The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #22: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk

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The tree is up, the lights are on, the stockings are over the fireplace and everyone’s getting into the eggnog. It’s Christmas and it’s the best time of year.

Nothing beats Christmas; it’s the time for fun and play, for family and friends. It’s the chance to get away from work and reset the batteries. And, of course, it’s the perfect time to knock off some of those games that you just haven’t been able to get around to.

As is tradition for Digitally Downloaded we’re going to count down the 24 games of Christmas – one a day for each day from December 1 through to December 24. The fun, the silly and the crazy, these games have been custom picked by the DDNet editorial team to give you plenty of ideas for stocking fillers, games to play with family and friends on Christmas Eve, or games you should use the extra time over the holiday to get stuck into.

 The 24 Games Of Christmas
Day #22: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk

(Click here for our review)

You didn’t honestly think we were going to go through a whole list without mentioning this game, did you?

Atelier Ayesha, much like its predecessors, is a game that’s impossible to hate. Even if you don’t think it’s an especially good game, it’s bright, charming, and so incessantly pleasant that to get angry at it makes you look like a jerk, of the magnitude of Homer Simpson to Ned Flanders.

Atelier Ayesha is a great game for Christmas because it’s one of those increasingly rare games that is more interested in being uplifting than being something dark and serious.

Ayesha herself is a sweetheart, too, and represents some good signs from developer GUST; where previous Atelier games had that slight otaku edge to them, Ayesha is a more mature and fully realised character, and she’s all the more interesting for it.

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