Best adventure game I've played...ever

User Rating: 9 | The Longest Journey PC
It's been a few years since I played TLJ and I was surprised that I had yet to write a review of this great adventure game. I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of the adventure genre - preferring more of the action adventure type like PoP, Tomb Raider, Hitman, etc.. However, I have played quite a few dating back to the classic old school adventure games.

I won't go into much detail as that's really unnecessary and a tend to babble a lot anyway. I'd just like to say that TLJ is a very unique adventure game. It has your usual - in depth dialogue, path-finding, point and click puzzles, an inventory of items that help you along the way if you figure what their use. However, what sets TLJ apart is a rather unusual story and vibrant universe that gradually sucks you in before you know it. There are bits and pieces of the story and characters that may have some relationship to the known, but really it's hard to describe how different this adventure game is compared to others. The game will take you across land and sea both in a futuristic earth setting as well as a parallel universe resembling a more distant time. A deep central story in play that is extremely rich and immersive. The story to me was unlike anything I'd experience before, yet there's an underlying familiarity or tone that makes it relatable as to not be so offbeat that it becomes off-putting. In short, it's fantasy based in a certain reality - it's fantastic. I suggest reading a summary review for a brief synopsis.

If you play, you will become very invested emotionally in the main character as well as other important characters and really care about there fate. The puzzles are well though out and intuitive while being challenging without overtaxing the neurons. Lastly, let's not forget the setting - I gorgeous tapestry has been created as the background for this game. The game itself is a work of art.

Ultimately, if you play this game, you will travel to a time and place you've never been to before or recognize and you will certainly enjoy the trip.