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 #24: Elden Ring (Read our review here)
The final game in our countdown really had to be Elden Ring. It’s not that there’s anything particularly Christmas-themed about it (it’s actually quite the grim, melancholic and sombre experience), but it’s just such a landmark, important game that anyone that doesn’t play it has really missed the most important moment in gaming in 2022.
Even if you don’t like Elden Ring – and there are plenty of reasons not to! – this game will result in some fundamental shifts in how video games are designed and executed. Much like Dark Souls before it, developers are going to break Elden Ring down to its very foundations, and take those learnings on board for their own projects. Given the state of where open world games were going courtesy of Ubisoft et al, Elden Ring taking things in another direction will be most welcome indeed.
So that’s why you should play this game this holiday season! This game’s release was a true watershed moment in game development.