Generally favorable reviews - based on 81 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 81
  2. Negative: 0 out of 81
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    A startlingly modern experience, one that marries unparalleled aesthetic design with motion controls that actually matter, resulting in a one-of-a-kind trip that promises to stick with you long after you've liberated Lumi.
  2. Jun 14, 2011
    It leaves you with a peculiar sense of power: it feels as though you have the influence of a redemptive god, restoring a fallen world back to its Eden state after a corrupting virus.
  3. Jul 20, 2011
    All in all, Child of Eden is an amazing example of what the Kinect hardware can do when placed in the right hands. It's also a brilliant piece of entertainment that is just as enjoyable to watch as it is to play. If you own an Xbox 360, this is a game that needs to be in your collection.
  4. Jul 6, 2011
    Easily one of the best games I've played this year, and while it's definitely early in the year to start calling out the GOTY, Child of Eden is certainly in the running.
  5. Jun 22, 2011
    Child of Eden is a true successor to what REZ was a few years ago. If you don't mind its short longevity and you are up to the endless challenge given by upgrading your scores, you shouldn't really miss it. It's the best use you could make of your Kinect, too.
  6. Jul 5, 2011
    The level of challenge and degree of difficulty ramps up smoothly over the course of the game, and all passage of time will slip by, as you become immersed and even hypnotized by the dazzling graphics and stunning music in Child of Eden; one of the most original games I've ever played on the Xbox 360, with or without the Kinect.
  7. Jun 20, 2011
    Child of Eden is about as perfect a follow-up to Rez as one could expect - minus the annoying star system. If you loved Rez, or on-rail shooters in general, you'll definitely want to buy this ASAP. The $50 price tag may seem a bit high given that there aren't a ton of levels available. However, what's here is high-quality stuff, so if you enjoyed Rez, you'll easily get $50 worth out of it - especially if you own the Kinect since that gives you two distinct, but very different ways to play the game.
  8. Jun 20, 2011
    If Child of Eden suffers from one significant drawback it's the length of its campaign. For serious players looking to rush through, it's possible to finish all of the stages within a few short hours. Finishing stages does unlock new visual filters and opportunities to mess with samples in-game, but if you're looking for 8+ hours of genuinely fresh content you will be disappointed.
  9. Jun 17, 2011
    Child of Eden is a special combination of visuals, music and motion.
  10. 90
    Breathtaking combination of visuals, music, and motion.
  11. Jun 17, 2011
    More an experience than a game. It's a visual journey, short indeed but unforgettable. And not for everyone.
  12. Jun 16, 2011
    Euphoric mix of interactive gameplay, visuals and music that proves not only the wider potential for Kinect but for video games in general.
  13. Jul 13, 2011
    It won't be to everyone's taste, but if you can find a way to try it out before buying, then you may be surprised at just how much you get into it.
  14. Jun 21, 2011
    This psychedelic rhythm rail shooter from Q Entertainment's famed game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi - the man behind Space Channel 5, REZ and Lumines - deserves your attention, love and care. Whether one or all three games I've just enumerated occupy a special place in your heart or not, there's no reason why this new venture should be skipped. Now, if your eyes and ears have never been exposed to Mizuguchi's genius before, the time has come.
  15. Jul 6, 2011
    Once again Tetsuya Mizuguchi has created an amazing game, just like he did with Rez those so many years ago. Child of Eden however is far superior thanks to the FULL HD graphics, a beautiful soundtrack and almost flawless Kinect controls that work perfectly with the gameplay.
  16. Jun 15, 2011
    Organically pulsating, Child of Eden is a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be checked out by any gamer with an Xbox 360 and Kinect.
  17. Aug 3, 2011
    Simply put, it is an experience, and one that everyone needs to try.
  18. Jul 5, 2011
    An exhilarating journey which stimulates the senses and breaths a fresh air of freedom, creativity and wondrous experience in both body and mind!
