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Beyond: Two Souls Review

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It's guilty of both overbearing goofiness and unearned self-seriousness, yet Beyond: Two Souls is still easily Quantic Dream's most fully-realized game to date.

David Cage has gone and made his game again.

Meet Jodie Holmes. Jodie has a ghost friend named Aiden. It causes her some problems.

If you've played either Indigo Prophecy or Heavy Rain, you know precisely what that means. Beyond: Two Souls is a great deal like those two games in terms of mechanics and design ideals. Cage and his team at Quantic Dream have dedicated themselves to a laserlike focus on melding cinematic storytelling with the interactivity of video games, and Beyond is perhaps the best realized version of those ideals and mechanics. In Beyond, Cage has developed a game that shows far greater production value, offers significantly better acting talent, and tells a far more coherent story than anything his studio has tried previously. And yet your enjoyment of Beyond will once again depend entirely on how willing you are to get behind what a David Cage game unwaveringly is, not to mention how willing you are to forgive some frequently hokey, and downright maddening plot nonsense.

The Two Souls part of Beyond's title refers to the dual entities you control throughout the game. Primarily, you're in control of Jodie (Ellen Page), a woman born with an equally exceptional and unfortunate gift. She possesses an attachment to an unknown spirit she refers to as Aiden. Aiden's existence is, for many years, inexplicable to her. She was born with this spirit tethered to her, and in limited capacities, she can make Aiden perform specific tasks. By and large though, Aiden is an enigma to her and everyone around her, which makes her existence both enticing and worrisome to the various forces that take an interest.

Beyond takes place over the course of 15 years of Jodie's life. The events unfold in nonlinear fashion, darting wildly between the trials of her early childhood, to the many years she spent in relative confinement in a government lab, as well as the years she spent both working as an operative for the CIA, and running from the agency as a fugitive. Jumping from time period to time period isn't quite as confusing as it might sound. Cage's script is mindful about how it metes information out over time, establishing characters and situations with a (mostly) light touch. Cage actually does a pretty good job of making Jodie's character development feel at least somewhat organic, considering the bizarre situations she's thrust into over the course of the game.

And let me tell you, some of that stuff is completely, utterly insane. It's hard to know where to start when trying to pinpoint where the line between the acceptably ridiculous and the nonsensically ridiculous exists for Beyond: Two Souls. This is, after all, a game about a girl and her ghost who spend years under the care of a division of the government expressly designed for paranormal investigation, find themselves recruited into the CIA for black ops missions (that require ghost powers to execute, of course), and then go on the run all David Banner-style, hunted by both the government and various other entities that come from "the other side" (which the game refers to as the "Infraworld"). In between all of that, Jodie scares off her adoptive parents, befriends the obsessive scientist assigned to her case (Willem Dafoe) and his assistant (Kadeem Hardison), ruins a birthday party, fights off would-be rapists, learns close-quarters combat, assassinates foreign targets, kills a lot of cops, lives with homeless people, falls into a coma, gets mixed up in the supernatural happenings around a Navajo family's ranch, goes to fake China for a while, sort-of falls in love a couple of times, and eventually discovers the truth about herself and Aiden while saving us from our own self-created destruction.

Cage's script takes Jodie to some pretty bizarre places, and not always to the story's benefit.

All that over the course of maybe 10-to-12 hours. Suffice it to say, Beyond tries to cover a lot of ground, and sometimes falls into deeply silly territory while trying to maintain some semblance of storytelling balance. Cage's writing has been the subject of much derision in the past, and Beyond has more than its share of laughable dialogue and painfully underdeveloped story situations. Every chapter has its own unique story element, but some feel more out of place than simply unique. And though the ending is less risible than the sort of nonsense that concluded previous Quantic Dream games, the last few chapters try to wring a lot of drama out of not much build-up, resulting in a series of available endings that don't all feel entirely earned.

And yet, despite all this, Beyond works considerably better than any Quantic Dream game I've played to date. The singular focus on Jodie and Aiden's trials and tribulations benefits the admittedly bizarre story the game is trying to tell. Sometimes that focus betrays the game's attempts at conflict--what few villain characters do rear their head are mostly undeveloped, throwaway baddies who fail to leave much of an impression--but more often it helps ground the story in something at least vaguely resembling an identifiable reality. If you're able to just kind of roll with all the crazy ghost stuff, the shadowy government happenings, and the game's nebulously defined concept of the spirit realm, Beyond actually works, mostly by virtue of how well the interactions between its individual characters play out.

