By Vamien McKalin | Apr 29, 2013 10:36 AM EDT
A new game coming out for PlayStation 3, called Beyond Two Souls, looks impressive, it looks fun, and seems to have a solid story. So what could the problem? Why am I having second thoughts about this title?
Here's the thing: Beyond Two Souls gameplay is very similar to Heavy Rain, it's all about Quick Time Events, and this makes for a video game that is basically an interactive movie. And that does not amount to long term fun. I don't have problems with QTEs; I don't mind if a video game makes use of this control method, but don't make it the central part of the gameplay.
Quick Time Events generally take any tactics or skill out of a game, and this normally reduces a title to a third-rate game. Furthermore, if you fail to execute a QTE in the correct order, it's either "game over" or an important aspect of the game is changed — all because the player didn't have the power to do things they way he/she would have preferred — which would have made a huge difference in how things turned out in the end.
Also, QTEs are like a memory test of where the controller buttons are placed. If you're a person who is new to any particular gaming system, you will have problems with a QTE game; these developers haven't thought about that one bit.
For a game to implement QTEs, it should execute special moves or a unique badass maneuver.
Remember this: just like Heavy Rain, Beyond Two Souls will just be another $60 interactive movie where you sit in front of your TV and press X when appropriate. Personally, I find this game to be for the casual audience, despite having a core look. It's like a big muscular guy with a tough- looking face, but deep inside, this guy wouldn't hurt a fly.
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