I was glad we met at the bridge for I had been hoping to travel with someone. You indulged in my little game of never stepping on the sand and only flying to the platforms, and I thank you for that. Going through the dunes we sang and danced and flew together and at the end, after watching the cutscene, when I found that you were not by my side I saddened by this. I have to say, I thought we were going to go on a marvelous journey together. It’s alright though, I don’t blame you for whatever may have happened, but thank you for singing with me and I hope your next journey is a good one.
It was about my 10th time playing the game and I had never traveled all the way to the end with a one friend. With my white cloak I guided many red ones who ended up sitting down and disappearing. This time I met a white on in the bridge level. We danced and chirped for long time and finally without building the bridge we flew our way to the next place. When we arrived at the “water temple” my new friend helped me to the top without filling the “water”. It took us about 30 minutes and many times I felt like s/he was going to abandon me and continue on (as I kept failing over and over again) but my newly found friend kept chirping and giving me power every time I felt like giving up. Through all the other places we kept dancing together and when we couldn’t fly we walked cross each other “zig zaging”. Also many times I though I had lost you, but you kept reappearing to me over and over again. In the end I drew you a heart and you drew me one. Thank you for not ditching me and giving me the best Journey experiences Fagudes!
To my dancing partner (from one white cloak to another)
I’m so glad that I got to play with you. We met on the Bridge level and danced for god knows how long. We floated around in the air, sang, jumped on top of the little pedestals at the end of the level. Our dancing and chirping continued right up until the Sunken City/Tunnel level when you left all of the sudden. I wasn’t really sure what to do, so I just stood there for a moment and sang a little song for you. I know that you wouldn’t be able to hear it, but part of me just really wanted to do it, in case you somehow magically reappeared. I hope we get to play together again someday.
I didn’t know I could meet people in the game. When I first found one I thought it was an NPC. “Hey, let’s be partners!” I said, s/he followed me while I wander around. Sadly, s/he soon sat down and disappeared. I was forced to continue alone, sad my companion had left yet confused that maybe I had meet a person not a NPC.
I got to meet two other companions separately who soon enough created an undescriptible bond after I had realized they were indeed people.
However, I lost them at the jaws of the monsters. I cried out loud for them, hoping to get a note back… nothing. I could have save them. They couldn’t possibly disappeared like that, they were too special for that… My feet didn’t want to move, I had to wait for them… nothing. Should I continue? Alone? Leaving them alone? Yet again, I was forced to.
I cried at the final stage, not just for me but for the companions I had lost, people who I will even meet, never again…
After 4 hour-break, I started a new journey, a very short one, I most recall. Somehow, I got teletransported further in the game, to the tower room. I meet another person. We stayed together, helping each other and encouraging to continue. And so, we got to the snow level with the monsters. I was frightened… we had to stayed together! no matter what! I took the lead, hoping that way none of us would be spotted. How wrong I was…
My companion was following me to a safe spot when s/he got lighted. I saw how desperately s/he jumped. I feared the worst. Blinded by fear, I ran in between my companion and the monster believing I could move my partner away or distract the monster. We both got hit… but we landed in the same spot.
My tight grip into the controller died, I couldn’t save my companion but s/he is still alive… with me…
Our fainted notes encouraged ourselves while fighting against the cold wind of the mountain. If I was going to die, I wanted to die next to my companion… s/she started to turn away. “We must continue up”. My companion followed me, still hesitant. And so, we died… “Goodbye…” I muttered, “the rest is for us to pass alone.”
Again, I was wrong, but this time I was filled in joy I was. I meet my companion for the last time… we danced and singed ‘til the very end.
That person was the only companion I meet in that journey… our journey.
Is it possible to have a religious experience in a video game?
Because I just danced for 20 minutes with a complete stranger in the final level of Journey. When we got to the end I learned that in the final part of the mountain, just before you walk into the light, if you run into your companion and jump, you can fly into the air. We synchronized our jumps until we were floating above the light, twirling and dancing and laughing and I just…I don’t even know, man. I’m crying. So many feels.
carlosG_NAICE if you are reading this you are amazing.
One my first playthrough, my companion and I finally made it to that cave where the flying monster resides. I could tell something spooky was about to happen. However, before we could enter, my companion sat down and disappeared. They left me all alone in that cave and I spent a minute or two singing notes hoping that they would come back. They never did.
((Apologies: This is VERY long. Pictures at the bottom))
I’ve made playing Journey a daily thing. It’s soothing and provides some much needed calm in my life. And one of the things I love most about this game is that no matter how many times you play it, each journey is different. You discover…
I wanted to share with all of you what Journey meant to me. All the deepest appreciation for life, and the only way I know how to express my gratitude is by making music of my own. This is my gift to Austin Wintory. Thank you so much.
