Five Games I’m Playing Over the Holidays

The holidays are almost upon us!  I’ll be spending time with family, and getting some quality reading done.  But I’ll also be banking some hours into some video games, as uninterrupted time for gaming (or anything really) is something few and far between these days.  Here are the top five games I’m looking forward to over holiday break.

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UNCHARTED: LOST LEGACY
I finished the “main” UNCHARTED games earlier this year, and after the pitch perfect ending of UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END, I wanted to step away from the series for a bit and just let the happiness sit a while.  Now that I’m ready to return, I’m looking forward to this next installment, especially as it features two women as the leads.

ASSASSIN’S CREED SYNDICATE
I’ve been in an ongoing quest to play these games in order and hopefully maybe eventually catch up to the current release.  I let myself skip AC UNITY after hearing less than stellar things, and I’m so glad I’m did.  Evie and Jacob Frye, twin assassins I can switch between playing, are a delight, and I’m enjoying running about Victorian London, and some new mechanics like a grappling gun have freshened up the series a bit (did I mention I can CROUCH now??  It only took them seven games to realize an assassin might want to hide behind something once in a while).   There’s a lot of the same old, same old, but in a way, it’s a bit relaxing knowing  I can put this on and not think too much.

HOLLOW KNIGHT
On the other side of the spectrum is a game that is going to have me thinking a LOT.  After enjoying games like ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST and GUACAMELEE, I’ve been looking for a new 2D side scroller to play, and this looks like just the ticket.  An indie game that’s supposed to be incredibly good, you play as a little bug knight who…actually, I don’t know, the description is incredibly vague about why you do what you do, and I prefer to find out for myself.  All I know is that there are maps to explore and bosses to kill and I look forward to losing many hours into this.

CHRONO TRIGGER
The holidays are a good time to remind myself of the games I have on my Nintendo DS, a nice and portable system I can take with me on the road.  Of late, I’ve had a hankering for a JRPG and was pointed in the direction of this beauty.  I’ve been playing in fits and starts and liking what I see, so hopefully I’ll get the chance to really dig in and enjoy some crazy time traveling adventures – when last I played, I was hunting for a human-sized frog knight that was roaming the very human occupied land.  As you do.

OVERWATCH
The fact that I have been so bad about getting through games lately can probably be laid at the feet of OVERWATCH.  An online 6v6 shooter, I feel in love when I first played two and a half years ago and haven’t looked back.  That’s partly because the game is a lot of fun, and partly because the heroes you get to play are fun and inventive, and Blizzard does a maddeningly good job of teasing out lore.  Matches last around 10 minutes, and it is incredibly easy to fall into the hole of “I meant to mess around for a match or two and now it’s two hours later, oops.”  It’s my default game when I need to zone out, but really, it’s ever green.  With the Winter Wonderland event launched, you’ll likely find me engaged in some very serious virtual snowball fights.

Any games anyone else is looking forward to playing this holiday?

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  1. Oh my goodness, Lost Legacy is AMAAAAAZEBALLS. You will love it.

    And yay, fellow Overwatch player! I am heavily into OW, it’s like the only game I consistently play throughout the year because with matches being on average 10 min long, I can still manage to jump in and play one or two every day, even during busy times. Which hero(es) do you play? I am mostly a support player, though occasionally I jump in as a tank as required. These days I’m maining Moira.

    This holiday, I’m hoping to finally finish Red Dead Redemption 2 so I can get on to Assassin’s Creed Origins and Odyssey, as well as Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Super Smash Bros for the Switch because I already know we’ll be getting all those games this Christmas 😛

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    1. I’m really looking forward to Lost Legacy!

      Hah, I’m the inverse of you: Tank first, support second. I’m a DVa main in comp, Zen or Mercy if I play support. I am determined, however, to master Ashe. I love her SO. MUCH.

      Sounds like you have a good pile of games for the holidays! Haven’t gotten the Switch yet because I have a healthy backlog of things I’m currently playing but I’m thinking next year it may be time to pull the trigger…..

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    1. I don’t know if I could ever go back to my Dragon Age Origins save, I put like 150 hours into it during my first play. That playthrough is just locked as my story lol. I’m also working through Pillars of Eternity off and on.

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      1. Haha I know. The first time I played it 2 years ago I spent SO LONG being such a perfectionist. This time me and my partner are playing it through on easy just for the story to see what some of the other origin stories are like!

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  2. I’d actually have to say that The Lost Legacy is my second-favorite Uncharted game behind Uncharted 2. Something of a reoccuring problem with the series is that the writers try to get too much mileage out of a script that would only make for a 2 or 3-hour film whereas The Lost Legacy feels just right by comparison due to its short length.

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