Well the long weekend finally paid off for me, and I got a bunch of games flowing this week.
1 - Clive Barker's Jericho
2 - Rock Band 3
3 - Etrian Odyssey 3
4 - Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery
5 - The Ball
The Ball is a physics - based game which plays like a shooter, but without any weapons. Instead, you attract and repel a giant ball, which is your offense, defense, and key to every puzzle. It's not bad - reminds me very much of "Narbacular Drop" in that it just keeps showing you ways to push a single mechanic. I'm about 1/5 of the way through the game, and it's eventual quality really depends upon how fresh they can keep things over the next levels.
Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery
Puzzle goodness. Lots of fun to play while watching my shows on hulu.
Etrian Odyssey 3
I'm at the boss at the bottom of the 4th Stratum - and I can't tell if this is the "end" of the game or not. Previous EO games had 5 levels per Stratum, but this one has only 4 levels per stratum. So this might be just 60% of the way through the game, if there are still 30 levels to explore - or we might be in a situation where there is a ton more "post game" than there is "game." - which would be a welcome change, frankly, from the previous games where the post game was very minimal, but very brutal.
Rock Band 3
I don't mean to brag, but my girlfriend Kealy has become a total shark at Rock Band. We're ripping through road challenges like tissue paper.
Clive Barker's Jericho
I started this a few weeks back - fought a lot with my drivers and so forth to get it running. Well, it still crashes after about 40 minutes. But it's compelling enough (and auto-saves frequently enough) to hold my attention. I believe I've unlocked most of the powers now, and the game has almost become a cake-walk with ghost bullets and flame demons destroying just about everything before it even gets close. This game is way too gross to play with anyone else around, but it hasn't been at all scary. But if it gives me a few decent boss battles, a few more twists, and some good surprises ahead, it's totally worth the $5 or so I spent on it.