Critical and Fan Response to Journey

Posted by on March 27th, 2012

So, Journey came out two weeks ago.  It’s been really busy around here since then, especially with The Art of Video Games exhibit opening the week of release!  Anyways, let’s begin!

We have received so many gleaming reviews from journalists all over the world, and thousands of tweets, hundreds of Facebook comments, and hundreds of e-mails that it is impossible for me to do justice with a keyboard and a bunch of letters. So, let’s start off with the reviews:

Joystiq | Journey review: I want to go there
“I bring this up, because I don’t want to be misconstrued as generic or uninspired when I say that Journey is an awesome game. In the most classical, archaic sense of the word, Journey is a beautiful, evocative and unequivocally transcendental experience.”

thesixthaxis | Review: Journey
“Never before has a game illustrated such tragic fragility with such humanity and character – Journey might live up to its name on many levels, but on the deepest, most personal level possible thatgamecompany manage to transcend all expectations.”

A.V. Club | Journey Review
“Journey wants players to press onward, but isn’t so insistent that they can’t take time to experience the delightful animation of sliding on sand, or swimming in wonderous air. “

The Escapist | Journey Review
“Journey is best experienced with someone at your side, but you might want to play a few times by yourself simply to stand around and gawk at the stunning imagery.”

G4TV | Journey Review for PS3 – (Video by Adam Sessler)
““Dammit,” was the first word out of my mouth after beating  Journey. I was unhappy because I knew this review would be the hardest review I’ve ever written. If I had my way, I would simply write three words, email them to my editor and push back from my desk.  Those words?  ‘Go play it.’”

Here are some amazing fan responses to Journey:

YouTube | BROD3O: JOURNEY – An Emotional Review Of A PS3/PSN Exclusive Game
“There’s just so many amazing parts in the game.  Just please, do yourself a favor.  Play it, come back and tell me what you think.  But Journey is this generation’s Ico, if not better.  Well, in fact it is better.”

Twitter | @zackjewell
“I want to thank you guys/gals for making Journey. It is one the best and most moving games I have ever played.”

Twitter| @B_Sqred
“I just finished Journey. I can’t even describe how or WHY it moved me, but it’s changed my perception of what a game can be.”

Twitter| @EmilyClaireAfan
“Seriously. My jaw actually dropped a few times and there have been moments when I could almost literally feel my heart soaring.”

Facebook | Dennis Pena
“I just finished the game.  I got choked up at the ending.  The game seems like a parable to life.  I’m not sure if it was the big score or if it’s the heavenly kingdom that you eventually reach, but it was very spiritual.”

Facebook | Peder Bergenwall
“Never before has the gamepad felt less like a mechanical piece of equipment, and more like a direct extension of my mind to me in the “game,” than with Journey.  It was genuinely giggling to myself, feeling like a child, as I slid down the sandy dunes.”

Again, we’ve received thousands and thousands of messages from ecstatic fans, and wish to thank every single one of you!  Remember, we always love to hear your thoughts on our games!

How has Journey affected you?

I just finished the game. I got chocked up at the ending. The game seems like a parable to life. I’m not sure if it was the big score or if it’s the heavenly kingdom that you eventually reach, but it was very spiritual.

Categories: General, Journey, Press



Comment by: Takura

March 27th, 2012 at 8:54 am

Well, I’ve already commented before on a previous post, which was pretty much written with pure happiness after just completing the game for the first time, I’ve now fully completed the game 3 times, and after all three playtroughs I added the last person I played with. They were all just such a joy to play with, especially the first one. And the last one was actually Japanese (and I love Japan) but we still became friends, that’s how awesome Journey is. And it was actually pretty perfect because the first person, just like me, was on his first playtrough, the second one on his second playtrough and the third one, just like me had a white robe, we were both playing just for fun and to help other people along their way, at least that’s how it felt.

