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: 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: Flawed and silly, but also ambitious and heartfelt, this is a game with a clear vision, like it or not, that follows through with utter conviction to the end. There’s something admirable in that, and as long as you go in with your eyes open there is a lot to enjoy here. It does beg questions about what comes next from David Cage and his team though.
Excerpt: Quantic Dream’s David Cage thinks that a game can be more than a game, and he certainly proved this with the likes of Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain. Quantic Dream have certainly carved out a little niche for themselves with their interactive stories, and Beyond: Two Souls is the latest game from the ambitious developer. Beyond: Two Souls features some big name actors in the likes of Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.
Summary: Parents need to know that Beyond: Two Souls is a different kind of game -- almost more of a movie or a television show with game-like elements. It covers 15 years in the life of a girl/young woman who has paranormal powers that eventually get exploited by the government. It tackles several serious subjects including peer acceptance, homelessness, military ethics, and use of illicit substances.
Conclusion: Beyond: Two Souls is an improvement over David Cage and Quantic Dream’s previous efforts. It probably isn’t enough to radically change your opinion about their work, but it is still improvement. The concept of having bare bones, cinematic action to tell a story with rich characters works in this game without major problems. If you loved Heavy Rain , then I can easily recommend this game, as it is an improvement in just about every area that is important to an...
Excerpt: Beyond: Two Souls puts players in the control of two unconventional video-game characters over a 15-year period: Jodie Holmes, an ordinary girl, and Aiden, a psychic entity tethered to her. But like Aiden, the game is trapped between two worlds: video games and cinema. It might just be the best movie you've ever played (interactive cinema has come a long way since Dragon's Lair ), but that's not necessarily a complement for a game, especially since the story's epic...
Conclusion: Beyond: Two Souls is a game that focuses on a young woman, trailing her and a companion entity for 15 years of her life, with limited action set pieces and a focus on her feelings and some higher philosophical questions. The above phrase contains ideas that no other AAA title in the last few years has tried to include and for that alone, Quantic Dream is worthy of recognition and applause from the industry.