Since childhood, playing RPG’s has been my favorite thing to do to pass the time. Final Fantasy VI (III on the Super Nintendo) was and still is my favorite game of all time. Breath of Fire will always make my heart beat fast with nostalgia. Chrono Trigger? That is a must! Super Mario RPG is easily the most under rated game ever! Final Fantasy X was the last “great” RPG I played. FFX was released on July 19th, 2001… damn that was a long time ago. Since 2001 I have played countless RPG’s but I always go back to the same games when I think about my favorites. That brings us to the impending release of Child of Light. I am expecting this game to be “great“.
Child of Light will be released just 7 days from today, on April 30th 2014. Child of Light is not your classic RPG (just as much platforming as it is active-time battle system role-playing) but it has all the elements I want in an RPG: Skill Tree? Check. Great Plot Premise? Check. Visuals? Check. Creat Score? Check. Classic, Yet Fresh Combat? Check. All of these components make me very happy. This game has been described by its creators as being “inspired by the watercolor art of the golden age of illustration”, “a playable poem”, “an animated painting”, and “like being awake in an underwater dream.” They are not just pumping their own juice either – from what we have seen in the released trailers, the creators have executed their vision at a very high level.
That of course leaves me asking myself… are my expectations too high for Child of Light? Nope, they are not. This game was created by Ubisoft Montreal, who has dished out classics such as Assassin’s Creed 1-4, Far Cry 2-3, and the soon to be classic Watch Dogs (in addition to many others). I should expect a great game, right? Since 2001 I have scratched and clawed to try to convince myself I am having a great RPG experience. Few games have come close – most recently Ni No Kuni on the PS3. But none of them made me feel like I am embarking in the most majestic journey yet. Heck, I would be happy if a new game could even make my top 5 RPG’s list. I am hoping that Child of Light does that. I am wishing that when I am finished I can take a deep breath and sit back with the most corny smile imaginable and say “that right there *pointing at tv*, that is my s**t!!”.
In one week my Child of Light journey will begin. Soon after I will know if the hype was real. And I will know if I am just a cynical RPG critic, or if there actually is a chance that a new game can be great to me. Memories and nostalgia conquer our minds. Child of Light has a lot going against it, and I hope it wins.
– Stephen Savelli | @SavelliNerdSwag
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“Aurora is transported to Lemuria, a mysterious world that needs her help. Identified as the Child of Light and granted the power of flight, she takes on the minions of Lemuria’s Queen of the Night on her quest to recover the sun, the moon and the stars to return home.”