@kubqo: I don't miss the Witcher, it's just too "mehtastic" to me, and Rainbow Six hardly made it on my list (don't Ubisoft). Those small games? My recommendation: get an Ouya, or just let video gaming be altogether...
@zeds_dead_baby: Maybe one *doesn't have to be* an anti-hype hipster, but many of those loathing the game publicly are; they are against "the one hyped game everybody seems to be playing" on principle, and often even without having been trying/playing it...
@vintage68: I think the lords of shadow games are deeply, deeply flawed at best. But you really can't fault the art design on either game nice to see someone else really enjoying that gothic/futurist mix in II, I even loved the pure fantasy stuff in the original.
Honestly, I didn't experience any major technical flaws in CLOS2 on PC; using a X360 controller I found it good to play and enjoyed in particular the varied bossfights (except the last one, perhaps). But I'm glad you liked the graphics, too; I felt the game was largely underappreciated in the US.
Zombies being fashion is nothing new, but honestly, I didn't find DI:R that bad; for instance, I liked the open-world setting and the handmade weapon upgrades. You usually lose 100-200 bucks when dying, depending on the number, level, or whatever. And who likes being "punished" in a video game anyway, as you still have to accomplish your tasks: helping civilians while cleansing the Island from the zombies...
Aria of Sorrow is a great game, no doubt, but I am looking forward to the new CLOS2, too.
Spelunky: I bought & started playing it before it was $3.75 on PSN, but didn't play it much in spite of the PS3/PSV cross-playability;
FC Blood Dragon: the same, but I'm still far from finishing it since albeit some people had the game even on their GOTY list, I couldn't really get into it (as likewise in Far Cry 3);
Brothers: I just started playing it the other day and actually liked the puzzles while finding the controls the most original aspect in the game, yet you're certainly right with the sort of "Simlish" they're speaking, and the story isn't too exciting so far, either. As a game I prefer Papo & Yo which is a bit similar but about which people have been speaking far less, or else Doki Doki Universe with its naive charm and less linear storyline.
@zevvion: Actually, I don't think DICE will spend all year long on BF4 map optimization, and--unlike Battlefront--Mirror's Edge 2 won't be that big a game, probably, either, so I still consider its release possible by the end of this year (zavvi.com has it listed for pre-order!).
After abstaining from buying it on Steam earlier I am looking the more forward to playing Don't Starve on PS4 as it is free for PS+ now :D