Surely most NES fans are familiar with Shadowgate, or perhaps its brothers-in-arms, Deja Vu and Uninvited. These series of first-person adventures actually originated on the Apple Macintosh, where they began ICOM's MacVenture series. Shadowgate received a couple of sequels too, and seemed poised to become a bona fide franchise, although that didn't quite pan out. Other adventure game articles include Codename: ICEMAN, an incredibly laborious spy thriller brought to you by the same guy who (big surprise) made Police Quest, and Toonstruck, a tribute to golden era cartoons starring a live-action Christopher Lloyd.
I was playing Final Fantasy XIII when it came out, and while I don't hate it, it's definitely lacking in a lot of true role playing elements. To balance it out, I grabbed a copy of Sega's Japan-only 7th Dragon, a very old-school style JRPG which takes the basics of Dragon Quest and mixes them with the hardcore mechanics of Etrian Odyssey. And finally, there's Noitu Love, Konjak's much beloved indie game with fantastic spritework and a particular love of Treasure-style console games, which will soon be ported to the Wii.