Beyond Two Souls
|a game by||Quantic Dream|
|Platforms:||PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||8.3/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown|
|User Rating:||10.0/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||Action Adventure Games, Games Where Choices Matter|
Beyond Two Souls is a unique and cinematic thriller packed with supernatural mysteries and surprising twists. Part interactive story and part slow-burn science fiction adventure, this interesting title puts a big emphasis on narrative and player choice. Complete with a star-studded cast, Beyond Two Souls presents an experience where your choices can have dire consequences. With interesting gameplay focused on telekinetic powers and ghostly entities, Beyond Two Souls offers an interactive story with plenty of emotion and intrigue.
Main Game Features
- Cinematic mystery story
- Supports up to two players
- Moral decisions offer branching narrative paths
Beyond Two Souls tells the story of Jodie, a young girl who possesses a strong supernatural power. Told in a non-chronological order, the game details Jodie's life, ranging from her childhood to adulthood. Despite appearing like an altogether normal person, Jodie shares a link with a mysterious entity nicknamed Aiden. With Aiden's help, Jodie is able to see through walls, move objects with her mind, and even contact the spirits of the deceased.
After an incident involving her foster parents, Jodie is placed under the care of two researchers, who attempt to teach Jodie how to control her abilities. Unfortunately, Jodie's powers quickly draw the attention of military groups, who plan to use her abilities for nefarious means. Feeling more and more isolated, Jodie must determine the path she wants to take in life, especially as her link with Aiden grows stronger.
Beyond Two Souls is similar to other games by the developer, namely Heavy Rain. Gameplay mostly consists of making dialogue choices, guiding Jodie around environments, and interacting with items of interest. The game is broken up into approximately 20 levels, spanning Jodie's life. You'll navigate events like her first high school party, early childhood experiments, and intense spy missions while working for the CIA. The game is heavy with cutscenes, which are interspersed with gameplay segments. In slower-paced scenes, you can explore the environment and interact with various objects, while occasionally making moral and dialogue choices. When the action gets intense, you'll have to perform quick-time events, shake your controller, and use precision stealth. These sections have an added intensity, as your mistakes can cause the permanent death of some characters, altering the story moving forward.
The other main element of gameplay is controlling Aiden, Jodie's supernatural protector. When playing as Aiden, you can float through walls and ceilings, manipulating objects and causing destruction. Aiden is used during stealth sections to distract guards or cause environmental hazards, enabling Jodie to sneak up on the target. Aiden also has the ability to possess human targets, offering interesting ways to get out of situations or dispatch targets. The mixture of cutscenes, normal third-person gameplay, and supernatural sequences played as Aiden offers a good balance of interaction and story.
While the overall experience isn't as well-executed as some of its competitors, Beyond Two Souls is still an emotional and interesting adventure. The story is presented in a compelling way that keeps you guessing, providing a satisfying pace.
Thanks to its simple controls and cinematic nature, it's also a game that can be enjoyed with minimal gaming skills. The inclusion of branching narrative paths and key player choices offer a good level of replayability as well. It's not a perfect game, but Beyond Two Souls is an intriguing thriller with some cool ideas.
- Good atmosphere of mystery
- Interesting game mechanics
- High-quality visuals
- Gameplay can feel passive at times
- Not all characters feel authentic
- Occasionally shoddy voice acting