Although Q Entertainment’s much-anticipated rhythm action game Child of Eden – which serves as a prequel to the hugely popular and award-winning rail shooter Rez – has received some pretty impressive review scores since it was released for the Xbox 360 (PlayStation 3 version is not due to arrive until September this year) just over a week ago, many of the reviews claim that the game is disappointingly short.
For example, the myvideogamenews.com website gave the Child of Eden game an overall score of 9 out of 10. Child of Eden is described as a multi-sensory shooter that tasks players with saving Project Lumi from a virus attack. According to this review, Child of Eden is one of the most visually appealing games to appear on a console, and could definitely make a strong case for the ‘video games are art’ debate.
The review states that although it can sometimes be a bit confusing as to what is going on, players will be able to grasp certain concepts quite quickly. Meanwhile, Daniel Pepper from the push-start.co.uk website gave the Child of Eden game an overall rating of 4/5. According to this reviewer, the game may be a little short due to it only having five levels, but it does have plenty of replay value thanks to its achievements and unlockables.
Daniel not only praises the game for its beautiful visuals and soundtrack, but also the fact that it has many different gameplay elements and a satisfying finish. Butt3r from gamertagradio.com on the other hand gave the game a 3/5 score. The real challenge of the Child of Eden game in this reviewer’s opinion is not just shooting the enemies, but shooting them in tune with the music.
What lets the game down in Butt3r’s opinion is the fact that it only contains five levels, and that it forces you to replay stages a number of times in order to unlock new ones. The final review comes from Marc Saltzman over on the usatoday.com website. Marc gave the game – which is compatible with the Xbox 360 Kinect – an impressive 3.5 stars out of 5, describing it as a bizarre but beautiful fantasy shooter.
Marc says that although the five levels will be over before you know it; players can replay them in order to complete specific challenges, unlock extra content or perhaps earn more bonuses. You can read the full reviews via the links provided. Have you played the Child of Eden game yet? If so, what are your first impressions?