Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry


Today, on the recommendation of many people, we played Journey. What a gorgeous little game. Definitely recommended, although it was over too soon. Beautiful artwork, perfect music (the soundtrack was only $5 on iTunes, making it an instant buy), and it was often exhilarating. I enjoyed the little bit of multi-player, too.

Over on Tumblr, [personal profile] vieralynn asked me what my favorite part of the game was, and I had a hard time narrowing it down. The art? The atmosphere (to which the music was a perfect contribution)? The simplicity of gameplay? The sense that we are seeing the postscript to longer, older story, but this piece is all that we are ever going to get? A little bit of all of those, I suppose.

I feel like I want to talk about this game with people, but I’m not sure how to start a conversation about it. It seems almost too easy to suggest that the game is a metaphor for the cycle of life, but it’s just sitting right there, waiting for me. A trek through the desert, solving puzzles that you can do by yourself but are much easier if you have a little help, and then you die and are resurrected into a beautiful new place, where you can fly through the air almost with impunity — and then after passing through a mysterious door, you go back to the beginning. Maybe I should look for something beyond the obvious interpretation, but that seems pretty obvious.

If other people have thoughts, I would love to talk about them. And if you don't have thoughts because you haven't played it (and you have access to a PS3), then seriously, go play. It's a short game, and I'm already looking forward to experiencing it again.

This entry is also posted at http://owlmoose.dreamwidth.org/619808.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments on DW.



Feb. 12th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
I played it last summer and absolutely loved everything about it - and I'm not usually a fan of any kind of co-op except with friends, which I get to do very rarely (ME3 is the exception so far). I also immediately bought the soundtrack. It's won a whole slew of awards including quite a few GOTY, I believe (and a Grammy!). I haven't yet played it again but I definitely will be doing so, though I think the first time will always be the most special.

I'm glad I went for it because I'm usually very wary/put off by things that are massively overhyped by everybody, though sometimes it steers me right (Harry Potter, Mass Effect).

Latest Month

April 2017


Page Summary

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner