||[Monday 16th November 2009 at 11:38 pm]
In lieu of a post (and I do have a couple of proper posts brewing, one on Doctor Who and one on The Wheel of Time), I shall instead draw your attention towards Iji. It's a free platform shooter game with actual plot, actual world(s) and actual backstory.
I've called it a shooter, but you can play the game as a pacifist, and like Ikaruga complete it almost without firing a single shot. The gameplay and enemy logs change depending on how you tackle it - for example, it's possible to form a truce in one level, and enemies will speculate on your motives (genocidal killer or potential assassin? Neither, if you wish). It's things like this which make you feel that you're actually in control of the characters, and not just following a rigid script. As much as I like the Zelda and Metroid games, you are rather limited in how you can achieve the main plot.