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!
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas carol? There won’t be many door-to-door harmonies this year though, so you’ll have to get your music fix elsewhere. I recommend Japan. Tokyo Mirage Sessions is no Christmas-themed game, sure, but it’s a musical JRPG contextualises its vocal tracks in compelling ways to underscore character growth. Along the way, it sheds light on Japan’s idol industry and performers’ other contributions to the entertainment world.
Teeming with fanservice of the Fire Emblem series (and the more risqué variety), Tokyo Mirage Sessions has plenty to keep you home for the holidays besides the tunes. The combat system provides a solid dose of the Persona series and collecting quirky costumes is always a nice distraction. The game earns bonus points for including a Santa outfit among said costumes. The default battle music is still catchy enough to hum along to after four years and it’s not even a vocal track. If you fancy J-Pop, now is as good a time as any to experience the culture behind it.