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Summertime is the season to get away from it all. It’s time to visit new destinations, relax a bit and have a bit of fun. Although the goals are the same, the means of transportation differs from person to person.

While most people head to the airport for vacation, gamers can instantly transport themselves to far-off destinations by picking the right title.

This year, those looking for engrossing summer adventures (aside from “Elden Ring”) should look no further than their Nintendo Switch.

The system packs a punch with a series of games that are engrossing and will take players more than 40 hours to beat. That’s enough to carry them to the beginning of fall and the busy holiday season. Here’s what should be on your must-play list this summer:

“Pokemon Legends: Arceus” — Game Freak took a huge risk with the biggest change to its franchise in years. Instead of following the same formula, the developer took a huge step to evolve the series by bringing it to a more open world. If that weren’t enough, the project expands the lore by venturing into the past as players step into the role of a hero who falls through a rift and ends up in the Hisui region, a precursor to the Sinnoh region of “Pokemon Diamond” and “Pokemon Pearl.”

It’s the first time the franchise features an older setting, and that fresh locale works to ease players into a novel “Pokemon” experience. It’s one where the pocket monster wildlife meshes with the environment. It feels like the Pokemon roam and interact with each other in a more natural way. To bolster that feeling, Game Freak revamped its battle system so that some aspects are easier to use and work hand in hand with the more detailed open world.

With so many novel changes, the one element missing is a bigger roster of newer Pokemon, but that could be forgiven. “Arceus” starts the ball rolling for a revolution in the series, and it’s an adventure that fans must play to get a taste of what’s to come in the future.

“Triangle Strategy” — Those needing a “Game of Thrones” fix should zero in on this tactical role-playing game. It will definitely scratch that itch and test fans’ skills at maneuvering troops across the battlefield.

Similar to titles such as “Final Fantasy Tactics” and “Fire Emblem,” this game lets players control a squad and move the troops across a map almost like chess pieces. Being a video game, it’s more complicated than the board game as each member of a player’s team has defined roles and unique skills.

The gameplay is deep as players figure out the best squad makeup, and they’ll have to discover how to best deploy their soldiers. Some skills and abilities combo well together. Other times, players have to develop their own strategies that take advantage of their troops’ talents. They can even take advantage of the environment, setting oil on fire or slowing down troops with ice.

What’s just as impressive is “Triangle Strategy’s” complex plot, where a young lord has to find a way to save his house and the Kingdom of Glenbrook from a dastardly invasion by the Grand Duchy of Aesfrost. Players have to know their cohorts well as their actions and choices shape the compelling narrative with branching paths and different endings.

“Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes” — The faces will be familiar but the format is different in this spin-off to the latest “Fire Emblem” game. It’s not exactly a sequel but more of an alternate history where players take on the role of a new protagonist whose mercenary company is destroyed by Byleth and Jeralt.

The new hero, with the default name of Shez, ends up joining forces with a mysterious entity named Arval, and they become part of the academy at Garreg Mach Monastery. At first, “Three Hopes” follows a familiar path but the campaign and gameplay have distinct differences.

Developed by Koei Tecmo’s Omega Force team, the game adapts the “Fire Emblem” strategic gameplay to the action-heavy button mashing of the studio’s most famous work “Dynasty Warriors.” The melding works fairly well, letting players command units to take areas while also giving them options to develop them. It even includes strategic touches from the source material such as the weapon triangle, a sort of rock-scissor-paper mechanic that makes different characters more powerful against certain enemies while weaker to others.

Throw in the opportunity to build relationships with allies and make important decisions, and players have a decent interpretation of a “Fire Emblem” game. But like any “Dynasty Warriors”-esque title, “Three Hopes” can be monotonous at times. For fans of the original, this game lets players explore “what-if” scenarios that will ultimately leave them satisfied.

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Getty New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson throwing around the football in pregame versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

The main thing you want coming out of preseason games is no injuries. Unfortunately, the New York Jets appeared to suffer one at the game’s most important position.

Zach Wilson on his second drive of the preseason opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles awkwardly went down on a scramble play.

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Walked to the locker room with a slight limppic.twitter.com/cxfmDliYec

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Wilson stayed on the ground for quite some time while being attended to by the Jets medical staff.

He eventually got up and walked under his own power very gingerly. Several members of the Jets staff walked him to the locker room.

The Jets officially said Wilson went down with a “knee” injury and was deemed questionable to return to the game. However, he was never going to return to a meaningless preseason game.

QB Zach Wilson (knee) is questionable to return #NYJvsPHI

— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 13, 2022

 

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