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  • Summary: Child of Light is a digital download, 2D side-scrolling role-playing game inspired by the art style of Studio Ghibli.

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  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 100
    A shining example of the powers of adventure, and what a well-realised fairy-tale world can do for a gaming experience. Child of Light is magnificent journey that deserves both your attention and your time.
  2. Aug 29, 2014
    93
    None of it feels focus-tested, or designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience; rather, it always comes off as exactly the expression its creators intended.
  3. We haven't seen a game like this for a long time. Child of Light looks just great. Storytelling, art style, RPG elements, puzzles. All of them are in the right places. It looks like an artpiece more than a game.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 12, 2014
    88
    Looks pretty nice and plays pretty nice too. [June 2014]
  5. Apr 28, 2014
    85
    Child of Light's water-colour fantasy is beautiful to behold - but it's the constantly rewarding, explorative gameplay that's keeps it enchanting.
  6. May 6, 2014
    80
    Child of Light is a magnificently balanced role-playing adventure. It has everything most players are looking for: a battle system that won't drive you mad, a gorgeous presentation, and a decent challenge (especially at higher difficulty settings). This could easily be one of Ubisoft's best games of the year.
  7. Apr 28, 2014
    50
    It’s a game that, for all the intricacy of its systems and the charm of its painterly world, feels oddly empty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 75
  2. Negative: 5 out of 75
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    10
    I would advise to those who are thinking about getting this game to not listen to the negative nancies giving it poor ratings. They've beenI would advise to those who are thinking about getting this game to not listen to the negative nancies giving it poor ratings. They've been conditioned to put every game in this generation into a box and if it doesn't fit then it's not up to par with their standards.

    I can't remember the last time that I played a game that was actually art and wasn't just a button masher in the past year besides GTA 5 and The Last of Us.

    Besides Ni No Kuni this is also one of the few RPGs that's actually doing it right while Final Fantasy has lost it's shine since FFX.

    Personally, I have no problem with the minimalism of the game. In fact, I think minimalism is part of the direction its creators took and it's told like a child's fantasy story book with the pages coming to life. I guess being an older gamer has made it apparent to me that reviewers have become obsessed with having games crammed with massive amounts of content. The game is only $15.00, after all, and it also had a DLC option on the main menu which tells us that there will be more.

    Lastly, it is my opinion that this is the best RPG in the past few years to come out.
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  2. Jun 29, 2016
    10
    Phenomenal. This game is gorgeous with fantastic combat and a decent story. With it being almost always on sale, it would be ludicrous to pass it up..
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    A breathtaking experience filled with witty poetic dialogue, an incredible art style, and simple yet rewarding gameplay. This game isA breathtaking experience filled with witty poetic dialogue, an incredible art style, and simple yet rewarding gameplay. This game is completely made up of various little things that work together to make a unique once in a generation experience. We need more like this! Expand
  4. Aug 9, 2014
    9
    This game has a story that you may watch as a movie or read as a book. Enjoyable-playable-top level artwork- Good combat mechanics.
    Only flaw
    This game has a story that you may watch as a movie or read as a book. Enjoyable-playable-top level artwork- Good combat mechanics.
    Only flaw of this game is the short game-play time.
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  5. May 21, 2014
    9
    Making a great, haunting, touching, ingenious, addictive RPG IS NOT a difficult thing. "Child of Light", another indie gem in this dawn of theMaking a great, haunting, touching, ingenious, addictive RPG IS NOT a difficult thing. "Child of Light", another indie gem in this dawn of the new gen, is a proof of that. I just don't know why SquareEnix tries so hard... and never hitting the spot. CoL is a brief, small, gorgeous, poetic tale of a girl who needs to find friends on an epic quest to free a Kingdom from the clutches of evil; the gameplay is turned based, the graphics look like watercolor, the soundtrack is amazing, the characters are varied both in style and personality and the the whole tale is told in rhymes. Nothing, NOTHING that we haven't seen before; like I said, it doesn't take reinvention to make a phenomenal RPG. It is all about love, magic and respect to what make this such a great genre. Child of Light is an undeniable product of love and a game that really should not be missed. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2015
    8
    Child of Light is phenomenal, no more said. It has re-invented the turn based system that JRPG's haven't replicated since Final Fantasies wereChild of Light is phenomenal, no more said. It has re-invented the turn based system that JRPG's haven't replicated since Final Fantasies were good (after 10) as this system allows you to think strategically before your next attack whether or not you can attack next turn or if it is better to defend against the enemy. You have two characters on the battlefield at a time all their skills different from each other. This comes in handy when playing on hard mode as you will need to alternate constantly making sure you slow them enemy down or speed up yourself, this is all based on a unique timeline system which determines who attacks next.

    The art work is a true masterpiece its colourful vibrant landscape contrasts the dark nature of the game perfectly. its almost watercolour-esque backgrounds rival those of Okami; really paints a picture for you while you play.

    My final thoughts on child of light, is that it is a visually beautiful game and has very compelling game play bringing you back every time you log onto the ps4, its battle system can mentally challenge you which you don't see much of nowadays in terms of gaming. I rated an 8 because I feel this game deserved it, it had adventure, side quests and so on but it did have very minor problems as I played along such as: when I got high enough Aurora was so tanked I never had to switch her out because the other characters levelled up without using them, I've never like that in games. Maybe a new feature they could bring for CoL2 if they make one, would be 3 characters or even 4 on the field at a time that would be amazing. Also I would like a sort of merchant in the game to buy potions because on hard they like to target your healer for some reason and having potions would be useful and maybe you could buy better weapons etc.

    Thanks for reading my review of Child of Light (Ps4)

    Ninjo
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  7. Aug 11, 2014
    0
    I'd give this a 4 but you all know how metacritic works graphics are in simplicity : cheap gameplay is steryotypical and nothing all thatI'd give this a 4 but you all know how metacritic works graphics are in simplicity : cheap gameplay is steryotypical and nothing all that knew story is non existent honestly and the audio is good but that won't make a game for me at least I did not like this one bit Expand

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