Right now I’m still on my week long break :) I’m not quite sure if I can already go back, but to be sure I’ll wait one more day. I know that it’s possible to just do some simple things with the time settings, but there’s no point in doing that. It might get you an achievement/trophy, but I’m mostly doing it because when I’ll play it again tomorrow it will be all fresh and amazing :)

Although I like how in Flower it was a hidden trophy, because not too long before Journey got released I played it again after a while and then suddenly the trophy popped up, which gave me a smile :)

Like a lot of people, after completing the game I just couldn’t really describe how or why it moved me so much and why it was such a beautiful and amazing game. I was just in complete awe and joy.
And I’m still amazed and moved by the game, it was just an unforgettable experience,but right now I just can’t wait to play it again ^^

Right now I also really can not wait for the soundtrack. Which is absolutely beautiful in the game.
Amazing job and thanks to Austin Wintory and all the other people involved with the music!
Austin Wintory seems to be a really awesome and nice guy btw :)
Although I expected him to be a little older before I saw him >__< I would normally never ask such a thing to like a company o_O but it would make life a lot easier for me.

Although on the ohter hand maybe it's best if I just leave her be…I don't know..

ANYWAYS, after all that rambling and nonsense…(I'm sorry T_T)

I would like to congratulate and thank EVERYONE at thatgamecompany and everyone that has ever been involved with developing, producing or just helping with the game for making such a beautiful, emotional, moving accesible and fun game! It has really changed my life.

Greetings and much love from Holland,


Comment by: Takura

March 27th, 2012 at 9:00 am

Oh and I know this is only just more text but after >__< I would normally never ask such a thing to like a company o_O but it would make life a lot easier for me.

Although on the ohter hand maybe it's best if I just leave her be…I don't know..

Comment by: Takura

March 27th, 2012 at 9:01 am

Okay nevermind, I guess there’s something wrong with the comment because that part doesn’t show up…

*facepalm* forgive me…

Comment by: Geoffrey

March 27th, 2012 at 11:03 am

Thank you. flOw was a good little game; flower was great, but Journey… just THANK YOU !

Comment by: Lewis Gaston

March 27th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

My anticipation for Journey was huge and I had worried that I had hyped it too much and would be disappointed upon release, like I was with Uncharted 3. So glad to say that Journey exceeded my high expectations.

Not only is it beautiful, charming and endearing, I was amazed to find it almost life affirming. The anonymity of Journey companions lead to the most pleasant online experience I have had to date. I instantly bonded with those who joined me for the journey and felt almost heartbroken when we lost each other, which is possibly one of the single most bizarre things I have felt in a game…but in the best way possible.

The music and style have inspired me to once again start painting (a hobby I hadn’t engaged in for a long time) and the reception given to those images are a testament to just how much Journey has transcended gaming.

Thank you, thatgamecompany.

Comment by: crimsontriforce

March 27th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

(and mind you, it’d still deserve more praise than it’s getting!)

Comment by: Maic

March 27th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I like to see in Journey a metaphore for life.
Walk your way to your goal – passing obstacles and fears – taste the armony that comes with it and then start again, this time with more experience, which will serve (hopefully) to help others through their own journey…

Comment by: Maic

March 27th, 2012 at 5:11 pm


(damn, I knew I had to triple-check the comment)

Comment by: Aav

March 27th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

It’s magical. I have played videogames for many years, but I have never ever played a game, nearly as emotional and touching, as Journey.

Once I discovered the “story behind the story” and the true meaning of being a “traveller”, there has been no holding back. My subconscious mind immediately filled up all of the vacant room, that has been lovingly provided by thatgamecompany for the players to fill with their very own and individual emotions, thoughts, fears and hopes.

This magic moment I felt a very strong connection with all of my companions, with Robin, Jenova, Kellee and with myself.

I just want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for believing in yourself and creating this once-in-a-lifetime-experience. Please keep on touching players around the world, the way you do it right now. Best wishes from Germany.

Comment by: Ian

March 27th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

journey for me exceeds all expectations of what you can experience in interactive media. it’s past perfect. it’s simply a dream. I waited over 2 years with an absolute degree of pensiveness (out of the Flower experience), and I was completely blown away. the moments in this game just grab you and they do not relent. your jaw will be on the ground, again and again. this journey will take hold of your heart and run through every maneuver imaginable with it, and still won’t let go after you’ve logged out of the game. what this game is, is beyond a game. it may be the best game ever produced, but it is something else. whatever it is, it’s the best one that has ever been.

