The lights are on
i have been following this game for about a year now and i must say that i was not prepared for what was to come. Journey is an absolute masterpiece from beginning to end.
it started very slow, with me trying to learn the button layout and the simple mechanics of the game. after a short time fumbling with the controls i started getting the hang of it. i figured out that the scarf around your neck was a meter that tells how long you can fly. you have to collect fragments of other scarfs floating throughout the world to charge up your particular scarf. by the way when charged your scarf will be glowing white. sounds kinda weird i know but trust me you'll understand when you play.
I started to go about the areas solving these mini puzzles, collecting orbs to make my scarf longer therefor giving me better flying ability. After i got to the 3rd area i met my first person and thats when the experience picked up.
There is no chat functionality, no text chat, no invites, no names above the other characters head... its simply you and this other person. The only form of communication you have is this kind of shout. its a noise that your character will make that sounds like a musical note. the noise is mapped to the Circle button and if you hold it down it lets off a louder shout accompanied by a cloud that helps charge up you scarf and if another player is close enough it will charge theirs as well. The goal is to figure out how to use this shout to tell another player what to do or where to go, thats the true beauty of this game.
When all is said and done Journey is absolutely a phenomenal game. Everything from the world, to the communication (or lack of), to even the puzzles proves this game is the best downloadable game ever made if not one of the finest works of art for this generation
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