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Posted By SSully

Just want to say 3 years later this review still holds true. Really conveyed the game perfectly, Alex.

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Edited By Kohe321

One of the best written and accurate reviews I've ever read. Alex is a seriously good writer!

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Posted By thehuntsmen5434

Just finished it 20 minutes ago. Man......... no words. Simply extraordinary, I never thought such a simple game could convey so much emotion through so little. Its something movies can't even achieve because your a part of the experience, everything you go through, YOU do. Not a character in a screen play.

Brilliant

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Posted By emem

I finished it about an hour ago and I totally agree with the review.  
 
The way the sand looks in some of the levels... it's hard to believe a game can look so beautiful on a console. I would kill a racc... let's say "chicken" with my bear hands in order to get a 1080p version.

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Posted By Noct

Good review as usual from Alex, but he made an error in there....

" No, they don’t just drop in out of thin air. It’s more like you’ll turn a corner, and suddenly they’ll be standing there. Or you’ll jump off a ledge, and they’ll be waiting for you at the bottom. It’s a completely seamless transition."

That is just completely untrue. I'm thinking there's a tree falling in the woods thing going on here, because if you are there to see it, they in fact LITERALLY "drop in out of thin air"; I just saw it last night myself.

I was walking over a dune, and a dude quite literally popped into existance standing next to me. I'm not suggesting it was chaotic or wierd or anything, but this idea that they are just "there" is not true, it's a perception.

Regardless though, outstdnaing game; one of the best I've ever played frankly.

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Posted By vinster345

Excellently written review and for those that are finding this incredible experience with the game, I'm glad it's really being enjoyed by them.

Sadly, it's not a game for me and wish I had the time back again. It all felt a bit emperor's new clothes and I'm sure I will be told that I don't "get it", and those people will be right.

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Posted By Boopie

very good interesting game but not 5 star worthy while it plays with your emotions it seems like so many other "evocative" games to be chasing the emotions Panzer Dragoon 1 and 2 created on the Saturn without breaking new ground and the co-op is meaningless 15 dollars is too much for what it offers perhaps seven dollars tops wait for the sale

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Posted By Scodiac

I had an amazing time with this game. Loved it.

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Posted By StealthRaptor

I wish that Jenova Chen made every game.

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Posted By asmo29a

I'm somewhat surprised by so many people saying the played through almost the entire thing with a single companion. I thought I met three or four different dudes on my first journey and got presented with eight different PSN names at the end, so I figured it changed companions at every area transition or something. Because I never really got seperated from a companion with maybe one exception.

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Posted By jacksukeru

I just played it, it was pretty frikkin' magical. I spent every moment, except the very beginning, with a companion.

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Posted By dvorak

This game is an experience unto itself. Played through the whole thing with a total stranger, and it truly was one of the greatest moments in my gaming life. I cared so much about my fellow traveler, and I never said a word to him, or knew his name until the end.

Truly something special.

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Posted By ViktorWithAK

Wow, I just finished my first play through and it was amazing, I had a great partner and we stuck together the entire time. My GOTY so far.

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Posted By aceofspudz

It was amazing.

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Posted By WinterSnowblind

There's really not much you can say about the game, without ruining the experience for others..

But wow, what an incredible game.

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Edited By Grulet

Hoooly shite. What an amazing game this was/is. I've played some great looking games on PS3, but on the visual-side, this one beats them *easily*. A magical experience, if one might use such a cliched expression. I'm also with Jeff 'bout what he said in the latest podcast. I ventured with the same person (or so I assumed at least, after finishing the game, I seemed to have met five people in total, but I'd like to think it was the same guy!) for a good while and then I lost him at a certain part. First time a "disconnect" of another person has felt that bad!

Think I might start my second playthrough tomorrow night.

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Edited By EthanielRain

@Grognard66 said:

Looks good, but I'll wait until it drops to $7.50 as part of a future PS+ promotion. $15 for less than 2 hours of gameplay is not a good value proposition.

Funny how so many people went ballistic when XBLA games gradually increased from $5-10 to $10-15 for 5-10 hour games and are now perfectly fine with $15 for less than 2 hours. I guess we've all been conditioned to accept paying more to get less.

Chicken is cheap, but sometimes you gotta treat yourself and buy a nice steak. Journey is a Michelin 3-star Wagyu :O)

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Posted By rolento

Easily my favorite review of yours, Alex, great job.

And the game is outstanding. I keep forcing myself to not marathon it all in a single sitting.

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Posted By bodine1231

I never thought I'd see the day when a video game would make me tear up,but this one did. EASILY in my all time Top 5.

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Posted By Carlos1408

I'm gonna have to check this out when I get back home for easter.

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Posted By Tidel

@damswedon: I almost didn't, for the same reason, but I just loved the world and the vibe and the mechanics so much. I loved the feel of surfing on sand dunes, and I wanted more. And when I was drawn back in by those things, each time (seven, now) has had something different to say to me -- I've gone from novice to guide, which is cool. I never went in looking for the same experience, which I think is key. I just felt like there was more for me there.

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Posted By damswedon

@Tidel said:

My first playthrough was remarkable, but my fifth playthrough was transcendent.

I can appreciate people looking at this game as a '2 hour' experience, but the online -- and all the hidden things -- keeps me coming back again and again. Last night I met another traveler and we had this instant play-chemistry -- we spent the entire game together, and we barely ever touched the ground. We just... flew. It was really beautiful.

Great review, Alex, and great, great game.

