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.
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.
Summary: It's hard to divorce David Cage, the public figure, from the games Quantic Dream makes. He is, after all, a man who put himself in Indigo Prophecy 's tutorial, immortalized as the movie director he's always dreamed of being.
Summary: Beyond: Two Souls represents a few firsts for me. It’s my first Quantic Dream game as somehow I've never played one of theirs in my 35+ years of gaming. It's also the first AAA game that I've gone into almost completely blind.
Conclusion: Scene by scene, Beyond: Two Souls is compelling enough, principally thanks to a remarkable performance from Ellen Page. But never before have I felt like such a passive participant in a video game, my choices and actions merely icing on a dense, multi-layered cake.
Pros: Terrific performance from Page, Beautiful world
Excerpt: The press sheet for Beyond: Two Souls uses the phrase “emotional” nearly a half-dozen times. Special care was made to painstakingly capture the likenesses and actions of real life actors Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.
Pros: A technical marvel, Performances range from good to great, Narrative is fine for a video game…
Cons: …but that’s not enough any more, Player input ultimately doesn’t matter, Uses cheap emotional tricks
Review: Beyond: Two Souls suffers from a personality crisis
8 October 2013
Summary: Beyond can't decide whether it's a thriller, a supernatural horror, a coming-of-age teen drama, or an action movie. It leaps between time periods and genres so wildly, and for so little reason, that it's almost impossible to become invested in the story at all.
Pros: Impressive facial animation, Solid performance by Ellen Page
Cons: Clumsy, unnatural dialogue, No sense that you're having any impact on the story