GI Show 103: Silent Hill, Journey, Japanese Game Industry

by Matt Helgeson on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:00 PM

Another week, another show, and we've got a good one. In our first segment, we've got one of the year's most critically acclaimed games -- thatgamecompany founder Jenova Chen's Journey. It's not like anything you've ever played before, and this dreamlike game is generating a deep emotional response from those who experience it. Matt Miller, who's been following the game and reviewed it for Game Informer, stops by to tell host Matt Helgeson why this is a title you should not miss. Next up, Tim Turi breaks down a pair of interesting games, Silent Hill: Downpour and I Am Alive. While he's a bit disappointed in Silent Hill, it sounds like Ubisoft's I Am Alive has overcome its troubled development cycle to become something really special. Finally, we have a small roundtable featuring Phil Kollar and Matt Bertz to discuss the state of the Japanese game industry. After some controversial statements about the country's game industry were made at the Game Developer's Conference, many are question the future of Japanese game publishing. Can the country stage a comeback? We delve into the reasons behind its slump and the possible ways out of it.