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Ratings and reviews for Flower - PS3 [Digital Code]

Ratings and reviews for Flower - PS3 [Digital Code]
4.6
based on 38 rating(s)
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Price: $9.99 $9.99
System: Playstation 3
Release Date: 2/11/2009
Binding: Software Download
Format: Download
Studio: Sony PlayStation Network
Manufacturer: Sony PlayStation Network
Product Group: Digital Video Games
Edition: Standard
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Genre: Adventure Games
Hardware Platform: Playstation 3
Sales Rank: 9098
Description: Flower lets you take control of the wind as you explore and navigate beautiful, lush environments using only the SIXAXIS motion controls. Journey through varied landscapes at your own pace, interacting with and changing the environment as you go, and find balance and harmony in your surroundings. This is an interactive escape that takes you on an emotional journey like no other game you've ever experienced. Download the game today and experience the world of Flower.

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amazon logo Not worth it
It's just not worth the price, the reason?

Because it feels more like a screensaver than a game. And I'm into artistic games but this just didn't do it for me. It wasn't fun, not creative as i thought it would be, and after 2 hours it's already over.

I say this game is worth 2$, please use your money on another psn game, for I learned my lesson.
14 of 70 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo If You Wanted Evidence of Video Games as Art
Flower is a surprise hit with critical praise and bestselling status. The developer, thatgamecompany, aims to show emotion in the games they create, giving the player satisfaction on a different level than most mainstream games. Its simplistic controls--SIXAXIS motion control to move and any button to move faster--let you focus more on the astounding graphics and soundtrack and less on worrying about specific techniques. The game is made to let you relax and is a very nice departure from most other video games.

In the game, you are the wind. As the breeze flies throughout the beautiful blades of grass, you pick up single petals from flowers that you fly over until, eventually, you have hundreds of flower petals following you. The first few levels introduce you to simple puzzles involving exploration and collections of certain petals, but the last few levels reveal the plot in which you bring organic energy to a dismal, lifeless urban environment.

The game is rather short, especially if you just go through the levels quickly, but the game is meant to be played slowly so you can take in the entire experience. It is very visually stunning and must be seen on an HDTV to truly enjoy the animation of each blade of grass. Replay value comes in the form of trophies with certain goals, which include finishing levels with certain criteria and finding all "secret" flowers throughout all levels. I must admit that, after getting 100% of the trophies, it's not a game I play too often, but it is very nice to play through when I need a break.

This game is a great example of interactive art and I think it could actually prove to be a landmark game in the movement for emotion in gaming. Many people still say that video games can never be art, but if thatgamecompany has anything to say about it, there will be some changed minds in the future.
53 of 56 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo AMAZING!
This game quite simply has to be played through to be understood. This isn't a game for high scores, or objectives, or life and death or anything else in games that is used to add tension. This is a game to relax with and just get lost in. The designers describe it as an interactive poem and I must say they hit their mark. The game isn't more than 5 hours long but you can't really fault anything about it. Just know what you're in for, and enjoy the ride
22 of 26 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Hypnotically soothing
After waffling over which console to get, (360 or PS3), "Flower" was one of the games that offered a compelling argument beyond the technological differences between the two: Independent game. "Flower" brings an incredibly novel approach to gaming and put the "must race here to kill this or get that" to bed for a minute to allow you to soar across this valley as a swirl of petals with nothing to do but relax and enjoy the view.
It was my first PS3 game purchase and I love it.
23 of 25 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Not relaxing.
All I heard about this game prior to purchase was about how much fun, how beautiful, and how relaxing the game is. While it has its eye candy moments, I find them completely ruined by the awkward controls that were apparently made for the little kids who, when having difficulty maneuvering in a video game, physically tilt their bodies like it's going to help. Combined with the fact that the game was much, much more linear than touted and extremely short, and all of the fun is sucked right out of it.

The first level was great. It was fairly non-linear in that it didn't appear to have a set path it expected you to take to get all of the flowers (or if it did, I couldn't tell because moving around was more than a little frustrating for that first 20 minutes or so.) Each of the levels after the first allowed less and less freedom, first sending you on a linear path and then even blowing you around so you can't even choose which way you go. Once you are past certain points in a level, you are no longer free to backtrack and check the level out, so forget relaxing and enjoying the game. Finally, you're presented with levels where everything you touch will electrocute you, so you'd better be pretty good at the controls by this point, and if you're not moving quickly enough, you might get struck by lightning, too.

All in all, it just wasn't a fun game. I got the game to relax and enjoy, and found myself unable to even take notice of the things everyone was praising because the gameplay was just so frustrating, and I'm not what I'd consider to be a casual gamer.
3 of 11 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo One of the most beautiful, awesome, games I have ever played
Maybe because I am getting older, maybe because I enjoy the scenery of a game, maybe its a little of both but more. Enter in Flower, an unassuming small title from 2009. It was not until I had seen a short review of it elsewhere that I thought I would give it a try. If you ever wanted to show the true power of the PS3 without blowing some zombies head off or screaming down the track, 2 minutes in this game is more of a demo of the system that anything out yet. You basically control the wind with a single petal of a flower on that gust of wind. As you fly over other flowers they release a petal to your flowing chain and, some unlock new areas.

