A game where you play as an attorney may sound boring, but Phoenix Wright is anything but. As always, the cast of characters is ridiculous, and that's really what makes this series so great. Dual Destinies includes some features from past games, as well as new ones like 3D crime scenes and the Mood Matrix. I had trouble putting it down, as it only intensifies as you complete each case.
This Zelda game allows you to do a majority of the dungeons in any order. This is great for exploring and just enjoying the game but it makes the game too easy as well. Because they can be done in different orders, there is no ramp up in difficulty until the final dungeon. The game isn't extremely long but is paced great for replaying; like ALttP. It has the best Dead Man's Volley in the series.
I had fun playing this game, but it wasn't flawless. The first hours were painfully slow, motion controls inaccurate, and it froze a few times. Apart from that, it's surprisingly long (40-50 hours) with plenty to do. The dream world is obviously a big part of the game, but some of it felt half-baked. Boss battles, on the other hand, were a blast. Not as good as previous games IMO, but still fun.
Fez is a clever, charming 2D platformer that challenges your spatial thinking by letting you rotate the 3D world in 90° increments, revealing a flattened landscape at each angle. Your job is to collect cube fragments scattered around the world, many of which are easy to collect but some are quite a challenge. The pixel art style is very nice, and I didn't come close to finding all of the secrets.
It's less of a game and more of an interactive art exhibit, but still offers some unique gameplay mechanics involving finding your way around using nothing but the ability to throw paint around an otherwise white world. It's not challenging or very long, but worth trying at least once.
Rayman Legends Wii U
I enjoyed every moment of this game. The level design was great and getting all the teensies in a level becomes challenging. There are some Origins levels in the game and I must say that I like the feel of the Legends levels better. I haven't played with multiple players but I can imagine it will make the levels more hectic. The off-TV mode was great for playing while watching college football.
ZombiU Wii U
When you die you start with a new character and have to find your old character to get your equipment back. I have a love hate relationship with that because if you die before recovering your stuff, it is lost forever. This made it quite frustrating when I lost everything at the end of the game because I kept dying at one point. So I ended up having to finish with just the basic starter equipment.
This is a difficult game to review without spoilers. Spec Ops looks and acts like a typical military shooter, but ends up dealing with much more complex issues about war and free will. By the end I was downright uncomfortable playing this game. It's subversive, compelling, and important, but not very fun (and intentionally made that way).
This remake of the old RTS classic is not what you hoped it would be. It says HD, however the graphic improvements are marginal. Furthermore the multiplayer at launch was a broken mess. Recent patches have improved upon this, but you are still playing with a netcode from the year 2000 and it shows. The lag is still there but manageable. However the core of the game is still a very good RTS.
The Last of Us PS3
Not your typical zombie game, The Last of Us is a story about survival and human interaction told in a nuanced way that time-constrained movies or shows often can't. Beautiful graphics, convincing voice acting and animations, ominous atmosphere... everything comes together perfectly, and the result is one of the most compelling (and violent) games I've played in a long time. Highly recommended.