Japanese role-playing games aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII were system-selling blockbusters, fusing together epic narratives with tight, strategic gameplay. But like much of the Japanese video game industry, the genre has seen a steady decline, both in terms of popularity and creative output. There are still great games like Bravely Default that evoke the feeling of a classic Final Fantasy adventure, but they're relatively niche products. Few games have managed to bring that classic style of game into the modern day, but Child of Light is one of those rare experiences that successfully merges classic Japanese RPG gameplay with contemporary influences. And it couples that with some of the most beautiful 2D visuals you've ever seen.

The difference between Child of Light and other Japanese RPGs? It was made by a French company in one of its Canadian studios.