Ready to get emotional in 1080p?

It was announced long ago that Journey is coming to PlayStation 4, but a recent rumor claims that it is finally headed to the PS4 on July 21, and I for one, could not be more thrilled.

Journey was a special game when it was released in 2012 and it remains a special game to me today. The game itself is not long or complicated, both of which remain two of its strongest points.

My initial sit down to start the game also turned into the same sit down where I would finish the game, which is something I rarely get to do anymore. The pure beauty, simplicity, and elegance that encompasses the game is hardly unmatchable by any other recent release.

Journey is a game that I often use when discussing AAA releases and the value of games in this industry. Journey could easily be priced at $60 and be worth it. It’s one of the most emotional games I’ve ever played, standing up next to The Last of Us and The Walking Dead. It’s an experience that is truly worth the value of your money, but it was a mere $15 at release – a bargain for such an adventure. Journey is not about how big a world it has, how much there is to do, or how long it takes you to finish it. It’s about moments and the experiences.

I’m so ready to jump into it on my PlayStation 4. I do not claim to be sensitive to graphics by any means, but the fact that it will be only MORE beautiful in 1080p and 60 frames per second? I’m so in. Every moment I encounter in the original version was more marvelous than the previous one, and I can only imagine how this will look on the PS4. Apologies in advance for the number of screenshots I will undoubtedly share.

I often complain about re-releases of games and question their value when they simply receive a pretty new graphical look and are sold at retail for $60, but I also often regard that, in my opinion, this should only be done for games that fall into two categories: Games that are truly monumental, or games that were previously exclusive to a particular console. Journey is both.

As with The Last of Us Remastered, a whole new slew of people who moved to the PlayStation 4 will possibly be wiping a tear from their eye by the time they finish a round with the robed character. The beauty is that Journey will not be $60. It launched on PlayStation 3 at $14.99, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it remaining this cost or at the most, reach $20.

I’ve never been one to replay a ton of games, rewatch many movies, or reread books, but games like Journey are my exception that I will always find time for. The music, the atmosphere, the communications between players – this release gives me an excuse to take yet another journey, and I fully intend to be left contemplating the ways of the universe again when I am finished.

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