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Recent Articles: Journey
Prepare to fly high in this week’s PlayStation Store update.
Activision has brought back Tony Hawk for the 13th time in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. While some players would quibble with the numbering system employed by Activision, both the publisher and Tony Hawk himself have said that the new game is meant to be a throwback to the franchise’s late 90s roots.
Of course, you don’t need a skateboard to fly high… you could just be a seven-footer who has some skill with a basketball. Both 2K Games and EA Sports are back with new basketball simulations this week as NBA 2K16 (PS4, PS3) and NBA Live 16 (PS4) are now available to download. 2K16 wants to capture what it really feels like to be an NBA player with a Career Mode written and directed by Spike Lee. Meanwhile, Live 16 wants to capture what it really feels like to be an NBA player by offering an upgraded player customization engine.
Also, players will explore the highest reaches of critical acclaim with two games that have found new homes this week. Journey: Collector’s Edition brings the wordless adventure experience from thatgamecompany to the PS4 for the first time, while Mega Man Legends is a PSone Classic that’s finally available to download through the PlayStation Store. Mega Man Legends is such a “get” for the PlayStation Store that even its publisher, Capcom, thought it would never be re-released. But they appear to have settled whatever contracts needed to be settled and we can all play Mega Man’s first 3D outing once more.
Finally this week, if you own a PS Vita, I hope you feel like dancing, as Atlus has released Persona 4: Dancing All Night for Sony’s handheld. I’m also being told that the publisher expects you to boogie, so there’s that too.
More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) is available after the break. And, as always, a complete rundown of this week’s new game add-ons and discounts can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Sony kicked off their PSN Play promotion for 2015 this week with the release of Journey on the PS4. The lyrical adventure from thatgamecompany has enchanted gamers all over the world with its wordless story and its even downloadable for free if you already own the PS3 edition.
Also available this week is a whole slew of wacky and weird games that are sure to find their niche:
- Tembo the Badass Elephant is a colorful side-scroller for the PS4 from Game Freak (the creators of Pokemon) and Sega. If that’s not enough for you, need I remind you that this is a BADASS elephant?
- F1 2015 is the latest Formula One simulation from Codemasters and the first for the PS4.
- Game of Thrones: A Nest of Vipers, available for the PS3 and PS4, is the fifth episode in Telltale’s episodic adaptation of the wildly popular HBO series.
- Hatoful Boyfriend is a “pigeon dating simulator” that’s available as a Cross-Buy title for the PS4 and Vita.
- Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is the latest game in the “bikini girls versus zombies” franchise and the first to be released in the US in more than five years.
More information on all of these new releases (and a few others) can be found after the break. And don’t forget, a complete rundown of this week’s discounts and new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Today, Sony confirmed that PS3 classics The Unfinished Swan and Journey – no, not that Journey – are being updated for the PlayStation 4. Even better, both titles are planned for release before the end of the year!
Minimal information has been released on the games, other than that they will both run in gorgeous 1080p and that they will be both be Cross-Buy compatible. So if you’ve already purchased the PS3 originals, you’ll be able to upgrade to the PS4 versions for free. As the titles get closer to release, more info will surely become available. Until then, enjoy the fancy “Announce Trailer” for Journey above.
Journey has been praised for its delicate gameplay and serene score. So naturally, thatgamecompany has decided to throw all of that out for the game’s first downloadable expansion. Available on April 1, 2014, the “Rocket Death Match DLC” pack will add a pretty self-explanatory punch to your next journey into Journey.
Gag Reflex: Adding rocket launchers to the leading proponent of the “games as art” movement is an obvious April Fool’s Day joke. The trailer is fun, but I think it didn’t go far enough. The rockets need to look even more ridiculous and a few explosions would have made my day.
The people behind the 2013 Game Developers Choice Awards like Journey. They really, really like Journey. Of the 11 awards handed out last night, the thatgamecompany-developed title was named the winner of six of them: Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Visual Arts, Best Downloadable Game, the Innovation Award, and Game of the Year.
“This year we saw some amazing titles developed in the indie and downloadable game space, and the critical acclaim that titles like Journey, FTL: Faster Than Light, The Walking Dead, and The Room received could not have been more deserved,” said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of the Game Developers Conference.
While the GDC Awards committee loved Journey, the first-ever Audience Choice Award went to Arkane Studios’ Dishonored. The people have spoken and they really, really like assassinating bad dudes in a steampunk setting!
A complete list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)
Sony has released (through the PlayStation Blog) multiple lists of of the Top Sellers on the PSN in February. And after a big night at the DICE Awards and ahead of its strong showing at the BAFTAs, Journey returned to the top of the charts.
You can find all of these lists (PS3/PSN, Vita, PS3 DLC, PS2 Classics, PS1 Classics, PSP, and PS Minis) after the break. (more…)
Despite critical acclaim (including five BAFTA Award wins last night), do not expect to see a sequel to Journey. Robin Hunicke, the game’s Executive Producer, told IGN that due to thatgamecompany’s recent mass exodus (including Hunicke herself), no one is ready for a sequel.
“I think we all put a lot of heart and soul into Journey, so we’d like to leave it where it is,” she explained. “It’s pretty much perfect the way it is, we don’t want to mess with that so I would imagine there would be no Journey 2.”
Thatgamecompany has recently stated the studio is no longer exclusive to Sony and many employees have moved on to new companies and begun development on a variety of unannounced projects.
The 2013 BAFTA Awards have just been handed out in merry old England and Dishonored has been named the “Best Game of 2012” by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
However, the most impressive awards haul came courtesy of thatgamecompany’s Journey, which collected five awards (“Artistic Achievement,” “Audio Achievement,” “Game Design,” “Online Multiplayer,” and “Original Music”). The Unfinished Swan (“Best Debut” and “Game Innovation”) and The Walking Dead (“Mobile & Handheld” and “Story”) also took home multiple awards.
You can find the rest of the winners after the break. (more…)