Back in 2011, El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron was an action adventure title released for PS3 and Xbox 360, and received moderate critical and commercial success. Following the closure of the development studio, the creator of the game bought the rights to the franchise and decided to continue its legacy using his own development company. The result of this decision is The Lost Child, a JRPG dungeon crawler which has been released on PS4, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch.
In the world of The Lost Child, the realms of Heaven and Hell are waging an eternal war, with the world of Earth naturally being caught in the crossfire. Following an attack from the forces of Hell, Hayato Ibuki, a young human journalist is given a mystical weapon known as a Gangour, which allows them to capture mystical beings known as Astrals and summon them to fight for them in battle. Alongside various angel and demon allies, it is your quest to venture into the dungeon like Layers and defeat the monsters that are attempting to break into the human world. Although you do get small traces of humour throughout the game, for the most part, the storyline is played straight. It is nice to see a serious JRPG appear occasionally, as the endless stream of chaos and slapstick gags can be exhausting after the hundredth time they make an appearance.
The Lost Child is set in modern day Tokyo, with Hayato’s main occupation as a journalist acting as a benefit to your new role as a saviour of the human race. At the various locations such as Akihabara and Shinjuku, you are able to converse with the residents, talk to merchants and progress the storyline by completing your assignments, and purifying the Layers that appear towards the end of each story arc. Like many dungeon crawlers, the battle system takes place from a first person perspective, with only character portraits at the bottom of the screen showing your current party members. For the most part, the battles are nothing out of the ordinary, with the standard weapon attacks, defending and item use commands on offer whenever you have need of them.