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Beyond: Two Souls Review

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Posted: 20 months ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Beyond: Two Souls is from the same developer as Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain. Although not a series, they follow a similar style and approach. They provide a filmic interactive experience of a story that branches in substantial ways depending on your choices and interactions.

While other games offer a similar branching style, these are more dramatic in their storytelling and how substantially you can change the outcome. The game follows three key characters. It's possible that one or more of these can die, immediately cutting whole swathes of the story.

Beyond: Two souls is about a teenager, Jodie, who discovers she has a supernatural power. It focused on employing movie actors in the main roles. Jodie is portrayed by actress Ellen Page. Willem Dafoe co-stars as Nathan Dawkins, a researcher in the Department of Paranormal Activity and Jodie's surrogate-father-figure.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 08/10/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS3 and PS4

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Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @Quantic_Dream

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Beyond: Two Souls usually costs £10.99 to £24.99. 

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PlayStation Store PS3 Free
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. The "Advanced Experiments" additional chapter can be purchased for PlayStation 3 but is included with PlayStation 4 and PC version.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 16+ with frequent moderate violence and occasional strong bad language. The game contains realistic looking violence with injuries and blood. The game also contains occasional use of the word ‘*!@?*’.

In one level the player can wander over to a knife and choose to commit suicide. The player then must reconfirm this twice by button presses. Eventually she will put the knife on her wrist drawing a small dot of blood. However, no further injury occurs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are two difficulty options, and on the easier of the two you move directly between locations rather than having to find them yourself, and in combat, there is a large, clear white arrow that tells you which way to move the joystick. On the other difficulty, you have to see which direction she is moving her arm then follow it with the joystick movement. In these sections of the game, time slows down to make it more manageable.

While you can't die, your performance in the combat sections, along with other in game choices, will change the ending you get and may lead to secondary/supporting characters dying.

The text in the game, including subtitles, is rather large and is white with a black outline, ensuring it is relatively clear. Interactive objects are highlighted with a glowing orb of light either on them or above them. While buttons and actions that are required are often overlaid over the gameplay similarly, not in every circumstance is this the case.
 
Our Beyond: Two Souls Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:

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