Indie:Beyond Journey’s pretty picture
I know a lot of gamers are going to be pretty upset with what I’m about to say but I must say it; Indie games aren’t that great where they get a free pass.
For now I’m referring to ThatGameCompany’s latest PSN game Journey, for those of you whom have not played nor purchased Journey I will tell you now, it’s not as great as everyone claims.
Yes, Journey is a gorgeous game that is a feast to the eyes but, that’s about it.
The claims of it being an “emotional adventure” and an “experience that gamers shouldn’t miss” were bogus.
I felt little emotions except for when the camera pulled back to show a beautiful shot of the world, but it was nothing that I haven’t seen before in other games.
The music is great and it’s played at the perfect time, every time, the soundtrack is defiantly worth listening to.
Other than the visuals and music Journey offers close to nothing when it comes to gameplay, it’s mostly “push the left stick forward, hold X or O, win game.”
There’s no challenge to the game and there’s only one true enemy in the game so you feel no danger or a sense of “I have to play smart if I want to survive” vibe.
I’ve heard plenty of gamers whine about how easy games are to beat or how there’s no sense of suspense or story, yet people are praising the hell out of Journey.
I don’t understand why gamers feel that indie developers can get a free pass on games that they would skip if say the game was designed by EA or Activision.
If this game was released by Capcom for the same price, $14.99, gamers would have found something to cry foul about, but since it’s from an indie developer and it’s seen as an “art” game player give it a pass.
I didn’t play Flower, another game from ThatGameCompany, because I felt there was no value in the game, but with Journey I wanted TGC to prove me wrong.
I went into the game excited and ready for a game to move me emotionally and/or psychologically, sadly I finished the game very disappointed and unsatisfied.
As I was finishing the game, which by the way the last section of the game is wonderfully beautiful and amazing, I thought to myself “This shouldn’t be a game; this should be a small budget indie film.”
I’m not saying I hated Journey, I’ve played games I wish never existed and Journey most certainly isn’t one of those games, what I am saying is that the game has shown me what I’ve been fearing for a while.
Gamers have gotten so jaded that games like Journey and Flower are games that people would rather play while ignoring other games because they’re “AAA big budget” games.
I would like more games that somewhat followed the Journey’s steps, only I would like it to have some replay value and a sense of purpose.
Like a lot of gamers, I’m sick of Call of Duty and bland shooters, I was hoping Journey was the cure to my fatigue but alas it was not.
Is Journey a bad game? Heavens no, not even close, it’s just an overpriced OK game that’s pretty to look at and listen to.