I started playing Journey earlier tonight and completed the game alone and was left feeling empty so I decided to start another journey. This time around I ran into the best companion I have ever played with. They were a red coat, possibly on their second or third play through I recently got my white cloak and have been a little too anxious to wear it. I have social anxiety disorder and Journey is the first game that I’ve ever been able to play online. Anyway we met in the cloth bridge level. My companion was happy and very friendly. I decided ‘what the heck, just take your time and show them all the things you know and just have fun.” So that is exactly what I did. I showed them the glyphs and the flower trophy, and they in turn showed me the flOw creature trophy. We flew through the desert, refilling each others scarves. We made it to the sunk city level and flew down, crisscrossing our paths as we went along. Once in the underground level, we stuck high to the wall, avoiding the stone creatures. Eventually we made it to the snow level, and unfortunately I hesitated and got both our scarves torn. I felt terrible, like I failed. But they weren’t angry and we pressed on.
We reached the summit of the mountain and walked forward, both chirping to each other. I was nervous about reaching the ‘Apotheosis level because I’ve lost companions before and I didn’t want to lost this one. Once I reached the level I was happy to find my companion right behind me. We flew forward, chirping and dancing around each other, I got lost for a moment but caught up. We reached the end together and crisscrossed paths in the snow, and chirped all the way up to the light. After the credits rolled I wrote their name down and was in the process of sending them a message when they send me a friend request and a wonderful message. I replied and quickly added them back. Thank you for a wonderful journey my companion and Thank You to thatgamecompany for creating Journey.
On my third go, my game glitched right at the very end. I apologize to my companion who I left flying in the sky. T_T I’m pretty sure I somehow managed to get stuck in a place where I wasn’t supposed to be. I hope that on the chance that we ever meet again, you’ll forgive me, and I hope you pushed on through til the end anyway! (Or is it the beginning? I’m not sure.)
This has changed me forever. Playing this game is one of the greatest gaming experiences of my life. I have played all the usual stuff but this beats them all. The strangers i met along the way all had their own way of interacting and the experience of meeting these people will be with me for a very long time. Well done to everyone involved in this game.
As I’ve played this game over 20 times now (I’ve lost count at some point) my enthusiasm for it begins to slow down a bit. That doesn’t mean that I love it any less but with 100% achievements there isn’t much new to discover - or so I thought!
These days I met another white cloak right at the second level, the bridge level, and we were to enjoy this journey together until the end from that point onwards. I had a lot of fun, we were taking our time, dancing, chirping and playing around. What made this journey especially fun though was the tower level before the snow area. While I knew it to be possible to reach a certain point without activating the glyphs that fill up the tower my fellow white cloak showed me how to get to the top without doing so at all. I never even thought of trying that before and on our way up my partner helped me with chirping and recharging my scarf whenever one of my flights went a bit past the point I wanted to reach. With this s/he showed me how to reach all the symbols anyway and my face lit up when we entered the chamber from which the cloth whale always emerges. Without the ‘water’ level rising the whale remained inside the chamber and swam in circles. We then flew up to him and took a ride on his back and head and it was a magical moment to share. It felt like we entered the private home of that whale and he welcomed us warmly. I am very grateful for that experience and for the person showing me the way up the tower, patiently guiding me up and up~ I felt like a newby once more, seeing a hidden wonder of the tower I hadn’t known before. At that very same day I shared my newfound wisdom with another permanent companion on a different journey. I was trying to be especially patient and encouraging when that young and cheerful white cloak kept missing the landing point despite my trying to recharge his scarf to help him and often fell down to the beginning again. But he didn’t give up and I always tried to stay as close to him as possible and showed the way as many times as it was needed. When we reached higher levels I complimented him with chirping and tried to show how proud I was of his achievements! We also managed to reach the whale and his happy chirping when riding its back warmed my heart and made me smile as I was thinking “that’s exactly how I felt when I was shown this magical moment!”. In the end his chirping actually activated one of the glyphs and made the water level rise to the fullest. Too bad, but then again it right before our flight to the spirit statue/exit of the level, so it felt like we actually made it and it was just a little accident that didn’t really matter. I had shown my partner what I had wanted him to see and it felt like a great reward for him for not giving up and taking on the hardship of the climb. I am happy that I learnt of this wonder and that I was able to share it with someone else.
If you think you’ve definitely seen it all and can’t learn something new you might get proven wrong by a special someone who shows you a completely new and beautiful side of what you thought you knew so well. That’s what I love about this game, that’s what I love about life.
I sometimes feel like writing to the companions that have accompanied me throughout a whole journey but I fear they wouldn’t want that and it also might destroy the mystical bittersweetness of the shared fun and hardships with an unknown person over a limited period of time. I’m glad for each heart that I’m able to draw in the snow and even more so for each one that I receive back~
But I want to let people know that I am grateful for their company, no matter if for a complete journey or just partways through. Thanks for not letting me walk alone and painting my path with your colours whenever our ways cross.