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Lockdown Survival Guide #7

Updated: Jun 8, 2020

In order to do our part during this most trying of times, We at NOWO have come together to help in the only way we know how - Gaming. We're putting together a daily list of games that we personally recommend you try whilst you remain indoors in the various types of isolation and social distancing we're all experiencing.

Contrary to yesterday's post about short games, here's a share of something that will take a bit longer. Seemingly the one thing not in short supply in lockdown is time (unless you're working from home seemingly) so why not get stuck into one of these epics?;

Kingdom Hearts

It’s not exactly on the same level as games like Persona 5 (2016) which boasts an impressive 97-hour main playtime, however, If you were to play most Kingdom Hearts games at a completionist level (story + extras) you’re looking at around 60+ hours of playtime each. In one of the most unorthodox crossovers in video game history; Kingdom Hearts contains elements from both Disney films and Final Fantasy games. Teenager Sora dreams of leaving his island when a storm whisks him and his friends to far off worlds, on his way to finding them again he meets Donald and Goofy and the trio learns about the ways of the Keyblade whilst traversing a number of Disney worlds and taking down a number of your typical JRPG bosses. The series is made up of 10 or so installments that spread across various consoles. So if just one game still isn’t long enough, you could always play the Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 & 2.5 boxset that contains the first 6 games in the series that will set you back around 150 hours!

Funny enough this is also the longest entry I've written in this series so far...

Dragon Quest XI

For those looking for the classic JRPG storytelling and world building with the modern polish and accessibility of a western RPG, I think DQ11 is perfect for you. I clocked in the main quest at about 80 hours with a little extra grinding and exploration. There are close to 30 hours of post-game unique content as well none of which feels like filler. The team of characters you collect along the way feel unique and fleshed out enough to want to use them all in the main party and each gives you different skill tree options to experiment with different fighting styles and team dynamics.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade is an open-world Role Playing Game which (to me) is a perfect blend of the Western take on an Eastern RPG. Initially a Wii exclusive, you can also pick up a copy on 3DS and shortly Switch with a remastered version on its way. Quick and intuitive combat system in a world that encourages you to revisits it's darkest corners of every map as you progress. It's a game that can steal 100hours from you with it's main story and a choice selection of side quests alone. The best the Wii has to offer and I'm so excited more will get to experience it with the remake coming!!

What do you think of these recommendations and more importantly do you have your own? We'd love to hear about them so please let us know (@NerdOut_WordOut). Otherwise please make sure you STAY HOME & STAY SAFE!

Make sure you check back tomorrow for #8!


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