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Last night, I played Journey for the first time. (No spoilers below, don't worry! I encourage commenters not to be spoilish either!)

I think around the second stage, I met another person, and we played through the game all the way to the end. Despite having known the game was designed around random meetings with other people online, I always thought it'd just be kind of  hindrance or possibly annoying to have someone else mucking around in my lonely desert toilings.

'Davideogamer'! If you are out there somewhere, I hope you realize you made what would have been an awesome game experience into a FREAKING UNBELIEVABLE ONE.

To ANYONE who plays Journey on the PS3.. I hope that your first run through is met with another traveler, because you would not believe the sort of experience the whole thing evolves into. In many ways, it does this without you even realizing it. I could wax poetic about it for a paragraph but like many reviews I read about it on the net, I concur, the less said about the game to those who haven't played it, the better.

I mean the game would have been very cool alone but.. oh man.

Like I said in my last journal. It's a great year to be a gamer. Journey was amazing. That is all.
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RottenAvocado Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I knew nothing of the game when I bought it, and the whole time during my first play through I was trying to figure out if I was playing with a smart NPC or another player that connected to me. When the credits rolled around and it said "Player(s) you met along the way" I was like o____O
ThatGameCompany rocks. Their games are art.
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painted-wren Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I very much agree! Gorgeous environment, loved the soundtrack, and the multiplayer feature was very enjoyable. During my first playthrough, I met someone in the second stage who was also new to the game. Neither of us knew what to expect, but we powered through and finished the rest of the puzzles and chapters together. I accidentally fell back during the ending stage and took my time finishing it, and when I finally made it, I saw that my buddy had been waiting for me. I'm sorry that I skipped out on the credits and never found out who my companion was. So whoever you are, thank you so much! <3
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HotPinkSexFiend Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agh, I'm so jealous! I want to play that game soooooo badly, but I don't even have a PS3 yet! :iconlazycryplz:

I think by the time I get to it, I might get people who've played it already or a possible troll. >_<
But I can't say yet.
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JohnYiannacopoulos Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Fanart or it didn't happen.
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JohnYiannacopoulos Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
fanart.
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EccentricallyAlive Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds like a rather exciting game..... can't say I've ever heard about it before, but may have to do a bit of research (research, of course being googling "Journey video game" and clicking on the first thing I see).
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Grim-Aces Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just started Journey tonight, meet another player, the game UNBELIEVABLE!!! Have to work tomorrow so I signed out, now I am going to bed sadden that I had to leave my new found friend. It is a powerful game, I just can't describe it.
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dragonflie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
You know, sometimes I wish that I could forget that I ever played the game or knew anything about it, just so that I can discover it again...
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lishanshan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
That sounds so amazing~ I don't even usually play video games (somehow? all my friends are gamers, though) and I really want to play it, haha
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kayseemonster Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i totally agree. i also met a traveler on the 2nd level of the game and it made the game so epic for me!!
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Writer
What's the game about?
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Psychorror Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Check out some videos on Youtube. Preferably without commentary.

It's simply a traveler's journey through a desert to a distant mountain.

Sounds boring, but it's beautifully executed. Visuals, music, design- it starts out bleak and then culminates into a final sequence that one can only describe as pure joy.

It's an adventure, simply put. One that you'll never forget.
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Popawheelie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
the musical score alone almost leaves me at tears near the ending. its just so amazing. glad to see that one of my favorite artists has made the journey as well!
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ThermalFaerie Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student
During my first play through, I met eight other people. I took my time exploring, and they came and went. I finally finished my journey side by side with another, and I agree, finding a friend makes it that much more enjoyable. C:
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SpiralPenguin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This game was truly astounding from start to finish. I was awed, shocked, inspired, concerned, and just overall emotionally invested with all of my being. Having to communicate with monosyllabic rhythms and simple motions to survive together and press onwards, it just... it brings out the child in you to be in such a simple, unfamiliar place, but also something simpler. Just your basic instinct as a being, to connect and communicate, to work together. The simple and subtle bond is strikingly powerful and not once are you ever beaten over the head with any of the concepts.

My only bad experience is that on my first playthrough of the pink sands level, I was kidnapped by one of the flying carpet cloth creatures. My game bugged and there was no way for me to get off of it, which was a problem because it was my first playthrough and I didn't know if it was supposed to happen that way and I was just missing the point or something.

It was also dreadfully short, but beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.
A perfect score from me.
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awesome-in-progress Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
It's also sort of depressing to be a gamer now, though. Games are so expensive now. Some of them don't even deserve to be sold at such a high price. And because of circumstances, I've been spending years re-buying my childhood games again. I can't believe I used to have trouble playing Spyro D;

And this is the second time I've heard of this game. I guess I'll look it up. Hopefully it's on another system that I actually have.
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SpiralPenguin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The original Spyro the Dragon games are ludicrously top-notch. So is Journey, I hope you get to play it!
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awesome-in-progress Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Yeah... the series, like most others, went downhill the farther out it expanded and I'm sure it switched studios too. :c Such potential, ruined.