The performances are a huge part of why that's the case. Beyond marks the first time Quantic Dream has gone for full performance capture in one of its games, meaning that the actors who play these characters actually acted out each scene in a studio, versus having their characters' movements animated by Quantic Dream by hand. The result, especially in the realm of facial capture, is genuinely impressive. Characters are expressive, nuanced, and just shy of that uncanny valley of creepiness. Body movements, especially when two characters are touching one another, are more hit-or-miss, with some sequences (especially anything particularly romantic) falling uncomfortably flat. Still, the vocal performances from the entire cast are terrific, especially Page, Dafoe and Hardison, who each bring far more humanity to their characters than any of the actors Quantic Dream has employed before. Page is especially good, primarily given the amount of clumsy, cliched dialogue she's forced to shout throughout the game. She keeps you interested in Jodie's plight even when the game itself frequently seems to want to wander off on some other tangent entirely.

Aiden has a variety of nifty powers, but the game is inconsistent about how it allows you to use them.

Of course, you won't be able to get into Beyond: Two Souls unless you're a subscriber to Quantic Dream's minimalist philosophy of game design. Like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, Beyond is less concerned with typical game action than simply providing interactive contexts for you to periodically engage. You do control Jodie the majority of the time, and moving her around can sometimes be a bit of a chore, especially if you have to drop yourself in and out of cover quickly. Other than basic movement, you mostly perform actions by tapping prompted buttons that appear on screen, holding them, pressing them in particular successions, or by tapping the right analog stick in various directions. There are some Sixaxis motion controls as well, though few of them require much more action than simply tilting the controller to one side or the other, or shaking it up and down now and again.

All this stuff ranges from the mundane to the reflexive. Tapping the stick in one situation might just lead to you picking up a beer, at which point you'll have to tap the stick again to drink it. In a completely different situation, Jodie might be fighting off three or four cops, in which case time will slow down right before an attack, and you'll have to tap the stick in the direction of oncoming attacks to block them, while tapping again in the direction Jodie is punching or kicking to strike.

Other times, you'll be controlling Aiden. Being an incorporeal entity, Aiden's interactions with our world are more limited. Most often you'll just be interacting with highlighted objects by pulling back on both sticks and letting go. This can do everything from simply knocking an object over, to flinging a table across a room or knocking a person straight out. You can also possess specific people, which will allow you take control of their bodies, and in some cases, you can just a kill an enemy outright. Unfortunately, a lot of this is arbitrary. Who you can kill, possess, or ignore is entirely decided by what's convenient for the scene, versus any sort of logical sense. So, of course you can kill the sniper that's sitting 20 feet away from everyone, but you can't kill the guy you need to possess to trigger the next gameplay sequence, nor any of the other random soldiers needed for the next scripted sequence. Similarly, Aiden has the ability to shield Jodie from attacks and impending danger, but can only apparently do this when it's convenient for the plot. Like, why is Jodie able to use Aiden to save herself from dying after jumping out of a burning building, but can't make Aiden shield her from the throngs of Somali soldiers looking to kill her earlier on?

This stuff generally works best when Aiden is allowed a bit more freedom in his objectives. In the birthday party scene I mentioned earlier, you'll end up in a scenario where you can essentially torment a bunch of nasty teenagers for quite a while. That starts out innocently enough, with Aiden flinging furniture around a bit and cracking a few windows, but as time goes on, his attacks become much darker. Before I'd even realized it, I had begun flinging knives at one kid, and actually set the house aflame. Interestingly, I could have chosen to just leave the house, instead of screwing with these kids who had previously tormented me. Likewise, I could have ended the spookin' without actually stabbing anyone, but the end result of the scene would have pretty much played out the same way. Beyond does dabble in player choice, with certain scenarios presented that can be handled either by divergent actions or dialogue choices. But the game isn't really about that stuff, necessarily. Multiple endings do pop up, but they aren't reliant on particular choices you've made throughout the game, so much as they are just another choice to make late in the proceedings.

Should you play Beyond: Two Souls? That's a, uh...complicated question.

