thatgamecompany follows up flOw & Flower with their most emotionally-charged masterpiece yet
by Matt Dykstra
I’m sad that in modern gaming it’s still so rare for games to provide a genuinely cathartic experience.
Sandwiched between formulaic first-person shooters and machismo action-adventure titles, we gamers have a penchant to skip over downloadable endeavors in favour of triple-A, blockbuster releases with monstrous advertising campaigns that demand our attention at every turn.
But then there’s developers like those at thatgamecompany, who time and time again push the boundaries of game design with risky choices to offer truly unique experiences. Who would have thought a game about a flower pedal drifting in the wind over an open field would have been so immersive?
I’m happy to say they’ve done it again. The PlayStation Network exclusive Journey isn’t just a delightfully well-crafted game, it’s a shining example of how washing away modern game design cliches can result in one of the most beautifully realized experiences ever created. Ever.