BEYOND: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls is without a doubt one of my favorite games of all time. If you loved Heavy Rain, The Last of Us, MGS, I would recommend this giving this a shot.Graphics are phenomenal and the acting was superb. The story is so amazing.
The game was a must-have!
Everything was awesome. Everything. Storyline, characters, theme, setting, etc. The only thing which I feel it was lacking was a thorough gameplay. The gameplay was pretty simple for someone like me who plays complex video games with complex gameplays. Nonetheless, you HAVE to play this game.
Couldn't Stop Playing
On a whim I downloaded the demo of this game, intrigued by the storyline. Within five minutes I was in love, and knew I had to have the full game. I went out the very next morning and purchased it. I beat the game in one sitting, absolutely enraptured by the gameplay, storyline, characters, and subplots. I don't play video games often, and I rarely find ones I find myself playing over and over. I'm guilty of buying games, playing halfway through and putting them away to collect dust. But not with this one, I couldn't stop even if I wanted to. Two days later, I picked it up and played through it again. Love this game, and I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Great story, but very complicated controls, etc
I personally enjoyed playing Beyond Two Souls and my purchase has been greatly justified but here is my critical review: Beyond Two Souls will take you on an epic journey in storytelling and it will definitely be worth every second of your play time story-wise. However, it has its flaws, and there are quite a few. Jodie, the main character, at times has the choice of using her entity Aiden to get her through tough spots, but that functionality is only available if put into that specific scene. There have been many levels where I felt that using Aiden would have benefited me significantly but the option was not available, in the place where it made most sense. The controls are also terrifying to use at first. I consider myself to be a hardcore gamer with many different genres and I felt that this game had messed up controls. When you wanted to kick or punch someone, you had to move the analog stick in the direction Jodie's body is moving or directed towards. However, there are bad camera angles at practically every fighting scene so it makes it extremely difficult to be able to fight properly. Of course, the developer made the game so that there is no such thing as a game over and this may sound like a great concept, but in reality, it takes away from the experience at times. The player will begin to feel that they can literally diverge from the linear path of the story and they will get hurt and stabbed, but they still do not die. The story is linear to the point that you feel that you are playing a movie instead of a game. No discredit to this game, but a perfect example of proper story-telling with just the right level of interactivity would be NaughtyDog's recent IP, The Last Of Us. Going back to this game, it is a great game and it was worth spending the money on for the time being because there are so many different endings to the story. However, although the story is lengthy and meaty, after you indulge yourself in the ending, you will thereafter realize that you have a $60 disc sitting on your shelf and the only thing you can do with it is watch/play it again. If you like the story, i can guarantee you that you will begin to question the value of the game at $60. If the game was perhaps, $30, then I would recommend this work of art to every one I know, but for the time being, the game doesn't justify the price point of the disc itself, and if you really want to play it for the sotyr but are not sure about shelling out the money, just watch all the gameplay videos on youtube and save yourself some money. No offense to any PS fans here, I'm also a diehard PS fan but this was my opinion of this title and I hope that anyone who reads this does so in a civilized manner.
Overall the Greatest Game I've Ever Played.
This would have to be the greatest and most emotional story to a game I've ever played with the exceptions of a few plot holes. The graphics are incredible, the acting is phenomenal, and the gameplay is smooth and simple. What most people don't understand about this game is that it isn't a Call of Duty or GTA shoot'em up game. It's an emotional and amazing ride that I have and will keep recommending to friends and others. I just wish it had received more attention that what it ended up with.
Great story line and unique concept.
The story line is like nothing seen so far, the concept is amazing and you don't have to be a hardcore expert gamer to play and enjoy. Sometimes a game with a good story is a good change of pace, I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for something a little different.
Amazing game but can see why it is not for all
Beyond: Two Souls takes gaming to a new level by pushing the graphics of the PS3 and making the player feel as close to the main character (Jodie) as possible as she goes through the many experiences of her life. Personally, I loved this game from start to finish. It immediately caught my attention with the prologue and made me want to play more. The controls were basic, yet made you feel as if everything was in the palm of your hands. The "hardcore" gamer looking for constant action, blood, gore, and shooting should not play this game. While there are action sequences, Beyond: Two Souls is essentially, for lack of better words, an "interactive movie" and like all movies it focuses on the storyline: the characters themselves, the emotions, and the dialogue between all of the characters in order to get the gamer interested in the story As the game goes on, players become consumed in the game and develop a connection with the characters. In my opinion, it is an amazing game, becoming my new favorite, which deserves more credit than is given for however different gamers will have different opinions of this game. The only way to find out is to play for yourself and decide.
Prepare to be Thrilled... and Frustrated.
I heard about this game over a year before it came out. I was immediately interested and decided to preorder, since I had played Heavy Rain and really enjoyed it. It didn't take long for me to see how great this game would be. However, there's something really important to note for those of you who do not have the Sony brand Dualshock 3 controllers. If you only have 3rd party controllers, you're out of luck, because certain sequences in the game utilize the sixaxis feature that only the Dualshock 3 has. I was forced to use the phone app for the game to play and it really put a damper on enjoying the game for me. If I had been able to play through with a controller the entire time, I would have a much more positive review. So for those of you who don't know... no Dualshock, no Beyond. Using an iPhone as a controller is not fun at all.
An emotional roller coaster...
This game was so breath-taking and so emotional, I forgot it was even a game. The graphics were beautiful, so beautiful that a good friend of my thought I was watching a movie. The atmosphere the game creates gave me the feeling to want to be there with the main protagonist. The lip syncing was done perfectly and you could see the distress, happiness, and anger so well in the faces of the characters and the clear dialogue only made it better. The game has roughly 10+ hours of gameplay and it jumps back and forth between past and present. The main character is a woman named Jodie that has a supernatural figure named Aiden, which whom follows her everywhere because it is linked too her. The player will go through her life, jumping from her teenage life, to her childhood, and even her adulthood. There are a lot of emotions that flow through each chapter you play and a lot of mixed-emotions will flow from the gamer. The endings were beautiful and heart-filled. But there are also downsides to this game. They offer a local coop feature for Beyond that is optional too play at the starting setup and at the main menu. I wouldn't recommend coop because Aiden doesn't have as much screen time as Jodie. Player 2 would be watching almost 90% of the gameplay by player 1. If they make a sequel, they should either have more Aiden events or just remove coop. Another downside to this game is that the mistakes you make and the choices you overtake don't really have a huge change throughout the game, unlike Heavy Rain, several false moves could lead to a dramatic change in the story. I believe the developers should add that if they make a sequel because it would give the player more distress when playing and the immersion wouldn't be broken as easily. In all, this game only had a couple complaints in my book but it definitely deserves a 8/10 and gamers that enjoy deep story should definitely pick this game up immediately.
This game is an interactive movie. Most of the actual controlling you do is just walking around and/or some sort of right stick swipe in order to perform a task. If you've played Heavy Rain the controls are the exact same. And for obvious reason, both were made by Quantic Dream. The story is somewhat engaging, but not as profound as I was hoping. It would have been better off as a 2 hour movie and not a 13 hour video game. It's not a bad game. It has intriguing moments and Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe are great, it just didn't live up to my expectations.