As I sit here, trying to assemble all of these previous paragraphs into a traditional concluding recommendation, I find myself struggling to come up with a simple answer as to whether you should play Beyond: Two Souls. Maybe there is no simple yes/no recommendation to give this game. For every part of it that comes together almost perfectly, there's another that's stricken by needless cliche or undercooked gameplay. Taken on a purely technical level, Beyond: Two Souls is by far the best game Quantic Dream has yet produced. Conversely, Beyond can be as ridiculous as any of the most ridiculous moments in Indigo Prophecy or Heavy Rain, and it can feel as sparsely interactive as either of those games could as well. It is unmistakably, unambiguously a David Cage game, with all the potential caveats and potential boons that label comes along with.

All I can say is that in spite of its sometimes dopey script, its slavish dedication to control mechanics that don't always quite fit, and its unrelenting desire to stuff in as many obvious blockbuster movie references and cliches as a single game can hold, I enjoyed the experience of playing Beyond: Two Souls. It certainly won't change the minds of anyone not interested in Cage's particular brand of game, but for my money, I think Cage at his best still earns your attention by sheer virtue of what he aims for, and sometimes even manages to capture, if only for fleeting moments and sequences.

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232 Comments
Posted by EchoEcho

@s3v3n said:

It looks good, so people will buy it. Even though you could make those games on Laserdisk and there is nothing innovative about them. I think the author took a beating to the head and read too many books about storytelling. Obviously we have a hero's journey here and obviously he took it much too far. I remember Heavy Rain was a game you could play with Noobs and Noob girlfriends, because they have a story and pretty graphics to look at. Apart from that, these "products" have nothing appealing about them.

You really didn't have to write that big an article on that meaningless a game!

Did you seriously just use the word "noob" completely straight-faced?

Edited by YOU_DIED

@adamazing said:

Despite all his rage, he is still just David Cage.

Fucking brilliant.

@alex This needs to be the tagline of this review. Seriously.

Posted by Viking_Funeral

Sounds like a good eventual Endurance Run.

We're due for one in the next 5-10 years, right?

Edited by AMyggen

@pauper: It all comes down to the story. I wasn't as big a fan of TWD as a lot of people, but I liked the storytelling. IP has an absolute piece of shit story where supernatural stuff just happens without any context, where the main characters suddenly falls in love for no reason at all. It's a textbook example of how to NOT write a good story. Heavy Rain is better, but has the worst use of the unreliable narrator I've ever seen in any medium.

This is my opinion, of course. But most people who have a problem with Cage's games think he's a hack writer, while most liked TWD's story. There's the difference.

Posted by bakkelun

@krabonq said:

QTEs are cancerous to games and should be used as little as possible, because gameplay is by far and clearly the most important thing.

In other words, the Quantic dream games after Omikron were all more or less garbage, with Fahrenheit being the only ok one.

Unfortunately, Telltale Games is going down the same road, with their ultra-simplistic point and click adventures...

I believe you're wrong. Gameplay evolves, just see the Oculus rift, that game Dropchord from Double Fine Games that using the Leap Motion controller and many others. And The Walking Dead was a insanely well crafted game, despite having Quick Time Events, and one of the games I've enjoyed most recent years. There is nothing wrong with them.

Posted by development

Definitely the best reviewer on-staff.

I'll buy this when it's real cheap. Sounds like a nice divergence from anything out right now or in the recent past, crazy story and 'meh' gameplay notwithstanding.

Posted by billymagnum

to be honest, the demo turned me off completely. id rather just watch the game in a "let's play" sort of situation than actually play it myself because the controls were just ripping me straight out of the experience. i thought it looked great and was pretty interesting but having to actually interact spoiled its potential for me.

Posted by soupbones

Looking forward to playing this when I get home. I get it's a love it or hate it type of game, but I think I'll get into it since I've been wanting a good story-driven game for a while. I just hope the gameplay is interesting enough.

Posted by Ravelle

I really loved Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit and will pick this up later this year or somewhere next year when it's cheaper and/or I have a steady cashflow again.

Posted by RenegadeDoppelganger

My issue with this is 60$ for a 10 hour interactive story. At least the walking dead was what 30$?

B:TS is probably the last game to care about fulfilling some sort of weird dollars to gameplay hours requirement. If you care about that, I hear GTA V is out.