  19. Jun 27, 2011
    This is a worthy succesor to Rez and one of those titles that can justify the eternal discussion arguing if games are a form of art.
  20. Dec 12, 2011
    It's worth mentioning that even though the game can (and should) be played with Kinect the option is there to play this title with the standard controller. In this mode it definitely feels like a follow up to Rez. But quite honestly after putting down the joystick and playing, it was extremely tough to go back to the 'old style' of control.
  21. Jun 14, 2011
    Some players may be hung up by its brevity, but if its extension would have depreciated how breathtaking the rest of the game is, I don't think I'd have it any other way.
  22. Jun 22, 2011
    More extras would've been good, but overall this game is about the journey, not the destination. And what a refreshing journey it is.
  23. Jun 27, 2011
    While Child of Eden is a short adventure with only 5 main stages that you'll complete the first time in less than two hours, the replayability comes with collecting unlockables and trying to beat your friends on the leaderboard.
  24. Jun 15, 2011
    While Child of Eden's appeal may not be universal, those with an open mind will have a blast.
  25. Jun 30, 2011
    With a regular controller, Child of Eden is a finely-tuned, lovely shooter. With Kinect, it transforms from being something you play to something you become. It's impossible to see someone playing Child of Eden with Kinect and not want to try it yourself. And once you start, you'll keep coming back for more.
  26. 100
    Fortunately Child of Eden has arrived, and it's a game that completely absorbs you when you're playing it. A game which makes you laugh for no reason when playing it. A game which expresses pure joy at simply being a game. And it's brilliant.
  27. Jun 14, 2011
    A game that is a masterclass in stimulating the senses throughout. But its greatest achievement is making Kinect seem indispensable, allowing you to take centre stage and feel part of Eden's glittering landscape. An evolution of sorts, borne from the endeavour of creation.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Jun 16, 2011
    Those complaining that they "beat" this game in a few hours are not getting the point. Child of Eden is the sequel to Rez, but with betterThose complaining that they "beat" this game in a few hours are not getting the point. Child of Eden is the sequel to Rez, but with better sound, graphics, and quite possibly, more emotional impact. Before Rez came out on the Dreamcast, few knew what the word synesthesia was, much less how to describe it. Both CoE and Rez are shining examples. Both are short but brilliant, with a ton of replayability (thank you leaderboards). The on-rails shooter offers more surprises than many other more open-world games, and the graphic and audio design is beyond compare.

    If you are unsure about this game, get Rez in the Marketplace (or a demo of it if one is available). It's $10. If you like that, Child of Eden is the sequel, but on steroids. Graphically and aurally stunning in every way, but perhaps not for everyone, CoE is a rare videogame experience that will stick with you long after you've "beat" the game.
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  2. Jun 15, 2011
    CoE is one of a kind for two reasons. 1. It is a FPS in the stylistic sense, but not in relation to its content. FPS games have been hijackedCoE is one of a kind for two reasons. 1. It is a FPS in the stylistic sense, but not in relation to its content. FPS games have been hijacked by people who want our generation to be obsessed with war; hijacked by those who want us to lose our imagination and leave it in place of romanticized ideas of WWII and the like. 2. Shamanic witchcraft is back in the 21st century: you're using your hands to control the game and "shoot," which as far as I know, is the first time this has ever been done. The reviewer below me who says "this game can be played with a controller" is missing the beauty! THIS GAME CAN BE PLAYED WITHOUT A CONTROLLER!!! Full Review »
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    This game has the power to move one to tears.
    It's beautiful, emotional, rewarding, powerful and simply...special.
    It is like the kind of
    This game has the power to move one to tears.
    It's beautiful, emotional, rewarding, powerful and simply...special.
    It is like the kind of movie that haunts you years after viewing.
    Besides it is the first game after playing I felt happy for buying a kinect. Kinect is totally capable of serious games, what a relief.
    Yes it is short, but to me it is definitely a keeper which I can pick up again whenever I just want to watch and hear something that put a real smile on my face.
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