For a while now I’ve been spending my time either joking around with other White Cloaks like myself or helping out every Red Cloak I see. Sometimes it’s hard finding someone who wants to travel with a companion and stick by, not to mention the fact I lose my connection whenever the phone rings. Fortunately, my experience I’m about to tell I managed to go through all the way with no interruptions and disconnections.
I recently got this game and I absolutely love it. When I first played, I got attacked twice in the sunken city. I flew off and was laying in the sand in some dark corner. My companion was chirping like crazy trying to find me. I thought that was quite sweet. Further along, they chirped to let my know there was a glyph for my scarf. It’s one of my favorite memories.
Today I was playing and my companion left me. I was a bit sad since we were together for a while. So I started walking and I saw a light shining behind me. I turned around and saw someone in a white cloak. It was my first time seeing one, it was so pretty. I went up to them and chirped and they chirped back. As we were playing the level, they would chirp to get me to follow them. They helped me find a hidden glyph, unlock a new trophy, and some other stuff. There is always this one stop on the mountain that gives me trouble but they were so patient with me. I finished the game with them and I was so happy that I sent them a message saying thanks. I really wish I could play the whole way with them.
I’ve honestly played Journey 5 times prior to this latest run-through. By this play I had a white cloak and all of the markings. I wanted this run-through to be strictly an item run and not care about any companions that came upon my path, but lo and behold a red cloak, clearly in his second play-through, started following me in the bridge level. I went to all of the item locations and the glyphs, and he followed me through every bit of it. I was shocked by his willingness to go where I would, even when I didn’t even know where I was going. I let him accompany me through the entire journey, and we even developed our own set of chirps. Three chirps from me would mean “you’ll be okay” and a single chirp from him would let me know that he understands. When we finished the game, I got a message from him simply saying “thank you”. I messaged him back a friend request. He replied, saying that it was only his second time playing Journey, that he’s from Brazil and his English isn’t very good, but that he wants to get a white robe soon. It was honestly one of the most emotional moments I’ve ever had.
I got this game due to a friend of mine talking about it a lot and telling me to try it, so I gave in and got a psn card to get the game.
I never expected what I felt from this game, the beautiful atmosphere and the experiences you get are amazing, everytime I feel down with real life stuff I play this game, it’s considered a sad game but for some reason it somewhat makes me feel better to look at it and play through it, if I can go through this journey I can get through my own life journey.
Now, I usually get abandoned by my journey partners, doesn’t always happen but it’s usually the thing that happens and it feels that just like in real life I can’t get friends.
But, when I play with my friend, things change, we gave our cloaked creatures names, we gave them stories and a new feel to this game was born from that. I love to always play with her and everytime she disconnects by accident or something, I always feel that it’s rather saddening and heartbreaking, even though they are just fictional characters, my cloaked figure always seems to slow down everytime it doesn’t have her companion, it breaks my heart to see my cloaked figure watch her partner turn to dust.
This game opened a world for me, I tried to share with my two other friends and yet, I couldn’t get them into it, which is saddening but atleast I have one friend to go through journeys with me in it, draw our cloaked figures with and even roleplay them and their journeys.
It’s just a bright light in my daily life that I enjoy having, even with the saddening parts, it’s so worth it.
It’s always so nice when you had a tough day and then you get home and although you weren’t in the mood for playing anything, you decided on Journey anyway. It was such a day yesterday and guess what, I had a great time with a white companion, who was as happy to meet me as I was (I guess he was, judging on the way he talked). We stick together until the end and I felt immediately comforted and content. I just love the effect this game has on people :)
So today I decided to draw some Journey fanart. But first, for inspiration, I wanted to play the game again. So I started playing, got my white cloak and headed off to the first level. A few other white coats passed me by, but I really wanted to play with a red cloak. I know it sounds silly, but I love being able to show them the fun secrets. Finally a red cloak appeared and I could tell they had only played the game twice before. We ran around chirping and dancing, I showed them all the glyphs and walls and we had a fun time. We made it to my favorite level, (the golden tower I like to call it, when you fill the room with that golden liquid) we had made it a good while, but suddenly my companion disappeared. I thought they had left but it turns out my internet had cut out. Finally I had reconnected, but my partner was gone. I cried so hard, because I had never felt so connected to someone and I lost them because of an accident. A white cloak had joined me, but it wasn’t the same. To my red cloak companion, if you read this, I had a wonderful time with you and I would love to play with you again!
I read something somewhere on Tumblr about white robes drawing hearts in the snow at the end of the game. Being a white robe, I decided to try it. My heart turned out to be a failure, but the person I was with got what I was trying to do. Their heart was a failure too. Then, I started drawing a heart at the same time they did, and we ended up finishing each others’ drawings. We made it halfway to the end by drawing a line of hearts together.
As he slipped quietly down the sand dune, intent on starting his journey, he noticed the flat strip of land that stretched out in front of him. There were more of those curious little stone markers, but this time instead of two there were many more — they positively littered the ground, giving…
What do you all think of the new theme? :) It’s not perfect yet, but I’m quite happy with it.
I primarily chose it due to the lovely little set of links to the left. Now, you can click on the ‘stories’ tab to view all of your tales submitted and reblogged here. The link to the timezones post and the list of Journey-related tumblrs is also to the left.
I am deliberating about making a separate tag and menu link for fanart. Do you think this would be worth doing?
EDIT: There are now tags for fanart and music! Not all of the content on the blog has been tagged perfectly. I apologise if I’ve missed anything. I’m trying my best! :)
The new profile image is the picture displayed for the game’s Companion trophy. What do you think of it? Any suggestions are appreciated. Ideally I’d like a screenshot from the game of two travellers close/huddled together, but I can’t seem to find much. Should I change the new image to something else?
Hi everyone! Just so you all know, I am about to mess with the theme of this blog — over the next few days, I’d like to give the place a makeover, including the addition of several sidebar links as shortcuts to various important posts and a tag for all submitted stories.
However, I know next to nothing about themes and HTML, so if anything totally bizarre happens to the theme in the next hour or so…I’m working on it :)
Thanks for your patience! Much love and happy chirps to you all. <3
I’ve never been more involved with my teammates. I can’t play most FPS games that are in the style of Call of Duty, Crysis, or Battlefield because I get motion sickness so those kind of co-op games won’t do for me. I mean sure, we can strategize and figure out who will do what in MMO’s and other multiplayer games but it will never evoke any kind of emotion that Journey does.
At one point, when my partner and I were trying to reach the peak through the snowy mountain and we caught the flying monster’s attention. My partner diverted its attention and it threw them across the map and tore their scarf instead of me. I went all the way back for them and we were more careful the second time around. The melodic chirping is also something new and great because you’re not communicating through words and there’s something profound in that. It’s just beautiful chirping sounds.
Reaching the peak with the person you’d been traveling with for the past few hours before the closing credits is truly indescribable. As you and your partner are walking into the light at the peak of the mountain, and the music fades out, and your chirping becomes inaudible, and both your silhouettes become one and then back to two as they walk side by side, you get feelings that you can’t put into words. Truly beautiful.
It’s simple yet elegant when you’re playing it. The narrative is very poignant and evocative without needing text or words. That’s not to say that it isn’t without certain themes. In my reviews, I’d been stressing how simple it is so don’t expect any complex decision-making or themes of racism/sexism/ableism/etc (although I really appreciate the gender and race neutrality). Ultimately, it isn’t an integral part of the experience so I definitely recommend this game if you or a friend own a PS3.