Journey is a new game that has been released on the PSN. For PlayStation+ members they have had access to the game since the 7th of March, but it will be released for everyone on the 13th. It is from ThatGameCompany, the creators of Flow and Flower for the PS3. It will cost you $15 and will take you roughly 4-5 hours to beat. It is a co-op game, but there is a twist because you don’t get to pick who you play with and you won’t be able to communicate beyond the chimes of the character you play.
Journey is a very simple, yet beautiful game. The only controls you have are movement, song, and jump. It is in its simplicity that the game thrives on. The few commands allow players to enjoy the game without losing focus on the outstanding graphics and beautiful score. The graphics aren’t going to impress you by the shear power of it, but Journey does is create a world that is a feast on your eyes. The desolate world and shattered ruins provide a visual marvel that will not soon be forgotten. The score is impressive as well. The music chimes in at the right moments making the experience a treat for all the senses. The music can be intense, depressing, and inspiring. The story is simple and I won’t spoil it for you, but it can pull you in as you figure out what happened to the world you are in. The ending is absolutely brilliant and it is something that you will have to experience for yourself.
Reviewing this game is well, difficult for me. Most reviewers have given the game high marks and I can agree with them. This game is great, however, the biggest question I feel that wasn’t answered in the reviews I read was: Is this worth $15? The simple answer is, no. I feel really bad for saying that because as I gamer I don’t want to tell people to miss one of the best feeling arcade games of all time, but I don’t feel like I got my money’s worth out of it. The length is a bit short and the game itself has low replay value to it. There is no difficulty changes and the co-op is limited in a way that makes it difficult to play with your friends. The only reason I feel that it is even priced at $15 is the rising cost of DLC and the fact that this is a PS3 exclusive, which means they will have to rely on price instead of numbers. If you have a lot of money to spend, then by all means buy this game, but if you are a gamer on a budget, like myself, I would wait for a sale or the price drop that will come later this year.