Edited by Mdgeist316

Getting it from Gamefly today. As much as I liked Heavy Rain, I just couldn't see myself spending $60 on it or this game. But I'm sure Dafoe and Paige will be excellent in their parts.

Edited by darkest4

@sissylion said:

As someone who would like to see games eventually become a more complex and intelligent medium, I really wish David Cage wasn't at the helm of this "games should tell a story" movement. Everything about that dude, from interviews to the games he makes, seems like he has no idea what the hell he's doing.

Yea one would want people who actually knew how to write good stories making that push. Luckily there's Telltale and some others quietly doing their thing and actually telling great stories to offset David and others tooting their own horns despite the fact they are shitty writers.

Posted by bkbroiler

@renegadedoppelganger said:

@heartofalion28 said:

My issue with this is 60$ for a 10 hour interactive story. At least the walking dead was what 30$?

B:TS is probably the last game to care about fulfilling some sort of weird dollars to gameplay hours requirement. If you care about that, I hear GTA V is out.

Also, (and TWD was my favorite game of that year, and I didn't like Heavy Rain or Indigo Prophecy), there is a way better production quality to David Cage games. The QTE stuff is way more fleshed out, and you actually DO more. I feel like that is worth paying twice as much for.

Edited by Brad3000

I love everything David Cage does, so I will definitely be checking this out. I certainly understand why some gamers would not like his games, we all have different tastes - I don't much care for online FPS games - but what I don't understand is why some gamers are so insistent that no one should like his games. Why do we all have to like the same games?

Posted by Yurtigo

Hyped for Beyond: Two Souls

Posted by scottygrayskull

I'll just play Deadly Premonition again instead.

Edited by Nettacki

@pauper said:

I don't see how people liked The Walking Dead so much yet don't seem to like Cage games. I loved Heavy Rain and didn't think it lacked mechanics. QTE's are a mechanic and not a lot of games do them as good as cages. People seemed to like azuras wrath. Are cage games just looked down on due to there serious/wacky plots? I can't wait to check out this game once I finally finish The Last of Us (which have good mechanics that get pretty boring and I just want to finish the story)

Cage games seem to be looked down not just for their plots, but for the myriad of plot holes that may reside within them, as well as the general feeling that what he's doing is probably not good for the advancement of the industry as a whole.

Posted by MATATAT

This might go down the same way Heavy Rain did. Rent from Redbox and binge play the entire thing.

Posted by xombi242

Sad that there's not much advertising out there for this game. I saw a two-page spread in this month's Edge, but that's about it.

Posted by Hef

@renegadedoppelganger said:

@heartofalion28 said:

My issue with this is 60$ for a 10 hour interactive story. At least the walking dead was what 30$?

B:TS is probably the last game to care about fulfilling some sort of weird dollars to gameplay hours requirement. If you care about that, I hear GTA V is out.

Also, (and TWD was my favorite game of that year, and I didn't like Heavy Rain or Indigo Prophecy), there is a way better production quality to David Cage games. The QTE stuff is way more fleshed out, and you actually DO more. I feel like that is worth paying twice as much for.

New release movies to own are $30. And those are average 1.5 - 2 hours.

Posted by Onkel_Dunkel

@darkstar_kop: You should start with Heavy Rain. That way you'll find out if you find the gameplay mechanic and his style of writing, offputting or not.

If money isn't tight, then you should probably buy beyond instead :)

Edited by Triumvir

But can you FEEL Jodie's pain? FEEL IT.

Sounds like the game was crushed under the weight of its own ambition, at least with regard to storytelling. If it is as bad as the other stuff Cage has penned, and it sounds like it is, then he should probably get a co-writer or some better editorial oversight.

In any case, this review makes me want to at least try the game and see where its seams are. Stuff like this is always interesting when it comes to figuring out what went wrong and why things don't work.

Edited by Deusoma

Every time this company puts out another game, I sadly shake my head at how far they've fallen from making an actual game since the heady days of Omikron.

Edited by Wiseblood

Kadeem Hardison is in this? Does he wear flip up shades?

Edited by falling_fast

I will play this game. mostly because Ellen Page's acting is really awesome (at least, in the demo) more than because the game itself actually interests me all that much... if that makes sense?

