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 #3: Mega Man Zero / ZX Legacy Collection
Compilation games offer a cheap and easy way to experience beloved franchises. However, condensing many former retail games into one package means you’re looking at a sizable time sink. It’s very possible you’ll neglect a couple games on there in favour of more immediately grabbing modern titles. Despite having six games, the ones in the Zero/ZX Collection are just the right length that they can all feasibly be completed during the winter holidays with time to spare. The series offers more in the way of story than prior Mega Man outings, so there’s a certain value in transitioning from one title to the next while all the plot threads are fresh in your mind.
If you’re partial to a subdued holiday atmosphere, this collection offers new ways to tone down the notoriously high difficulty level of these old-school platformers. Alternatively, purists can channel their inner Scrooge as they send costly controllers careening into cups of hot chocolate. If you elect to pursue the latter option, I recommend playing with a friend or family member. Take turns on those tough levels and motivate each other in keeping with the holiday spirit.
– Clark A.