Eurogamer’s Candid Entwined Review: Journey, This is Not

It's supposed to be highly artistic and even spiritual, but Eurogamer says it doesn't really work.

It’s supposed to be highly artistic and even spiritual, but Eurogamer says it doesn’t really work.

The PlayStation brand has often supported development teams that produce artistically compelling games. The incredibly well-received Journey is a perfect example of the brand’s dedication to such projects.

That’s what many expected from Entwined, the new game from PixelOpus designed specifically for Sony’s new PlayStation 4. The title debuted during Sony’s E3 press conference, and it was great to hear that Entwined was already available to purchase.

Most critics thus far have been impressed with the colorful, even surreal effort, but Eurogamer’s Chris Schilling wasn’t enamored. He’s one of the only critics we’ve seen who calls out the game for falling short, and backs up his criticism with frank, even brutal analysis.

It aimed to touch our hearts with its vivid, supposedly touching display, but it doesn't succeed.

It aimed to touch our hearts with its vivid, supposedly touching display, but it doesn’t succeed.

Why We Like It:

— The critic isn’t afraid to tackle the simplicity and lack of depth. Sometimes, reviewers are so in love with the game’s visual style and attempt at originality that they ignore the obvious gameplay shortcomings.

— The reader gets a relatively personal analysis, which is perfect for this type of game. As the game asks the participant to feel, we want to know what the critic felt, and whether or not he felt connected and moved by the experience. In this case…nope.

Well-written and nicely presented. It’s a professional review, through and through. Unfortunately, this is not exactly common in the world of video game reviews.

Read Chris Schilling’s Entwined Review Now

2 thoughts on “Eurogamer’s Candid Entwined Review: Journey, This is Not”

I think it was pretty good…definitely better than a 4.

But that is a well-written review.

It’s not that great. I was really hoping for something more but it didn’t happen.

There’s only ONE Journey.

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