Your reason for why you want to play it over and over again is the same reason why I will never play it again. My first playthrough was, as corny as this sounds, kinda magical and I never want to try and get that experience again.

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Posted By enYallione

The review makes me think of The Path. Is there any justified comparisons between these two games?

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Posted By slyspider

Just finished it a few min ago... Holy shit. Might take Persona 3's slot as favorite game of all time. The multiplayer is freaking awesome

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Posted By Nettacki

Sounds like Dear Esther, but less pretentious. Me likey. And I LOVED Flower BTW.

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Posted By MachoFantastico

Played through it... breathtaking and beautiful.

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Posted By DiZdain

This is an excellent review for an unbelievably great game. I cannot recommend this game more; it simply isn't an experience that deserves to be missed.

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Posted By Terranova

Great review Alex i totally agree with all that you said in it, journey is an awesome experience that's what your paying for and it's an experience unlike any other i have had in my 30+ years of gaming, it's so simple and feels so right even more so when another person joins you, as cliched as it may sound it really is a journey of sorts.

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Posted By MacEG

GIVE US BACK REAL ALEX.

Also, great review.

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Posted By DukesT3

Can I saw a dude in half??!

NO!?

fuck this game.

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Posted By prestonhedges

It’s not meant to be played once and then abandoned. And while yes, the mechanics of it are quite simple, there is no reason you should even be thinking about those sorts of things while playing.

Thanks for telling me what I should be thinking, Alex.

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Posted By kennybaese

I'm excited to play this. I loves flower (I never did get around to flOw) so I'm sure I'll enjoy this as well.

Good review, Alex.

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Posted By Aarny91

I need this game.

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Posted By Ceno

Fantastic review, Alex, and right on every single count.

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Posted By Tidel

My first playthrough was remarkable, but my fifth playthrough was transcendent.

I can appreciate people looking at this game as a '2 hour' experience, but the online -- and all the hidden things -- keeps me coming back again and again. Last night I met another traveler and we had this instant play-chemistry -- we spent the entire game together, and we barely ever touched the ground. We just... flew. It was really beautiful.

Great review, Alex, and great, great game.

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Edited By Tebbit

For a game that I would be inclined to say nothing more about than "Describing my experience will only be a detriment to your experience, just go and play it", you managed to describe exactly the right parts, without tarnishing the very personal and specific essence that makes Journey such a powerful piece of interactive entertainment.

Boy, that sounded wanky.

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Posted By Addfwyn

@kishinfoulux: No, you're not. The reason people can't really say more is that it'd dull the [fairly significant] impact of playing through totally fresh you're first time. Saying you 'just wander around the desert' isn't particular accurate though.

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Posted By Grognard66

Looks good, but I'll wait until it drops to $7.50 as part of a future PS+ promotion. $15 for less than 2 hours of gameplay is not a good value proposition.

Funny how so many people went ballistic when XBLA games gradually increased from $5-10 to $10-15 for 5-10 hour games and are now perfectly fine with $15 for less than 2 hours. I guess we've all been conditioned to accept paying more to get less.

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Posted By MachoFantastico

Just bought it so excited to check it out, very much enjoyed Flower.

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Posted By noisyturtle

This feels much more like a game then their previous games. Communicating with chirps and blongs was also a nice way to single your location or convey excitement at something that happened. The fact that you play anonymously, I actually felt closer to the people I was playing with then people whos' gamer tag I can see. Like sharing a mystery. Here's hoping thatgamecompany's next game is multiplatform and builds further upon the innovation and wonder they showed with Journey.

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Posted By Winternet

You really went for it, Alex. It's probably the longest review here on Giant Bomb. And for one of the shortest games. That's kind of ironic.

Anyway, great review Alex. You really spend some time on this one.

Now, if only this bad boy would come to the PC. Paying 400 bucks for this, seems insane.

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Posted By Raven10

I bought a PSN Plus account just to play this game over the weekend and I have to say that it was among the best decisions I have ever made concerning a game purchase. You know a game is good when Alex calls it a masterpiece and I agree with him entirely. One of the best games I have ever played.

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Posted By gunslingerNZ

@siaynoq said:

Man, you can tell PS3 is so proud of this game it will never be on PC. I'm so, so sad.

Hopefully it does but the 360 would be a better place for it than the PC I think. This game really needs to be played with a controller, a big screen and non-distracting lighting. I don't think you could become as engrossed in it sitting in a desk chair.

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Posted By gunslingerNZ

Alex, supremely well written review as ever. I look forward to your reviews above all others on the site.

Journey certainly is an amazing game. I'm only about halfway through but I actually felt really bad having to leave my travelling companion to continue on their own, can't say that about a lot of the more involved co-operative games out there.

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Posted By zFUBARz

I have to agree with everything Alex said, the game is stunning in every regard, by the end I was so emotionally involved I honestly felt like I'd known my companion for a lifetime and was glad to be together to face our future together.

Fuck me sideways I really have no words to describe the game, and any I use would just pale in comparison to experiencing them yourself. Every human being should give journey a shot, if I had to choose between eating for a day and playing the game I would be hard pressed not to pick up the controller.

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Posted By Enigma777

Just finished it and couldnt agree more with this. It's like Limbo, but good.

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Posted By Sticky_Pennies

I'm glad you finally got an awesome game to review, Alex. (:

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Posted By siaynoq

Man, you can tell PS3 is so proud of this game it will never be on PC. I'm so, so sad.