Posted by Benmo316

ruins a birthday party, fights off would-be rapists, learns close-quarters combat, assassinates foreign targets, kills a lot of cops, lives with homeless people, falls into a coma, gets mixed up in the supernatural happenings around a Navajo family's ranch, goes to fake China for a while, sort-of falls in love a couple of times, and eventually discovers the truth about herself and Aiden while saving us from our own self-created destruction

That seems like quite a spoil there, Alex. I just started the Homeless chapter and now I feel like I know what I should be expecting. Maybe it's my fault for reading the review while playing the game, but I didn't expect to read something like that.

With my, approximately, three hours played so far I really like Beyond. I'm not a fan of nonlinear storytelling but so far I don't feel lost. The controls feel a little off, a little too loose. If you liked Heavy Rain (I never played Indigo Prophecy) I would imagine you'd like Beyond.

Posted by PoisonJam7

I liked Heavy Rain, and I will most likely play this too; but, I will wait for it to drop in price before doing so. I still need to finish GTA5, and The Wolf Among Us is coming out in a few days, so I have other games I'd rather play first.

Posted by chilipeppersman

@xmatatatx: ive heard a lot of people have been doing that. Games like this make me wish i had a ps3...but thats why im saving up for PS4!!! yay

Edited by steelerzfan101

I really like what Quantum Dream and David Cage did with the motion capture and animation for this game. I think other games should take notes on what Beyond: Two Souls does because this game looks gorgeous! Definitely want to see this stuff in more games.

Posted by MysteriousBob

I never finished Heavy Rain because it was so astronomically dull in terms of direction and writing. The fake American accents were pretty lousy too. Pass.

Posted by InfamousBIG

@nettacki said:

@pauper said:

I don't see how people liked The Walking Dead so much yet don't seem to like Cage games. I loved Heavy Rain and didn't think it lacked mechanics. QTE's are a mechanic and not a lot of games do them as good as cages. People seemed to like azuras wrath. Are cage games just looked down on due to there serious/wacky plots? I can't wait to check out this game once I finally finish The Last of Us (which have good mechanics that get pretty boring and I just want to finish the story)

Cage games seem to be looked down not just for their plots, but for the myriad of plot holes that may reside within them, as well as the general feeling that what he's doing is probably not good for the advancement of the industry as a whole.

I think a big part of the problem is that all his games seem like they would be really cool if David Cage wasn't making them.

Posted by xyzygy

Should I play this first or Heavy Rain? I picked up a PS3 for cheap and really want to blast through some of its top games and these two are fighting for the game I play first.

There are definitely way, way more games that should be at the top of your list. Heavy Rain was boring and predictable as fuck and this game looks like it's in the same vein. Take a look at Dragon's Crown, Demon's Souls, Tales of Graces f, Uncharted series, God of War series, etc etc, before these games. They're really nothing special IMO, and in fact I found Heavy Rain painful to get through.

Posted by pornstorestiffi

My issue with this is 60$ for a 10 hour not quite a game storytelling endeavor. At least the walking dead was what 30$?

So whats the deal here, measuring quality in hours and money?

Edited by CptBedlam

@pauper said:

I don't see how people liked The Walking Dead so much yet don't seem to like Cage games. I loved Heavy Rain and didn't think it lacked mechanics. QTE's are a mechanic and not a lot of games do them as good as cages. People seemed to like azuras wrath. Are cage games just looked down on due to there serious/wacky plots? I can't wait to check out this game once I finally finish The Last of Us (which have good mechanics that get pretty boring and I just want to finish the story)

Walking Dead focused on decision-making and exploration and largely avoided annoying QTE sequences. The latter is, unfortunately, a big focus of Beyond. Honestly, I feel like an idiot aping the actions on screen and half of Beyond seemingly consists of such sequences. Those neither improve the gameplay nor the narrative, quite the oppostite, they bring the whole experience down. Cage should've trimmed down the gameplay even more to suit this narrative experience instead of incorporating such sequences as superfluous remnants of the game's "gaming heritage".

It probably also helps that the writing in TWD is top-notch whereas in Cage's product it is rather lacking, again. That's a huge factor for a narrative-focused experience. Those visually stylized comic characters are way more believable than anything a Cage game has offered yet.

Edited by hamjam

I picked up a copy this morning. Played it for 3 hours so far and I like it. The experience is what I was looking forward to. Alot of mix reviews out there though but don't get discouraged.

