Excerpt: Beyond: Two Souls is a game that doesn't quite know what it wants to be. As to be expected of Quantic Dreams, the team behind Heavy Rain, Beyond pushes the boundaries of gaming. David Cage succeeds in directing a cinematic experience that places character and narrative above gameplay. Unfortunately, Cage's writing eventually lets the whole game down, piling on the cliches in the final act of the story.
Excerpt: It’s fitting that I should be the one to review Beyond: Two Souls . Like protagonist Jodie Holmes, I too have had an inescapable, mysterious entity bonded to me for my entire life. I’m 23 years old, and I have known my friend Brandon for 23 of those years. Right from the beginning, our bitter rivalry was evident.
Summary: Beyond: Two Souls may be hard to wrap your mind around, but is ultimately worth sticking through. It's not a conventional game, making wild swings for the sake of style and storytelling. Some may enjoy the spectacle of it all, but others will be frustrated by the quick-time events and time jumping. No matter where you stand, Beyond: Two Souls is a worthwhile story that ultimately pays off in the end! Tweet This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
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Pros: + Fantastic acting by Page., + Beautiful story., + Facial capture animation was spectacular., + Fighting with Aiden is a ton of fun., + One of the most ambitious games of this console generation.
Cons: - Awkward flashback/forward storytelling., - Graphics aside from faces look dated and bland., - Choices feel inconsequential., - Terrible camera angles., - Obnoxious controls., - Tense moments: why run when you can slowly walk away from danger?
Summary: I really wanted to love " Beyond: Two Souls ", but it ended up disappointing me. The excellence of Cage's previous work, Ellen Page's involvement and the glimpses of greatness it offered leaves no doubt that this game could have been a masterpiece, instead of the mess of ideas it ended being. Two Souls is a game that refuses to get out of its own way.
Conclusion: Cage at this stage resembles a high-school drama student, ardently performing his pretentious work to a roomful of people who still believe he can produce great things. Yet after many hours of putting up with the questionable elements and threadbare narrative out of sheer goodwill and hope for a resolution that makes all that time worthwhile, Beyond is a divisive title that is only going to appeal to those who can forgo a total lack of tonal consistency for the sake of...