The end of a year is a time to reminisce on the good that happened in the year that is leaving, but also a time for building up excitement about what is to come. I’ve already talked 2017, unveiling my Game of the Year list just a short while ago, so I wanted to take some time as the year ends to talk about what I am excited for in the year to come. With how packed 2017 was, what could 2018 possibly have left for us?
Adol Christin, the long-running amnesiac protagonist of the Ys series, is back for another adventure. In Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, you quickly find yourself stranded on the mysterious, uncharted ‘Isle of Seiren’. As none have ever landed on the Isle and escaped, and ships that come too close have a tendency to disappear, never to be seen again, the Isle is surrounded in little more than legends and warnings.
Unlike previous Ys games, in Lacrimosa of Dana your exploration is fueled primarily by the desire to survive, and the survivors of the ill-fated Lombardia – the ship Adol’s journey begins on – must band together in order to not perish at the hands of this strange island full of creatures thought extinct millennia ago. And, if that wasn’t enough, one night, Adol begins having strange dreams of an advanced, majestic civilization and a lovely young lady he’s never met named Dana.
It’s that time of year again. The time when we look back on the year and decide – in some strange arbitrary fashion – which games reign supreme!
Today we’ll be revisiting the realms we’ve explored, reminiscing on the rivals we vanquished, scrutinizing the structures we built (and destroyed), deliberating about the dungeons we discovered, and judging the year’s journeys. Who will survive all of this speculation and come out on top?
This was a year that featured a new console; new entries in many long-standing franchises including Mario, Persona, Assassin’s Creed and more; entirely new IPs; and even the birth of a new genre. Many exceptional games will fail to make the cut, but for those who do… the glory will be all the sweeter. So without further delay, it is time for me to reveal the best games of 2017.
Nights of Azure flew completely under the radar when it came out last year, but it was one of the most charming JRPGs I’ve ever played. It featured an approachable tale of two women desperate to save each other from an unfortunate fate: the Knight protecting her beloved – the woman chosen by their leaders to be sacrificed to the great evil. Naturally, I was more than a little excited when I heard a sequel was being made, carrying the same themes forward.
In Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, we’re again asked to take on the mantle of a knight of the Curia, this time a young lady named Aluche, tasked to protect her childhood friend Liliana who has been chosen to be sacrificed to a demon known as the ‘Moon Queen’. As you can see, the game carries forward many of the same story elements… including the fact that things are not always what they seem.
Twitch is a place of dreams. It’s a place where playing video games transforms from an activity you do on your own into a communal activity where you can make friends, share interests, and even make money. It’s a place where anyone can get an audience of some sort, where anyone with a computer can create content for others to watch.
I am a nerd. I was bullied so hard as a kid that being in front of people, even in a semi-casual setting terrifies me. I suffer from stage-fright, so much so that I quit choral in high school as soon as they required a solo audition to enter the band… even though I loved singing. So what motivates people like me to tackle all of those obstacles and put ourselves on-screen for all to see?