I have recovered from post-PAX depression and been playing some games. :)
Metro: Last Light (3 of 5)I feel like there's no going back from Stalker. There's nothing quite like exploring those worlds. The Metro games feel like the amusement park versions. I respect that a huge amount of polish and art goes into them.
But those type of worlds feel so much more amazing when I'm exploring them for myself. The linear story is never going to be as good for me personally. I'm the guy who stopped playing Fallout 3 when the big climactic end battle started.
I think I'd play Stalker: Call of Pripyat over any open world FPS at this point. Well, maybe Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon if I felt like something light.
The Swapper (3 of 5)I don't know why I keep playing puzzle games. I don't care about puzzle games. I'd heard very good things about the trappings of the game, it's premise and atmosphere. I didn't care. There's no investment in any of it. Again, I admire the craft, but there's nothing enduring there.
Saints Row 4 (4 of 5)I don't really feel like reviewing Saints Row 4. But I guess I can't avoid it. It's fan service to the Nth degree. Some of it was pandering to the point that it made no sense, but I appreciated most of it.
Saints Row 2 will always have the best stories.
The super hero aspect works. It's silly fun. The most unique element is the ability to run through a GTA style world at absurd speeds. I recommend never buying the Tornado upgrade, as it makes weaving through traffic less fun (and you can't turn it off).
Prototype is probably my favorite open world super hero game, which is sad because Hulk: Ultimate Destruction with an upgraded engine would probably instantly take back the crown. Open world super hero games haven't come very far considering how big super heroes have been in pop culture.
Other StuffI got bored enough with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow that I'm not going to bother playing through it. The boss battles so far have been awful Shadow of the Colossus rip-offs, total wastes of time. And the premise of killing the evil masters to gain their powers just reminds me how much better Soul Reaver is than this game, hell how much better Mega-Man 2 and 3 are than this game. :P
I can't seem to find my old save game for The Walking Dead, so I'm playing through it again, repeating my decisions. It's interesting to pick up some different conversations that I never heard the first time. I find myself seeing other characters in a different light more than I expected to. I intend to stick to the decisions I made the first time through, but we'll see how I feel when the times come.