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    dkirschner's Child of Eden (360)

    [July 22, 2012 07:50:28 PM]
    Once I realized how to properly play this game (shoot in time with the beat), I went back to attempt the Kinect controls again, and man was it a different experience! I take back what I said earlier about disliking the Kinect controls. Now that I have a rhythm to what I'm doing, the controls feel very fluid and responsive. Could still be better of course, but I'm impressed. I tore up level 3 and 4 with the Kinect and have been stuck on the last level ever since. I tried it with the controller and didn't do any better. I'm writing from memory at the moment and don't recall if I made it to the boss, though I did get to a portion where I have to defeat some older bosses. I'll have a few more goes soon and pass the game back to N.
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    [June 24, 2012 01:15:12 PM]
    This game is sweet. Also difficult. N insisted I borrow it probably a year ago, and I finally decided to try it out because I want to give all his games back. I also tried out his Darksiders for a minute. He also insisted it was amazing, but it didn't interest me at all. I played 5 minutes and put it back on the shelf. I figure I'll wait for Darksiders 2 and see how that fares before I commit to this one.

    Anyway, Child of Eden on the other hand did interest me, but in a different way at first than later on. At first I just thought it was like a rail shooter with Kinect, which is awesome because I never use my Kinect. It was a mandatory buy with my Xbox because Singapore ONLY sold the Kinect bundles for a long time, and that's when I happened to get dead set on a new console. So finally, something to play on it! So I popped it in, recalibrated my Kinect, and set about trying to shoot things.

    You have two weapons, a lock-on gun and an autocannon. Use your right hand for lock-on gun and your left for autocannon. I had trouble trying to switch guns. Put one hand down, raise the other, and there was always a hiccup where the game was like "which gun?!??" I played the first two levels with Kinect but I really didn't like the controls! It could be because my Kinect isn't in an optimal spot, or it could be that the controls just aren't as perfect as I wish, or a combination. As I realized later, it was probably also that I wasn't playing the game right. I switched to the controller, which was much easier. I played through the first two levels again, but then I couldn't unlock the third! You get stars for beating the levels. I'd only managed 2 stars each level, and you need more than that for the third level. I was at a loss for what to do because I went and re-played them and didn't get anymore stars. So I went to the internet and learned some valuable things. I learned that I was going about playing wrong.

    Actually I had the GENRE of the game all wrong, which is almost embarrassing, but how was I supposed to know?! I was just shooting things, but apparently it's a music game. I mean, I knew I was making some music by shooting, but it never occurred to me that that was the objective, to shoot enemies in time with the beat. I don't recall the tutorial ever telling me I could lock on to multiple targets, but that's what you're supposed to do to get point multipliers to get a higher score to get more stars. So back to it I went, replayed a level, unlocked level 3, and then spent the next hour dying on level 3, getting just a little bit farther each time. Normally if I died on one level (and had to repeat from scratch every time) over and over, I'd be like 'screw this' and quit. But no, Child of Eden is really something else. The game looks beautiful and the soundtrack and your part it producing it is freaking amazing. I've played and enjoyed some of these newer music games like Audiosurf and The Polynomial, but none of those are quite like Child of Eden. The better you time your shots, the more your part in the music sounds right. It sounds good even if you suck, but it's really rewarding to work on your timing, not only because you get more stars and can progress, but it's just fun and you really get in the zone trying to stay on the beat. I could see easily losing hours to sitting there nodding and tapping my foot to perfect button presses and wrist flicks to get those 8x perfect multipliers.

    Long story short, N isn't getting this game back any time soon, haha. Unless he asks. I'm not a jerk! But it's incredible how the game changed when I realized that I was going about it wrong. And also now I want to go back and try the Kinect again that I know what I'm doing.
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    dkirschner's Child of Eden (360)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Sunday 24 June, 2012

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 22 July, 2012

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Beautiful game, interesting premise, nice soundtrack, but I lost interest. Went online and read about the beat, now intrigued and not going to quit yet ---------- I was playing it wrong. This game rules.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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