Excerpt: I would call Child of Light one of the best Japanese role-playing games in years, but I can't. Because it's Canadian. This 2D platforming role-playing hybrid sports an immediately striking art style that will suck you in from the start, but underneath all that sumptuous beauty is an engaging twist on the classic turn-based combat system and a gloomy world that is a joy to explore.
Excerpt: Child of Light is a new IP developed by Ubisoft Montreal and helmed by Far Cry 3 Creative Director Patrick Plourde. The game is built using the same UbiArt Framework engine that powered Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends.
Excerpt: Child of Light is bloody brilliant. Mixing a wonderful aesthetic with combat that offers both accessibility and complexity, it is more than worthy of your attention, especially at a time when new releases are few and far between. Much has been made of the game's art direction, and it's every bit as accomplished as billed, the UbiArt Framework fitting beautifully with the narrative; a simple tale of a girl lost in a strange new world.
Conclusion: Perhaps the inclusion of a Halo Reach beta key will sweeten the deal for those musing whether to buy ODST or not, but the fact that the game is a brand new slab of Halo action should be all the convincing that die hard fans need. We like Halo 3: ODST and welcome the injection of personality brought to the narrative by your lost crew - especially Firefly actor Nathan Fillion as Buck - but it doesn’t quite manage to live up to our lofty expectations of what a Halo title...
Excerpt: Originally planned as an expansion, Halo 3: ODST has become so much more. Microsoft saw fit to release the game as a full boxed release, coming complete with a brand new campaign, a new mode and a separate multiplayer disc. Something the game is without is, of course, Master Chief, whom in the Halo timeline is somewhere else other than the African city of New Mombasa.
Impressive prequel focuses on co-op tactics to shoot aliens.
Common Sense Media
20 March 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this first-person shooter is rated "Mature" for its graphic depiction of violence. This is a futuristic science fiction game where most of the enemies you're shooting at are alien creatures bent on Earth's destruction. Players will use a variety of weapons to take out the baddies, and some blood is shown. While an "M" rated game, this one is less violent than others like the Grand Theft Auto series.
Summary: What was originally touted as an expansion pack has become a full fledged, self standing game. Halo 3: ODST is a shining example of how Bungie can expand the Halo story beyond the visor of Master Chief. From the campaign to Firefight to the entire Halo 3 multiplayer, you're getting a hell of a bargain for $60.
Just remember to keep it clean.
Excerpt: If you\'ve read many of my past reviews, then you may have realized that I really prefer to take myself out of my reviews and speak as objectively as possible. The Halo series set the console world on fire in 2001 with its excellent take on first person shooters. With a game bearing the Halo name, knowing just how rabid its fanbase can be, I feel like I have to share with you where I\'m approaching Halo 3: ODST from before I can really talk about the game.
Pros: A break in the storyline from the godlike Master Chief, focusing on a small group of elite yet very human soldiers; missions are connected through a central hub system that oozes great atmosphere; Firefight is intense and excellently designed; soundtrack contributes a lot to the game
Cons: Campaign is very short; not a lot of deviation from previous Halo titles in mission design; no matchmaking for Firefight