The 'Journey Collector's Edition' Compiles Interactive Art

August 30, 2012

If you're at a loss for how to spend your cash on games this week, we're here to help you figure out just what's worth paying for. This week has a couple of big releases, including the king of football games, Madden NFL 13, but there's something better if you're willing to dig a little deeper. If tossing around the virtual pigskin isn't your kind of thing, you going to want to check out the Journey Collector's Edition, a compilation of games that you probably should have played by now. Here's what you need to know:

thatgamecompany - An indie studio with the support of Sony and lead by Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago. thatgamecompany thinks well outside the box and is always looking for new ways for gamers to game.

The Journey Collector's Edition is a compilation of thatgamecompany's three PSN releases, flOw, Flower, and Journey in addition to three exclusive mini games that were created during a companywide 24 hour game jam (that mean's they're a little rough around the edges). Other additional exclusive content that is included is a 30-minute documentary, creator's commentary, soundtracks, concept art galleries, an avatar collection, and a one month trail of PlayStation Plus.

Only available on disc for your PS3... kinda. flOw, Flower and Journey are all available as PSN downloads, but this is the only place you can get them for one price, along with the exclusive content.

All three of the main games that are included are outstanding experiences, unlike anything else that you've ever played. flOw puts you in control of an aquatic worm swimming through different planes of water, giving you the freedom to do whatever you want. Flower tasks players with bringing life and color back to the world by traveling over the land with flower petals. Surprisingly it's not as dull as that description – classified as a "poetic adventure," Flower is one of the most relaxing games ever created. Journey, the most recently released of the three games, follows a nameless, faceless figure as he ventures towards a shining light off in the distance. Players are free to do what they want on the way there, and, as the name implies, the game is more about the journey than the destination.

If you're used to shooting things, or blowing things up in video games, this collection is the exact opposite of those games. Put down the guns for a few minutes, sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the most impressive interactive creations of the last few years.