11 | Siren: Blood Curse
Taking place in an abandoned Japanese village with a history of ritual human sacrifices, Siren: Blood Curse weaves a story around an American TV crew that's descended upon the place to shoot a documentary. Predictably, everything goes awry as living corpses start running amok through the village. The game has over 12 episodes packed with enough pulse-pounding gameplay to give Resident Evil a run for its money. But the real attraction here is the story, which is interwoven among a huge cast of characters, with each person's actions directly affecting someone else's chances of survival.
Siren: Blood Curse also has content available on a PlayStation Home Game Space for the diehard Japanese horror gamer, with unlockable rewards for players who compete in the available mini-game. At first look, $30 for a downloadable game might seem steep, but Siren: Blood Curse is a deep horror game that does its damnedest to scare you to death every step of the way.
10 | Zen Pinball
Pinball might not pack the groundbreaking experience you'll find in games like PixelJunk Eden or Braid, but Zen Pinball, however, is one of the best video game iterations of the classic game that's worth $10 for the downloadable content alone. For starters, you're unlikely to ever see a pinball machine modeled after Street Fighter II or Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and Zen Studios has the only title around that puts some effort into creating that feeling of lifelike pinball physics and borderline unrealistic special effects.
9 | Stacking
If you're a long-time follower of Schafer and co., you'll know what to expect from Stacking-- an extremely stylized and humorous game with a unique gameplay premise that might be a little rough around the edges. And that's exactly what you'll get with this new game of brain-benders.
The stylistic mixture of Russian matryoshka dolls with U.S. depression-era characters, music, settings, and cinematics is not something you'd expect to mesh together seamlessly, but the game is all the better for it. And the humor is the exact right mixture of Double Fine's subversive tone with a hint of adult themes. Put it this way -- if Costume Quest was a show like Phineas and Ferb or Spongebob, Stacking would be a show you'd find on Adult Swim. Both can be enjoyed by adults, but one is a bit more aesthetically geared towards older fans.