The 24 Games of Christmas! Day #22: The four Trails of Cold Steel games

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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 #22: The four Trails of Cold Steel games
(Our review of the fourth here)

The Trails of Cold Steel series is, without a doubt, the revelation of the traditional turn-based JRPG genre for the past decade or so. Where the fortunes of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and others have risen and fallen, Trails of Cold Steel emerged on the scene, blew everyone away, and has since then maintained that audience across a truly epic series of sequels.

The problem is that you need a lot of time to play these games. A lot. Under normal circumstances, it would be too intimidating for the typical person to pick them up now, but on the other hand, the extra time off over Christmas starts to make everything a lot more appealing… You’ll make a good dent in the quest if you start it now, so if you’ve been holding off on this wonderful, masterfully-produced, epic JRPGs, then get yourself a cup of eggnog and settle down for an epic marathon or two.

– Matt S.

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