One of the most uncontroversial assertions one can make is that “Journey” is probably the most beautiful game ever made. Its artistic merit was recognized with heaps of awards, including a Grammy nomination for its composer, Austin Wintory.
If this is the first you’re hearing of it, I have good news: “Journey” is free this month for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners who are subscribed to PlayStation Plus.
Here’s what it’s like.
“Journey” opens in a vast desert, peppered with small gravestones.
You play a mysterious hooded figure whose identity and motives are a mystery.
As you walk past each grave, your controller will give off a slight vibrating pulse.
Eventually, you’ll spot a giant mountain in the distance.
As you venture towards it, you’ll explore a variety of gorgeous landscapes, like this sun-drenched desert.
And a dark underground cave.
You’ll start to encounter some mysterious figures on your journey, whose role will become increasingly clear as you progress.
But to say anything more would do you a disservice, because uncovering its mysteries is at the heart of what makes “Journey” such a special game.
As far as I’m concerned, “Journey” is one of the most definitive games of the last decade, mostly because it manages to convey a compelling narrative entirely wordlessly.
And this month, it’s free on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.