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.
I am so sorry :l Vita is a really nice piece of hardware but I honestly feel that Sony should have never pursued the portables market in a post iOS world, it's just going terribly for them
Vita aside, my 40 GB Phat PS3 died on me while watching Red Cliff 2 on BD so I lost all my progress for a few of the aforementioned games. I think Bayo is the best pure action game since DMC3/Godhand. Anything Platinum puts out plays brilliantly, and I'm happy that Saito, Kamiya, and Inaba have found a suitable outlet after the dissolution of Clover.
Valkyria is probably my favorite RPG of this gen; such a charming game paired with a brilliant battle system, it makes XIII feel dull, stagnant and soulless in comparison. Ni no Kuni looks amazing, but... Level 5 is involved so... I'm instantly disinterested
VLR I looked forward to for forever but somehow got lost in the shuffle. 999 was a real nice sleeper hit, Steins;Gate is worth a try too if you're searching for a game in a similar vein.
Infinite I have high hopes for, but it seems to have a very troubled development history. BS2 left me cold with its tepid retread of BS. It honestly felt like more like an expansion pack than a fully fledged sequel. Levine being back on board for Infinite is a definite plus, but he seems to be tired and downtrodden every time I see him, I wonder if he's just cracking from the stress of attempting to avoid the sophomore slump :/
Only other titles I'm interested in are Beyond and Last of Us. David Cage is a highly polarizing guy, but I feel he has some genuine talent for envisioning harrowing scenarios and executing on their premise. The fact that his mocap technology seems to have greatly improved and that he has secured a legitimate actor in Ellen Page who can't stop gushing about his script (I want to believe dammit) at every turn has me hyped.
Naughty Dog have yet to prove to me that they are anything other than technical wizards and they are veering perilously close to eyerolling territory with their "we try so hard to improve the industry" rhetoric. Since they're basically betting the farm, theyre in the same unenviable position Levine finds himself in, but of their own volition.
Either way, that's what keeps things interesting. High risk pet projects with ego on the line are the most fascinating of all
Edited by Idsynchrono_24 - 1/27/13 at 11:21am