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Saturday, December 12, 2020

The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #12: Rune Factory 4 Special

It's the big countdown! Just as you pull out your advent calendars to count down the 24 days to Christmas, so too are we going to count down in our own way, by highlighting 24 games that you could play this month to get into the spirit of the season.

Christmas means different things to different people, but we see it as a time to get together with family and friends, relax after a long year's hard work (and, given this is 2020, it was an especially hard year), enjoy good food and good company. It's a good time to knock off that epic RPG you've had sitting in the backlog, or crack open the beers (or eggnog) and get stuck into the local multiplayer battles.

Each day we'll highlight one game that you could have a great time playing over the Christmas season. It's not a countdown, nor is it a "best of" list. It's not highlighting new games, nor old. It's just 24 games, one per day, that we love the idea of breaking into over the season. Have a great and happy season, everyone!

Game #12: Rune Factory 4 Special 

For many, half the joy in Christmas break is that it’s a retreat from the daily grind. Hanging out with your loved ones has extra weight behind it if you’re typically running to and fro, possibly endangering yourself trying to make ends meet. The Rune Factory series is a microcosm of that idea in a certain fantastical light, tasking you with running a farm and felling monsters while also working towards a loving marriage. Time management is the name of the game here. 

Thankfully, Rune Factory 4’s mechanics are designed with enjoyment in mind and not necessarily to be as time-guzzling or dull as most office/factory jobs. Although the combat can literally be a “grind” if you so choose, it presents the player with interesting decisions and an obvious sense of upward momentum. Much like real life, you can also opt to take it easy whenever you like and go fishing...except you won’t be fired for it here. Since this is a cheery Christmas series, I'll let you make your own jokes about this game having "boss" battles.

- Clark A.
Anime Editor
The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #12: Rune Factory 4 Special
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