Journey is utter brilliance

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As you may or may not have noticed, I like Okami. The game is gorgeous and oozes character with an amzing sountrack to boot.

Journey is my new Okami, it is gaming in it's purest form, it isn't trying too hard to be 'artsy', it isn't pretentious and it doesn't overstay it's welcome.

The 'multiplayer' is implemented brilliantly, appealing to our desire for companionship, but isn't essential. In all my years of playing videogames, I've never had such an emotional attachment with a stranger before, an experience shared without passing a single word.

The game looks gorgeous, the lighting is brilliant and I've never been so impressed by sand. The whole time I was in the desert, I just felt warm, while the snowy mountain was unforgiving harshness, me and my companion, huddling together, wondering if we'd get through this.

I wasn't following this game, I went in with no expectations and was rewarded with a truly brilliant gaming experience.

This isn't a review, just my opinion of the game, so feel free to share your thoughts too. If you have a PS3, you owe it to yourself to pick this up.

You won't be disappointed.

Jim mentioned this game in his latest episode of an example how to do it righ and from the previews I saw it did look interesting.
Sadly I have not got a PS3 and therefore cannot play it(I assume it's PS3 exlusive right?)

Yet another reason I want a PS3.
Put it down in price Sony, dammit.

I've been thinking about getting this. Consider me convinced from now on.

While it might sound stupid to follow the recommendation of someone on a forum, something that can evoke such gleaming passion in a person is at least worth a look. Bringing Okami into it did help.

chimpzy:
I've been thinking about getting this. Consider me convinced from now on.

While it might sound stupid to follow the recommendation of someone on a forum, something that can evoke such gleaming passion in a person is at least worth a look. Bringing Okami into it did help.

I'm glad I could convince someone :D

It really is brilliant, I felt like a child again, my curiosity pushing me foward, and the game is just gorgeous.

Yeah, the game offers a great experience. And it looks so bloody gorgeous.
On a side note, I find the idea of unique "voice icons" quite brilliant, although I actually noticed this only on my second playthrough.

Really looking forward to their next game.

Smertnik:
Yeah, the game offers a great experience. And it looks so bloody gorgeous.
On a side note, I find the idea of unique "voice icons" quite brilliant, although I actually noticed this only on my second playthrough.

Yeah, I liked that too. There's also some slight variation in the pattern of your character clothing, so while you may not be unique, you have some small things to differentiate yourself from your companions.

hazabaza1:
Yet another reason I want a PS3.
Put it down in price Sony, dammit.

Apparently in Gamestation, as it's closing down, PS3 slims were going as little as 100 brand new.

Any news if this is going to hit PC at all?

I had a companion with me from pretty much 10 minutes in, after first meeting quite the lone wolf type (I pinged at them and yet never got a ping back), we we're extremely tight travelling together, whenever we'd lose each other i'd feel distraught, frantically running around trying to find them, feeling so relieved, we went through a hell of a lot together, and then, right near the end, he just faded away, I didn't know what was going on, I waited 5 or so minutes, hoping they'd come back.

As wonderful and mesmerizing the ending was, I actually felt quite empty not having my long-time companion there with me.

In short, an emotion-invoking, magnum opus of a game.

synobal:
Any news if this is going to hit PC at all?

The chances are very slim, as I see it. Just as Flower, this is as exclusive as it gets.

Smertnik:

synobal:
Any news if this is going to hit PC at all?

The chances are very slim, as I see it. Just as Flower, this is as exclusive as it gets.

oh wells, no big loss I guess, and I can always play it a in a few years I guess when the emulator platforms mature.

I'd agree with the OP, adding only the caveat that the game does not take very long to complete and is 15 dollars.

It's a sublime experience for how long it lasts, but just know what you're getting into.

MisterShine:
I'd agree with the OP, adding only the caveat that the game does not take very long to complete and is 15 dollars.

And this is why I haven't purchased it.

I'm very interested in the game, but I can't spend 4 days worth of food on something that's going to get me 2-3 hours of entertainment.

It's a shame, because I keep hearing great things.

I watched a video on the game with TB walking the wrong way.

From what I saw (yes, this is what I am basing my entire opinion on) there was no gameplay, there looked like there was more gameplay in the microwave tunnel in MGS4. It looked like all you did was walk/float around as cloth (or something) by pushing a direction.

