Journey Review

Susan Arendt

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I've had a PC for ages.
Picked up a Wii during the craze.
Pre-ordered a 3DS.
Bought an xBox 360 last summer.

And I *still* don't have what I need to play the games I want. Bloody hell.
 
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This game is just brilliant.

When people say 'art games' they don't mean pretentious crap, they don't mean interactive novels passing themselves off as games.

They mean Journey.

The game is utterly beautiful, I can't recommend it enough.

If you've ever thought of video games as more than just a 'toy', you owe it to yourself to play Journey.
 

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That was beautiful.

Well Jim said that this game is "doing it right", so I guess now that I have another reliable recommendation it would be irresponsible not to go get it. So, I'll get it.

Thanks.
 

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Why ONLY PS3 :'( i understand exclusives but even and exclusive tends to show up on steam/PC. Please PC version please! >.<
 
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1nfinite_Cros5 said:
I really hope Yahtzee gets around to reviewing this. I wonder what it will bring out in him.
I hope it melts his cold, cold heart :D


Let's see how many users with Ammy avatars show up to sing this game's praises.
 

Piorn

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I cried. It was beautiful.

Also, did they announce the soundtrack, yet? I want to give them more money.
 

Susan Arendt

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Duffeknol said:
This is the first game ever that made me want to buy a PS3.
You know, if I didn't think I'd get lynched for suggesting people should buy a PS3 just to play a two-hour game....I totally would say that. Because this game is that special. Truly, it's remarkable.
 
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Susan Arendt said:
Duffeknol said:
This is the first game ever that made me want to buy a PS3.
You know, if I didn't think I'd get lynched for suggesting people should buy a PS3 just to play a two-hour game....I totally would say that. Because this game is that special. Truly, it's remarkable.
Subtle Susan, subtle.

But not subtle enough.

I'll get the mob, someone get the torches.
 

Nelson Goodrich

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I love the way you didn´t talk about the gameplay; a lot of people says that discovering it is half the fun, so I stopped looking for info about this game. But when I saw it was your review I had to take the risk.
One question, I want to play it but can`t do it right now, I dont have a ton of time at this moment; will my experience be dimished if I wait too long and I don`t find someone online to share the journey with me (no pun intended).
As always, I love your work.
 

Kazedarkwind

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Daystar Clarion said:
1nfinite_Cros5 said:
I really hope Yahtzee gets around to reviewing this. I wonder what it will bring out in him.
I hope it melts his cold, cold heart :D


Let's see how many users with Ammy avatars show up to sing this game's praises.
Don't you know the only way to melt someones heart is with a cool island song? or wait...is it melt his icy heart with a warm island song.. hmmm

OT: Like Bastion i picked this game up on a total whim. and like Bastion, was one of those rare games that brought actual emotions out of my cynical mind since the death of Aerith in FF7 and the Opera of FF6 when i was but a young lad. Indie games, i love you lol
 

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Nelson Goodrich said:
I love the way you didn´t talk about the gameplay; a lot of people says that discovering it is half the fun, so I stopped looking for info about this game. But when I saw it was your review I had to take the risk.
One question, I want to play it but can`t do it right now, I dont have a ton of time at this moment; will my experience be dimished if I wait too long and I don`t find someone online to share the journey with me (no pun intended).
As always, I love your work.
Honestly, yes. The game will still be lovely, of course, but its magic comes from being a shared experience. It won't be the same without that.
 

Li Mu

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This game will bomb. Why? A serious lack of chest high walls.

To make this game more successful they need to add chest high walls, a death match mode with some vehicles and...well just turn it into a COD/BF clone. Why have originality when you can have the same thing in a different skin?

What's the price of this game? At 2 hours long I would expect a budget pricing.
 

Susan Arendt

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well open up a petition. perhaps we can get journey, Flow, Cloud and Flower in a bundle.

paying 150-300? plus 12.99? to play one single game is insane.
it would be somewhat reasonable if they port it to the ps vita.
but i doubt they'd do it.

if all else fails there is a Ps3 Emulator in developement.
but until its 'done' the prices for these black gaming shoeboxes will significantly drop.

http://www.gamesradar.com/journey-dev-considering-end-studios-sony-exclusivity/

?Thatgamecompany had a three game contract with Sony, so the past three games had to be Sony exclusive. Right now we are very much exploring ways to bring our games to a bigger audience, beyond just PlayStation,? he said, explaining, ?We are still in the process of negotiating, but I hope that we can announce it [soon]. But right now it?s still in the process.?

Considering its crtical and commercial successes with flOw and Flower, and the early buzz on Journey, it's not hard to see Thatgamecompany finding an audience on Xbox Live Arcade or Steam. Odds are Sony might also make a play to keep Chen and his team in-house or at the very least shop out flOw, Flower, and Journey to iOS and other platforms itself.
we might be able to play it without having to buy a ps3 at all..

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http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2012/03/08/journey-dev-defends-the-games-length/

?We don't want to add any filler, because people are paying money to experience that,? he said. "If we add filler, that's disrespect." He continued by saying that as kids we have all the time in the world to sink into a long game, but as adults, ?If its too long they won't have the time to enjoy it.? Therefore Journey's length was designed to be more like a movie. "The reason a film is designed between 90 minutes and 2 hours is so people can take the whole thing in. Two hours is kind of the golden time before people have to go to the bathroom."
this is the reason why it is so short.
 

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Nelson Goodrich said:
I love the way you didn´t talk about the gameplay; a lot of people says that discovering it is half the fun, so I stopped looking for info about this game. But when I saw it was your review I had to take the risk.
One question, I want to play it but can`t do it right now, I dont have a ton of time at this moment; will my experience be dimished if I wait too long and I don`t find someone online to share the journey with me (no pun intended).
As always, I love your work.
I can say from experience that the game is still incredible even alone. I was worried the multiplayer would ruin the feel of the game, so I played it with my internet off. I still loved it.