Editorial: Unexpected Excellence

I played flOw two years ago when it first came out. It was a fun little title for the Playstation 3 that actually made decent use of the typically gimmicky six-axis tilt controller, but it was nothing groundbreaking. So, when I heard that Thatgamecompany was making a spiritual sequel called Flower, I thought it sounded interesting, but I admittedly didn’t take much notice because I expected it to be much like flOw but with a different skin.
Holy crap, was I wrong. I heard Lee talking positively about it on our own Megaphones Ahoy! Podcast so I decided to give it a shot, and downloaded it onto my friend’s PS3. I only planned to play the game for a few minutes and my friend decided to casually watch me try it out.

Just beautiful.

Just beautiful.

Three hours later, he and I had finished the game after an incredible arc of intense emotions. Flower is perhaps the most riveting game I have played since Shadow of the Colossus (which came out four years ago). Its immersive and simple concept tells the story of the beautiful, varied, and powerful dreams six flowers conjure on a drab city windowsill.

Although it’s possible to plow through the game in the same amount of time it would take to watch a movie, Flower doesn’t impose any time limits on you, and you can (and will definitely want to) take your time to soak in the gorgeous environments.

I encourage anybody with access to a PS3 to play one of the best games in years all the way to the appropriate and incredibly satisfying ending. This is why games are made.

9 Comments

  1. SiliconNooB
    Posted 2009.02.27 at 21:37 | Permalink

    I see you can’t describe Flower’s game mechanics either. It just looks like a screensaver to me.

  2. Ethos
    Posted 2009.02.27 at 21:48 | Permalink

    Bah-ha, it wasn’t a review so I didn’t think of it, but you just tilt the controller and guide a petal to flowers. These flowers open up and release more petals. Soon you’ll be a long trail of petals (picking up more and more speed as you grow) which is just astonishing to view.
    But it is far more than a screensaver. To just play the game is to miss the point. It is thematically and emotionally weighted.

  3. Branden
    Posted 2009.02.27 at 21:56 | Permalink

    Sold. Even after listening to the podcast I was uncertain as to whether I would buy it or not, but, you have just sold me. After this hockey game, I am getting on my PS3 and making my second (the first being flOw, which was alright) PSN purchase! Excellent editorial. I can’t wait to try this one out!

    ~Branden

  4. Ethos
    Posted 2009.02.27 at 22:02 | Permalink

    Excellent! If you enjoy it half as much as I did, you will never regret the purchase.

  5. Oyashiro
    Posted 2009.02.27 at 23:24 | Permalink

    I need to buy it, From what I’ve seen of it it looks beautiful and relaxing.

  6. Ethos
    Posted 2009.02.28 at 16:23 | Permalink

    Absolutely, Oyashiro. But be warned that the entire game isn’t relaxing, although this is for the better.

  7. Oyashiro
    Posted 2009.02.28 at 17:47 | Permalink

    Oh! So does it have a Wily Wonka moment? All relaxing and nice… Then they enter the tunnel…

  8. Ethos
    Posted 2009.03.01 at 18:12 | Permalink

    That’s not a terrible comparison actually, Oyashiro.

  9. Lee
    Posted 2009.03.06 at 12:32 | Permalink

    Coming to the end I really think this game is gaming heaven. I would spend $60 for more levels for sure. Shawn you should buy it right now!