It reminded me of flower, fuck all to do except fly and part the grass like Moses.

How can it be the purest form of gaming when you had the exact same experience at the end of ME3? Painfully, slowly walking forward to a some objective. Take out the middle man (you as the gamer) and make it a video.

Like I said, I am very ignorant on the matter but that is my opinion as it stands.

Smertnik:

synobal:
Any news if this is going to hit PC at all?

The chances are very slim, as I see it. Just as Flower, this is as exclusive as it gets.

see flower was because of the input method (it was MADE for tilt controls, possibly the only good thing about them.

So it could exist elsewhere, although i believe the devs have some kind of exclusivity deal with sony. Unfortunately.

-Samurai-:

I'm very interested in the game, but I can't spend 4 days worth of food on something that's going to get me 2-3 hours of entertainment.

I think the length is rather spot on. The game isn't drawn out and you can finish it in one sitting which gives you a chance to complete the game with the same person.

omega 616:
Like I said, I am very ignorant on the matter but that is my opinion as it stands.

Eh, it's definitely not for everyone, just like Flower. But if a game manages to invoke such strong emotions in so many people then it's not something one should disregard.
As for the lack of gameplay, it's true that Journey is mainly about walking (obviously) but there're enough (in my opinion) gameplay elements to keep it interesting - there's an incentive to explore the world to find hidden stuff, you can interact with other players, later on there're enemies you have to hide from, etc. So it's not like, say, Dear Esther, where you really only walk around, it's an actual game.

bahumat42:
So it could exist elsewhere, although i believe the devs have some kind of exclusivity deal with sony. Unfortunately.

Indeed, Journey is part of a three games contract with Sony and I kinda doubt Sony'd give it up. In theory, Flower could be just as well ported to PC - it's pretty much perfect for mouse control.

omega 616:
I watched a video on the game with TB walking the wrong way.

From what I saw (yes, this is what I am basing my entire opinion on) there was no gameplay, there looked like there was more gameplay in the microwave tunnel in MGS4. It looked like all you did was walk/float around as cloth (or something) by pushing a direction.

It reminded me of flower, fuck all to do except fly and part the grass like Moses.

How can it be the purest form of gaming when you had the exact same experience at the end of ME3? Painfully, slowly walking forward to a some objective. Take out the middle man (you as the gamer) and make it a video.

Like I said, I am very ignorant on the matter but that is my opinion as it stands.

The game is quite platformy and definately has a flow to it.

Think surfing on sand dunes at quite a pace.

Daystar Clarion:
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Bought the game just a couple of hours ago and can't wait to play it. I didn't expect anything less from the people who created Flower though.

See you in the desert sands maybe :P.

SpaceBat:

Daystar Clarion:
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Bought the game just a couple of hours ago and can't wait to play it. I didn't expect anything less from the people who created Flower though.

See you in the desert sands maybe :P.

That's the beauty of it.

Until the very end of the game, you have no clue who you've been travelling with (a list appears with the names and symbols of those you travelled with).

Daystar Clarion:
As you may or may not have noticed, I like Okami.

Honestly over the years ive been seeing you post on theese forums i think the only way someone would not know that you liked Okami is if they somehow missed your posts or were sadly unaware of the games existence.

Now when my bank finally gets around to sending me a new card, i will buy it and then dive right into it. No expectations, close to no prior knowledge other than knowing theese people made flOw and Flower.

gigastar:

Daystar Clarion:
As you may or may not have noticed, I like Okami.

Honestly over the years ive been seeing you post on theese forums i think the only way someone would not know that you liked Okami is if they somehow missed your posts or were sadly unaware of the games existence.

Now when my bank finally gets around to sending me a new card, i will buy it and then dive right into it. No expectations, close to no prior knowledge other than knowing theese people made flOw and Flower.

I don't mention it that often do I? :D

I never actually played flOw or Flower, so I too, went in with no expectations. I feel like a child while playing it, and that's always a great experience.

Oooh Journey's out now?! Cool. I've just started back at uni, but I'll try to find some time in between study to play it. I've been waiting for this for ages.

Daystar Clarion:

That's the beauty of it.

Until the very end of the game, you have no clue who you've been travelling with (a list appears with the names and symbols of those you travelled with).

I know, that is why I said maybe. The idea of forming a connection with another player through adventure alone, without ever knowing who they are, sounds lovely to me. The freedom around it (as you may come across someone, only to never see them again) just makes it even better.

