Good day to all my fellow gamers. Welcome back to my esteemed blog. I apologize for this insane delay in posting, but recently work and night classes have syphoned my personal time, but once again I have returned and with some very late—but nonetheless excellent and non-bias gaming reviews. The summer is finally here, and kids, teens, and the more paleolithic gamers like myself are always looking to invest countless hours in some gaming goodness. So, I have decided to start by reviewing one of four games on my platter that I am playing and very much enjoying. The first review will be Ubisoft’s RPG, Child of Light. This title has had a lot of expectations. Does it live up to all these expectations, or is it another disappointing letdown. Let’s take a look.
Graphics: Elegance and beauty are understatements when it comes to describing the graphics of Child of Light. From the moment you turn on your console, even the “press start” screen draws you in like a spell. The colors and textures are beautifully drawn. The backgrounds are lush and vibrant with color and life, from the immense forests, to the dark and creepy caverns—It’s an eye-candy overload that fans will love. Ubisoft definitely proves to all of us that they poured their heart, sweat, and tears into providing us a product of pure visual delight. The characters of Child of Light are also brilliantly drawn in both story sequences and gameplay.
The creature designs are almost out of a child’s story, but not in a childish way. Each creature is well detailed and some can also be a bit fearsome. Being a person with a hummingbird attention span, I found myself constantly getting lost or distracted from my path, but I didn’t get frustrated with the game. I simply wanted to keep wandering and soak in the beautiful atmosphere of this amazing world. Score 10/10
Sound: Canadian singer-songwriter Coeur de Pirate (Béatrice Martin) brings to Child of Light a musical score that is timeless and beautifully done. Every track seems to fit the environment of the game. From the soothing melody played in the forest, to the climactic boss battles, every piece of music is a joy to behold. Score 9.5/10
Gameplay: This game focuses on the heroine Aurora who, after falling victim to a physical ailment—wakes up in the world of Lemuria. She then begins her quest to save her father from the evil queen, Umbra. Thus, she journeys through mystical Lemuria, gathering very unique allies along the way. A bow-wielding mouse, a jester who can’t seem to complete one rhyme, a golem, and a wizard—yes these are some of the different varieties of characters that you will encounter through your 12-15 hour quest.
While most heroes in video games tend to have a stereotypical look from an abnormally muscular hero, or a sexy seductive heroine—Child of Light has none of these stereotypes. It introduces pretty average characters that still make an impact without all the muscles and sexiness. The battle system is one that is familiar to many fans. It uses a turn based gaming engine similar to the Grandia series. Characters and monsters take turns while small icons in line on the screen races to the “action” button. This determines who gets to act first. This element provides a lot of strategic challenges, because your quick thinking will determine whether you can get the jump on your enemies before they can act, or fall victim to their onslaught. Aurora’s companion Igniculus also plays a vital role in your quest as a distraction blinding your enemies and slowing their progression on the action bar. It is a refreshing element and a fantastic tribute to the gaming franchises that introduced these engines. Score 9.5/10
Child of Light is a game that should be in everyone’s library. It is a beautiful tribute to past games, and it is a brilliant masterpiece to behold. If you have not downloaded this title yet, don’t wait another minute—download Child of Light today.
Final Score: 9.5/10
Hello everyone, and welcome back to my esteemed blog. I must apologize for the delay on my Child of Light review, but Anime Central was in my hometown of the windy city this past weekend, and that took a redonkulous amount of my time. Now that another awesome year at ACEN has passed, I thought I would take a moment and show all of my followers a few snippets of the epic event that was ACEN 2014. I was so fortunate enough to not only see a free (provided you registered) performance of A New World (Final Fantasy Concert), but I unexpectedly bumped into none other than Mr. Nobuo Uematsu himself (yes, I was starstruck like a Beetles fan). It was indeed an amazing year at ACEN. Not sure what the hoopla is all about? Click here to learn all about ACEN! I will be back on Tuesday with my review of Child of Light, and this weekend with Transistor. Until then enjoy the pics!
Happy Holidays dear readers, and welcome back to my esteemed blog. I must apologize for the hiatus but, I recently acquired a new position, and that combined with a somewhat lengthy commute makes my time for blogging scarce, but I am back and the blogging will go on.
25 years ago, an action role playing franchise graced us with it’s presence. Unfortunately, it debuted on the Turbo Duo CD, a great console that was too expensive at the time to own. It was also competing with the already popular Zelda series, which is why this franchise never got the recognition it deserved. Now the Vita get a taste of the Ys franchise with Ys: Memories of Celceta for the Playstation Vita console. This is a reimagining of Ys IV: Dawn of Ys for the Turbo Duo CD, which never saw a North American release. So, does this reimagining succeed in giving gamers what they want? Let’s find out.
Graphics: For being a Vita exclusive title, Ys Memories of Celceta delivers graphics that are good but still remain true to nostalgia. The character sprites, animations and creatures are fairly robust, but still manage to keep a nostalgic look to it. The world is vast however, there is little to interact with in this massive re-imagined world, which is somewhat of a disappointment. Score: 7.5/10
Sound: The Ys series has always been faithful to delivering a fantastic musical score, and Memories of Celceta does not disappoint. Fans of Ys music will be having multiple eargasms listening to the amazing musical score. Plus, for those of you who can shell out the extra bucks, the collector’s edition comes with a three disc soundtrack featuring three to four tracks from each of the Ys titles. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: The meat of the package in Ys Memories of Celceta comes from the combat. From the moment you begin the game, you are instantly thrown into battle. In this title, our protagonist Adol is suffering from amnesia, and begins a journey through Celceta to regain the memories he has lost. The combat is pretty fast paced, and boss battles are epic. The side-quest options consist of fetch quests or hunting a creature (some of which can be difficult if unprepared) and killing it. You spend most of your time traversing through the world of Celceta while completing a quest that sadly tends to drag sometimes. Voice acting is present but, they are so rare that the story suffers as a result. Fortunately, the combat manages to keep the blood pumping enough to keep you from boredom. Score: 9/10
Ys Memories of Celceta is a great addition to the already minimal selection of Vita exclusive RPGs. Longtime fans, or if you’re seeking a new adventure, look no further than Ys.
Final Score: 8.5/10