Edited by ajroo

Yep....I get the feeling from reading the reviews today that this game is very typical of a David Cage effort. If you like his games, you will enjoy playing this, if you dont.....well, this wont change your mind.

I dig 'em so im looking forward to getting ghosty with it.

Plus Ellen Page rocks.

Posted by WouldYouKindly

Beyond seems to be getting lots of mixed reviews. I suppose the most important question for me is, if i loved Heavy Rain, will I enjoy this?

Edited by BaconGames

I think with this game coming out, we're at a point where a David Cage game jam makes a lot of sense.

Posted by ptys

Allow me to do my best GS impression "Three Stars! F8#K you, this game is Playstation exclusive therefore it MUST be a 10!!" Ha ha love those crazy kids ;)

Posted by bunkerbuster05

Fool me once, shame on you. KUNG FU MAXTRIX FIGHTING.

Fool me twice, shame on me. Awful, awful twist killer and shitty children with french accents.

Not this time, Johnny Cage.

Posted by davidh219

@darkstar_kop: For what it's worth I love point and click adventure games, so I'm not opposed to a slow-paced, story-focused game. Tried getting into Heavy Rain like five times though, and I always put it down without finishing it. It's not a great game, imo. If you just got a PS3, I'd say there are way better games you could start with. As a heavy PS3 user, these would be my recommendations for platform exclusives (as it sounds like you've probably had a 360 and just want to focus on exclusives?).

Full-Retail

  • Infamous Franchise (Don't forget about the standalone PSN game Festival of Blood. It's pretty cool).
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes
  • Tokyo Jungle
  • Demon's Souls
  • Ratchet & Clank Games

PSN (Probably my favorite part of owning a PS3. Great if you like weird, artsty-fartsy games.)

  • Comet Crash
  • Flower
  • Journey
  • PixelJunk Games (Mostly Monsters and Shooter 1 & 2. Ignore Racers. Eden is hit or miss with people it seems).
  • The Unfinished Swan (Not much for gameplay, but its interesting and pretty to look at. Had to watch my g/f play most of it, because every time I put the controller in my hand I put it down out of boredom.)

Hope that helps. Happy PS3'ing.

Posted by SatelliteOfLove

"Mediocre, but not brokenly disappointing"

This is David Cage's true career here, folks: a body of work that aspires to be the above as a best-case scenario. Remember that when he puts another Sony exec to sleep explaining the obvious in yet another interview.

Posted by chrismafuchris

Thank god this only got three stars, otherwise I would have to play another game for my best of 2013 list.

Posted by Protonguy
Posted by Darkstar_KoP

@protonguy:

My list is ever growing and that is one that I must play for sure

Posted by siaynoq

How does anyone get through this game without getting annoying by Ellen Page's stupid face. Pretentious little scrag.

Posted by Nettacki
@brad3000 said:

I love everything David Cage does, so I will definitely be checking this out. I certainly understand why some gamers would not like his games, we all have different tastes - I don't much care for online FPS games - but what I don't understand is why some gamers are so insistent that no one should like his games. Why do we all have to like the same games?

Similar to what I said to pauper, I'd guess part of the reason why some people do not like his games and are insistent that no one should like them is because they think the story and characters are poorly written overall, with all sorts of plot holes and poorly written subplots such as romances, yet many critics are willing to ignore some of that anyway because it somehow makes games more respected as "art." In other words, they don't think any of that stuff lives up to the hype, and when so much of his games' hype is based around the story and narrative when put into a gameplay perspective, that's not a good thing to have.

Posted by Scotto

Never played Heavy Rain, and won't play this either. QD's games just look tedious to play - and I almost think play should be in air quotes. When you're going to make a game where you have so little agency over what happens on-screen, the story better be damned good - and as far as I've heard, David Cage's dialogue and stories are not great. There might be interesting elements to the story, but the verdict seems to be that they all universally get buried in nonsense.

So it's a mediocre interactive storybook for $60, made by a guy who is easy to dislike on top of everything else. Pass.

Posted by DedBeet

That score is about what I expected. I enjoyed playing Heavy Rain...once. Tried playing through it again, and those mechanics are just not enjoyable a second time. Played the Beyond demo, it just seemed too similar, thought the performances are very nice. Think I'll pass on this one for now.

And Alex, you are a damn fine reviewer/writer.