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Child of Light review round-up: Critics divided

All the verdicts in one place

In our Child of Light review we said the game is "beautiful and heartfelt" and awarded it a score of 8/10.

"This fairy tale is a testament to the JRPG formula's creative storytelling ability, even if it misses a few key beats... Ubisoft Montreal's efforts come incredibly close and shine a light on the very best elements of Japanese style role-playing games."

Other critics have offered their verdicts on Ubisoft's titles and we've gathered them up for a review round-up. Take a look below to see how the game is being received.

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  • GamesRadar: 4.5/5 - Child of Light is many things: a fantastic, engaging RPG that doesn't overstay its welcome; a game with incredible art design and an equally impressive soundtrack; a virtual fairy tale whose characters are cool with sacrificing clarity so long as doing so means pulling off a sick rhyme. (I jest, it's endearing, really.) It's a memorable, creative experience that's more than worthy of the asking price.
  • Polygon: 6.5 - I finished Aurora's tale wanting more, wondering what might be there below the surface that Ubisoft Montreal is content to only scratch. That's the problem with Child of Light, ultimately. It's a beautiful, familiar trip evoking stories I've heard and places I've imagined before. But it's all so ephemeral - less than a day after finishing it, I can already feel my memories of my time in Lemuria and the characters I met there drifting away.
  • OXM: 8/10 - An accomplished intertwining of robust mechanics, beautiful aesthetics and delicate storytelling make this a game not to be missed, but a slight shallowness stops it just short of brilliance.
  • Eurogamer: 8/10 - Child of Light stands as a wonderfully realised venture into unfamiliar territory for Ubisoft - and a welcome reminder that the industry's major players still have the creative flair to push beyond the lucrative safe ground that they so often favour to create well-crafted, highly-polished gems such as this.
  • Edge: 5/10 - It may be designed for families, but Child Of Light is too cluttered and too slow to hold the attention of lone players, let alone multiple generations sharing a sofa. Bickering over whether to spend a skill point on a couple more magic points or a minor damage buff isn't much of a family pursuit, after all. It's a game that, for all the intricacy of its systems and the charm of its painterly world, feels oddly empty.
  • Xbox Achievements: 80 - Ubisoft Montreal has conjured a fairy tale world that you'll enjoy spending time in, a text-based RPG adventure with its own line in rhyming. Child of Light is a glorious game, short and yet sweet, memorable, gorgeous; an incredible feat. And for the small price you'll be paying, Child of Light is definitely more than worth playing. So buy it.
  • Digital Spy: 4/5 - Its few missteps, like the occasionally awkward lines of dialogue, come about as a result of its ambition and dedication to creating an interactive fairy tale rounded out with an intricate and satisfying combat system. It is a blending of genre and style that is an unexpected treat, and already one of the year's role-playing game highlights.

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