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Beyond Two Souls: A Review.,
This review is from: BEYOND: Two Souls (Video Game)
I was hyped about this game when I first heard about it, not because it had 'Ellen' in it, but because the game shows how far video games have come. When people think of video games, they think that they are childish and time-consuming, but Beyond Two Souls is FAR from that justification. Beyond Two Souls combines the movie and gaming experience, but it is - in a short explanation - a movie that you control; a movie with multiple outcomes that is governed by the decisions of you, the player, who is engaged in a fully realized world with realized characters from amazing actors. The game takes place throughout 15 years of the life of Jodie and Holmes, from childhood all the way to becoming an adult and all of the major life experiences that happen between. You see Jodie transform from a frightened child hugging Mr. Fluffles to her involvement in paranormal research and the CIA. Jodie is far from the average video game protagonist: she is an independent and capable woman, but is also emotionally deep, all thanks to Ellen Page and her amazing acting, and her supporting character, Nathan Dawkins, who is acted by Willem Dafoe. Since Jodie was born, she has been linked to an entity known as Aiden (Eye-din) who supports Jodie throughout her life by giving her strange paranormal powers that she uses frequently in combat situations. Aiden is her guardian and it's up to Jodie and the player to decide how the story flows throughout her journey. Beyond Two Souls is a cinematic video game and the premise of it is to watch most of it, instead of engaging in combat situations frequently. I would not recommend Beyond Two Souls to people who are looking for a challenging video game, because Beyond Two Souls is a story-driven and a VERY cinematic focused game.
Gameplay: This game has variations in dialogue sequences, but they thematically end in the same way. The combat in the game is very easy - even for 'I've played many games difficulty' - and it gives you a lot of hints, but it was very satisfying interacting with the environment by using Aiden. This game can be played by any gamer, but the gameplay suffers from being too easy in situations where they could have made the combat more difficult. Despite this, the premise of the game is a cinematic experience, NOT a combat video game, so do NOT compare it to a combat video game.
Graphics: The motion and facial capturing in Beyond Two Souls is breathtaking. The faces seem ultra-realistic and the emotions of the characters seemed believable, as if I was actually seeing a real person. The environments are incredibly detailed and the lighting is very good. The only negative thing I can say about the graphics is that they could have been so much better on the PS4
Plot: The plot seems confusing in the beginning, but it is only because Jodie is recollecting her memories and it is sorted out in a timeline, although they don't happen in order. In one part of the game, Jodie is a child, but the next part has her as an adult or a teenager. I think David Cage could have made it make much more sense if it was in order from the beginning, but the action sequences that occur in those stages in the game beg a more challenging experience, so that is why they are NOT in order. The plot is deeply emotional and Jodie's childhood experiences were very sad.
Conclusion: I think games are going in the right direction. They seem to be bending the lines between a movie and a video game, and that is what Beyond Two Souls exactly does: it is a movie and a video game all in one, but it was more focused on the movie part rather than the video game part. This game definitely deserves a 5/5 for innovation in video games, despite all the venomous things that critics said. They probably did not finish the story or were confused at many parts (They also get it for FREE!!!). As a consumer, I think this game is definitely worth your money and time. This is a video game that MUST be played.