As I really enjoyed the interactive storytelling in Until Dawn, I looked forward to giving Beyond: Two Souls a go. Unfortunately I missed it on the PS3, so with the release of the remastered version on PS4, it seemed a good time to see what all the hype was all about.
Attempting to be spoiler free, the game focus on Jodie, and her lifelong companion Aiden, reliving key moments of her life, from, well birth, to a young adult. The game is played from a third person, and almost a point and click perspective. You essentially walk around an area, wait for something to glow, then interact with it. Similar to Heavy Rain, you’ll find yourself flicking the thumb sticks in various directions to push or pull items.
Do you like morality choices? If so, this game is for you, as it’s got loads of them, however they only seem to be relevant to that particular section of the story. The story is told in a kind of Pulp Fiction (non linear timeline) way, which to be honest, I found a little jarring at times. One minute I’d be controlling Jodie through some form of training as a young adult, to then play the next scene as a young child. You do have the option to play the levels in chronological order (this this was something added to the remastered version), however the pairing of some of the later levels I feel worked best in the non linear way.
Do you want to have ‘the feels’, this game ‘got me’ on a number of occasion. Some of the scenes I played through and the morality choice I had to make genuinely made me sit back and thing “maaaaan, that was rough”
Visually, this game was amazing. Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page both lend their voices and mo-capped faces to the game, bringing some real life to the characters. I’d be interested to go back to the PS3 version, just to see how good it originally looked.
I hope, that one day, this games is made into a film. The storytelling was great, the concept was refreshing and executed really well, and think it would appeal to a lot of non gamers out there that will never get to experience the traumatic life of Jodie and Aiden.
All in all, I really enjoyed this game, the visuals, the emotional rollercoaster and the story telling where amazing, and if you’ve yet to play this and have a PS4, I’d suggest picking this up.
Approx Time taken to beat – 10 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:5/5]
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