Archive for March, 2012

So last night I totally had my mind blown!!!

7:35pm – and my PS3 has had the pre-load screen for Journey sitting idle for at least 5 minutes. The theme loops and I stare at the screenshot used waiting until I am totally ready to embark on my Journey.

7:38pm – Still no movement, at this stage you might be wondering what is happening. Well my wife is in the lounge room too at this point. Sorting out some bills and making sure they are paid, on the phone talking to some call centre somewhere. For starters thats not the kind of environment that the gorgeous strings of the Journey theme song call for and secondly my wife doesnt want me starting the game without her full attention.

7:42pm – Finally it is time to take my first step.

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I Am Alive critical reaction = 2012 version of Deadly Premonitions?

Why scores so varied?

I Am Alive was always going to go one way or the other in my opinion but what I did not expect was the rollercoaster of review scores that launched this morning. Things seemed to have leveled out to about where I thought it might end up (Metacritic has it at around 75) but its always interesting when a game can recieve a 10 from one publication and a 4.5 from another. So like the mystery of Deadly Premonition before it, it is something that needs investigating.

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Thatgamecompany doesn’t succumb to peer pressure, no matter how many angry fan boys sent them emails asking for a flower 2 with even prettier imagery and softer music they said no. They will not pander to bullies who want to play with flowers. They want to take us somewhere, but we don’t really know where exactly it is and from all reports I don’t know if they know either.

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