While its not quite christmas yet, you're in for a treat with Lord Basse's Christmas Story. You follow the tale of a boy named Tim, who is spending Christmas with his Granpa. All is ordinary, until Granpa tells a story which you, the player, is a part of! This scenario is neither a cutscene nor an RPG, but it has elements of both. There are four possible storylines, one of which is a cutscene (the true nativity story), while the other three are made-up, mostly humourous tales.
From the offset, A Christmas Story is a masterpiece. Running around in the snow is almost like being a child again, only without having to dry your clothes afterwards.
See "Story/Instructions" for more detail.
Unfortunately, the balance is not as successful as the storytelling. I found all three of the interactive sections hard, with the knight's story almost impossible. Others have commented on the difficulty, and perhaps this is something that needs to be remedied.
Played on both suggested difficulties.
An masterful creation, to be sure. When "Santa" appears, he is not only named as such, but also other traditional names for his character in other languages. Siege weapons become snowball throwers, and game glitches are used for comic purposes. But hey, enough spoilers :P
Map Design: 5
Initially I was skeptical when I saw the first area. However, I know from experience how limited AoK is for a winter environment, and I must say that the standard of design improves as it goes on. I can't really comment on which parts are good without spoiling some of the surprises, but the quality overall is excellent.
And the reviewing structure saves the best until last. The storyline was riveting, and enough to get me replaying to see the other three endings. The "Love" story in particular genuinely made me emit sounds such as "n'awwwh" in response to some of the dialogue. The plot was humourous throughout, and was an entertaining viewing.
I strongly reccomend you play this when the time is right, and I believe this is right up there with the other Christmas scenarios, being sissi's "I hate Snow", and Julius' "An Unseasonal Tale".
As to which of the three is the best, I certainly think this has the most variety (being on a giant-sized map), but falls short of both for sheer craziness. Its not far behind in that respect though...
A worthwhile download.