LOL. I had originally typed "Metroidvania" and "sandbox" to describe the two games.
Five other gaming thoughts:
1. Bayonetta and Valkyria Chronicles are a lot of fun.
2. Demon's Souls is fun in a masochistic sort of way, though I like Dark Souls even more; I need to play subject myself to it again sometime soon.
3. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is on my list of stuff to check out eventually since I liked the first game, 999, and I'm always looking out for more Vita games.
4. I've got Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on its way.
5. Most looking forward to Dead Space 3 (February 5th? ) and Bioshock: Infinite (March 26th?) this year. I await Dragon Age III: Inquisition with a sense of dread given how BioWare, once my favorite game developer of all time, has gone down the toilet in the last two years with DA2 and ME3.