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October 2019

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

On the continent of Fódlan, three mighty nations coexist in an uneasy peace. The best and brightest students of each land are sent to the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery, an elite school of swords, sorcery, and statecraft. As a new professor, you are tasked with leading one of the three Houses and preparing your students to excel while also uncovering a sinister plot taking root at the Academy. With an easy to learn but intricate battle system, a huge cast of colorful and complex characters, and multiple story lines to choose from, this game will satisfy veterans of the series and newcomers alike.

Recommended by: DeAnna DeHoff, InterLibrary Loan Assistant   

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August 2019

Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu!

Gamers have been swept up in the “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!” craze for over 20 years now. The “Let’s Go” games strike a wonderful balance of what started the Pokémon revolution back in the mid-1990s and the evolutions it has taken specifically with the global phenomenon of Pokémon Go for mobile devices. Let’s Go takes us back to the roots of waking up in Pallet Town to get your first Pokémon and traveling the world getting all original 151 Pokémon. With a simplified battle and level up system alongside Pokémon Go-inspired catching mechanics, Pokémon Let’s Go is a fun way to get newcomers into the world of Pokémon or bring back fans who miss the rush of becoming the Pokémon League Champion. There is connectivity between both of the Eevee and Pikachu versions as well as Pokémon Go for mobile devices.

Recommended by: Alex Pappas, Reference Librarian

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Octopath Traveler

A modern take on old-school role-playing games, Octopath Traveler is an updated spin on a traditional gaming staple. Players have the freedom to explore and gather the 8 heroes how they choose as they explore the world, do side quests, and play each character’s specific individual story as they wish. The combat system is also a blend of old and new: turn-based combat reminiscent of 1980s and 1990s Final Fantasy games is given a deeper spin as one can spend from a limited number of points to power up their moves for each character, giving each battle a deeper strategic element. The innovative game play and 8 unique stories are accompanied by the gorgeous 2-dimensional visuals as well as a wondrous soundtrack setting the stage for larger-than-life bosses as well as a beautiful wintry backdrop. Octopath Traveler would find a home with any role-playing game fan, be it 1989 or 2019.

Recommended by: Alex Pappas, Reference Librarian

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