Child of Eden has arrived for my XBOX 360 and the cornucopia of colors and music has invaded my living room and has been a blast to play. This unique shooter has been my own personal living room laser light show and truly has to be seen to experience. The game is a bit of a break from the norm and takes players on a stunningly colorful journey in order to save Eden.
Child of Eden is a multi-sensory shooter that sends players diving into a kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music and mind blowing visuals.
Child of Eden thrusts players in the center of a battle to save project lumi, a mission to reproduce a human personality inside Eden, the archive of all human memories. As the project nears completion, the archive is invaded by an unknown virus and it’s up to you to restore peace.
As you can probably guess by reading his review and seeing pictures of the title, the game features a variety of vibrant colors and some very trippy visuals. It’s outstanding to watch and puts gamers in a trans like state complete with a joy filled face. The games presentation is beautiful, colorful, distracting, vibrant, hectic, crazy and fun all in one package. I fell in love with the visual style of this title and applaud the development team for its bold art direction.
In terms of graphics alone, this title can make a strong case for the argument “video games are art” and is one of the most visually appealing titles ever to grace a console. A LOT of things are happening on screen all at once and Child of Eden is as much fun to to watch as it is to play. My girls (6 years old and 4) LOVED all the different shapes and colors and have stated that they would like to watch the game “every day”.
It’s a vision that I am not sure if everyone will “get” but it is one to experience for yourself.
Trans-like beats bump throughout gameplay and when players hit certain “enemies” they produce a wide array of sounds and beats that are a joy to hear. Drums, sound effects, beats and everything in between all sound like a sublime sound garden of happiness and truly fit this game like a glove.
I am not a fan of techno music (by that I mean I don’t go out of my way to listen to it and own no techno music at all) but everything comes together very nicely in one cohesive package.
It’s hard to describe the gameplay of Child of Eden. At it’s heart, it’s a shooter title but I am reluctant to call it that. Yes players are shooting objects and enemies but the game feels like it has its own identity and is far from a standard shooter title.
The controls are nice and tight and I never had any issues with the game. Sometimes it may be a bit confusing as to what is going on, but players will quickly grasp certain concepts (ie. what to shoot first, what gives you power ups etc) and will be finding themselves replaying levels over and over again to attempt to better their previous score. Although the title is a bit on the short side, I have found myself going back into levels and replaying them just because the game is very addicting.
I am addicted to this artful game. I, by nature, am drawn to bold artistic titles and I applaud the developers for their tremendous effort. Child of Eden proved to be very fun and refreshingly different all in one package. The level of detail mixed with creative gameplay and fantastic lights and sounds make this game one to experience for ones self. Some people may not quite “get” the game but for those who do, I am certain that this will become a cult classic.
Overall Myvideogamenews score: 9.0 out of 10.
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