Average User Score: 7.8Jul 16, 2014Child of Light is one of the best Japanese RPG's this generation and with good meaning. The funny thing is it was made by Ubisoft a Western developer. That's right a western developer created a great JRPG. Using the skill of their Far Cry 3 team and enlisting the help of legendary Final Fantasy illustrator Yoshtaka Amano. The combination resulted in such a beautiful and powerful RPG.
Using their UbiArt Framework engine which was used in the Rayman Origins and its sequel, Child of Light is beautiful. It is a game that looks smooth and handcrafted. The world of Lemuria is beautiful and its captures the feeling that you're not playing a game but more like you're reading a children's book. Then there's the audio. The sound effects like Aurora's wings fluttering or the background talking when you enter the town help capture the essence if the game. The music is one of the strongest parts of the game. Child of Light's music is amazing and some of its tracks and is on par with the best of its genre's soundtracks such as Final Fantasy VII, X, Chrono Trigger etc. Just listen to Aurora's Theme and you'll agree with me.
Child of Light has an excellent story. It starts off with Aurora, a child who is the daughter of the duke of Austria in 1895. She becomes ill and falls asleep presumed dead be her father but she isn't. Instead she wakes up in the mythical world of Lemuria which has had its sun, moon and stars stolen by the Dark Queen, Umbra. Aurora along with her faithful companion Igniculus the firefly and over time her allies ranging from a masked beast who dishonored his tribe to a female clown searching for her brother. It is a powerful and emotional coming-of-age story and watching Aurora grow from a frightened child to a powerful heroine over the story is compelling and it is some of the best character growth Ubisoft has ever done in its games. You can also here the growth of Aurora in her theme as well.
Child of Light's gameplay consists of two things: platforming and battle. The good news is there really fun. Platforming involves flying around Lemuria finding things like treasure or confessions which is basically a backstory of another character, avoiding spikes and stuff like that. The battle system is where is really is at.
Child of Light features a great battle mechanic with ideas that now thinking about it why hasn't it appeared before? At its core, the system is turn-based, but with the help of Igniculus (Aurora’s dew-drop thing companion) you can hinder the progress of enemies through the move timeline. (Think the Final Fantasy series Active time battle system but instead of each character having their own bars everyone uses the same. ) Speed is the name of the game here. Get the team to the red cast zone first and you will strike first. For an easier analogy think of the goal is to overlap your opponent each turn. However there are attacks that can throw you backwards on the timeline. There are a lot of other things such as elements, damage increase and skill trees but its easier to learn things like that through gameplay.
Child of Light is a game that I hope does not become forgotten by the world like many other RPG's because of how unique it is. Its a game that feels elegant and homemade. For an RPG that is £15 I would gladly buy it for £40. Lastly on a side note I bought this the same day as Ubisoft's highly anticipated Watch Dogs but when I compare which game had the better lasting impact you can bet Child of Light's impact will make me remember it fondly for years and maybe decades to come.
+ Stunning world that is easy to get lost in regardless of age.
+ Aurora is one of the strongest female protagonists of this gaming generation.
+ Music is one of the best in the genre.
+ Simple yet deep and rewarding
+ Character rhyming although a bit childish makes the game's story feel smoother.
+ One of the best examples of a game that can and should be introduced to young children.
+ Should have a sequel.
- Not to everyone's taste sadly.
Score - 98%… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2May 27, 2014Having sped my way across the rooftops trying my best to keep the momentum going in this outstanding and underrated game I think to myself "Why won't more people play games like this?" This game is stylish with great music and setting.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Mar 10, 2014Attack of the Friday Monsters! Was brief but felt personal. I finished it in two hours but everything about it was stunning. Set in 70s Japan before the era in which neon dominated the cities and theres was a gadget in everyone's hands. In it you play as Sohta, a ten-year old kid who just moved to Fuij no hana in Setagaya ward. He learns that monsters come out every Friday and fights each other near the place. It is very charming and although all your do is talk to people and collect things theres something about that is very touching and makes you smile.
+Lovely art style
+Brings a smile to your face
+Catchy music and lovely opening music
+Characters are charming
+A tribute to some of the most famous monsters and heroes from Japanese TV
-Not to everyones taste sadly.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Mar 3, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Very interesting and well made game. I would have given it an 8 and a half but cannot.
