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This game is beautiful. A single playthrough won't take you long, maybe 4 hours if you're really taking your time, but I intend to replay it quite a few times.

The visuals are beautiful. Coming from thatgamecompany, the people who gave us Flow and Flower, this is unsurprising. Movement is fluid, and the controls work exactly as you would expect.

The multiplayer aspect is the most interesting part, though. As you play you will be paired up with someone. You won't know their PSN ID until after you finish, you can't talk to them or send them messages. Your only form of communication is a visual and audible blip. Somehow, though, this works. As people disconnect, you'll lose them from your game and connect to someone else.

Once, toward the end of the game, I had been playing with the same person for about 45 minutes when they suddenly dropped. For just a few seconds, I was distraught. In that short time, with only bell sounds and flashy lights to communicate, I had gotten attached to this companion. It was only when I realized and examined this emotion that I shook it, because it was immediately replaced by amazement at what this simple little game had done.

Play it. That's all I can say. If you have a PS3, you need to play this.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/24/2012 at 12:27am

This seems really interesting to me. They seem to offer a really great co-op experience part in by making it mostly anonymous. I also like the focus on less of traditional "game mechanics" and more on the feel and emotion of the progression.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 04/24/2012 at 03:27am

The feel and emotion of the progression, that's the perfect way of putting it. I won't spoil it for you but there's a part close to the end that really makes you feel like you are physically struggling. It's so deep for such a simple game.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 04/24/2012 at 04:05am

Heard great things, excited to crack it open!

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