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    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Nintendo:

    Lost in a sea of clouds, entire civilizations rest on the backs of Titans. As the giant beasts march toward death, the last hope is a scavenger named Rex—and Pyra, a living weapon known as a Blade. Can you find the fabled paradise she calls home? Command a group of Blades and lead them to countless strategic victories before the world ends.

    I wasn’t initially drawn in by Xenoblade 2 the first time I played it but playing through the first game — including the Future Connected DLC — has given me an entirely new perspective on the series and pushed me to give this game another shot.

    I notice and appreciate most of the upgrades Monolithsoft made from the first game to the second. The side-quests feel more relevant than many that appeared in the original, the combat feels better and more refined in most ways, and the zones feel more naturally connected to one another. All this is to say that i’m having a much better experience the second time around.

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    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

    Nintendo:

    Discover the origins of Shulk as he and his companions clash against a seemingly-unstoppable mechanical menace. Wield a future-seeing blade, chain together attacks, and carefully position your party members in strategic, real-time combat as you journey across a massive world, only on the Nintendo Switch™.

    The timing was never right for me and Xenoblade Chronicles. When the original game came out the Wii, I didn’t own one. By the time I did, the game was hard to find and cost way more money than I cared to spend.

    Eventually, it was ported to the 3DS but I always had trouble playing longer games on a handheld, much like Persona 4 Golden on the Vita, so I never got more than a couple hours into Xenoblade Chronicles. When it was announced that the game would be getting re-re-released on Switch, I knew it was time to give it a shot.

    It’s hard for me not to compare Xenoblade to Persona 5 Royal, which I finished the night before and absolutely loved, but, so far, it’s been good. There’s so much to do, I know I’ll get sucked into doing any side-quests I’m able to find.

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    Persona 5 Royal

    Persona 5: Royal

    PlayStation Store:

    Break free from the chains of modern society and stage grand heists to infiltrate the minds of the corrupt and make them change their ways! Persona®5 Royal is packed with new characters, story depth, new locations to explore, & a new grappling hook mechanic for access to new areas. With a new semester at Shujin Academy, get ready to strengthen your abilities in the metaverse and in your daily life.

    I was about to restart my playthrough of Persona 5 for the fourth time before remembering the Royal version of the game was released a month ago. After picking it up, it’s clear immediately that it’s a different, even more amazing game.

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    Kentucky Route Zero

    Kentucky Route Zero

    Steam:

    Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game in five acts, featuring a haunting electronic score, and a suite of hymns and bluegrass standards recorded by The Bedquilt Ramblers. Rendered in a striking visual style that draws as much from theater, film, and experimental electronic art as it does from the history of videogames, this is a story of unpayable debts, abandoned futures, and the human drive to find community.

    This is a game I’d been meaning to get through for years. While I played through the first act years ago, I never got around to finishing the rest. Hearing about the awards and recognition it was getting, I knew it was one I’d come back to. The act five arrives on January 28th, so I can’t think of a better time to do just that.

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    Black Desert Online

    Black Desert Online: Remastered

    Steam:

    Black Desert Online is a sandbox, living-world MMORPG. Experience fast-paced, action-packed combat, hunt monsters and huge bosses, fight with friends in a guild to siege nodes and region castles, train your life skills such as fishing, trading, crafting, cooking, and much more!

    I’d had my eye on BDO for a while now as there isn’t a monthly subscription fee and it appeared to have a similar style to Final Fantasy’s latest online game. I’ve had a ton of fun with the surprisingly deep combat of the game, the environments are loaded with enemies to fight, and the graphics are really impressive for a game that’s already several years old.

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    Disco Elysium

    Disco Elysium

    Steam:

    Disco Elysium is a groundbreaking role playing game. You’re a detective with a unique skill system at your disposal and a whole city block to carve your path across. Interrogate unforgettable characters, crack murders or take bribes. Become a hero or an absolute disaster of a human being.

    I’m only about an hour or two into the game but it’s pretty easy to see why it won big at the Game Awards this year. The art direction and sound design are on point and the story is one of the wackiest, weirdest, most original I’ve played in a while.