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An Honest Review An Acquired Taste,
This review is from: BEYOND: Two Souls (Video Game)If you were a fan of Heavy Rain you'll probably be a fan of this game, just maybe a little less and in a more frustrating way. The storytelling while great isn't really a problem at all, most know the story of Jodie and get the basic premise of her and her supernatural friend just by playing the demo. But yes playing the full game obviously is the only way you can get the full story of course. I had a lot of store credit so I decided to use it towards this game since nothing really interesting IMO is coming out anytime soon. Heavy Rain was a breath of fresh air if you like interacting with an animated movie. This game is much the same. You do get "some" and I do mean very little chance to roam around without having quick time actions involved. Does this get old? Well yes and no. The controls are what I would call, using the word wonky. When you first starts especially with fighting, training and dodging it can be a real headache. Shake the controller, which doesn't always respond. Hit x and move the control stick (though which one?) during a slow motion sequence. I think you get the point. Heavy rain seemed much more refined and less hectic in it's controlled movements.
Graphically this game is far superior than about any game I've ever seen on PS3, and even some that i've seen on a high end gaming rig. That says a lot for PS3 and the question do we really need a PS4, with games like this? So basically you run through this girls life interacting with people trying to find out different aspects of the question why? Which I won't get into spoilers etc. Lets just say a lot of it is very engrossing, some of it is just annoying. When you move as the entity Aiden if you "literally" get motion sickness then you definitely want to steer clear of this game. Moving through walls, cars, people, and about everything you can while floating through the air while fun, is also very very sloppy. When you have to hold L1 and L2, hit buttons to make things move/or possess people it's not full proof. And sometimes very tedious. One example is when knocking over a vehicle it will pin point where/what you need to hit with a blue dot. It took about 10 minutes for me to finally get it in the right spot to flip it. Frankly because when I would try it just did not work. The same with many other scenes that come at you 100mph and you have to react. If you get it wrong you don't die, the story continues, but that may not have been the action you wanted. Sound more like a pain in the rear than a fun game? Well yes it's mostly true. Also I will mention the acting is superb, also with Willem Defoe as the creepy doctor he's very good.
But there is something endearing about going on the journey, and frankly more engrossing about it than Heavy Rain. I walked away from the game only to have it on my mind a few hours later. So I give it points for that. But overall I still prefer games like Drakes Fortune, The Last Of Us, Killzone, among other PS3 titles. This is a breath of fresh air for those who want a movie based game (to interact with) more so than a controllable game with just cut scene interactions. So don't buy this unless that's your cup of tea. It's not for everyone. Much like games for the wii people seem to sometimes/most times, want to just sit back take the controller and play. So remember before you drop 60$ on it. Am I sorry I did, well yes and no, I played the demo, so I wanted to continue and find out more. Much like the trailer from an interesting looking film. But it's no loss for me. It is what it is, and it's something new rather than the same ole FPS games. Which are getting older and older fast.
In summation, fun yet tedious, exciting yet exhausting, can literally cause you to be sick (don't play if you have seizures or severe motion sickness issues). You be the judge, I'm just a partial jury. Thanks.
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Initial post: Oct 8, 2013 12:53:06 PM PDT
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This can't be compared to something like Drakes Fortune or Killzone..even the last of us ... It's a totally different specimen ..however none of the previously mentioned games leave a mark like this one does... It's a deep and emotional story not just some senseless shoot em up like Killzone ..even GTA 5 which is great in its own way don't get me wrong.. But still something is missing from most of these games ..it's liveliness of the characters .. When playing this game ..the story line is so immersive and emotional you at times forget that you are playing a video game ..a true masterpiece in every aspect ..of course to each is own... But If ur a fan of such gender of gaming .. Like Heavy Rain and Farenheit you are bound to love and appreciate the true genius of this game..
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 2:31:28 PM PDT
Yes I said I think it's good, hence the 3 stars. I didn't say it was like Drake, KS, I said I prefer those. Along with RE, AC games, i'm more of a platformer myself.
Posted on Oct 8, 2013 3:56:52 PM PDT
Melia Galloway says:
Thanks for the review. I've been debating if I should get this or not and seeing I seem to like the games you mentioned I am still up in the air. Maybe I'll rent instead.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 4:49:31 PM PDT
Honestly wouldn't be bad as a rental as it clocks in at a short 10 hours. 14 hours for all trophies etc. Whatever else there would be I have no clue.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 4:50:24 PM PDT
Jesse Reichert says:
There's a demo on PSN. You should play that to see if this is a game you'd want to buy.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 8:03:51 PM PDT
Yep that's what made me get it. I didn't even know it was up until last Saturday (I think). Good point. Demo is 3gigs.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 9:43:32 PM PDT
Jesse Reichert says:
I'm definitely going to get it; I just have to decide if I feel like spending 60 bucks. It would be worth it, though.
Posted on Oct 9, 2013 2:17:57 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 4:32:11 AM PDT
Yeah I had store credit of around 45 so I definitely used it, definitely worth it even with all the frustrations. No game is perfect. ;o)
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 4:05:36 PM PDT