Jun. 20th, 2012

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So this morning I finished playing the game Journey, and it's probably one of the best games I've ever played.

► Storyline: Because there is no dialogue, you have to figure out the story for yourself at the cutscenes. And even then, you don't realize what they have to do with you and your quest until the 4th or 5th cutscene. The focus is on your exploring, the literal journey, not the end point. You don't even think about the ending until you get to the last cutscene.

► Graphics: Stunning. Like, 5000/10, everyone should get on this level kind of graphics. The shimmering sand is so amazing it almost seems like water at times and your character's cloak looks so real you could reach in and feel it. Everything is fluid and every pixel has a purpose. Just amazing. And since you can control the camera, you can zoom in on stuff or pan out to get the full panoramic view of the place, and it's really breathtaking at some times. I was so impressed by it I NEED TO STOP TALKING ABOUT IT LMFAO!!

► Music: I'm currently looking for a download because I want it on my ipod for me to listen to over and over again it was that good. Between that and the graphics it set the atmosphere of the game up perfectly. You get totally immersed in the world.

► Gameplay: The system itself is really simple, you can do three things: walk, fly/jump, or call. You can't die in game because there aren't any enemies (well except at the VERY end but that's not important), and there isn't anything else to do but explore and solve the puzzles. Somehow, that still manages to be entertaining. The visuals&music help distract you from when you're walking through a desert for long periods of time going from point a to point b. There is also a mechanic where if you are online, and other people online are playing Journey, you start playing it together. So if you are playing and all of the sudden there is a random second person with you, THAT'S WHY LMFAO! It's not the computer. Again, this is something the game doesn't tell you about, so if you don't know it kinda sucks.

► Length: The game is about 2 hours long (3 if you do a LOT of exploring, 1 if you rush through it), and I'm not sure if that's a bad thing. I think if it was much longer the game would feel like it was dragging, but with this it felt like just enough of the game. As much as I would've loved it to be longer so I could've enjoyed it more, its probably better this way because you can replay it over and over and never really get bored of it. The game is also pretty freaking easy so that helps the replay value too. Don't have to worry about having to overcome some hideous challenge to finish the game again.

► Overall: You can't go wrong with this game. Unless you are only capable of playing first person shooters with blood and guts everywhere or real-time strategy games with tons and tons of complicated features, BUY IT. So far I think it's only on the PS3, but hopefully it should be released onto other platforms later. 9.5/10 would play again.

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