It’s no secret that I love Journey. The experience of wandering the desert with a total stranger. Working together through obstacles as you make a rudimentary chirping noises to try and communicate with each other.
Yet despite the many times I’ve played it, no moment will ever top the first time that I played Journey.
Let’s talk about our favourite gaming moments. There are going to be spoilers.
Journey is a simple game. You wake up in the desert and walk towards a mountain. Along the way you meet fellow travelers, real people you can work with to reach the summit.
The first time that I played Journey I met maybe a dozen different people along the way. One of them stuck with me for about half of the game while we trekked up the snowy mountain towards our final goal. We developed a way to talk with the game’s chirps. Short, rapid bursts meant danger was imminent. A long cry was used to get attention to something interesting.
We approached the summit together. Our steps slowing down in the cold. My friend collapsed. I collapsed. Everything seemed over.
The next thing I knew we were bursting through the clouds above the summit. Soaring through the skies, passing through sections reminiscent of the world we trekked through before as Austin Wintory’s magnificent soundtrack played.
It was glorious.
Even on my second, third and fifteenth journeys it was still a beautiful moment. Just not quite the full glory of the first experience.
The song that played, Apotheosis, struck such a chord that I still listen to it from time to time when I’m feeling down. When my wife and I got married, Apotheosis was the song that played at the end of the ceremony.
Few gaming moments have ever touched me in the way that one moment in Journey did. How about you, do you have a favourite moment?