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Child Of Light Might Be The Best Game I've Played In 2014

I've been pretty hard-pressed to hand out 9s this year.

And if you had told me at the start of 2014 that by October, I'd have handed out a grand total of six 9+ scores and only one of those scores was awarded to a brand new game, I would've laughed.

And yet, here we are, and the only 9+ scores have gone to Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition, The Last Of Us: Remastered, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, the TLoU Left Behind DLC...and Child of Light. How did this happen? How, in a year with inFamous: Second Son, Dark Souls II, Watch Dogs, and Destiny, did it end up this way? Granted, I have high hopes for Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but still...

Child of Light remains a highlight of the year for me. And it has nothing to do with nostalgia or the inclusion of turn-based combat. This wonderfully inspired, amazingly artistic painting-come-to-life was just magical from front to back. How many different games can we say that about? "Magical" isn't an adjective I use often but I can't seem to come up with a better one for Ubisoft's beautifully presented RPG. In a sea of blockbusters that didn't quite deliver, Child of Light reminded me why I still play video games. And that says a lot.

P.S. If anyone is wondering, no, The Evil Within will not be getting a 9. Review coming in less than 24 hours.

Related Game(s): Child of Light

Tags: child of light, best games 2014, top video games

10/14/2014 9:44:02 PM Ben Dutka

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 10:27:22 PM
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CoL was okay, but I think I put it in the 8ish realm. This year was tough. Wolfenstein was a true pleasure, Bound By Flame was ambitious, and the mystery/story/characters in Murdered: Soul Suspect have made me happy.

Starting The Evil Within right now!

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 8:13:49 AM

I need a progress report. Is it worth getting at full price?!

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Dukemz_UK
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 1:28:44 PM

Any chance of an "alternative" review World, since you're an uber-fan of Survival Horror?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 4:02:31 PM

Anything's possible, LV I'll get back to you.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 6:54:58 PM

If the real deal survival horror is worth full price to ya then yup.

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Breadlover
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 11:36:25 PM
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Okay, now I'm really interested in CoL. Gonna get a copy later.

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Breadlover
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 11:39:02 PM
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Oh, and (pretty sure this was already mentioned here somewhere) it runs on the UBIart Framework!! ooh, the wonderful wonderful tech behind this game... *tears*

http://ubi-art.uk.ubi.com

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SaiyanSenpai
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 11:43:38 PM
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There have been some good games this year, nothing spectacular thus far, but CoL is definitely a good one.

I still love the music in that game!

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shaytoon
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 2:19:12 AM
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col is an amazing game. for what it is, its really well compiled.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 3:53:35 AM
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That says a lot about this year then doesn't it, it even rivals 2012... which was a disaster! I mean the only game I have played this year is Lightning Returns... so who am I to argue with this choice o_0 I hope 2015 makes up for this.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 4:21:25 AM
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I hereby predict that Far Cry will land on the lower half of the 80s, and Dragon Age will land on the higher half of the 80s. Ergo no 90+ there either.

Unity I have no predictions for. :)

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MRSUCCESS
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 8:51:29 AM

I beg to differ, sir. Far Cry will land in the upper 80s if not 90.

Dragon age I cannot predict since I've never played any of them.

Unity I'll say it'll be within the 85 range.

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Beamboom
Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 3:53:36 AM

Hmmm - shall we make a bet? My bet is that Dragon Age will land a slightly better metascore than Far Cry.

And let's add in a bonus to the bet if they land within the estimated score ranges we predict.

Up for it?

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MRSUCCESS
Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 9:07:50 AM

Depends, what's your bet?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 8:13:16 AM
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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and FFXIV have been my favorites so far.


I still need to check out this game.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 1:38:25 PM
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I think the best new game I've played this year is Wildstar - and that wasn't even that great.

Luckily there's plenty games from 2012-2013 to enjoy while we wait for Dragon Age.

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Palpatations911
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 2:59:53 PM

yeah dragon age looks like a fun action/multiplayer game

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BlinkBoy
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 3:40:48 PM
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Abe's Oddysee New N Tasty is probably my only 10/10 game this year.

It stands out of all the games I've tried on my PS4 so far. But Civilzation: Beyond Earth on PC, will hopefully be just as sweet but in a different way.

just one more turn...

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Underdog15
Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 5:14:05 PM
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FFXIV is my game this year. Although that's last year, I guess.

I've been pretty unimpressed with this past year in general.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 11:46:08 PM
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is it really a good game even its simplicity

happy gaming

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