This is a game for a slow winter day when you long to smell the warm scented air of the midsummer day. It is so mesmerizing that you quickly lose track that you are even playing a game. It turns into an experience when you start some of the night levels where there are eerie sounds and complete darkness. As you unlock the areas you become a ball of light spreading through the dark. This game is art, and it is programming at its best.

If you would rather give your pal a high five because you just blew some kids head off, then you might want to stay away from this title. If, on the other hand, you are a student of art, lover of life and even a plant lover you can easily get captured by this game much in the same way as the wind captures the petals.

Pros:
>> Lack of instruction
>> Cost - it is almost free to download
>> Shows off the computing force of the PS3
>> One of the only games I have played that used the SIXAXIS controller fully. (They do turn off 1 axis but that actually makes playing easier and more intuitive).
>> Gorgeous lanscapes, music and beautiful lighting

Cons:
<< Lack of any instruction. (See it was a pro also but it can be either depending on the player, I think its more of a pro).

This is a fully accessible title for people of all ages, my 3yr old, my 6 yr old and even my parents love this title. It envelopes you with warmth and feeling of being lighter than air. I know this all sounds really grandiose and full of hyperbole, but in a way it has to because this is more a piece of art than a game, yet it is very fun to play.

Highly recommended for any PS3 owner!

Thank you for reading my review.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Surprised to see good reviews
I'm 25 and I consider myself as a mix of a casual/hardcore gamer. I haven't played to video games for the last 3 years but I've got a PS3 recently and I've played a lot when I was younger. I've tried this game (the demo on PSN) and my girlfiend watched me play. It's a bit fun at first then I felt bored and she felt asleep. Sorry not for us.
1 of 9 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo A videogame experience like no other
This game may seem to some to be boring, childish, or "girly", but it's not only fun, it's a very beautiful, serene, and relaxing game. The game requires you to control the wind to gather specific flower pedals which achieves specific goals throughout the game. The way I describe it makes it sound boring but I assure you it is great. Controlling the wind requires pretty much no button pressing on the controller. You simply move the motion controller (Sixaxis) like you would in the direction you want to move. Many people have complained about the motion sensing of the Sixaxis/Dualshock 3 but this game has used it to perfection. The game is simple so it does not require complex movement, yet the movement is very accurate going exactly in the direction you want with no delay. It does take a little time getting used to, but it becomes very simple and fun. The only use of buttons is for making the wind stronger (faster) which is done by pressing any button. Once you get the hang of moving around, you'll see that boosting the wind while moving is not too difficult but challenging enough to remain fun and engaged. The game goes through 5 or 6 levels which all have a different theme and include different settings and tasks. The music is absolutely beautiful, and the graphics are simplistic yet elegant and artistic. The only negative to this game is that it takes only a few hours to complete, yet it does have one of the most rewarding sets of trophies I've seen on any PS3 game. Getting all the trophies requires at least playthroughs, so you definitely get your money's worth, and it's the kind of game you go back to playing after a couple of months just to relax and enjoy it all again. I personally think this is the best game on the PSN and really makes me consider the argument that video games can be art.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Warm Milk
Flower has had it's fair share of kudos from NPR, Slate, and others. After giving it a spin, I have to say I agree with the hype. Getting into too much detail would ruin the fun, but a few things are worth mention.

WHAT IT IS:

I would describe Flower as Portal (from Valve) without a body. You play as a gust of wind (or a breeze) and play out a visual metaphor of pollinating flowers - spreading the lush greenness of nature. I admit, it sounds a bit "hippy-dippy", but the game designers pulled it off well. There are very few instructions and the game relies on the sixaxis part of the controller (motion controlled). The buttons do have a function - it's the same for every button, so I would have to say figuring out the controls happens within 5 minutes of play. The actual play can be very relaxing once you understand how to move around. There are objectives, levels, and trophies, but there is no score and no real rush to "get to the next level" until you feel like it.

This is a linear game, each accomplished level opens up another. Once a level is unlocked, you are free to return to it whenever you would like. The game has a plot and a vague story that unfolds nicely. The soundtrack is relaxing as well.

Playtime can run from ~3 hours to 10 hours, but it depends on how long you "hang out". This is well worth the price as the game cost less than a trip to the movies and is more entertaining.

WHAT IT ISN'T:

This is not a game for those who enjoy racing through levels "just to get to the end". A player who does that is going to get to the end pretty quickly and wonder, "what was that?" If that's you, you might want to look elsewhere for entertainment.

This is also not a game that you will play over and over. You may find it fun to go through a couple of times, but eventuality the lack of new environments will will create boredom. I can't really knock the game creator for this, seeing that the game cost about 20% of an 'A' title game, but it's the one real detractor for me.

Lastly, for the Orange box gamers out there, please excuse all of the Portal references (I was just revisiting it). I will make one more reference though. The Cake is NOT a lie in Flower.

Happy Gaming!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo BEAUTIFUL GAME - NOT FOR THOSE WITH MOTION SICKNESS
This is a very peaceful, relaxing, and beautiful game. However, I found I couldn't play it! The game made me sick from all the 'flying around'. If you are easily prone to motion sickness or vertigo, please do not play this game. If not, go for it!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.

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