Ok, I know I am late to this one but I recently played Journey by thatgamecompany in one sitting and lets just say, I'm speechless. This game was such a joy to play. It was relaxing but yet still engaging enough to hold my attention from beginning to end. I know this game has been praised over and over for many reasons, but I just needed to write down how my journey played out.
Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe this game. My favorite part in terms of beauty was surfing down on the sand through an ancient city. Suddenly the camera adjusts to the side and as I am gliding from right to left, the sun is setting behind the mountain in which I am journeying towards. The lighting and atmosphere was perfect. For a moment I did not have to control or steer my character in the right direction but instead admire the ruins of this city through a soft orange glow. Even the sand seemed to sparkle in the sun. I just felt, happy.
Such a nice change in pace from the ever abundant action/shooter/explosions/adventure games. This game felt like a piece of art. No. This game IS art. Every level, no matter where I turned, felt like a painting. The amount of detail that the developers spent in art and atmosphere of the game truly paid off.
In one section of the game, I felt that having a partner to journey with made the experience more memorable It was a blizzard, and just walking was difficult. Our scarves were torn, other cloth creatures were hiding, visibility was zero, and the uphill climb was steep. At one point there is no sound but the wind and you watch your character climb slower and slower. Struggling with another player felt like enduring a hardship with someone. As if we had a bond, even with no spoken words.