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