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!
(Read the details about Microsoft’s gift here)
Christmas is a time for giving, and Microsoft is really getting into the spirit by giving away Lost Odyssey, one of the best games ever released on Xbox. Until the end of the month, this excellent Xbox 360 JRPG – from Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi – is free on the Xbox Marketplace, and it’s backwards compatible with Xbox One as well. That alone should be reason enough to give it a spin these holidays.
The more compelling reason is that it’s a really, really good game. It’s not exactly a festive game, and it’s arguably a bit too bleak for the silly season, but it’s nonetheless a deeply emotional game that really understands what made the golden-era Final Fantasy games so special. If you need a break from the intensity of Christmas, there are few worlds as worth getting lost in as that of Lost Odyssey.
– Matthew C.