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Journey Compilation (Flower/Flow/Journey) Playstation3 Game SONY

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Pros: Beautiful artistic experiences

Cons: Exploration puzzle toys are not for everyone

I enjoy trying out "indie" games -- while professional games may look beautiful they tend to have all the fun sucked out of them -- the perfect example being Diablo 3. Indie or fan made games whilst not looking as pretty tend to focus on what is important:

Fun gameplay.

It doesn't always work of course -- because sometimes what works on paper doesn't translate into a fun experience.

And then sometimes you have works of true Art. Flow, Flower, and Journey are all modern masterpieces.

I was fortunate enough to visit ThatGameCompany back when Journey was in development. I was curious to see how they were going to keep their exploration of minimalism fun after their previous seminal work of art "Flower."

I wouldn't call Journey a game due to that there is no winning condition; by definition it is a toy. A fun toy however. One that doesn't penalize you for exploring. It is impossible to die which means there is no pressure. You go where you want, when you want, where you find interesting. Of course the game directs you but in a subtle way. All the same things holds for "Flower" as well.

The cartoon graphics are beautiful drawn and draw you into the world. The PS3's SPUs are put to good use with the cloth deformation and particle effects.

I could discuss the gameplay of Flow, Flower or Journey but it would be pointless. How do you describe the essence of the experience of seeing a beautiful natural picturesque rest stop?

Dare I say it, Flower and Journey are almost ineffable. And that is why I say they are true digital art forms. There is no UI to distract you. Just you and the world. You won't be able to get far without solving puzzles but that is the beauty. You explore, you solve, you experience.

Not everyone will enjoy exploration puzzles -- but if you want a meditative puzzle -- these two "games" have the soul of perfection woven in them.

Graphics: 4/5
Gameplay: 5/5
Music: 4/5

Overall: 5/5

Similar puzzle games: Limbo
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Journey Compilation (Flower/Flow/Journey) Playstation3 Game SONY
Description:

The Journey Collector’s Edition features all three best-selling games from acclaimed indie developer thatgamecompany, Journey, Flower, and flOw, for one low price. The collection also includes a wealth of exclusive bonus content that fans are sure to love, making this the ultimate edition for collectors to cherish for years to come.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingVideo Game
BrandSony
EAN0711719991113
FeatureIncludes three full games: Journey, Flower, and flOw Bonus content includes the original soundtrack for all three games, three exclusive mini-games from thatgamecompany, a 30-minute documentary about Journey, Creator Commentary play-throughs of all three games, exclusive Journey PSN avatars and much more Also includes a 1-month subscription to PlayStation Plus
Item Height0.6 inches
Item Length6.7 inches
Item Width5.3 inches
LabelSony Computer Entertainment
ManufacturerSony Computer Entertainment
MPN98377
NumberOfItems1
Package Height0.6 inches
Package Length6.9 inches
Package Weight0.25 pounds
Package Width5.3 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumber98377
ProductGroupVideo Games
ProductTypeNameCONSOLE_VIDEO_GAMES
PublisherSony Computer Entertainment
SKURO-3Y1Q-JELH
StudioSony Computer Entertainment
TitleJourney Collector's Edition
UPC711719983774
UPCList - UPCListElement711719983774 711719991113
Item Weight0.25 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElement98377 0711719983774
Model98377
PlatformPlayStation 3
DepartmentVideo Games
ReleaseDate2012-08-28
OperatingSystemsony_playstation3
HardwarePlatformPlaystation 3
NumberOfDiscs1
Languages - ManualEnglish French
ManufacturerMinimumAge60 months
ESRBAgeRatingEveryone 10+
Genrestrategy-game-genre
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