This feels much more satisfying and well-tuned than the original Sanctum - and the addition of co-op takes it to a whole new difficulty level.

Orcs Must Die! [Steam store page]
While not co-op like the sequel, this game has an excellent sense of humor and decently balanced maps. Too bad the humor didn't carry over to Orcs Must Die! 2

Train Valley [Steam store page]
Starts out simple, but to be really good at this game you have to be able to multi-task incredibly accurately and quickly. That just isn't me, but the game is well designed and will be fun for people who love the challenge of optimizing their strategy and reaction times to climb the leaderboard.

Hidden Folks [Steam store page]
A bit like Where's Waldo, but sometimes you have to click (or drag) on one or more items to reveal the person you're looking for. Each target has a hint though, which gives you an idea of the area or action you need to find it.

I was surprised at how expansive some of these drawings are - you can pan around, and often it helps to zoom in rather than staying at max distance, especially when looking for a small object. And with the complexity of these drawings it will probably take you at least a few hours to find all the targets.

Saints Row IV [Steam store page]
While Saints Row: The Third was fun madness, this sequel adds a superhero twist with great new abilities and much easier travel than the previous game.

Costume Quest 2 [Steam store page]
Better environments than CQ1, with the same great characters. The first level is the only bad part, so suffering through that small grind is worth it.

The best choose your own adventure I've played - the choices feel important and engaging, and there are enough features that it doesn't feel like a book

Expansive levels that make Portal look like a tech demo, with quite a few new fun mechanics and a lot of back-story about the Aperture Corporation. It's about three times as long as the original, and once again ends with fantastic music.

This was fantastic the first time through - physics puzzles with tiny details that draw you into the story. The only reason I can't give it 10/10 is that Portal 2 is even better.

Just Cause 2 [Steam store page]
Something for everyone - a sandbox with over the top violence and stunts, plenty of collectables, challenges, and a story line that appears just often enough to keep you interested in the missions. Steal helicopters and parachute from planes...

Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition [Steam store page]
A fairly relaxing arcade game - while repetitive it can get tough on the endless levels, especially right before each of the endless achievements. Would be nice if the game remembered your choice of plants between levels

Borderlands [Steam store page]
This is a weird mix of MMO leveling and FPS, and in a certain aspect it works okay, but at other times it can be frustrating.

The beginning of this game includes a lot of scripted sequences, which can be a bit annoying if you play through multiple times, as was intended (you reach level 35 or so on the first playthrough, 50+ on the second). The first time playing it seems incredibly smooth and well paced, teaching you all your necessary skills painlessly.

The game itself isn't hard - I was level 13 before I died the first time - but after a while it gets annoying to take headshots and not actually kill the enemy, like a normal FPS. This is due to the level mechanic - killing an enemy one level above you is difficult, and two is nearly impossible. The exception is playing the tank/melee character, who has a special ability that flattens higher levels with ease.

There is also a melee enemy class known as Psycho that has an annoying tendency, when injured, to run full tilt at you holding a hand grenade above their heads. Many times when this happens they are inescapably close, which results in your instant death.

Lastly, the bosses tend to take 3-10 minutes for a solo player to slowly tear through their massive health pools - almost like fighting an MMO raid boss on your own. Almost every boss also has a group of annoying normal enemies to dispatch during the beginning of the fight as well. These encounters are probably much more suited to the co-op gameplay.

Overall a mixed bag, fun in certain aspects, but also one of the few games that makes me feel angry when I play it. That's a sure sign the enemies aren't quite as balanced as they should be.

Orcs Must Die! 2 [Steam store page]
They added co-op, but lost some of the humor that made Orcs Must Die! so fun. Similar gameplay, with more expansive levels to challenge two players.

The casting system is reasonably intuitive, and the gameplay itself is as fun as Torchlight, though the heavy corridor feel of the levels detracts a bit. There is a smattering of story and humor throughout, but I wouldn't call it story-driven.

World of Goo [Steam store page]
I'm not madly in love with this game, but it's a decent way to pass the time. The puzzles are usually fairly easy, though sometimes it is hard to execute them because of the way the AI makes goo run around the structure

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