Journey PS4 Review

Journey is said to be an experience rather than a video game. Anyone that’s had the pleasure of exploring this mysterious world will most likely tell you the same.IMG_0449 I first played Journey back on PlayStation 3 and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. So, it’s no surprise that when a PlayStation 4 version was announced, I hopped right on board.

There were visible improvements right off the bat. There were noticeable differences to texture, lighting, and sound. I didn’t think it was possible to make an already gorgeous work of art, even more beautiful, but somehow they pulled it off.

ThatGameCompany, the game’s creators, along with the publishers at SCEA did an astounding job expanding just a bit on what was already greatness.

This game is not for everyone. If you enjoy fast-paced, shoot-’em-up titles, (and you play nothing else,) then this game is not for you. If you enjoy art, music, and exploration, this is right up your alley.

The only complaint I’ve ever heard about this title is it’s “too short” and in a world full of horrible words being thrown around, I don’t think that’s such a diss.

Game Website: thatgamecompany.com

Twitter: @ThatGameCompany

All images used in this article are “screenshots” using the PlayStation 4 Share feature. They are the property of ThatGameCompany and SCEA.


Below are some screenshots taken by yours truly during my own little Journey on the PS4. Click on images to view larger versions.

The Bridge Journey PS4 screenshots
  

  




  
  
  
  

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Papo & Yo: Game Review

There’s been a “Gaming” category on my list for quite some time now. However, I hadn’t posted a game-related article until now. I’m somewhat of a veteran to writing reviews. “Back in the days” I’d constructed quite a few movie reviews. This is my first known/published game review so I hope you enjoy.

Papo & Yo
Image courtesy of Minority Games Inc.

The game begins in an uncommon setting. Our main character, Quico, a young boy, seems to be hiding in a closet from a man that appears to be full of rage. Then, without prompting, you are thrust into a chalk-lined world of beauty and imagination. Soon after, you’re met by a mysterious little girl who you become curious enough to follow. You later meet up with your friend Lula, a little flying, yellow robot who helps guide you along your journey.

Papo & Yo will tug at your heartstrings for sure. There are a set of lovable characters, just the right amount of challenging (but fun!) puzzles, and a gorgeous surrealistic landscape to explore. Minority has done an amazing job on the gameplay aspect, with little to no glitches, fluid controls, and graphics that are pleasing to the eye.

Last, and perhaps most astonishing is the game’s moving story. It’s said that most of the details that tie in at the game’s conclusion are that of fact, not fiction – all based on the creator’s life.

Papo & Yo promises a trip full of wonder and amazement. I highly recommend this game to anyone who’s ever had a close friend, a difficult childhood, or simply anyone that appreciates true artistic expression.

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