The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 30-25

Over the past few months, we’ve covered the bottom half of my top 60 games of all time. Having completed the first half last week with awesome recent titles like Disgaea 5 and Uncharted 3 as well as much-revered classic Final Fantasy 9… what could we possibly have left?

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We’re here today to take our first steps into the top half of this list. We’re going to investigate enigmatic and mysterious threats, explore one of the most well-known classics of all time, and save the last of humanity! Let’s visit games 30 to 25 on my Shadow’s Sixty list!

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The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 36-31

This has been a fascinating experience for me. Cataloging my favourite games of all time has required taking stock of ~25 years of time spent with various platforms. Weighing nostalgia and equating it to the reality of the situation… it’s really been a trip down memory lane.

But with this article, we’ll be reaching the halfway point of this amazing journey. In this entry, we’re visiting JRPGs both old and new, exploring the origins of one of gaming’s most notable series, and exploring a few repeats – games from series that have previously earned a spot on this list.

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Stories: The Path of Destinies – Recursion

There was a barrage of smaller titles that came alongside Ratchet and Clank last month. Stories: The Path of Destinies takes place in a world on the brink of a catastrophic war. Reynaldo, our protagonist, is a pragmatic, arrogant, and sarcastic fox who finds himself, due to matters beyond his control, aiding the resistance efforts. He ends up in possession of a mystical tome that allows him to relive his last few days, altering his choices and seeking the result he desires out of these events.

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The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 48-43

In the last section of our Shadow’s Sixty countdown we crafted dungeons and bombs, we fought gods and demons, and we explored Seattle. Things are just getting even more exciting! Epic loot, ancient dungeons, explosions, an intriguing musical experience, and even the rise of the horror genre await you below… if you dare to look.

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Nights of Azure – Night on the Town

In the 11th century the Lord of the Night – a demonic entity who tried to drown the Earth in an eternal night from which no human would ever awaken – was defeated and sealed away by a human girl known as The First Saint. Upon his defeat, his blood showered the world, transforming whatever it touched into beings known as ‘Fiends’ – creatures that came out at night and threatened the people of this world. This battle took place above an island off the coast of Europe. Ever since its conclusion, this island’s existence has been kept secret from most of the world, as this is where the Fiends are now strongest.

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Ever since then, every 10 years a new Saint is chosen by a pseudo-religious organization known as the Curia to be a sacrifice to renew the seal on the night. A guardian is also chosen – a warrior with close ties to the Saint – to protect her until she can reach the sacred altar upon this mysterious island where the sacrifice will be made. This guardian is given the title of Holy Knight and must train to be strong and loyal enough to protect the Saint through what is to come. Our protagonist, Arnice, is chosen to be the Holy Knight for the newest Saint, a long-time friend of hers by the name of Lylisse… and that is where Gust’s action RPG Nights of Azure begins in this alternate Earth, hundreds of years later.

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