18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Gamepad Based Review,
This review is from: Child of Eden - Kinect Compatible (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Ok so i don't have kinect, this review is based on the gamepad experience. As i understand it the game tunes the reticule size and difficulty slightly between pad and kinect, and i am pleased to say that the experience when playing with a gamepad is fantastic. The movement speed of the cursor is spot on, and the game mechanics are a nice step up from Rez, this games forebear. Rez had a 3rd person character but it was just visual, you couldn't dodge incoming fire by moving, you had to shoot the bullets down. C of E works the same, but uses a firstperson view, the other good mechanical change is an indicator of the direction of incoming purple enemy bullets should one be coming in from the sides of the screen, removing any random damage. What's I am very pleased to report is that the game is just as intense as Rez and also has a really well judged difficulty, I was concerned that with a pad the game would be too easy but it's just right...there's plenty to shoot and plenty of incoming fire to deal with, also the levels are great on repeat play, you get better and better, and it's not a case of being able to master them after a couple of goes...just like Rez you will have 85% shot down and 75% items collected on a stage and will want to up the %ages.
Also of note aside from the main stages is Hope mode, a challenge mode of sorts, this in itself is better than most of the games i own.
It's very hard to describe the experience of this game beyond it being a musical shooter, where the music and visuals combine in an almost kaleidoscopic way. The visuals are incredibly beautiful and...playing this is like having a night out, it's so different to the videogame norm and wonderful for it. We're lucky that there are a few game makers out there that are true artists.