fort in my absence, especially Ethan and Jimmy stepping in as interim editing staff.

Now that the mushy stuff is over, onto my Geekend: Not having access to my consoles or TV during the move meant that I was limited in my game library for a while. That’s where my laptop came in; I spent most of that time playing Magic 2015, and the review is up now. It’s no-frillsĀ Magic: The Gathering, but I miss some of the game options that previous versions had. Other than that, I finally started playing Fez on my Vita. It’s fun, but it’s not something I can just sit and play, so that will be a long-term project for me. Once I finally got settled in at my new home and unpacked, it was time to start working on some more reviews, so I’ve been watching Cardcaptor Sakura and playing through Tales of Xillia 2. CCS is a bit of a blast from the past, having not watched it since it was first on TV. I’m definitely outside the target demographic at this point, but it’s a nice nostalgia trip. Xillia 2 has been a lot of fun; I’ve had a hard time putting the controller down. I’m probably about halfway through right now, so I’m hoping I can finish it up quickly because Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is coming, and that deserves my undivided attention!

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