Game: Beyond: Two Souls Developer: Quantic Dream Publisher: SCEA
Release Date: Out Now Available On: PS3 Version Played: PS3
Editor’s note: While I have done my best to avoid spoilers as much as possible, things like character motivations, weird plot points and the general linear outline of the story MAY be taken apart and analysed in this review. The experience won’t be spoiled for you, but if you want to go in fresh, I recommend playing the game in its entirety before ‘risking’ it. Otherwise, read on!
Beyond tells the story of Jodie Holmes, portrayed by Ellen Page, through 15 years of her life (starting at 8 til, well, 23 if we do the maths) as she battles with a strange psychic connection to the ‘other’ side, here called the Infraworld, as we explore her life, the people and events that revolve around her mysterious connection to Aiden (pronounced ‘Iden’), the entity that remains attached to her being. Aiden has the ability to control and do things outside of Jodie’s abilities, such as moving objects telepathically, destroying things with ease and controlling or killing people. This connection is the crux of the game and for the most part, is well written, as we grow genuinely interested in what this could possibly be, and the bond between the two.