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October 13, 2013 04:20:24 PM   

Quote:Over the years, Quantic Dream has been working on their own their own video game model. It’s a model that merges the experience of playing a video game with the experience of watching a film and it’s been rather successful – just look at Heavin Rain. For their next title, Beyond: Two Souls, Quantic Dream are looking to take this approach to the next level and in many ways they succeed, but it doesn’t quite have the same impact.

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October 16, 2013 11:17:13 AM   

I've been so up and down on this game. At first, I was pretty 'meh' about it. Then as it got closer I started to get a little excited for it. When the reviews and 'lets play' videos hit, I was turned off by it. Now after watching IGN's coop play of it, I was sold.

But... when it gets cheaper. Not spending 60 bucks on a movie (which isn't a bad thing). However I'm so into couch cooping this with my brother so we can laugh at our choices as one or the other entity.

I say 'isn't a bad thing' because I think reviewers have been overly harsh for what this game was. We bark about wanting new things. Or try new things. And when a triple A studio does something new, we destroy it. When an indie does something new, we praise it. I bet if this was an indie title it would be GOTY.

I understand everyone has their opinion. As I'd hope people understood I have an opinion with my reviews. However I can't help but wonder if the reviewers as a whole are destroying triple A studios with more scrutiny than what indies get. And we wonder why companies are going mobile.

Thanks for the review Lauren.
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October 16, 2013 01:09:48 PM   

(October 16, 2013 11:17:13 AM)Zeruel Wrote:  I've been so up and down on this game. At first, I was pretty 'meh' about it. Then as it got closer I started to get a little excited for it. When the reviews and 'lets play' videos hit, I was turned off by it. Now after watching IGN's coop play of it, I was sold.

But... when it gets cheaper. Not spending 60 bucks on a movie (which isn't a bad thing). However I'm so into couch cooping this with my brother so we can laugh at our choices as one or the other entity.

I say 'isn't a bad thing' because I think reviewers have been overly harsh for what this game was. We bark about wanting new things. Or try new things. And when a triple A studio does something new, we destroy it. When an indie does something new, we praise it. I bet if this was an indie title it would be GOTY.

I understand everyone has their opinion. As I'd hope people understood I have an opinion with my reviews. However I can't help but wonder if the reviewers as a whole are destroying triple A studios with more scrutiny than what indies get. And we wonder why companies are going mobile.

Thanks for the review Lauren.

Definitely have some good points in there. I kind of look at the price of these sort of titles two ways... I mean one, $60 for a game is expensive. I know it's been like that forever, but really.. it's not a cheap hobby, so you really need to pick and choose... but then again, I love Quantic Dream... and I want them to keep succeeding and keep bringing in these fantastic actors... Indie games have got it really good at the moment, esp with things like Humble Bundle... unfortunately though, QD probably does need the money in order to keep the level of graphics/talent/so on.. Really hard. Confused

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October 16, 2013 04:03:08 PM   

(October 16, 2013 01:09:48 PM)Lauren Wrote:  Definitely have some good points in there. I kind of look at the price of these sort of titles two ways... I mean one, $60 for a game is expensive. I know it's been like that forever, but really.. it's not a cheap hobby, so you really need to pick and choose... but then again, I love Quantic Dream... and I want them to keep succeeding and keep bringing in these fantastic actors... Indie games have got it really good at the moment, esp with things like Humble Bundle... unfortunately though, QD probably does need the money in order to keep the level of graphics/talent/so on.. Really hard. Confused

Yeah, it makes me feel a little hypocritical being critical on the killing of TripleA studios when I'm talking about waiting on price drop. But it's just not hooking me enough to justify $60. Not a bad game, just not really my type of game. Plus it's releasing at a bad time, when money is being saved for next gen. :O
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October 17, 2013 07:40:35 PM   

Completed this over the weekend, and I did enjoy it. Ellen Page's performance is the highlight (when isn't it?), but the whole game is a solid entry into Quantic Dream's interactive film genre. You rightly took the phrase right out of my mouth - it's not Heavy Rain. For me, it definitely falls short of Heavy Rain but it has hardly deserved some of the ruthless reviews from elsewhere. I say 8/10 is fair.

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