This is exactly the kind of game we need.
It isn't just because it's using the "outdated" turn-based mechanic. Well, it's partly because of that, but it's mostly due to the game's charming, lighthearted quality.
In an industry that has consistently become grittier, harsher, more brutal, and more realistic with every passing day, we sometimes forget the childlike innocence of yesteryear. I'm not saying I never wanted the industry to grow up (because I did), and I'm not saying I don't play big blockbuster games like Assassin's Creed and Grand Theft Auto (because I do).
What I'm saying is that in life, balance is everything. We need to balance out such epic, mature experiences with other virtual experiences; adventures that touch our minds and hearts. Just looking at Ubisoft's upcoming Child of Light eases my stress. It relaxes me. I imagine it's going to be one hell of a therapeutic product when it arrives later this month, and I'm betting it'll be soothing for others as well. It's just nice to step off the incessant roller-coaster every now and then, you know?
For those of you unfamiliar, check out our preview . We've also arranged a little video vignette:
Related Game(s): Child of Light