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Review | Flower (PS4)

by on December 1, 2013
 

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I’ve been a big fan of thatgamecompany’s titles, and Flower was one of those games, that hit the PS3 in 2009 and proved to be an amazing experience.  The game lets you control the wind, as you guide a petal through a field of flowers and then nets you more and more petals as you progress.  It’s a soothing experience that begs you to sit back and relax, while taking in the game’s calming music and non-linear play.

So when I heard that Flower was coming to the PlayStation 4, I knew I had to try it out again, though I wasn’t sure what could be done to change the experience.  As expected, the PS4 version does improve on the visuals, and does it so well that the game manages to be even more gorgeous than on the PS3, which seems like a difficult task, given that there isn’t too much going on, on-screen.  The sky looks amazing, and the amount of detail you’ll see on plants and grass looks uber realistic.  And it’s just not the amount of details in the flowers, but also the way that the colors are even more intense than I remember.

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Keep in mind that the game remains short, as you can flip the game in under two hours, but it’s so accessible that anyone in the house should give it a whirl.  It’s simple, yet fulfilling, as you feel like someone who is creating life in the world, and it just makes you feel good, when you take a world that seems dull and sad, and turn it into something colorful and beautiful.

Aside from the incredible visuals, the game also runs more smoothly with more physics, and with the inclusion of motion controls via the DualShock 4.  You can use gestures to be more precise with your movements and it does seem a bit more engaging.  After you manage to play through Flower, you’ll hopefully sit back and appreciate the effort that has gone into making a game like this, which is such a departure from the typical shooters and action games that crowd a console’s library.

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For those who already played Flower on the PS3, the PS4 version adds some fantastic polish to the game that is worth taking it for another spin.  And for those who never got around to checking it out a few years ago, this is the perfect time to dive into another one of those unique games that only comes around once in a great while.

Final Score: 5 out of 5

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