Comment by: eric scott

March 27th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I have never had a game provoke so much emotion. Journey is an actualization to the heart of the human soul.

Comment by: John

March 27th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

It’s an experience of a lifetime. It’s… apart from most art, achieving something entirely unique to itself through that very separation.

It’s really hard to describe. It’s like nothing i’ve ever played or experienced. It’s… wondrous. It gave me the same level of awe that only astronomy can, with it’s way of telling you how magnificent the whole universe is. It grabs you and shows you just what you’ve been missing in life. The world, the sound, the friendships… it grabs you and shakes you until you understand that nothing in life is a race, but a journey…

I love it!

Comment by: Sonia

March 28th, 2012 at 9:29 am

The first time I played it and met a fellow traveler who stuck with me, I felt really touched !!

Enjoying the beautiful scenery and supporting each other through the trials and them *bam* those dragons got a hold of my partner who was sent flying ! I panicked !! Wondering what to do, wondering if there wasn’t any kind of attack to help him/her!
I flew over to her/his side and with my zero Morse code skills I tried to ask if he/she was ok.
When I got a response I felt relief and once again we started our journey to the top of the mountain.

As the end approached I shed tears not only for the accomplished feeling of making it to the top but also I felt sad about having to say goodbye to my good fellow companion.

It’s a marvelous Journey indeed and I sincerely THANK YOU for working so hard on this wonderful art game ! Even now thinking about it I want to cry…I wish you all more health and success so you may all reach new heights !

Comment by: Luisa

March 28th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

It’s a masterpiece, is all I can say. One of the most beautiful and deep games I have ever played.

Comment by: Paul Andrew McGee

March 28th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I would like to add to the chorus of Thanks to everyone who touched this game. By continuously striving to raise the bar that little bit higher than before and inspiring me to create the kinds of games and experiences I want to see in the world.

I wrote up a few thoughts on the game on my blog a few days ago too shortly after playing:

Comment by: Josh 'YoshiJosh' Brown

March 29th, 2012 at 10:36 am

I honestly don’t have any original words to describe my experience with this game.
Ever since I first heard about this games development last year I had been waiting and waiting for it to be released and now it is finally out, I has not disappointed.
I really love the unique approach to multiplayer, not knowing the name of your journey partner untill the end. The only problem I had with it was how short it was… But that’s not real complaint.
It is the most awe inspiring game I have played to date. Thank you to all who put all their time into this incredible game.

P.s, Please make a plushie of that little guy! He’s so cute lol.

Comment by: Rabellaka

April 1st, 2012 at 11:25 pm

This is the first game that both my husband and I play. This is also the first game where I’ve gotten more than half of the trophies, I’m currently missing two.

Watching the history unfold always makes me sad, dirt when the crops are covered up by the city, then when the metal creatures start attacking in what I assumed was a war.

I’ve met some great partners along the way, who have waited for me and my sub-par flying skills, and the one person who stayed with me from the beginning of the desert right through to the end, allowing me to get my trophy, even waiting when I got blown off the walkway at the end of the snowy level.

This is also one game that I would really like to get the soundtrack, and I think I’ve discovered my Hallowe’en costume for this year.

Comment by: bobby

April 3rd, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I LOVE the game i bought it day1 i have been waitin for another game with the same vibe and artistic direction as SoTC! an this delivered!!

Comment by: Matt

April 15th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Another positive review

Comment by: dothy

May 8th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Merci pour cette experience inoubliable. ce jeu est un chef d’oeuvre qui restera graver en moi pour toujours. continuer a nous faire rêver. Du fond du coeur merci.

Comment by: Khalil

June 1st, 2012 at 11:32 pm

that was amazing. I played through it alone first, blew my mind. then I made my friends play it, then another group of friends. I never let on the ending, and I made sure each experience was fresh. every time, the respone was a unanimous DAYUM. then I played through it a bunch, got the stuff, and now spend my time helping reds find glyphs, symbols, flowers, and plankton.


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