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Game of the Month: April 2014 - Child of Light

Posted by Robert Ramsey

Out of the dark

April may not have equalled March's onslaught of great games, but it still managed to play host to a number of smaller titles that ended up occupying large chunks of our time. Enjoyable downloadable releases were aplenty, with the likes of Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Trials Fusion, and Child of Light all vying for Push Square's coveted Game of the Month award. After much heated debate, it was decided that Ubisoft's picturesque platforming role-playing game was the best game that last month had to offer.

"Child of Light has a few flaws, but these don’t prevent it from being an instant classic," wrote an enamoured Mat Growcott, who described the colourful title as a "must buy". The poetic adventure's "excellent battle system and outstanding art style" helped it to earn a brilliant score of 9/10 in our review. Matt's fun didn't stop there, though, as he also penned our Trials Fusion write-up, where he dubbed it "one of the best games on the PlayStation 4", before stamping the stunt-'em-up with another fantastic 9/10.

Also walking away with its head held equally high was Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn. The release's rebirth on the PlayStation 4 was more than enough to keep MMO enthusiast Nathan Michalik happy, as he called it an "excellent upgrade which shows that the PS4 is capable of bringing PC quality online escapades into the living room". With a startling difference in quality between the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game, our reviewer went on to write that "the added horsepower of Sony’s new system and overall improvements mean that you shouldn’t think twice about taking the trip to Eorzea this time around". Better get those Chocobos all saddled up, then.

As we've already mentioned, last month was full of digital titles, but not all of them reached the same lofty heights as the games that we've singled out so far. Both Octodad: Dadliest Catch and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut were in the running for our Game of the Month award, but neither had much of an impact on our staff vote. Writing about the former, reviewer Graham Banas noted that "the title’s zany controls lead to some even stranger onscreen occurrences, and that culminates in a lot of unexpected entertainment", while this particular author had a blast with Born Ready Games' good-but-not-great sci-fi shooter, concluding that "when it's at its absolute best, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut is a brilliantly bombastic, incredibly intense space combat game that's sure to give you wings". Both games nabbed a solid 7/10.

What was your favourite game of April 2014? Help kickstart your answer by perusing the handy list of reviews that we've provided, vote in our all-important poll, and then share your decision in the comments section below.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (8/10)
The Witch and the Hundred Knight (5/10)
Destiny of Spirits (7/10)
Skullgirls Encore (8/10)
King Oddball (PS4) (7/10)
Mercenary Kings (7/10)
Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (7/10)
Football Manager Classic 2014 (8/10)
Invizimals: The Alliance (6/10)
Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom (4/10)
Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (9/10)
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3 - A Crooked Mile (9/10)
Dead Nation (PS Vita) (5/10)
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (7/10)
The Sly Collection (PS Vita) (8/10)
MLB 14 The Show (7/10)
Trials Fusion (9/10)
SingOn (4/10)
Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark - Ultimate Edition (7/10)
Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day (6/10)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (7/10)
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition (4/10)
LEGO The Hobbit (6/10)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (7/10)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (4/10)
Child of Light (9/10)
Stick It to the Man (8/10)
Ethan: Meteor Hunter (4/10)


What was your favourite game in April? (27 votes)

Child of Light

48%

Final Fantasy XIV Online

19%

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

  4%

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut

  0%

Trials Fusion

19%

Other

11%

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User Comments (8)

General_Spiller

#1

General_Spiller said:

Absolutely...100%...Child of Light. Super game. Super soundtrack. Super art and animation. This ticks all the right boxes IMO and is a nice change of pace from killing zombies, FPS...etc

MadchesterManc

#2

MadchesterManc said:

Been playing Child of Light on PC of late, lets just say Im a little disappointed. Just seems a little cookie-cutter to me so far with not much going on to differentiate it from other artsy games. Shame, but it still has time to make an impression at least till Ive finished with it.

Lionhart

#4

Lionhart said:

I'm really excited about "Child of Light" and I hope that Ubisoft will put it on the PS Vita! Also, the same team that developed "Child of Light" is creating a new bonafide "Prince of Persia" title.

Gemuarto

#5

Gemuarto said:

Really can't understand why you liked Child of Light so much. Heard from so many that it is pretty medicore, boring and even annoying. I, for myself, tried to play it for 3 times and never enjoyed it in a slightest.

artemisthemp

#7

artemisthemp said:

It have that annoying Sound bug with Share Video's but, it still deserve Game of the Month

ohhaime

#8

ohhaime said:

I tried the demo for child of light and thought the battles were boring and the dialog wasn't good.

My game of the month is Mercenary Kings.
When the game was announced for PS+ I just had to get a PS4 to play it and After managing to find an open box but never used PS4 for $313 I can say it was totally worth it.

It's the perfect combination Monster Hunter and Metal Slug,two of my favorite game series.
I love the art and story presentation.The loot system is great and I never had a problem with the controls(yes there is a slight delay when you jump but it's animated and consistent so after a few minutes of playing I had adapted and didn't even notice it anymore)

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