Been playing Mass Effect 2. It's great.
It improved on absolutely everything from the first game. Except for the story.
The character interactions are better, and I love the character loyalty quests. But the overall story seems a bit less focussed. A little like Empire Strikes back to Mass Effect 1's Star Wars.
Also, interesting note.
I'm playing a female Shepard. The only romance options available to me are:
The most boring man on the planet.
Someone who looks like what you'd get if Alien and Predator had a baby.
And some crazy fish person that looks like Abraham Sapien from Hellboy.
I chose the fish person. Specifically because he randomly lapses into James Elroy style monologues, and that's pretty damn awesome.
I've also been playing FFXIII. I'm about five hours into it, and I'm really enjoying it.
I can really understand why a person might not like it, but you have to go into it with the right mindset. You're definitely not going to get a Fallout 3 style open world adventure.
You have to understand that FFXIII is more like watching an anime series than any game ever before it. You also have to be able to marvel at some of the amazing vistas, and have that distract you from the incredibly linear exploration.
I miss town exploration, and talking to people, and I wouldn't like every game I play to be like this, but it's still a good game.
It helps that it has some of the best cutscenes I've seen in a game. It's not like MGS4 where the cutscenes are all exposition. It's action action action all the way. Like Cowboy Bebop to MGS4's Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
And I'm loving the fast paced battle system.
It's not the direction that I'd like all future FFs to go. It would get boring if they kept trying to blur the line between game and anime. But as a single game, I really enjoy it.
Though I've still got a long way to go, and plenty of time to screw up.