Everyone knows Quantic Dream from Heavy Rain. With Beyond: Two Souls they again take us through an emotional trip and show us what interactive movies can be like.
Beyond: Two Souls takes you through the life of Jodie a gifted girl whose been linked to an entity from birth. Throughout the game you will learn more of how she came to terms with her “gift” and being different from everyone else. The story jumps back and forth through a timeline of Jodie’s life.
There is an all-star cast of actors involved in this game which makes for some great acting & story telling; some of these cast members involve Ellen Page as Jodie Homes and Willem Dafoe as Doctor Nathan Dawkins. One of the other main characters is speechless through the game but just as important as Jodie herself and this is the entity attached to Jodie whose name is Aiden.
The gameplay is a lot like Heavy Rain and this time you can even download an App on your iOS or Android device called Beyond Touch which you can then use as an alternative controlling device compared to your DualShock 3. This App works through your Wi-Fi network so unless there are any interruptions this works quite well. This also offers people who are not a gamers but still want to experience this immersive story a way to play it without being familiar with the DualShock 3.
Most of the time there is more than one way to do something or sometimes you can go too far as well. Most of the user input required will either be to move around or QTE actions. This does not get tedious at all as the story keeps you too glued to the screen to realise. Being able to complete certain goals in more than one way will allow that personal experience and feeling of “did I do the right thing?” I cannot wait to watch my wife play this and see what she does in certain parts of the game, will she do the same?
The graphics are superb and you can see the amount of work that went into the main characters, some of the other characters though you can see did not get the same treatment. The sound and music of the game is superb giving the correct mood to each scene and builds the suspense when needed.
Quantic Dream is still on the right track to show gamers and non-gamers the great storytelling that can be experienced through the PS3, and it just shows that you do not need a heavy action packed game to make an even greater impact on the market. Although this will probably not appeal to the mass market I think this might be the Story of the year game for me.