A wonderful game with a particularly beautiful soundtrack. However, in order to play it you have to install Ubisoft's software 'Uplay', and then download the game from their truly awful servers. It took me about ten tries to actually get the game to install (it would freeze at 99% every time), and when you submit a complaint they will try to blame it on you and say you didn't install the software right, but it's their severs that are the problem. If you have as much trouble as I did in installing it, try to re-install it at a different time of day, that's what worked for me, early-ish in the morning seems to have more chance of success. But, yes, once installed the game it is amazing and really worth playing.
"Child. Tuck yourself in bed. And let me tell a story of Lemuria, a long lost kingdom. And a girl born for glory. In Austria was a crown land ruled by a duke, Aurora was his daughter. Child of a duchess mysterious. Beloved by her father. He raised the girl alone, they were rarely apart. 'Til the duke felt lonely, and misplaced his heart. It was the Great Friday before Easter, 1895. Players performed for the duke, his new bride at his side. That night Aurora went to sleep. The fire burned down low. She caught a chill that spread. Her skin was cold as snow. At dawn they found her vacant. Aurora's light gone out. Her father wept and pleaded, but there could be no doubt. For all intents and purposes Aurora was dead. And yet... Once upon a time, she awoke in a strange land instead."
This is how Child of Light begins, setting the tone for a magical fairytale in a gorgeous watercolour world. I loved the story, the battles, the characters... basically everything!
I liked many aspects about this game the emotional story, aesthetics/graphics, touching music and the turn-based Grandia-like battle system, which has some real-time element. However, being digital only, having to make a uplay account and the lack of voice acting detracted from my experience of this game.
Doesn't matter if you are a casual gamer or not, this is a MUST have. The edition contents are excellent for the low price you pay and its pretty good quality overall. I have played thousands of games but this one became a top 3 after the 2 hours i played it. Music, storyline, characters, i mean, EVERYTHING is perfect on this game 10/10.
First things first this is a download through Uplay game so there isn't a disk in the box. The game on my rather slow internet didn't take too long to download. System specs: Haswell i5 4670K, GTX 760 EVGA superclocked, 32GB DDR3.
The box contains: A rather thin artbook, A5 nice paper about 10 pages or 20 sides, artwork is lovely though. An A2 sized poster art of the game characters by Yoshitaka Amano (concept artist for Final Fantasy and numerous other things) this alone for me was worth the price of this boxed set and is that good I will be having it framed, again nice thick paper quality. Two leaflets with the game codes (the game download and two DLC) installing through Uplay is a breeze. And lastly a light up keyring of Igniculus which after playing the game is a character you will probably come to love. After reading the hype I had my doubts about Child of Light but all have been dispelled I can say that this game truly lives up to it. The game itself is a side scrolling rpg with turn based combat the game plays slick and intuitive and is very quick and easy to get to grips with. The normal (default) difficulty will suit the more casual players so I reccomend if you like a challange to up the difficulty. The game feels old school in play style and in the casual difficulty quite relaxing and I really liked that. The design of the game is fantastic it looks like pen and ink watercolour and very reminicent of childhood books of the 70's and 80's its like playing art, there is no other way to put it, adding into this a story and dialogue in poetry and a superb strong emotive and evocative score (Aurora's theme really stands out in my mind) makes the experience all the more enjoyable and emersive. The game is full of suprises and nice touches like Aurora's flowing hair and animation quirks, the handling of light and the incidental background animation, some things are genius the igniculus character that would be a mouse pointer in some games plays a pivotal role, solving puzzels, aiding in battles and offering hints and the moment you get wings and fly the game just takes off.
While there is some threat and danger it would be fine for children to play.