Beyond: Two Souls Game Review
Beyond: Two Souls is an interactive action-adventure game available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Windows. Developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, the game was released in 2013 for the PlayStation 3, and then was re-released in 2015 for the PlayStation 4.
Jodie Holmes, one of the two characters that you can play as, possesses supernatural powers through her psychic link to Aiden, who is the second playable character. Aiden is a separate soul linked to Jodie since birth and is the source of Jodie’s supernatural powers. The game follows their story from childhood to adulthood, allowing us to take control and learn how to control Aiden and the powers they share.
The actress Elliot Page portrays Jodie, and actor Willem Dafoe portrays a character named Nathan Dawkins. He is a researcher in the Department of Paranormal Activity and is also Jodie’s surrogate father figure.
Despite being a video game, Beyond: Two Souls was premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which marks only the second time a film festival recognised a video game. It became very popular quickly after its release, but also received mixed critical reception in 2013. However, to this date, the game is still a well-known and enjoyed game.
The writer and director, David Cage, explained that the game development studios should provide “interactive storytelling” that can be played by everyone, including people who don’t play a lot of games.
Staying true to what he believes, David Cage provided a very interactive drama, action and adventure game. It requires the player to move and guide the character into interactions with objects and other characters in the scene to be able to progress the story. Sometimes, players are not able to complete all objectives, but the story still moves on, opening up different kinds of endings.
Praise was given towards the elaborate motion capture, interactive storytelling mechanics, emotional soundtrack, and the ability to appeal to non-gamers. The story itself was commended for its emotional scenes, character development and the relationship between the characters.
However, some negative response to this game have been that some players felt too passive while gaming, making the story very confusing and an unrewarding experience. It has been said by many players that Beyond: Two Souls is a masterpiece, however it is very muddy and an unfocused one, where a lot of different plots has been squashed into one.
In summary, the game Beyond: Two Souls is acclaimed to bring out a lot of different emotions, whether it be happy or sad, as well as to make you feel as if you are a part of the action, such as the fast-paced scenes.
Moreover, the best part of this game is the number of choices you are able to make in every part. Exploration is key when playing, as you never know the true extent of what you can or cannot do as Jodie or Aiden.