Journey Review

Journey (Available exclusively on PlayStation 3)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1 to 2
Genre: Action Adventure
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Price: $14.99
PSN: Online multiplayer

Parent Talk: There is absolutely nothing in this game that could be harmful to children.  There are only a few sections where any sort of rival/enemy is present and these only feature slight violence in the simplest sense.

Plays Like: This is one of the most unique games ever released.  It could be compared to a third person adventure game where you solve simple puzzles to reach your desired goal.

Review Basis: Completed the incredible journey.

It’s not the destination that’s important, but the journey…

thatgamecompany, creators of flOw, and flower have created one of the most breathtaking digital downloads of our time with Journey.  This is one of those experiences you shouldn’t miss out on, and you’ll notice I will continue to refer to Journey as an experience, because at times I’m wasn’t even aware I was playing a videogame.

The Great:

The journey.  It’s not about why you’re trying to reach a mysterious mountain summit, nor how you go about getting there, it’s about everything in-between that make this the single most emotional experience you will ever have on your PlayStation 3, I kid you not.  The bitter defeats and triumphant victories may seem trivial at first, but at the end they will stay with you for many hours after you put the controller down.

The Good:

+ An emotional connection that blurs the line defining how a videogame should be made.  There’s no health bar, no leaderboards nor objectives, and yet somehow without any these gaming standards, Journey connects with players at a deeper level than even the most epic RPG.

+ Simple, yet super effective gameplay.  Players can move around, chant, and jump, that’s it.  By chanting at floating cloths, the nameless protagonist is granted the ability to jump for a short distance.  In order to jump further player must locate special glowing orbs, which extend their magical scarf.

+ The game automatically brings another online player into your game, which helps form an emotional connection between the two.  Nametags are not displayed, and players cannot speak; yet at the end of the journey you won’t forget those who helped you.

+ The stunning environments are designed in such a way as to always enhance your experience.  The camera will constantly float around making sure you don’t miss the incredible sunset in the horizon.  This is what critics mean when we say a game is beautiful.

+ The audio is equally important, as you have to chant to awaken the magical cloths that help get you ever closer to your destination.  The soundtrack is engrossing and brings the majestic visuals to life.

+ The game’s length is absolutely perfect.  Coming in at around two hours is spot on.  Any longer and the journey would feel different, any less and it wouldn’t be as emotionally connected.

The Lowdown:

As you can see, there’s nothing negative to say about Journey.  When you look back after having completed it you start to feel just how powerful an experience this was.  Sony should be commended for helping finance a game like this in today’s market.  Some might feel it’s overly basic, others that it’s too short, but I think it’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on my PlayStation 3.  I would gladly pay another $15 for something equally as powerful.  If the destination isn’t important, but the journey, then this is one journey you’re going to want to take.

Average Score Scale: 9.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 10/10 (Inflated)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: If you’re looking for a game that connects with the player on an emotional level and stays with you for a very long time, download this one immediately.  $15 may seem like a lot of money for around two hours of gameplay, but you will not regret it.  Journey truly is unlike anything else out on the market.  It’s incredible. 

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: If you’re looking for highly complex gameplay and a lengthy game. 

8 thoughts on “Journey Review”

  1. You should pick up a $20 PSN card that way you don’t need to use a credit card if you’re nervous. I personally put my credit card info in and remove it. I don’t leave it in the system ever since the hack. Those PSN cards are actually cheaper than face value if you order one off Amazon. This is a really good title, but I can’t see some people going wtf is the hype for. Me, I took this all in and it just connected on such a deep level for some reason.

  2. I’m glad you checked this one out, Jarrod, as I absolutely love thatgamecompany’s games and have had my eye on this one for a while. Gonna pick it up tomorrow afternoon to play over the weekend.

  3. I just completed Journey. This game is really all on its own. I couldn’t stop smiling. Beautiful!

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