Episode 20: Child of Light

Child of Light is an incredibly pleasant game. The game sets the tone from the beginning, with its fairy tale illustration art style and rhyming dialogue, easing players into the adventure of Aurora in the land of Lemuria. Her journey to take back the sun, moon, and stars and defeat the Queen of Night is a charming one complete with a fantastic supporting cast and strange lands to explore. From Rubella and her failed rhyming (and the self deprecation of her brother Tristis) to Gen and the fate of her parents, Child of Light's simple story is littered with both heartfelt and amusing moments.

The gameplay is the icing: A fun active-time-battle combat system with a nice dose of strategy (and MANY ways to heal yourself). Leveling your heroes and building out their skill trees is satisfying but your choices on that front aren't the most impactful. But who cares? Child of Light is a video game fairytale and it is a joy to play. The game never overstays its welcome, and the soundtrack is also great. If you hate nice things then don't play this game. Otherwise it is a pleasant romp for any RPG fan and newcomer alike.

Child of Light

What a delightful romp Child of Light turned out to be. During the podcast we ended up discussing Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Brothers Lionheart as its possible influences, and Child of Light fits alongside those stories as fairy tales of the modern age influenced by the European classics. Opening up vertical exploration elements almost immediately with its flight mechanics and offering customizable skill trees for its diverse cast, Child of Light provides a surprising amount of player freedom during its linear story and short runtime. There's a lot to love here.

Child of Light is the result of a Triple-A development team deliberately making an intimate, personal game, and the level of craft and polish in the final product shows. The combat is fun and never feels boring or cheap, and the visual and audio presentation is gorgeous in every chapter. It's fun and engaging from start to finish, and and feels very accessible for new players of RPGs. Ubisoft doesn't get extra points for innovation or challenge, but Child of Light manages to be an easy, breezy, beautiful fantasy RPG starring the spunky Aurora as its cover girl.

Child of Light

Let's get the obvious out of the way first: Child of Light is a beautiful game. Whew, now that we've acknowledged the elephant in the room we can move onto less controversial topics.

Child of Light oozes with whimsical joy, a refreshing take on a well-traveled genre. In no way does Child of Light revolutionize the genre or even perfect any traditional RPG mechanics but it does successfully tie the elements into an enjoyable package. My two favorite components of Child of Light were the combat system and flying Aurora around the world.

While the story is simple, the wonderful cast of characters and charming poetic dialogue propel it from rudimentary to delightful. Without these charismatic qualities, Child of Light could have been an entirely forgettable experience but ultimately I found it be rather enjoyable.

By the way, did I mention that Child of Light has one of the most amazing art styles? It is truly a beautiful game.

Final Thoughts Archive
Episode 1: Trails in the Sky Episode 2: Final Fantasy X Episode 3: Final Fantasy Tactics Episode 4: The Last Story Episode 5: Terranigma Episode 6: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Episode 7: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Episode 8: Parasite Eve Episode 9: Pokémon Episode 13: NieR Episode 14: The World Ends With You Episode 15: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Episode 16: Xenogears Episode 17: South Park: The Stick of Truth Episode 18: Valkyria Chronicles Episode 19: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Episode 20: Child of Light Episode 21: Diablo III Episodes 70 & 71: Shadow Hearts: Covenant Episodes 73 & 75: Chrono Trigger Episodes 79 & 81: Tales of the Abyss Episodes 82 & 83: Darksiders Episodes 86 & 88: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride Episodes 90 & 92: EarthBound Episodes 95 & 97: Grim Fandango Episodes 101 & 102: Final Fantasy XII Episodes 104 & 106: Digital Devil Saga Episodes 114 & 116: Breath of Fire IV Episodes 122 & 124: Valkyrie Profile Episodes 126 & 128: Planescape: Torment Episodes 135 & 137: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Episodes 140 & 142: Mass Effect Episodes 143 & 144: Lunar: The Silver Star Episodes 145 & 146: Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Episodes 141 & 151: Shadow Hearts

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