Quick post-mortems on the games I've been playing lately:
1.) Puzzle Quest 2 (DS): Either they made this game way too easy, or I am the best Puzzle Quest player ever to be born. And I don't flatter myself to think it's the latter. I set the game to "hard" and on my first storyline playthrough, didn't lose a single fight. Not a one. Admittedly, this may be because I picked Barbarian, and because I knew how best to combo some spells from a long-in-remission addiction to the first game, but...
I did create a second character, Assassin class, and she's lost two fights in the under-10 game, so there's something to it. Maybe it's just horribly unbalanced? Other than that, though, I've enjoyed it. I miss some of the features of the first (sacking cities, money from cities, consistent foes after completing the story) but overall it's not a bad game.
2.) Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within (PC): When the acting makes you long to have Tim Curry's southern accent back, or when every. single. sentence out of any character's mouth is instant MST3K fodder... well. I love me some old-school adventure games and this is a definite great example of the FMV era of the mid and late 1990s, but it's a profoundly silly game and it wants to be serious. As I said, accurately, on Twitter... #gaygermanoperawerewolfvoodooking
3.) Divinity II: Ego Draconis (PC): I wrote before about how much this game hooked me. And it did. Except the end-game stage is flat-out awful. Just like in the first game, an 80% awesome title falls flat when you cross the Line Of No Return. Also, it's the buggiest thing I've bought in 15 years. Twice I had to go back to an hours-old save to recoup after game-halting bugs, and once I had to send my save file to Larian for them to fix it for me. Not. Cool. Even worse? I hear they have a patch ready to go for most of these bugs but have been withholding it in North America until their DLC launches in October. Their excuse is that they're not allowed to release too many patches for a 360 product (and this was a dual-platform release). I'm actually quite pissed off at Larian over this one. Translation errors and small bugs I can handle. But game-stopping errors? Multiple times in multiple locations across the game? Lrn 2 QA, dammit.