By Baillie 26 Comments
I know I am late to the party in finally getting around to playing, and completing, Journey and Saints Row: The Third, but after doing so I fail to see the hype. Both of which are GOTY contenders for their respective years and I am struggling to see how that appears to be the general consensus.
I played Saints Row when it came out, had a few missions and found it boring. I felt as though the driving had went back a step from other games in the genre and is what caused me to stop playing it - well that and my friend who I started the co-op with never being on. I recently decided to pop it back in my console and see what the fuss was all about, I mean I had been told I 'should play this game', several times. I feel as though the game has a pretty awful story, I guess the franchise always has, but man. Everything is so forced it's quite cringe-inducing. I know that's basically the point, so I don't know. I like comedy in games, but this had few chortling moments. The gameplay I thought was way too bland and too easy to make it feel... rewarding to play? I don't know if that makes sense, but whatever. I just blew through the game with ease, and ended up being superman by the end of it. Excellent. Nothing more fun than zero challenge.
When I saw Journey, I thought it looked gorgeous. Then I started walking forward, sliding down sand dunes, making noises and... well. That's all I done, then the game ended. Oh, I also kind of jumped and floated a bunch. I guess you're thinking that I just totally didn't get it. I did, I pretty much took it as a metaphor for life, or the road to heaven. I haven't made my mind up, and I probably won't. I thought the gameplay was pretty fun the time I had with it, I just kind of fail to see what makes it so special.
Anyway, I guess I'm out of touch, or cynical. Who knows. Do you think I'm an idiot?