Journey — guest ps3 game review
Posted on March 8, 2012 by Chris Nelson
Hey all. I just received this review of the upcoming PS3 game, Journey, from my good friend Craig. Somf of you might remember his reviews of Reign Over Me, Star Trek, and Knocked Up. This is Craig’s first game review, and it’s a good one! Read on to find out his take on Journey
If you haven’t heard about thatgamecompany, you will now. I heard great things about their previous offerings: Flow and Flower. After playing Journey, I certainly will go back to their earlier offerings. Journey goes beyond anything that I’ve experienced in my life. It is simply beautiful and stunning. The visuals, music and subtle task of reaching a light source all blend into one package that will surely top “best-of” for years to come. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s mentioned in the same breath as Shadow of the Colossus or Limbo. Nor would I be surprised to find in a museum for artistry.
My brother saw me playing Journey. It was quite obvious I was not playing my First-Person Shooter as the type of facial expressions displayed were not of that sort. I told him he could play after me since he didn’t have early access as a Playstation Plus member would. I couldn’t put down the game – save for highlights on Messi’s godlike performance of 5 goals in a Champions League match. Yes, it’s short. I’m not a great gamer but I finished relatively quickly compared to most big budget titles. However, what that length lacks, the rest of the game makes up for in great numbers. I wouldn’t change anything- even the length. It’s recognition of gluing nature and clever patterns to deliver the player through stages was well-executed and hugely impressionable on me. There were a lot of moments where I wanted to take photographic memories of what I was witnessing. Granted, there was a few anti-aliasing problems, but that is absolutely not the developers’ fault and no way a big part of the game. The music is cohesive to the experience.
I’d recommend Journey to anyone who will appreciate a highly visual and emotional journey that is as surprising as a jack-in-a-box. $15 is well spent and I look forward to seeing future titles from thatgamecompany. If I could compare this game to a movie, I would make it comparable to Wall-E. Pixar has that great touch of evoking emotion without literally saying anything. Journey has that touch and that is exactly why you shouldn’t miss this one.
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