#42: Tales of Arise - PC
My second new entry in my list this year. I've never followed this series and I caught a video of the game as it was about to release. The gameplay and presentation looked fantastic, I immediately knew I needed to play this game. I dove in hoping the combat would be as fun as it looked watching review videos and it turned out even better than I'd hoped.
To add on top of that, everything surrounding the combat as also top notch. Great characters each with their motivations and personalities (and playstyle in combat), a good story focusing on the effects on oppression on society, a solid crafting system, gorgeous areas to explore. Everything is introduced gradually so even though there's a lot of systems to learn you don't feel overwhelmed. It's been a while since I've enjoyed a RPG that much!
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