Beyond Two Souls is a PS3 exclusive title from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain. This game may have the familiar feel of those two other titles but B:TS is an experience all on its own. You will take control of Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page), a young woman who is linked to a spirit named Aiden since her birth who protects from the evil ones in the realm beyond life & death. You find Jodie in a mental facility overseen by Nathan Dawkins (played by Willem Dafoe) who is tasked to help Jodie find out why Aiden and her are linked as well as their link to the great beyond. The story is told in such a cool and unique way that I will not explain or spoil any plot points for you. Jodie as well as the rest of the cast will leave a mark on you. This game will make you see things in the world around you a different light.
When you play the game you will interact with Jodie in the same way you would the characters in Heavy Rain, but with very little prompts. You can then hit the triangle button and switch to Aiden and he can aid Jodie through the missions as well as help fight enemies or get past obstacles in the environment. Since Beyond: Two Souls is a hybrid of game and cinematic the pace of the missions moves without a hitch. There is never a dull moment even during transitions. Throughout each of the levels you will be fully engaged. The only thing that holds B:TS back is the limited amount of things players can interact with. There will be things in the level, that you will be able to come in contact with and others that are otherwise similar, but that you cannot interact with. This may frustrate some gamers but others make welcome and move along the story of B:TS easily. The feeling of the controls are solid and never feel like a routine, this game will move along smoothly even if you miss an action.
The sound design in Beyond Two Souls is magnificent. If you have a 5.1 surround sound you may take full advantage of it. The score is on point, the sound effects in the level keep players on their toes in certain spots, and the voice acting is great. Players really get a feel for Jodie and Nathan’s relationship over the course of the story as well as Jodie’s personal journey of joy, pain and growth. The graphics are top notch as every actor in the game is modeled by their real life counterpart down to their movements, their gestures, and their emotions are all captures and emulated through the characters you see on screen. The game does have a similar look to Heavy Rain but it shows the world on two planes, our world and the great beyond, both with vivid detail.
During my play-through of the game I experienced no glitches or freezes. You can share this experience with a friend or loved one as Beyond: Two Souls features a co-op mode in which you can play with the DualShock 3 controller or smartphone / tablet with the Beyond: Two Souls App. If you are looking for something to hold you over until the next console generation or just looking for a title that is different from the pact of this Fall’s release month Beyond: Two Souls is easily a Gold Game with its great story, unique gameplay, and stunning high-end visuals for the PlayStation 3 console.
Beyond Two Souls is a unique gameplay experience with top notch acting, engaging story and intriguing gameplay that will keep you on the edge of your seats. The only thing that can be held against it is that the wonderful and rich locations aren’t fully interactive, but the things you do get to play with will entertain you. Beyond Two Souls is a game you must own closing out this generation as one of the great pieces of interactive work the industry has seen.
Overall Score: 9/10
RGN Rating: Gold Game
Developer: Quantic Dream
Available On: PS3
Review Copy Info: A physical copy of Beyond: Two Souls was purchased by RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.