Week 4 of 52 Games is a Year brings Journey of the PS4 and South Park: The Stick of Truth on Xbox One.
South Park the Stick of Truth still holds up against the Sequel The Fractured But Whole
To round out month 1 of our adventure I decided to replay South Park: The Stick of Truth on Xbox One. I played and finished South Park: The Fractured but Whole in 2017 and while I enjoyed that game, it didn’t resonate with me the way the same way as Stick of Truth. Replaying it I discovered that the oversimplified mechanics and battle system were what I really fell in love with.
Stick of Truth really lacks any “deep” RPG mechanics by today’s’ standards. It features very simple button-based combat that is easy to master but fun to perform every time. When you combine that with the humor and just sheer ridiculousness that is the story, the final product is something that is easy to play but even easier to enjoy the story. Even though I had already seen some of the most ridiculous spots in the story, I still laughed a lot the second time around. I found that the superhero aspect of The Fractured But Whole also just didn’t resonate with me as much as the fantasy setting.
I can say with certainty that South Park: The Stick of Truth is a must play for anybody. The mechanics are perfect for a hardcore fan of RPGS but also gamers who don’t want an RPG that takes hours to tweak a build to the exact way needed to move forward. The story will make you laugh even if you aren’t an avid watcher of the show. And by the end, you will of loved your time spent with this title.
Journey is an award winning game, but Chris felt underwhelmed for such hype.
My fourth game of the year is Journey on the PS4. The original game was released for the PS3 back in 2012, and it was highly reviewed and praised by others. After hearing all of this positive feedback for this game, I wanted to know what all the hype was about.\o be my companion, as we go on this mysterious journey.
I knew nothing about Journey going into it. I completed it in a single sitting which was weird. Yet, I still don’t understand what this game is. You literally travel up a mountain completing little and simple puzzles. Rinse and repeat for about roughly two hours and you’re done. This game was really short, and to me, I don’t think it’s worth more than fifteen bucks. There’s just not enough content in this game for me to enjoy. Yet the mystery did leave me wanting more.
Because of this mystery, I was driven to reach the summit of this mountain. I wanted to know what this beam of light at the summit was. The build-up to reach the top was intense, but I thought the ending was anticlimactic. I wanted more from the ending than what I got. Simply put, I just didn’t find the end satisfying for the journey that I took.
While the story wasn’t what I hoped for, there are aspects of Journey that I loved. Mainly the presentation of Journey is what I loved. It has amazing music that feels like it fits the world. And it’s probably one of the best looking games I have ever played. The graphics and visuals in this game are beautiful and stunning. To me, these little details are what makes this game so phenomenal. It is art in video game form.
Overall I believe Journey has it’s up and downs. I really wish there was more to this game, it was pretty simplistic. But the mystery, music, and visuals are what hooked me in. I would say Journey is less than a game but more of a personal experience. An experience that everyone should at least try once, to understand and appreciate the beauty of this game.