The 24 Games Of Christmas! Day #17: Chained Echoes

Christmas time is here, by golly. Disapproval would be folly.

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It’s that time of year, friends! The house is filled with greens and reds, the music channels all start dropping the Wham, Buble and Mariah, the fridge fills up with eggnog and we gorge ourselves on fruit mince pie. It’s such a special time of year!

We love the season at DDNet, and one of the best things about it is that it’s also the perfect time to catch up on some games. When you’re not juggling parties and gatherings, it’s a slower time for work and it’s easier to steal a bit of time on the side to play something new, or finally get through that game that you stalled on.

Each year at DDNet we run a “games of Christmas” list, that works just like an advent calendar. We count down to Christmas by sharing one game recommendation for the season each day. Crank up the Jingle Bells and get into the spirit of the season with these!

Day #17: Chained Echoes (Read our review here)

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Yes, we did just publish our review of this just yesterday, but as it’s almost certainly going to be the last 5-star game we give in 2022, we wanted to give it the extra signal boost. If you’ve got a bit of extra time over Christmas to dedicate to a JRPG (thankfully, a fairly short one at 3o-odd hours), then you will not regret playing this. In fact, it’ll almost certainly be one of your favourites of 2022.

Chained Echoes is one of the smartest, sharpest narratives that you’ll find in a JRPG, and it is of a standard and quality equal to that of Final Fantasy VI, Dragon Quest V or even Chrono Trigger. If you’re old enough to remember the delight of opening your Christmas presents to find a sprawling, fantasy epic for your SNES to dig into (as I do), then Chained Echoes is also going to be a nostalgic treat, as you’re going to get that exact experience in powering this on for the first time.

Matt S. is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of DDNet. He's been writing about games for over 20 years, including a book, but is perhaps best-known for being the high priest of the Church of Hatsune Miku.

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