I’m going to continue Omnigamer’s “Shamevember” after Jeff by being very blunt, I disliked Journey.
Yes I know how much people were praising the unwritten words of the gaming Gods and Goddesses but honestly, the game wasn’t what it was all hyped up to be.
Maybe I should have gone into the game with little hope, I was actually excited to play the game because one, it was a gorgeous looking game and two, people were praising this thing since it was first announced and reviewers were giving this game the whole Game of the Year nods.
I risked the $15 to play this game and before I knew it I was done with the story and felt completely empty, I was wondering why I felt that way and I thought about what I went through and came up with a simple answer, I felt empty because the game gave me nothing but a pretty picture in motion to look at.
The game was all looks and no substance, I left with more questions that I’m sure I shouldn’t have like, what exactly is this thing I’m playing or why am I going to this mountain again or what was the story and why am I wasting my time with this?
I wanted more, and not in the why that the game was so good I wanted more but instead I wanted to know more about anything just so I felt like I was doing something other than walking (or floating) through a pretty painting.
One of the reasons I’m ashamed in this confession is because I know deep down I like this game for more than the looks, it could have been interesting to see more of this world or at least feel like the game was half baked and served to look exquisite.
I’m also ashamed to say that I hate the idea of video games being art and Journey shows why, who cares about anything as long as the game looks like an artistic masterpiece?
There are going to be people who will read this and say “I bet he likes Call of Duty and that’s why he didn’t like Journey.” Well yes and no actually, Yes I do like Call of Duty, with the exception of Black Ops 1 and 2 (especially the crapfest that was Black Ops 2) and no CoD has nothing to do with how I judge other games, especially games in a completely different genre.
I like Civilization, Halo, Alan Wake, Advent Rising, Psychonauts, Dishonored, Company of Heroes, Street Fighters, Dance Central, Kirby’s Dreamland and plenty of other games in diverse genres.
Dust, another beautiful looking game, is a great example of what I would like to see as more games head into the art direction, some fun with my painting, I play games to have fun, the stories and looks are just a bonus.