An essential purchase for any Kinect owner, especially at this price. The gameplay's very repetitive, but visually, this is one of the best-looking game's you'll ever see. Fans of the Panzer Dragoon series will find the action quite similar as this on-rails shooter lets you lock onto multiple targets before unleashing a barrage of shots. The Kinect version takes honours over the PS Move version, which suffers from unresponsive controls.
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The spiritual successor to Rez, Child of Eden is a dazzlingly unique slice of gameplay that truly makes the most of modern motion controls, and sees you conducting a grand orchestra of light at its zenith. It's also really cheap, now, on both platform over at Play.
Xbox 360 fans have been enjoying Tetsuya Mizuguchi's synesthesia spectacular for a while now - check out Tom's fantastic review. But with 360 owners gyrate their hips and wave their arms with melodic grace, PS3 players have been forced to sit on the sidelines, awaiting an announcement from Ubisoft. Well, it's time to sit up; as Ubisoft have just announced Child of Eden will be hitting the Playstation 3 on September 30th!Click here for more
Developer: Q Entertainment
I've been waiting to get my hands on this one for a while now, mainly because about two days after I bought Kinect the clever little device had lost its novelty edge and since then it's been sitting around gathering dust, which isn't what I wanted really. What I did want was a motion sensing peripheral that I could use on a regular basis, complete with games that were of the same standard as those designed for a normal controller and therefore would not only hold my interest, but would be titles that I actually wanted to break out again and again. With this in mind I trotted off to pick up the first Kinect compatible game on the market that had grabbed my interest, Child Of Eden, and also a high quality duster!
On returning home, I whizzed through the Kinect calibration, loaded the disc into the tray, and momentarily prepared myself for an audio visual treat before the introductory videos kicked in and eventually subsided to leave the title screen running. Once you jump into the game, you're treated with a quick bit of text explaining what's going on, followed by a short but breathtaking opening cut scene. Then things kick off!Click here for more!
Well, I'd say that this week's charts were a little bit surprising for a couple of reasons. Zumba Fitness once again jumps into the top spot, however Child Of Eden didn't even make it into the Top Ten, in fact it didn't make it into the Top Twenty seeing as it's currently sitting at number 25, but then again this might be because there aren't many Kinect owners out there. Alice: Madness Returns also missed out on a Top Ten entry into the charts, but then again you'll probably see why when you have a look over Jon's review.
Now seeing that it's widely considered to be the best game that's appeared on our screens ever, it's hardly a shock that Ocarina Of Time 3D jumps into the charts at number 2 and if you want to find out what to expect from it then why not check out Matt's review. The only other new game to take a Top Ten place was Dungeon Siege III, which grabbed ninth place firmly in its claws.
L.A. Noire and Duke Nukem Forever have both dropped two places this week, which in the case of the later I can completely understand, in fact I'd expect it to drop even further next week because it's such a disappointingly average game.
Finally, Call Of Duty: Black Ops has dropped out of the Top Ten, which hasn't happened for a while.
All Format Top Ten - Week Ending 18th June (previous chart position in parentheses).
Taking a look at the successor to Rez was another exciting prospect for me, mainly because my Kinect sensor bar's had about two brief uses and since Christmas it's been sitting at the foot of my flatscreen gathering dust, so I'm hoping that Child Of Eden'll break that trend and let me turn my body into a controller once more without getting bored after testing out the initial gimmick. Also, I got a little bit more interested when we were told this game's been in the works for about 10 years, after all if that much time and effort's gone into surely it's got to be fairly good.
For those of you who have no idea what this one's about, you'll be protecting Project Lumi from a virus attack using a couple of weapons that are literally at your finger tips.Click here to see what Tom thought of Child Of Eden!
Child Of Eden is set to be an absolutely incredible experience that shines like a beacon of light in an increasingly homogenous market. Its focus on synesthesia will blend visuals, incredible ambient music and tactile feedback into a singlarly unforgettable package that deals with the entirety of human evolution... and contains more neon Space Whales than we can handle. The Xbox 360 version is slated for a June 17th release, though its PS3 counterpart has been pushed back to September. If you're looking for a preorder, The Hut's MAY2 voucher code currently provides the cheapest way of going about it (though we admit that The Hut's customer service sometimes leaves much to be desired).
We're overjoyed that the Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 version of Child Of Eden has been slated for June 17th, but aggravatingly, the PS3 version is reportedly being held back by three months so that Ubisoft can work on it. We assume that, as well as graphical tweaks, Playstation Move functionality will be added to the experience. Whilst we love the idea of the Kinect version's physicality, Playstation Move's rumble makes grants it that extra sensory kick that's required for full synesthesia. Regardless, we can't wait to try it out. [IGN]
No, we're not running a very late April Fools joke. Yes, I'm perfectly sober. Speaking at Kapow! Comic Con, Tetsuya Mizuguchi told the attended crowd that much-anticipated Kinect title, Child of Eden, has a corset-style peripheral developers Q Entertainment have designed, which can hold four 360 controllers that vibrate in time to to the game's synth soundtrack.
It's unclear whether this peripheral - which I'm exclusively dubbing the Eden Brace - will see a retail release, as it sounds very much like an offshoot project a few guys at Q created. It's not as bad as Rez's Trance Vibrator, a peripheral Mizuguchi came up with that ended up being re-purposed as a sex-toy device by a few unique individuals. Check out Jon's recent preview on Child of Eden right here. [Joystiq]
Suddenly the words 'Electric Light Orchestra' mean a little bit more. We've seen the usual, predictable slew of half-hearted family titles and well-focused fitness affairs on Kinect, but this one is a little different...and maybe that's why we're so interested in it. Give the trailer a viewing and maybe you'll see why too.
