GeekendHey, readers, it’s time for another round of The Geekend! This week, Jimmy switched from Gamescom to XCOM, Ebony continues watching Sword Art Online, and I get a review out… just not the one I hoped.

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–Interim Editor

Recently, I’ve had a itch about fighting aliens. In order to scratch it, I’ve started up a new game of XCOM: Enemy Within. This game can be both immensely satisfying and soul-crushingly brutal. When you make all the right choices, and your team wipes out the threat without a scratch, you feel like a genius. However, when you run someone too far, only to have them surrounded and torn apart by Chryssalids, well, there’s a reason why I didn’t play on Ironman Mode. To make things interesting, I’ve been using the rest of the staff here at The G.A.M.E.S. Blog to name and model my team. It makes it that much more personal when one of them crits a ambushing enemy or misses a 85% kill shot.

Ebony Brown–Staff Writer

Unemployment continues but finally something may have come up! I have a job interview at a game shop on Saturday! Finally, my geekdom may get me paid! Wish me luck! Other than that, my weekend will include watching Sword Art Online, reading and writing.

Dan Furnas–Editor-in-Chief

So, it turns out Tales of Xillia 2 is a longer game than I expected, so I’m not done as I had hoped I would be. It’s still a lot of fun, though. I’m enjoying the skits, the battle system and the level/skill up method; however, I’m starting to tire of fetch and kill quests. I’m glad that you can send little kitties out to do most of the fetch quest work, as that saves a ton of time in the long run. In lieu of that review, I read and reviewed volume one of the Kokoro Connect manga this week. I really enjoy the story, and having watched the anime series didn’t diminish my enjoyment at all. I have also started Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and played through the prologue and first chapter. They two storylines have started to cross, so it will be interesting to see where things go from here, but it’s felt a little disjointed so far, switching fromĀ Layton puzzle gameplay to an Ace Attorney trial and back again. I am really excited about having a certain Ace Attorney character back in the game, though!

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