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Beautiful But Boring - 10 Games That Look Great, And Not Much Else (Update)

When playing games, it's hard not to pay attention to the graphics. But sometimes, it overshadows the most important element – the gameplay. This can result in beautiful productions, which are terribly boring.

Journey

Unfortunately, the game that many people raved about didn't do it for me either. Journey seemed to be one of the few exclusive indie titles on PlayStation really worth knowing. I never had a PS3, so I was tempted to buy it only after getting a PS4. I bought it, it sucked me in, I explored it (even completed) and forgot about it (well, sort of). It was a find-flirt-forget kind of affair.

What's more, I completely did not understand the delights of this title. Yes, from the audiovisual point of view, it was really charming. There even is a deeper message in it. However, I have the impression that all the people who take Journey's message to a pedestal do it more because they'd like it to be so, than because the game really is so amazing. For me, it was a simple, symbolic story that – luckily – came to an end after about three hours. Indeed. Gameplay in Journey, although boring and repetitive, didn't get me tired in such a short time.

You stand alone in the middle of the world, around ... no things to do ... - 10 beautiful games that blow boredom - documentary - 2022-11-20
You stand alone in the middle of the world, and around... nothing to do...

I don't know, maybe my negative reception of this game derived from the fact that, at the beginning of the journey, I knew one of its greatest secrets. Of course, I mean the identity of characters similar to ours that we meet in the course of the game. In case you haven't had any contact with Journey, I'm not revealing what's that all about. People who do know this can, however, judge the importance of this information.

Or maybe I just cannot appreciate the symbolism or the message of simple, more artistic games? Although Celeste and Gris, published in the following years, captivated me with their stories much more. These productions, however, had an idea for themselves, which Journey was lacking a bit. Well, unless it was the presentation of an original, stylistically interesting world.

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Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. His adventure with gaming began at the age of four – with the Famicom clone. Currently, he prefers PC and challenging RPGs, but doesn't shy away from consoles or other genres. He has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure five years later – although he has known the website ever since he had access to the Internet – to combine his love of writing and games. He mainly deals with news and editorials. When he's not playing or writing, he's happiest reading, watching TV shows (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and walking his dog. He loves Stephen King's works almost unconditionally. He has not abandoned plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.

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