by David Sanchez on May 8, 2012 @ 12:08 pm
There’s no denying how impressive thatgamecompany’s Journey on the PlayStation Network really is. When it launched a couple of months ago, it quickly became the fastest-selling game on Sony’s digital platform, surpassing countless other quality titles. What separated Journey from other art games was just how inviting it was. It didn’t alienate gamers who aren’t fans of the genre, and as a result, it provided most people who played it with a gripping, unforgettable experience.
According to Jenova Chen, the lead designer behind Journey, Sony’s platform is geared toward gamers with more adult tastes — individuals who want something a bit different and artistic — as opposed to the Xbox 360 and Wii. “Sony has a more artistic and adult-focused taste,” Chen told GamesBeat. “The player who owns a PlayStation 3 is more likely to be interested in artistic games compared to Wii and Xbox 360.”
Sony was quick to back Chen’s statements, saying that the PlayStation 3 was a platform dedicated to an audience with more adult tastes. “Many PlayStation and PSN games have themes that require a user to think and feel about a deep, immersive gameplay experience, and we see that exemplified in the success of titles like Flower, Journey, and Heavy Rain,” stated Sony’s Jack Buser. ” Titles like these can only be found on PlayStation, and our users enjoy the emotional and thematic sophistication of their games, especially with our digital offerings.”
While you can’t deny the fact that games like Closure, the upcoming The Unfinished Swan, and pretty much everything from thatgamecompany all appeal to gamers with an affinity for artsy experiences, no one can possibly overlook the the outstanding aesthetically driven titles that have landed on the Xbox 360. Games such as Limbo (which started off as an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive) and Fez have given fans of Microsoft’s platform plenty of thought-provoking moments. Still, there’s no arguing that artsy titles pop up on the PlayStation Network far more often, and they tend to succeed.
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