“Let me tell a story of Lemuria, a kingdom past, and a girl born for glory…”
When I first saw the trailer for a small Ubisoft game entitled “Child of Light”, I was utterly mesmerised. The art style, narration and score of the announcement trailer cemented it as a game to watch out for in the future, and after seeing the trailer announcing the release date I’m convinced that it has the potential to be one of the best games to come out in 2014 (April 30th, to be exact!).
Using Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework the developers have been able to use concept art in the game as assets, 2D animation combined with 3D models and animation to make for a unique art style. Previously used in Rayman Origins and Legends, Child of Light adopts the same technology to bring it’s watercolour world to life. The developers say they aimed for it to feel like “A playable poem”, the visuals capturing all the rhythm, flow and beauty a poem can hold.
OXCGN’s Game of the Year Awards for 2012
The world did not end this year
by David Hilton
©2012 David Hilton
With all the attention on the impending Mayan apocalypse it would have been fitting to look at the state of gaming at the end of 2011 and wonder if the gaming world might also end.
While there was initially some optimism that new major next gen consoles would be announced at this year’s E3, only the Wii U actually was a next gen certainty and the limits of current gen consoles had seemingly been reached.
On top of that, gaming sequels continued to dominate game releases.
It looked like the end could be nigh for big release gaming of the AAA variety in the near future.
However the quality of this year’s titles shows that gaming is very much alive and though many studios and franchises faltered this year, more succeeded with some of the best games this gaming generation.
With a huge renaissance gaming year promised for 2013 in the form of new generation consoles, let’s look at 2012 as the last big battle of this current console generation for top gaming honours.
We gave our readers a chance in a poll to decide their 2012 Game of the Year, and the results came in with the beautiful and clever Playstation exclusive downloadable title, Journey. Now it’s our turn.
OXCGN’s 2012 Reader GOTY
Gamers voted, but will the VGAs get it right?
by Nicholas Laborde
©2012 Nicholas Laborde
For five wonderful years, OXCGN has been bringing the gaming community in Australia and abroad the best opinionated pieces in the gaming space.
This year, we decided to have two separate Game of the Year awards: one for the readers, and a second traditional one decided by our staff.
You voted, and the results are in.
Who did you pick?
OXCGN’s Fez XBLA Review
Love letter to retro gaming?
©2012 Chris Evans
It may have only just been released onto Xbox Live Arcade, but in the five years since Polytron announced Fez it has already picked up a myriad of art, design and ‘best in show’ awards, not to mention being featured heavily in last year’s Indie Game: The Movie.
Fez sits snugly alongside the likes of Journey, Flower, Braid and Limbo – the indie darlings of the industry, which prove that the simple, abstract and beautiful can find success in an industry characterised (fairly or not) by guns and explosions.
OXCGN’s Journey Review: Have a nice trip
©2012 Chris Fox
Journey is unlike anything I have experienced before. Ever.
Not just as a game or as any piece of media, art or entertainment.
Journey is a once in a life time venture. Forget about levels and forget about head-shots.
But most importantly, forget about everything that makes a “game”. That Game Company have completely rewritten the rule book. Again.