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Game of the Month December 2012: Crimson Shroud
With trends like greater accessibility and conformity on the rise, a game like Crimson Shroud prompts celebration. This year has seen few creative risks due to a struggling economy, but something of an enigma comes out of the East in the final days of the year. Crimson Shroud honors the table-top roots of the RPG with a miniatures-on-a-grid aesthetic and turn-based combat in which polyhedral dice play an integral role. As with table-top RPG warfare, compelling battles combine strategy with luck for a perfect challenge. Despite charming visuals, competent music, and fun battles, what really makes Crimson Shroud exceptional are the gaps — those things withheld from the player. The absence of combat information, clear goals, and even key narrative points imbues Crimson Shroud with that arcane atmosphere so rare these days. Inaccessible, strange, and idiosyncratic, Crimson Shroud is a brief, but delightful glimpse of RPG Elysium.

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November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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