One of the most beautiful PlayStation games ever made is free this month — here’s what it’s like

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One of the most uncontroversial assertions one can make is that “Journey” is probably the most beautiful game ever made. Its artistic merit was recognized with heaps of awards, including a Grammy nomination for its composer, Austin Wintory.

If this is the first you’re hearing of it, I have good news: “Journey” is free this month for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners who are subscribed to PlayStation Plus.

Here’s what it’s like.


“Journey” opens in a vast desert, peppered with small gravestones.

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You play a mysterious hooded figure whose identity and motives are a mystery.

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As you walk past each grave, your controller will give off a slight vibrating pulse.

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Eventually, you’ll spot a giant mountain in the distance.

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As you venture towards it, you’ll explore a variety of gorgeous landscapes, like this sun-drenched desert.

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And a dark underground cave.

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You’ll start to encounter some mysterious figures on your journey, whose role will become increasingly clear as you progress.

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But to say anything more would do you a disservice, because uncovering its mysteries is at the heart of what makes “Journey” such a special game.

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As far as I’m concerned, “Journey” is one of the most definitive games of the last decade, mostly because it manages to convey a compelling narrative entirely wordlessly.

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And this month, it’s free on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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