Game Recommendation: Child of Light

Hello everyone!~

I just finished playing the game with my sister the other day and it is one of the most beautifully crafted games I have played yet! 😀

Wikipedia:

Child of Light is a platforming role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game puts players in the shoes of Aurora, a child stolen from her home, who, in her quest to return, must bring back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night.

It was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in April 2014, and was released on PlayStation Vita in July 2014.

Art – everything looks like it’s been painted in watercolor, it is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking! The music also fits very well with the game play. The imagery is delicate and inviting to the viewer as the story opens up, and Aurora awakens in a dreamlike world. The color scheme, of mostly blues, in the beginning tells that this story isn’t a joyful one as it puts you in young Aurora’s shoes, lost and scared, growing up in a strange land.

Story – the story follows a storybook format with a narrator revealing the nature of the story. Playing along in the game, the tone is melancholic and moving, as the story progresses with the music. Your heart feels heavy as you watch Aurora struggle and fight, as she grows up grappling her own sadness of missing her father. She walks alone, barefoot, weaponless, and in denial that this is all a dream, determined to find a way back. Later on, she meets up with people who soon become friends on her journey, she helps everyone she meets with a light all her own. Although the story seems joyous at this point, the story reveals its truest nature as the story goes on. It’s about fear, sadness, hopelessness, and betrayal, among gaining growth, strength, and something new to cherish.

Game play – there is magic, combat, and mystical creatures, with a few quests involved. My sis and I finished the game in 3-5 days, so it is fairly easy to play through.The combat is interactive, and can even take a 2nd player for PS4 if you have another controller. Everything is thought out very well,  and very cohesive. From the rhymes spoken, to how the narrator’s voice sounds like a mother reading to their child, and the music that is played to create yet also calmly lull the sorrow. Even at its end, the game leaves a dull ache, it is truly a mesmerizing adventure that is worth exploring.