Ho, ho, ho, and Merry Christmas!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. If you’re in the north then you get to enjoy snow, hot drinks, the wonderful colours of decorations and the smell of a freshly-cut Christmas tree. If you’re south of the equator, it means blistering hot weather, beer, and the wonderful colours of decorations and the smell of a freshly-cut Christmas tree.
Christmas is a time for good food, family, and friends. It’s a time for celebration, and Christmas is the time of year where it’s okay to be a kid all over again, and count down the days to gifts and celebrations one day at a time. Each year we get into the spirit of the season ourselves with a countdown of our own; the 24 Games of Christmas!
Sony had the good sense to bring Wild ARMs 3 to PlayStation 4 earlier in the year, and the holidays are a perfect time to visit (or revisit) one of the most underrated gems of the PlayStation 2 days.
It’s a very typical JRPG in a lot of ways, with all the heart, humour, and melodrama that goes with that. However, it’s full of design quirks that smartly alleviate a lot of the common problems with the genre, and it has a story that, though formulaic in a lot of ways, is cleverly subversive in others. Wild ARMs 3 embraces the tropes of the genre with love, respect, and a hint of satire. It also has one of the best soundtracks ever heard in a game, courtesy of the incomparable Michiko Naruke.
Wild ARMs 3 is a game about joy, love, and family – a perfect fit for Christmas.
– Matthew C.