Here at Kotaku, we like to put together lists of tips for getting the most out of some games. Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Arkham City, games like that.
Journey isn't really a game like those other ones. There isn't actually a "best" way to play it. But there's one tip that I wanted to share, because I've found myself offering it to more and more people over the last month. Seeing as how Journey has wound up on lots of Game of the Year lists, I get the sense that there are still plenty of people firing it up for the first time.
Here's my tip: The first time you play, turn the PlayStation Network off and play it by yourself, offline.
I don't mean to take anything away from the game's multiplayer features, which allow other players to anonymously drop in and out of your game to spend some time by your side. It's a lovely thing, and one of the smartest and most distinctive things about Journey. But the first two times I played the game, it was essentially solo—I was playing ahead of release, for review, so there weren't too many people online. It was just me, and the mountain. And it was amazing.