Throwback Thursday Review – Journey (PS3)

I purchased this game after hearing so many good things about it. I mean seriously so much praise for one simple game? It couldn’t be. So I had to check things out for myself and see what all the fuss was about with this game. After playing here’s what I thought about Journey.

In Journey you play as a hooded figure who is well…for lack of better words, on a journey. Throughout this journey you’ll collect scarf fragments that make this journey a little easier, but beware because you can also lose them throughout the game and it makes things a little more difficult. The whole journey won’t be easy there will be some ups and downs and then eventually you’ll reach your destination.

Kudos: I just want to mention how blown away I am by this game. I have never ever seen a game that represents life so well. There are ups and downs and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but in the end you reach your overall goal. I’m not a spiritual or religious person at all, but this game made me feel things.

This is one of those games that when I decide to play it, I play it straight through. It doesn’t take that much time to play, but it gets the point across. You have to play this game more then once though. Not to get trophies, but just for the experience. I also have to say that while I’m known to cry during games, yes I shed a tear here and there and it shows that I’m still human, this game had me sobbing at some points. It doesn’t happen very often, but I like to think that when it does it means that the game made me feel something and not a lot of games can do that.

This game is super simple and it’s not about how fast you can run or how high you can jump, it’s just about making your way through each different area and discovering different things and completing your characters journey. Don’t rush through this game though and discard it. Sit down at the reflection areas, really take into account what’s going on around you. Are there other people around on their journey? Are you alone? Really take the time to figure these things out instead of making this game just about walking around and finding new scarf pieces.

The graphics for this game are simply stunning. There isn’t really anything fancy about them, but they fit the game and it’s one of the things that makes this game so beautiful. Each area is nicely done and it makes you actually feel like you’re right there in the game.

While there are 14 trophies for this game, do not play this game for the trophies. If that’s the only reason why you want to play this game then seriously skip it. This game is not about the trophies, it’s one of the games that I would even play if it didn’t have trophies.

Everyone knows that I rejoice when there’s no multiplayer, but I have to say that for this game I absolutely love the multiplayer. What makes the multiplayer for this game great is that you don’t know who you’re playing with until the very end of the game when the credits roll by. You could meet up with some random people who you won’t even judge because you can’t see their name. It doesn’t matter if they have a funny or stupid PSN ID because you won’t even know it. You can choose to join them or not, the choice is yours and the only way to communicate is through your characters. There’s really no other interaction. I don’t have someone messaging me half way through the game with some nasty message or begging me to give them some in game item that they absolutely need. It’s just simple with no drama.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Simple but amazing story that will make you think about things.
+ Game runs smoothly and is easy to play since it’s mostly about the story.
+ Stunning graphics that make this game even more beautiful.
+ Nice way to incorporate multiplayer into the game without making it feel like it’s forced.

What’s Not So Great:
Not one thing. This game is just awesome.

If you haven’t played this game, then why the hell not? Seriously, this is one of those games that you just have to say that you played. This is truly an amazing game that will make you think and feel things and it’s a game that you can’t miss.

So let’s see what’s in store for next week’s Throwback Thursday. Ah, my first non-platinum PS4 game, Contrast. I was super excited for this little game when I first seen it debut and I couldn’t wait to play it. The game in it’s own way seemed new and fresh. I’ll let you know next week if it lived up to my expectations.

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