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Expert Score
9.9

Journey Review

Thatgamecompany’s latest title is an unadulterated work of art.

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Conclusion

The experience of Journey is best described as dining at a fine restaurant: you pay a little extra, leave without feeling full, but taste the most delicious morsels of food along the way. If you'll pardon our silly metaphor, Journey is a delicious morsel of gaming.

A whimsical, emotional experience awaits you in this download. Technological, musical, and conceptual brilliance come together and provide two hours of gripping gameplay that's unique from anything else. We reserve special praise for the adaptive orchestral score and the beautiful, consistent art design which, frankly, we can't believe is successfully pulled off in real time.

We were initially skeptical of Journey's multiplayer component, and for a few minutes wished it had been omitted. Our mistake. The game's speechless interactions evoked more real life companionship than months of Call of Duty could, and we have a feeling more than a few friend requests were sent out between formerly cloaked adventurers.

The $15 price tag is the game's biggest flaw. That's a lot to ask for a two hour game, especially one that—although excellent—isn't quite as tight and perfect as Flower was. Still, nobody ever complains about dining in the second-best restaurant in the world. Journey is almost certainly worth your time, but those on the fence will want to check out the demo first, or purchase the upcoming Journey Collector's Edition, which includes flOw and Flower for only $30. But at the very least, get off the internet to avoid spoiling this amazing experience.

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Sections

  1. Page
  2. Gameplay
  3. Storytelling
  4. Graphics & Atmosphere
  5. Multiplayer
  6. Conclusion
  7. Photo Gallery
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