Game Name: Journey
Publisher(s): Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date(s): March 13, 2012 (PS3)/July 21, 2015 (PS4)
ESRB Rating: E10+
The desert is vast and the mountain is far. A robed figure in the desert see the mountain as the goal and the journey will cross the vast terrain. The journey isn’t safe and threats of monstrous stone creatures could stop the attempts to reach the goal. Throughout the adventure the secrets of the trip are revealed along with help from strangers…the mountain is calling you home.
Developed by Thatgamecompany and published by Sony, Journey is a game first available on the PlayStation Network for download on March 13, 2012. The game was released to rave reviews and awards for the visionary look and gameplay. The game (paired with Flower and Flow also by Thatgamecompany) was released for retail purchase on August 28, 2012 and available for the PS4 in 2015.
You can’t look at Journey and not be impressed. The visuals are simple, but there is a magical nature to the game’s look. The look alone is worth playing Journey…but it also has really compelling and unique gameplay.
Don’t go into Journey for a challenge. The game is a short play at a few hours (at most) and the character really can’t die. By not worrying about these factors of the game, the player is allowed to focus on the visuals…which you feel a part of as you play.
The game features a multiplayer aspect. The online play of the game allows you to encounter and join other players. Unlike a normal game where you can communicate through texts or microphones, there is no way to communicate with other Journey players directly. This adds to the mystery of the game and playing the game with another player is fun but not necessary.
Primarily, Journey is all about the look and feel of the game. Entering the game for the first time can be a little intimidating. The land looks pretty vast and you aren’t aware of what you are really doing. It is easy to catch on to the gameplay and then you can immerse yourself in the lush world which stretches from deserts, to caves, to an icy mountain…it is a feast for the eyes.
Journey is a completely unique game. One again, I must stress that Journey isn’t a challenging game and not to spend a ton of money on it since it is rather short. Instead, buy Journey and go into it blind. You will be surprised how easily you fall into the strange and magical world. It isn’t about the game, it’s about the journey.