On our most recent PrimeCast, I named my least favorite game/most disappointing game of 2012 as Journey. This award winning “GAME OF THE YEAR!!!!11111oneoneoneone” title just doesn’t do anything for me, from start to finish, I don’t see the big deal, and I really don’t understand the pomp and circumstance and fanfare so many people in the industry are giving this. It is this writer’s opinion, that there were many, MANY other games that came out this year far more worthy of the attention this one received, and I know this is going to get some backlash within the community, so I felt the need to at least explain my side.
Looking at this from your typical “review”, visually the game does look really nice, and the controls are responsive and intuitive, though there’s not a lot there to begin with. The sounds and music mix well together, too.
So sure, everything’s coming up roses at first, but here’s where I think the game falls down, and loses “points”, along with any validation to make this the GAME of 2012. For me, this game had zero re-playability. Every time you play it’s the same thing, you walk up hills, slide around sand dunes, and ride on carpet dragons. Halfway through one play-through you just get that feeling that this is JUST. NOT. THAT. FUN…
I also wholeheartedly disagree with the many statements on multi-player that have come out, as multi-player is nowhere near as exciting and fun as people have pumped it up to be. You never know your “partners” in the journey until the very end, so you don’t any sense of connection that there’s even another person there until that list of names comes up.
Finally, when you compare Journey to the multitude of games that came out in 2012, there are so many others that were better and more-worthy of being considered game of the year, that I don’t even have Journey anywhere near my top 10. I know Bioware & EA got absolutely shit on for the ending of Mass Effect 3, but that to me was a far more impressive game than Journey, and why I named it my favorite of 2012. My surprise sleeper, no pun intended, Sleeping Dogs was way more impressive to me than Journey. I would list Binary Domain, Mortal Kombat, Spec Ops: The Line, Madden 13, Borderlands 2, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale, and so many more ahead of Journey. I can’t even list it as a favorite non-boxed title this year either, The Walking Dead, Rock Band Blitz, the return of Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Retro City Rampage, Joe Danger 2, and more, were more fun to me than Journey.
I don’t know why this game received as much accolade as it did when you look at 2012 as a whole. I just don’t see it.
A part time gaming journalist and radio practitioner, and one of the first editors here at Default Prime, Mike has been gaming since birth, starting back with the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64, on through to the PS3, PC, and whatever comes next. He is educated in communications and is a project manager by trade.
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On our most recent PrimeCast, I named my least favorite game/most disappointing game of 2012 as Journey. This award winning "GAME OF THE YEAR!!!!11111oneoneoneone" title just doesn't do anything for me, from start to finish, I don't see the big deal, and I really don't understand the pomp and circumstance and fanfare so many peop