journey
Metacritic: 92/100
Release: Mar 2012
Reviewed on: PS3

Journey

Site Score
8.5
Good: Artistic – Join other peoples adventures
Bad: Short for the cost
User Score
9.2
(6 votes)
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Journey is a PlayStation exclusive title that is mysterious, moving and impressive. Playing as a robed figure in the vast desert sands you’ll strive to reach the mountain far off in the distance while encountering other players without a single piece of dialogue.

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The game is all about the journey with a reasonable amount of story woven into this adventure which is all told without the use of words, instead relying on the things you discover through gameplay and a number of cutscenes. Players start surrounded by sand dunes which gives the impression of a far reaching desert in all directions. You’re only clue as to the direction you must head is the looming mountain in the distance that almost calls to players with its glow.

Playing as a robed figure you head in the direction of this mysterious mountain at which point the sand begins to wash away and leaves you with the story behind the world such as the remnants of a clearly once thriving civilization. With each new remnant you find you’ll discover stones that give players a glimpse of a robed white figure in a painted room that features the rise and fall of the civilization you’re slowly discovering.

The journey also requires some avoidance in addition to this discovery though with players encountering ancient automations that still roam the desolate land seeking intruders. Eventually players will reach the mountain which hides a large city at its base where your journey reaches its climatic end.

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Based on the above you can see that gameplay is fairly minimal with players able to control their characters direction, perform a jump or emit a short sound. Players can al expand and expend the length of their scarf throughout the game. The most notable gameplay element though is the way players will temporarily appear in each others game, potentially giving clues or simply a travel companion.

Journey is indeed a mesmerising experience albeit a short one. It is worth experiencing especially if you have an appreciation for the artistic side of game design.

Summary:

  • A wordless adventure through the sand dunes of a lost civilization.
  • Join other players games and adventure together.
  • Reach the mountain and discover the vast city.
  • A PlayStation exclusive game.
  • ~3hrs of exploration and gameplay.

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Journey, 9.2 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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