Journey Beta Impressions
A breathtakingly beautiful experience.
Coming out of E3 2011 Journey was one of my most anticipated titles of the year. thatgamecompany always strives to create experiences that are so unique and yet so simple at the same time. Whether be it Flower or Flow, thatgamecompany continued to surprise us in regards to how you approach game development. Journey is their new title set to be released by the end of the year. I managed to get a hands on the beta and to say the least Journey presents a one of a kind experience.
Journey starts quite differently than most current games. It doesn’t introduce you to the world through countless lines of text or a series of cut scenes. Instead it gives you the controller and bets on your instincts to build the story based on your interactions with the world. You start off as a traveler in the desert that notices a large mountain in the vast distance. Logically, as anyone would do, you instinctively try to head to the direction of the mountain to see what lies within. On your way towards the mountain you go through a series of areas that require you to solve a set of puzzles in order to progress forward.
Although the world of journey is quite vast and lonely, the game does not let you travel completely on your own. Each time you log in you can meet another traveler , similar to yourself. You don’t know who the person you met is , where is he around the globe, or even what his ID is. All you know is that this person is trying to accomplish the same task as you. You can choose to cooperate together to solve puzzles or if you don’t feel like it you can even choose to ignore them. The only way of communication between you and the traveler you met is through a press of button that creates a sound. You utilize this simple way of interaction to cooperate with your fellow traveler in order to solve the variety of puzzles in the game.
Although I was excited about Journey a while back, my excitement for the game has increased tenfold after playing it. The world is beautiful, the concept is unique, and the multiplayer aspect is something fresh and so different from anything I have ever got my hands on. Keep an eye on Journey because its one title that you don’t want to miss this year.