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

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

CoL was okay, but I think I put it in the 8ish realm. This year was tough. Wolfenstein was a true pleasure, Bound By Flame was ambitious, and the mystery/story/characters in Murdered: Soul Suspect have made me happy.

Starting The Evil Within right now!

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
7 years ago

I need a progress report. Is it worth getting at full price?!

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
7 years ago

Any chance of an "alternative" review World, since you're an uber-fan of Survival Horror?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

Anything's possible, LV I'll get back to you.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
7 years ago

If the real deal survival horror is worth full price to ya then yup.

Breadlover
Breadlover
7 years ago

Okay, now I'm really interested in CoL. Gonna get a copy later.

Breadlover
Breadlover
7 years ago

Oh, and (pretty sure this was already mentioned here somewhere) it runs on the UBIart Framework!! ooh, the wonderful wonderful tech behind this game… *tears*

http://ubi-art.uk.ubi.com

SaiyanSenpai
SaiyanSenpai
7 years ago

There have been some good games this year, nothing spectacular thus far, but CoL is definitely a good one.

I still love the music in that game!

shaytoon
shaytoon
7 years ago

col is an amazing game. for what it is, its really well compiled.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
7 years ago

That says a lot about this year then doesn't it, it even rivals 2012… which was a disaster! I mean the only game I have played this year is Lightning Returns… so who am I to argue with this choice o_0 I hope 2015 makes up for this.


Last edited by Vivi_Gamer on 10/15/2014 3:54:22 AM

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

I hereby predict that Far Cry will land on the lower half of the 80s, and Dragon Age will land on the higher half of the 80s. Ergo no 90+ there either.

Unity I have no predictions for. 🙂


Last edited by Beamboom on 10/15/2014 4:21:48 AM

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
7 years ago

I beg to differ, sir. Far Cry will land in the upper 80s if not 90.

Dragon age I cannot predict since I've never played any of them.

Unity I'll say it'll be within the 85 range.

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

Hmmm – shall we make a bet? My bet is that Dragon Age will land a slightly better metascore than Far Cry.

And let's add in a bonus to the bet if they land within the estimated score ranges we predict.

Up for it?

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
7 years ago

Depends, what's your bet?

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
7 years ago

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and FFXIV have been my favorites so far.

I still need to check out this game.

Beamboom
Beamboom
7 years ago

I think the best new game I've played this year is Wildstar – and that wasn't even that great.

Luckily there's plenty games from 2012-2013 to enjoy while we wait for Dragon Age.

Palpatations911
Palpatations911
7 years ago

yeah dragon age looks like a fun action/multiplayer game

BlinkBoy
BlinkBoy
7 years ago

Abe's Oddysee New N Tasty is probably my only 10/10 game this year.

It stands out of all the games I've tried on my PS4 so far. But Civilzation: Beyond Earth on PC, will hopefully be just as sweet but in a different way.

just one more turn…

Underdog15
Underdog15
7 years ago

FFXIV is my game this year. Although that's last year, I guess.

I've been pretty unimpressed with this past year in general.

Rachet_JC_FTW
Rachet_JC_FTW
7 years ago

is it really a good game even its simplicity

happy gaming