On Tuesday, the latest game from thatgamecompany was released on the PlayStation Network. They’re known for making games that exist outside of the norm as far as video games go, and Journey fits that mold quite comfortably. There is no plot exposition, there is minimal explanation of how to play, you’re just dropped into a desert world with a mountain looming in the distance. Along your journey, you will meet other players randomly. You can choose to journey with them or go it alone. You can’t talk to them or communicate with them in any traditional ways; you can’t even see what their PSN id is. The only way to interact with them is to chirp at them with a button press.
It’s easily the most stunning game I’ve played in a very long time. I think that if you have a PS3 and the means to purchase games online, you should buy and play this game. While everyone else is playing Mass Effect 3 and whatever else that people are praising as being amazing or some sort of benchmark in gaming, you can be playing something that truly does something new and innovative with video games. Something that isn’t a toy. Something that is an experience.
Video games are more popular than ever, and it’s unfortunate that everyone is obsessed with military shooters and recycling the same ideas that have been around since the dawn of PC’s. If people were more comfortable with some variety in their video game diets, we might have more than one developer making games like this. Right now, I have to wait for the next thatgamecompany release, or pray for Team Ico to finish The Last Guardian before it is silently canned.
Buy Journey. You’ve had your Die Hard, you’ve had your Black Hawk Down, you’ve had your Lord of the Rings… Have something new.