Journey Collector’s Edition Review

Journey Collector’s Edition (Available exclusively on PlayStation 3)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Genre: Action/Adventure
Number of Players: 1 to 2
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: thatgamecompany
Release Date: August 28th, 2012

Parent Talk: While these games do feature some mild violence, the sole reason this compilation isn’t rated E for everyone is because you need to be slightly older to really appreciate these three excellent games.

Plays Like: Each game in this collection is completely unique and original, from gobbling up small creatures to become an aquatic mystery to embarking on a journey of pure delight, the three games offered here feel unlike anything else on the market.  Flower alone is such a visceral experience I doubt anyone has played anything like it before.

Review Basis: As with the other collections Sony has released this week, I completed all three games multiple times before, and simply checked what new material was featured in this recent release.

Individual Review:

flOw: http://www.projectcoe.com/sony/games/flow.html?var1=sc3

flower: http://www.projectcoe.com/sony/games/flower.html?var1=sc3

Journey: http://www.projectcoe.com/2012/03/14/journey-review/

thatgamecompany has become one of the premiere indie studios out there, and no matter how big the studio becomes in the future, people will always remember that it was these three PlayStation exclusives that put them on the map.  They’ve grown by leaps and bounds with each new offering, and I’m positive they have a very bright future ahead of them.

This collection features some of the very best videogames currently available for download from the PlayStation Store.  While flOw might now have aged quite as well as the others, it was a truly unique experience.  Swim around using the Sixaxis controller, eating smaller creatures so that you could grow and move on to the next unique environment.  flower was unlike anything I had ever played before, and can barely be described in words.  It’s a moving piece of art and must be played to fully appreciate how it works.  Finally, there’s Journey, which in my opinion is the very best piece of software on the PlayStation Store.  It’s the one game you have to play, even if you ignore all the others here.  This compilation comes in at $29.99, which is a steal for these three gems.

The compilation also includes three completely original mini-games from thatgamecompany, which are all truly unique, although pale in comparison to their larger games.  The three soundtracks are also included, concept art galleries, exclusive documentary, game commentaries, PSN avatars and much more.  Given the asking prices, virtually everyone should pick this one up.

Final Say:

thatgamecompany is a superb studio, and it’s a real shame their exclusive contract is up because these three games show the power of Sony’s publishing arm.  They really know talent when they see it, and help take an unknown into superstardom.  This compilation is a testament to the power of creativity, and given all the extra bonus content and superb pricing, make it a game I can recommend over and over again with ease.

Score: 9/10

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