I hope I do, too! Thank you! :heart:
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SpiralPenguin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's due mostly to the series getting handed down through multiple developers. The original creators of the first three, Insomniac Games, went on to make Ratchet & Clank for the PS2. If you haven't played the first three Ratchet games, I highly recommend them! If you couldn't tell from Spyro, Insomniac knows what they're doing and the games strike a beautiful balance of humor, fun, imagination, and solid core mechanics.
Unfortunately, after Ratchet & Clank 3 (actually titled Up Your Arsenal), the series also became muddied down into a dull shooter. Then, regretting that decision, they revived it with two new games for PS3, neither of which quite tapped the same magic or creative vein the original trilogy so flawlessly hit.
I suspect heavy involvement from outside parties :C
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's served well by its willingness to allow the player to determine the nature of the story, and create a unique, personal narrative internally rather than being fed one. That's not always an easy trick to pull off, but if you can do it effectively it's very powerful.

Also, that ending was a brilliant example of emotional build and release. All the more so if you have a partner to share those final moments with.

It's also wonderfully lean. There's a bit of an exploratory aspect (which serves the central theme) that encourages replay beyond the interest in experiencing the many beautiful moments it presents, but always it's focused on doing a few things VERY well. I expect it'll serve as an creative example to students and professionals alike for a long time to come.
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Bruce8331 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I've heard great stuff about the game including (like you said) this unique multiplayer aspect. I hope I can get to playing it some time. :D
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nekretron Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed.
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
This makes me wish I had a PS2. Or friends that shared my appreciation for gaming.
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ATeenageWitchling Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
I just finished it! It made me ponder LIFE ITSELF at the end...the whole circle of life and everything...I loved it!
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defineprog Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
The game forces you to play with another person by level two, actually. It's part of the game's story, you can't travel alone. And if they disconnect, they'll be replaced (happened to me, but I didn't even realize because this game is so awesome at what it does).
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dragonflie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
You can finish the game alone. You don't actually have to follow the other player at all. This game can be soloed and there aren't any changes if you are with someone. It's just less lonely and faster to complete with you have company.
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defineprog Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Yeah I played it offline the other day. But the game was certainly intended to played with another person. The camaraderie developed between strangers is a huge part of the experience.
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morimorii Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
you can travel alone if your not signed in to your PSN. I played through it alone to get all the glowing glyph things.
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defineprog Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Oh? Did you get to that one part where the white...goddess (I guess) shows you your journey thus far? In mine it showed me meeting the other person and traveling with them, so I assumed they wanted to put an emphasis on teamwork at that point. In single player, does it just show you doing it all by yourself? If so, that's a really cool attention to detail.
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morimorii Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Good question haha. I didn't pay attention to the cut scenes too much through my play through alone since I had played it a few times before;; I can't say its the same for all cut scenes since I wasn't paying attention...but the first few did have that other traveller in the picture things.
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Icey5670 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oo might want to play this game. Have you tried GW2 yet Endling? I can't wait to hear a review or ur thoughts on it more.
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RinAvenue Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes it is amazing. I just wish it were longer...so I just keep playing it over and over again. My first run through was the best. I was going to beat it again but my partner left and then it broke and I couldn't progress :(!!!
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Wish I had a PS3. Even then, where would I plug it in? No HD TV's in this house, so far as I can tell.
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lonesoldier54 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I've been looking forward to this game for a while. It looks very good, and from the review's that I've seen, it seems like it's short, but very very sweet. I've not read/watched anyone review the game and say, it's poor, or weak etc. I've not had chance to go to PSN and download it.
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Forta-Verity-Amity Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconheeplz: I know what I'm getting for my birthday this year~
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AkumetsuLord Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I know i'll be getting it soon
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Pikachuvz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I keep hearing about this game and the trailers have gotten my attention, but what is this game about?
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ATeenageWitchling Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
The title of the game basically sums it up: You start in a desert, and the game is about your Journey to a mountain in the distance.
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Akiman Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
dat bloody cloth eaterss!!
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DustinLArt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
it seems like an glorious game. need to experience it now!!
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Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasen't that interested in it... but now, I think I'll give it a try. Thanks!
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RobotKoi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am definitely getting this. The trailer just looked incredible and moving and it's nice to hear that it comes through with the goods.
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Caliphos Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want this game. Alas, I don't have a PS3.
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Brother-Tico Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Artist
Wow! Dude, this is an amazing game! (just saw a short gameplay on youtube, by the way)

And I think this is my kind of game: I love to explore the in-game's world, like Final Fantasy games, Lineage 2 or any other fantasy RPG game, online or not.
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LittleGeeky Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Oh gosh I really wish I could play this (I don't have a PS3)
From what I saw at the last E3 it looked AMAZING!
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PawFeather Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Love the game. I keep playing it over and over.
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chellari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
I was looking forward to Journey so much, I got a PS Plus subscription because I couldn't wait until the 13th lol. And you're right! It is definitely an amazing experience! Just.. spectacular. I think I might have an addiction in the works because I've played through from beginning to end, 11 times. I swear each one is a moment to remember!
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Sancturus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Agreed. I had a similar experience that left me with my mouth hanging open at how well thatgamecompany put together all of the features of this game. Highly recommended to those who haven't played it ;)
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zazz96 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wait.
JOURNEY IS OUT?
FFFFFF GETTING.
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Coffeeandspiders Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student
I just finished as well, and I think we met 8 people in total. Some went on ahead of us, and some got sidetracked-or eaten. It does add a strange sense of dependency and relation in an otherwise empty world. The ending coming full circle kind of confused me though, as to why these things are reborn, just to do it again the next day, for seemingly no reason. Oh Well,
I hope to play through again and maybe team up. haha
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