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 #2: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
This one was inevitable, huh? One of Animal Crossing’s best features has always been the real-world clock integration and that of course means cutesy, animal-based reinterpretations of our holidays. New Horizons is set to offer a cheery Christmas extravaganza that involves helping others and collecting special holiday furniture. While you’ll have to wait for that (much like gifts around the tree), there should already be snow in some towns depending on your real-world location. If you’ve vacated your animal paradise for a while, now is the perfect time to go walking through a winter wonderland.
With New Horizons, the additional terraforming options mean you can craft seasonal structures far beyond the scope of what previous entries offered. Ice sculptures, snowmen, sleds, Christmas trees, and more can be manipulated to take full advantage of the wintry environments. You’re also able to invite more players than ever, so everyone from both hemispheres can get in on the festivities. In a time when real-world gatherings are at their lowest, New Horizons offers creative ways to engage with your loved ones.
– Clark A.