Greetings everyone, and welcome back to my esteemed blog. It has been quite a number of months since my last post. I have been very busy with the job search and seeking possibilities of returning to school. I am very happy to say that I have not only acquired a new position, but I am also in the process of applying for school.
Now that the wheels are in motion, I am happy to get back to my favorite past time; that being sharing my insights and reviews with you. I will be back on Wednesday 3/18 with my full review of Final Fantasy Type 0 HD. Until then everyone, be safe, and happy gaming!
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
With the recent string of bad Silent Hill titles as of late, it’s nice to take a look back at the titles that made the Silent Hill franchise so amazing back in the day. Hijinks Studios took the liberty of redoing Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 in high definition for the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 game consoles. So, are these resurrected classics just as good in high definition?
Graphics: The HD rendered graphics of Silent Hill HD Collection is among the best. The dreary atmosphere of Silent Hill still remains in both titles and still continues to creep out original fans. Newcomers to the series may not be impressed since most people these days appear to be attracted to soulless polish, but to the original fans of the series wanting to take a trip down memory lane, you will not be disappointed. Score: 9/10
Sound: Even after a decade the original soundtrack of Silent Hill HD Collection remains true to it’s roots. Akira Yamaoka’s strange sense of musical style still shines strong a decade later. There have been some complaints with regard to Konami choosing to redo the voice work in both games. Well I can thankfully say that the new voice work is well done. Plus you have the option of choosing the original voices or the new voices before you begin both games. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: Some new generation fans may not be so keen with the clunky combat of these Silent Hill installments, but fans of the game will be happy to know that the original gameplay has been left untouched. What new age fans don’t understand is that it’s more about the fear factor and running from the monsters and less about fighting them. Score: 8/10
Issues: The combat may displease new age fans that are just being introduced to Silent Hill with Homecoming and Downpour. This is a look into what made Silent Hill so amazing before team silent disbanded after the completion of part three. This is a rare treat that Silent Hill fans old and new should invest in.
Final Score: 9/10
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