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I want to live in Necrobarista's bookshop café

My idea of heaven

If there's one thing I'm thankful for this year, it's cosy games (and books and TV shows) about sweet-looking cafés. I started 2020 by playing Coffee Talk, a wonderfully chill visual novel with an incredible soundtrack about being a late-night barista, and I've steadily been working my way through Midnight Diner on Netflix over the last few months as well (the Japanese TV show that Coffee Talk draws a lot of inspiration from). Two of my favourite books this year have been about a time-travelling café, too, where you can revisit a point in your past and future by drinking a special cup of coffee.

They've all been great settings to hunker down in with a nice hot cuppa in an otherwise turd of a year, but the fictional café I've loved best in 2020 is hands down the enormous Terminal in Route 59's ultra-stylish Necrobarista. It might function as a kind of temporary purgatory for lost souls in the game, but for me, it's my idea of absolute heaven.

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Katharine Castle: Katharine was RPS' editor-in-chief from 2021 to 2024. She first joined the team in 2017 as their hardware editor, and she continues to play pretty much anything she can get her hands on. She's very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests, but also loves strategy and turn-based tactics games and will never say no to a good Metroidvania.
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