Published on June 22nd, 2011 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Child of Eden Review
Developer: Q Entertainment
Platform: Xbox 360, Xbox Kinect
Release: June 14, 2011
Child of Eden is one of those games that is a bit difficult to describe to an audience that may not be aware of such titles such as REZ. Stoners will be looking at this game with a tripped out mind and in some odd ways lead recovering weed heads back to the bong. I’m sorry, that was probably a little insensitive (get a job). However there is just a trippy feeling about playing Child of Eden. It could be the vast use of colors, the upbeat use of techno, or just the fluid animations of the artistic images flying across the screen.
This is the kind of game that has to be experienced, and not explained. Basically the outline of the game is you are in a first-person shooter that is on rails. You are out to save a young girl and the world that many of us are familiar with, the Internet. Throughout the course of the game you are shooting at internet databases that are corrupt. A first person NORTON shooter.
Child of Eden can be played in a couple of different ways. You can use a regular controller, or use the Kinect Sensor, which to me personally feels a lot more comfortable. The Kinect works smoothly and is a simple motion of your hands on the screen and a flick of your hand to shoot the projectiles. You can shoot with either rapid succession or just by targeting the infected databases.
This game is a prime example as to why video games today are art. This game is a perfect example of artistic beauty and creativity. The world is colorful and full of life. The music throughout the game is sheer brilliance. Countless times I would be heading to work humming some of the musical score from the game that I played the night before. The musical transition from level to level is truly engaging. It’s a unique and calming way to explore Eden, however with your mind wandering around due to the amount of colors and objects, your focus can get easily lost when fired upon.
While shooting down databases you earn multipliers that can be used to make your travels through Eden so much easier. Lock on to up to eight different targets and use the rapid shots to gain strength. Getting hit by shots will have you reset and you will have to re-set your targets and switch back to rapid fire.
If you like a challenge from your video games you will be pleased to know that Child of Eden is not an easy game to master. Each level gets increasingly difficult. Once the game is completed you will unlock Hard Mode, and yes, it is insanely difficult. There is also an easy mode to play through where core gamers will feel at ease. You can traverse through the levels without dying. The game however is short and you will have the game beat in a couple of hours.
Child of Eden is a true breath of fresh air that really has to be experienced. I can sit here all day and talk about the different experiences I had while playing this game, and as an avid REZ player I thought this game was genius. Even though the experience ends way too quickly, re-playing the game never seemed to get old. The music and art style was simply amazing and award winning in itself. The game is the true reason to own a Kinect sensor, or if you are a gamer that owns a Kinect and was trying to find games that would be worth your time, Child of Eden is a guarantee.
+ Beautiful art style.
+ The music is phenomenal.
+ Kinect controls feel comfortable.
– Very short.