+Opening Cinematic is insanely awesome
+Story (Most of it)
-Side Quests felt dull
-Lightning is a bit sadistic
I would like to give a special mention to the setting of the game. Nova Crystallia is one of the best settings in a JRPG since Xenoblade in my opinion. The four locations feel like a hybrid of places shown below:
Yusnaan: Traverse Town (Kingdom Hearts) Florence, Italy (Assassins Creed II)
Wildlands: God of War, Hyrule Field (Zelda), Ico, Xenoblade
Dead Dunes: Journey, Tomb Raider
Luxerion: Dark Souls, Batman: Arkham City, Midgar (FFVII)
Last thing I would like to say is about the ending. Putting them on earth is insanely bizarre but it made me think about a lot as who we are.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Feb 16, 2014What will you do, ally or betray? Ally or Betray? Those words still to this day give me goosebumps. Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward is one hell of a game (or should I say visual novel). To those of you who don't get why this game is so damn good let me give you rough idea of what the story is like. Imagine the puzzles from the Professor Layton games and mix it with something like Battle Royale, add a whole lotta nines and throw in the classic game theory of the Prisoners Dilemma and you roughly get this game. This game aint for kids. The game is a hell of a ride through the roughly 30 hour story with more twists and turns than a theme park. This game has one amazing soundtrack, insanely clever puzzles, memorable characters and more knowledge than an encyclopedia. It makes me wonder why more people wont play games like this.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Feb 9, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love this game so much I could write a 1000 word essay on it, actually I DID write a 1000 word essay on it.
Anyways heres my review.
There are very few games in my life in which I have played that can change your perspective so much it gives you new ideas on how to live and to me The World Ends With You just does that. The game was made by a combination of Square Enix (most famous for developing the Final Fantasy series and the Kingdom Hearts series another two of my favourite franchises) and Jupiter most famous for making the two Pokémon Pinball games, the Game Boy Camera and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.
But getting back to the review let’s start with something; The World Ends With You isn’t your typical RPG. It doesn’t have a medieval setting where there are dragons to fight and princesses to save and some evil overlord that wants to rule the world. It’s unbelievably far from that.
Scrambling for your life in Shibuya:
The World Ends With You is set in modern day Tokyo, Japan, more specifically the district of Shibuya most famous for its Scramble Crossing and the Statue of Hachiko. In The World Ends With You players take on the role of Neku Sakuraba, a 15 year-old boy with anti-social tendencies who hates people but a turn of events means he wakes up in the Shibuya Scramble remembering nothing but his name. Within minutes he gets a text message saying that he has 60 minutes to reach the 104 Department centre or face erasure. He basically now has to play the “Reapers Game” in which he has to stay alive for seven days, each day getting a different mission in which if he loses he dies. He will also have to make a pact in which he must partner up with someone else in order to survive the Reaper’s game which Neku does not like due to his dislike of people. Throughout the three weeks in which the game takes place Neku will meet a diverse cast of allies and enemies ranging from a tattooed twisted mathematical genius to a typical female anime girl with a dark secret. Its gameplay is amazing.
The World Ends With You is an outstanding game in my mind for many, many reasons. The story, characters, soundtrack and so many other things fit so well into a game that is so different from the shooting and sports games that the mainstream UK gamers are so used to playing that it might as well be in a different universe. It is one of the few games that has taught me something like trying to enjoy my life and make the most of what I’ve got. Six years on after the game has been released there has been no word on a sequel -The World Ends With You Too?- aside from a teaser image two years ago. The closest that was gotten was the main characters making a cameo in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance on 3DS but as always one can hope.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Feb 9, 2014Very Interesting game. Love the voice acting, battle system, locations but I will say this game will make your head explode with confusion. I recommend playing it. Story isn't confusing but the one minor
problem I have is the design of the loading screens. I got a bit of motion sickness from it oddly even though I wasn't really moving but it makes the game feel more immersing. It also builds up to one of the IMO great games coming out this year in the form of Lightning Returns. Anyways XIII-2 is one of the more interesting FF games I've played but my favourite part has got to be how the relationship of Serah and Noel builds through the game.
-Fun Battle System
-How the relationship of Serah and Noel forms over the game.
-DLC costumes (Assassins`s Creed!)
-Futuristic city part reminds me of a futuristic Watch Dogs
-Yet Locations feel bland at times
-Time Travel Loading Screen can make you feel sick
-Apart from the two main characters and maybe Sazh, all other characters seem forgettable.
-Story can feel a big long winded at times.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Feb 9, 2014I got this game because of a game called The World Ends With You for NDS and it reminded me of it. Having played it now I consider it a good game. Graphics look like a comic sort of style and soundtrack is as almost like if someone mixed soundtracks of the Persona games and made into a sort of British-style beats. Roller-skating part is good as well as the graffiti making. I would say this is a game for those who crave something very Japanese and weird. Also would recommend it to those who have played the early BMX and Tony Hawks games because its got those sort of physics.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Jan 30, 2014Insanely addictive, I have spent over 110 hours just tap, tap and of course tapping through all the songs of the game. Got loads of favourites from FFXIII Defiers of Fate to FFVI Terra's theme I just love tapping through the game whether I'm in bed, on a plane or in a waiting room. It is unbelievably well done and watching the memorable cutscenes with the beautiful music behind it. I cant tell you how many times I've cried while listening FFX to Zanarkand or FFVIII Waltz for the Moon. If you want something different for the 3DS then I recommend this.… Expand