4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Slow starter but turns into a cinematic epic,
This review is from: Beyond: Two Souls Special Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
I'll admit I didn't really get Quantic dreams last game 'Heavy Rain'. It was just ok for me, the biggest problem was the story just wasn't that captivating and ultimately I didn't care a great deal about the characters in it. So consequently I was dubious about picking up Beyond two souls which I had pre-ordered and cancelled twice before actually picking up. Luckily after abit of a slow start it really does become quite the engaging and emotional cinematic experience they advertise it to be. The acting is fantastic, easily some of the best acting in video gaming ever. The story although fragmented and fantastical at times actually works very well. The way the story jumps from the past to the future through out although initially confusing works very well and makes perfect sense once you get to the end, although I must admit it would have been a nice addition if they gave you the option to the play the game (without selecting individual chapters)in chronological order once completed. The controversial aspect of them game certainly from a critique point of view for this game has been to do with the 'gameplay' element. It is true in comparison to a standard third person action game your interactions are limited, however if you played Heavy Rain you will probably know what to expect. The addition of Aidan as the playable soul linked to Jodie however is interesting and offers some paranormal fun as you throw things round, possess and even kill people. For me the level of interaction is just right, ultimately in my eyes the reason you should pick up the game is for the story and the characters within it. Jodie (played by Ellen page) is undoubtedly the star (although credit to the supporting cast who are generally fantastic)and even if you find a particular chapter in the story abit of a drag (which I never did) she pulls you through it with such believability and sincerity that by the time you reach the epic conclusion you'll be an emotional wreck. I seriously recommend this game to anyone who has an interest in strong story telling and character development. Pick it up, play it through in as little sittings as possible and you will feel that you have been on the journey with Jodie. Amazing.