All kinds of games, but two in particular stand out because they took me by surprise.
First off, Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death. I knew it was some kind of insider's tip regarding cheap low budget games, but I didn't expect that I would enjoy it this much. It's almost sad to think about how this has become a bargain bin / superfluos bundle key game that you can easily get for a dollar, considering how nice-looking, polished, funny and entertaining it is. It may be nothing ground-breaking, but it's a quality product and a lot of fun.
And second, Dreamfall. I recently finished The Longest Journey and it took me years to play through it, because for all the good things that can be said about it, I would always get kind of exhausted and lose interest in it after a while. I can see why so many people love it, but in the end I just couldn't relate that much to this feeling. I thought it was okay. Dreamfall on the other hand - I absolutely love it. Granted I'm only a few hours in, but if it continues like this, it may well become one of my favorite adventure games ever.
The camera, the controls and the fighting (yep, there's fighting in it, how awesome is that!), while original, are not the best implemented feats of the game, but you get used to them quickly. Everything else - the storytelling, the pacing, the suspense, the characters, the setting, the graphics, the cinematics, the voiceovers, the music - is perfect so far. There haven't been any real puzzles to speak of yet, but I actually didn't miss them. And there is still quite a few of running to and fro, which I disliked in TLJ, but in this game I find it less bothersome, because Zoe is always running per default and you control her yourself instead of just waiting for her to reach her destination, and also because the environment is more beautiful and alive. I also like how they cut down on the dialogue and journal entry length and how the game focuses a bit more on showing instead of telling, at least those are my impressions so far. And I like Zoe a little better than April,* although the cool thing is that the game also switches between characters.
Hopefully these two games will stay as enjoyable as I find them this moment until the very end, I'd be happy to add them to my personal list of (almost) perfect games that I enjoyed tremendously. :)
(EDIT: * Than the April of TLJ, I meant. Actually I liked the April of Dreamfall a lot better.)
Post edited October 15, 2014 by Leroux