More Reviews
REVIEWS DRAGON: A Game About a Dragon Review
Sporting stylish hand-drawn visuals, offbeat humor, and retro gameplay, this Medieval fantasy game eschews violence in favor of adolescent behavior.

The Evil Within: The Consequence Review
Juli Kidman faces her fears in a terrifying finale.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty
Release date: Out Now

Farming Simulator 15
Release date: 05/01/15


LATEST FEATURES Top 10 Characters That Would Make Great DLC for Mortal Kombat X
What characters could survive a guest appearance in MKX? Here's a hint: Clowns are pretty evil.

5 Games Marvel Could Create With Telltale
Nick Tan and Jessica Vazquez brainstorm what Marvel could do in its announced collaboration with Telltale.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP UrbanMasque
The Joys of RPing
By UrbanMasque
Posted on 04/24/15
As some of you probably know I work with Corsair to help cover their gaming product launches and create content around their gaming-event based video coverage. Recently, I was asked by Corsair to participate in one of their Throwback Thursday Gaming Videos which basically interviews current...

Why Journey Is Still The Best Game Of 2012 (So Far)

Posted on Wednesday, July 25 @ 10:00:00 Eastern by

Journey is still my game of the year. It had some challengers, to be sure. Max Payne 3, Dragon's Dogma, and even Ghost Recon: Future Soldier were contenders. Mass Effect 3 has come and gone, and yet I still think more fondly of Journey, though that might not because of the game so much as the "fans".

But why? What makes thatgamecompany so special? What makes the little red-hooded figure so memorable?

Here's why Journey is fantastic, more so than other games released in 2012 so far:


Noisemaker


You can be quite the little chatterbox in Journey. What starts out as a fun, little gimmick quickly turns into an annoyance and then a tool. We'll see more of that later, but right now, think about the way Journey presents itself to the player. There's very little conveyed to you directly throughout the game.

What's more, absolutely nothing is written out for you. Even the initial control instructions use images to teach the player. Still, Journey speaks volumes through its themes and the way players interact with the world. In effect, giving the player only one means of communication and having it be a curt, musical whistle encourage the player to speak with actions rather than words, much like the narrative itself.


Environmental


I'm reminded of Batman: Arkham City when I take in Journey's environmentsnot in the style but the way they invite you in for closer inspection. My natural inclination as a player is to GOGOGOGO, but Journy makes me want to investigate every nook and cranny.

In Journey, my curiosity leads me into the building, if only to explore the space and see what the view is like. In the clip above you can see that I could certainly dive right in, but what if there's something in there? I have to find out!


Momentary

Journey's moment-to-moment gameplay is seamless. The collectibles are rewarding in the gameplay, so they have an impact on your world outside of a statistic. The story doesn't interrupt the action for long and plays out in between jumping puzzles as a reward for your mini-accomplishment.

That might sound silly to some. You don't need to be rewarded every step of the way. But it's this methodology that has made games like Call of Duty such a success and Journey certainly implements the idea less obviously than other games before it.

Next page: music, multiplayer, more.

Related Games:   Journey
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

comments powered by Disqus




More On GameRevolution