We've got three more dates for your diary. The 3rd Birthday, EDF: Insect Armageddon and Child of Eden have all received launch windows- and as always, we're on the case.Click here for the dates and details...
Child Of Eden looks like it's going to be a psychedelic treat with an array of colours flooding your screen at any one time. Most of the gameplay'll involve you shooting stuff that appears on-screen and their destruction will shower you in musical notes and sound effects. If you want to know why you should be excited about this game then head on over to Jon's preview for some more details.
2011 is set to be a thoroughly outstanding year for gamers, but one of the most important titles of the year isn't going to scream for your attention with explosive trailers and gravelly-voiced cutscenes. Rather, the long-awaited Child Of Eden from Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Q Entertainment will seductively purr at you with jawdropping visuals, conceptual music and thoughtful symbolism that belies the accessible gameplay mechanics. Put simply, it will greatly enrich your life more than any multiplayer FPS ever could.
To this end, let's take a look at how Child Of Eden is shaping up, as well as what we can expect from the experience.
You must have played Rez to begin with. Or nothing that follows will seem wondrous. - Charles Dickens (allegedly)
Rez gave us our first taste of Synesthesia when it hit the Dreamcast in 2001. This powerful word describes a condition where senses become mixed up and jumbled together, becoming indistinguishable from each other and allowing the subject to literally see sound. Obvious parallels to certain illegal substances aside, this was achieved by each and every player action adding notes or sound effects to the musical accompaniment, which grew organically across the levels. Liberal use of controller vibration (as well as a worryingly sexual peripheral on the PS2) provided the tactile aspect.
In terms of game mechanics, Child Of Eden will will remain much the same as its beloved predecessor- which is to say that it's essentially a rail shooter in the style of Panzer Dragoon and Afterburner. Retro shooter fans will already be au fait with Paint and Release mechanics, which require players to control an on-screen reticule that also moves the character around the screen.
This may sound just a tad simplistic and overly similar to Rez, but Child Of Eden will use this accessible gameplay mechanic to elevate Synesthesia to a whole new level.Click here for to taste sound and transcend reality. And keep reading.
I can't wait for Child Of Eden. Its multiple delays have been stakes driven though my heart... and there still isn't a firm release date yet (!!)... but ShopTo are running an excellent preorder price for both platforms. The creator of Rez is set to deliver another Synesthesia masterpiece that blends gameplay, audial stimulation and tactile feedback into one thoroughly beautiful package. Trust me, it will be worth the wait- though we've heard a few little reports of the Kinect functionality misbehaving.
It's almost time to bid farewell to 2010, a year in which Bioware delivered space-opera at its finest with Mass Effect 2, where Rockstar reinvented the Old West with Red Dead, with Bungie shattering yet more records via Reach, and Black Ops finally proving Treyarch a worthy custodian to the franchise. It has, by and large, been a great year.
However, let us not dwell on the past, and instead look to the future. What should we begin hoarding pennies for and donating organs on the black-market to afford? With Spike's VGAs proclaiming Portal 2 as their most anticipated game for the forthcoming year, we thought we'd take a look at some of the other contenders and come up with our own list. 2010 was great, but 2011 looks even better. Don't believe me? Well, may I present the Top 10 Games To Look Forward To In 2011!
Origins' prolonged gestation resulted in a wealth of content but a distinct lack of polish. Dragon Age 2, on the other hand, with a fresh visual palette and updated combat, looks set to sidestep that particular accusation, as you shape the story of Hawke, a refugee, a soldier, a legend. You can't fault Bioware's ambition, and if Origins didn't prove them capable of spinning an epic yarn, Mass Effect 2 surely did.
Now I'm not much of an MMO man. Not by nature, but by choice. I know if I even set foot in Azeroth or whatever, in no time at all I'd be sat in a chair, nursing a paunch and atrophied leg muscles, one hand flitting across the keypad, the other wrapped around a can of Monster. However, I can't hide my excitement for Star Wars The Old Republic. I've even forgiven Bioware for not making a true sequel to the original KOTOR on the Xbox. I can't wait to shape my Bobba Fett bounty hunter with a penchant for Han Solo-style tomfoolery.See which other games Felix is looking forward to next year...
Why Microsoft isn't pushing Child of Eden as Kinect's premiere title is beyond me. For one, it's a truly original game, both to play and behold, not to mention it's utterly non-violent and beautiful. From the, frankly insane, mind of Tetsuya Mizuguchi, famed developer of Rez, Child of Eden tasks you with eliminating a virus threatening to destroy Project Lumi, a program inside the human memory-archive, Eden, which intends to produce the first artificial personality. Child of Eden can be played with regular controllers, but once Kinect is out, you can throw your hands in the air, swipe them, clap, and it'll transfer into actions in the game, as you interact with the swirling, multicoloured, unimaginable world of Eden.
Day Zero of E3 has finished... and what a day it's been. We've had animatronic elephants, new consoles, great games and a few surprises along the way... but wouldn't it be nice to cut through the fat and get everything in one convenient place? With easily- accessed trailers? Well worry not... because we've got what's yours.
That's day one down... with Nintendo set to peddle its wares later on this afternoon. It's time to ask the important (and immature) question: Who's Winning E3? Let us know what you think in the comments!