Beyond: Two Souls – A Review

 A lot of hard core gamers might not call this a video game, but I do, and I loved it! It’s an interactive drama action-adventure game. According to the internet, it was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival making it the second time a film festival recognized a video game. That’s a pretty neat factoid.

I came across this game two ways. One was from a search online of games similar to The Last of Us and this title appeared. I found it on the Playstation online site, and there was a playable demo so i downloaded it. The demo wasn’t very long, maybe 20-30 mins, but it was enough to really wow me. I ran out and bought the disc. As soon as I got home I played it. I love this game.

It’s a story about a young girl named Jodie (Ellen Page) who’s had a psychic connection with an incorporeal ‘spirit’ she calls Aiden since birth. An entity through whom she can communicate with and perform telepathic acts, such as possessing people’s the minds of people and manipulating certain objects. She’s placed in the fictional United States Department of Paranormal Activity by her foster parents, permanently leaving her under the custody of doctors Nathan Dawkins (Willem Dafoe) and Cole Freeman (Kadeem Hardison).

The story is a touching one, and one full of drama and emotion, fear and anger. We follow Jodie through 15 years of her life. Jodie who is linked with Aiden, and Aiden who won’t let her have a life. Nathan who’s building a condenser to connect to the world of the dead, and it’s all so very twisted. She helps Nathan to shut down the condenser when it breaks open and entities escape in the living world. But this gets the attention of the CIA, and they forcibly recruit her, making her an agent. When she realizes the person in Somalia she was asked to killed was simply a peaceful President, she left the CIA disgusted, and of course a chase ensues. The story is much more than just those two paragraphs, but it’s the jist of it.

Now this kind of game is not for everyone, but if you really love story-centric games, this one is definitely one to try. It’s one of the best interactive dramas I’ve ever played. The choices you make throughout the game determine how it’ll play out. I thought that was very cool. Without spoiling the ending, I’m really hoping that they were be many games to follow because they can’t just end it the way they did. There’s definitely talk that they’re thinking of more games to come. I hope they’re right.

Things I loved about this game:

  • The characters. Can’t go wrong with Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. They’re just amazing.
  • Aiden. For an entity, he sure does do a lot.
  • The timeline, and how the game plays out.
  • It’s not just about choosing what Jodie will say. There’s a whole chapter of stealth where the player controls Jodie and Aiden the same way you would say in The Last of Us. The player makes her walk a lot in the game as well.

Things I disliked about this game:

  • The ending. It was like opening a can of worms, and then saying “Ok, the game’s over.” The ending is so huge.
  • The company, Quantic Dream, suggests you only play the game once, but I’m not going to listen to them.

I highly recommend this game. If you loved The Last of us, you’ll love Beyond: Two Souls. See this game like you’re playing out a novel, watching a child develop into a woman, and you’re making choices for her.

My star rating? 5 out of 5!!!

I hope you enjoy it! Cheers!

Bitchin’ Gamer Girl

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