And that's only the co-op mechanic. I haven't played it yet, but the aesthetics, music and simply the overall feel of it already sound amazing to me. I loved Flower, so I'm sure I'll really love this too.

SpaceBat:

Daystar Clarion:

That's the beauty of it.

Until the very end of the game, you have no clue who you've been travelling with (a list appears with the names and symbols of those you travelled with).

I know, that is why I said maybe. The idea of forming a connection with another player through adventure alone, without ever knowing who they are, sounds lovely to me. The freedom around it (as you may come across someone, only to never see them again) just makes it even better.

And that's only the co-op mechanic. I haven't played it yet, but the aesthetics, music and simply the overall feel of it already sound amazing to me. I loved Flower, so I'm sure I'll really love this too.

It's some of the best music I've heard in a game. Comparable to Shadow of the Colossus in awesomeness.

Daystar Clarion:
I never actually played flOw or Flower, so I too, went in with no expectations.

You never played Flower? You really should, especially if you like this kind of games. It's 50% off right now until the end of March, too.

Daystar Clarion:
It's some of the best music I've heard in a game. Comparable to Shadow of the Collossus in awesomeness.

In case you don't know already, you can get a Journey-themed music bundle from Austin Wintory (that's Journey's composer) for free by signing up for his newsletter.

Yeah it was great up until it took it's ending from

It was obscure enough so that everyone could draw their own conclusions until the end. Not to metnion if you look at the trophies you get spoiled. IT'S CALLED A HIDDEN TROPHY YOU DOPES!
But it was really quite good, in fact, once I take the Journey a second time I'm writing a review so look out for that.

Smertnik:

Daystar Clarion:
I never actually played flOw or Flower, so I too, went in with no expectations.

You never played Flower? You really should, especially if you like this kind of games. It's 50% off right now until the end of March, too.

I might just do that.

EHKOS:
Yeah it was great up until it took it's ending from

It was obscure enough so that everyone could draw their own conclusions until the end. Not to metnion if you look at the trophies you get spoiled. IT'S CALLED A HIDDEN TROPHY YOU DOPES!
But it was really quite good, in fact, once I take the Journey a second time I'm writing a review so look out for that.

I like the ending.

Daystar Clarion:
Comparable to Shadow of the Collossus

WHAT!?
I suppose I can study tomorrow. Well, I'm off to play Journey.

Daystar Clarion:
As you may or may not have noticed, I like Okami. The game is gorgeous and oozes character with an amzing sountrack to boot.

Journey is my new Okami, it is gaming in it's purest form, it isn't trying too hard to be 'artsy', it isn't pretentious and it doesn't overstay it's welcome.

The 'multiplayer' is implemented brilliantly, appealing to our desire for companionship, but isn't essential. In all my years of playing videogames, I've never had such an emotional attachment with a stranger before, an experience shared without passing a single word.

The game looks gorgeous, the lighting is brilliant and I've never been so impressed by sand. The whole time I was in the desert, I just felt warm, while the snowy mountain was unforgiving harshness, me and my companion, huddling together, wondering if we'd get through this.

I wasn't following this game, I went in with no expectations and was rewarded with a truly brilliant gaming experience.

This isn't a review, just my opinion of the game, so feel free to share your thoughts too. If you have a PS3, you owe it to yourself to pick this up.

You won't be disappointed.

Well, I have reviewed this game and yes, it's just as you said: utter brilliance.

I liked it but it's not in any way worth 15 buck maybe 10.

Thatgamecompany <3
They make interactive art.

I still don't know whether to buy Journey..

I'm not very good at puzzles or platformers... I just want to see what it's like.

Pretty much my exact opinion of this game. I mean, you're traveling with a complete stranger, and you don't know who they are, what they're like, what their intentions are, or what they're thinking at any given moment, but none of that matters. All that does matter is that you're both on this adventure together, and you have a destination to help each other reach. There's definitely something special about this game beyond just the gorgeous visuals and sound design. Also, it's just plain fun, especially the bits where you're sliding down those huge sand dunes at high speeds.

F'Angus:
I still don't know whether to buy Journey..

I'm not very good at puzzles or platformers... I just want to see what it's like.

The game really isn't all that challenging but still remains fun, especially surfing down sand dunes at awesome speeds.

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