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Journey

 

 

SCORE: 70

 

Journey 

 

If you are one of those people who believe the destination is not important, then you will probably swallow Journey right up. You could get a mouthful of sand when you realize you reached the wrong destination at the end of life. Remember Family Friendly Gaming is trying to point you toward the right destination.

Journey is a strange game on the Playstation 3, PS4, and PS Vita platforms. You play a robed character on a journey through a desert. There is a shining light at the top of a mountain. Go there. Along the way players work out action adventure puzzles and learn new skills. Like turning on these rustic looking runes. That are in what looks like ruins.

Graphically Journey is bland. Maybe that was on purpose. It does not impress graphically for a home console video game. The music is eerie, and sometimes creepy. The lack of conversation, and direction can cause the player to talk to the television set. It does not help though.

The controls in Journey take some getting used to. The camera is moved with the gyroscope. Which can be painful at times. Especially when you forget that after watching a cut scene movie. Then the wrong buttons are hit trying to correct the wayward camera. The rest of the controls in Journey make sense.

The goal of Journey is to get to the end. This is done one area at a time. The goal of each area is to find the exit, then figure out how to get there. There are a variety of different game play mechanics that Journey makes the player use. Experimentation is the best course of action in a game like this.

Players have some strange special powers that interact with objects in Journey. I am not clear if it is supposed to be magical, spiritual, or what. I believe families will want to know about that aspect of this game.
- Luke

 

Graphics: 70%
Sound: 60%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: PS Vita/PS4/PS3(tested)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: thatgamecompany

Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY


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