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POSTED 14/10/13


BEYOND: TWO SOULS

Quantic Dream/Sony



Bloody hell this Juno sequel drags on...

For ages thereís been much blah-blah-blah about the line between movies, games and interactive fiction blurring. Beyond: Two Souls is whatever that is.

Is it a movie? No, it has interactive bits.

Is it a game? No, it has bugger all interactive bits.

Is it interactive fiction? Well, thatís about all thatís left for pigeonholing.

Whatís the story (morning glory)? Well, itís a kinda Juno life chunk Ė OK, a girl named Jodie played by Ellen Page - from pre-teens to early twenties. Plucking a leaf from Memento, it then crumples that leaf and stomps upon it, for that flick may have messed with time, but amateurishly compared to B:TS.

Seemingly random events from Jodieís life unfold. You might be a little girl into dollies one minute, a homeless young adult (hey Ben Elton!) the next, or a petulant indigo-fringed goth teen getting pouty with a Flying V. But it isnít just The Sims: the Movie, for Jodie has a dark passenger that makes Dexterís akin to Peppa Pig on ecstasy (SNORT!). Itís named Aiden, and itís pronounced incorrectly throughout. This is why Jodieís plucked from familial bosoms and drafted into FBI ďcareĒ (umm, Aidenís existence, not the mispronunciation).

You sit back, feeling vaguely involved when a white spot appears onscreen, allowing you to open a door or hug a cushion. Occasionally, youíll even duck or possess somebody! What? Oh yeah, you can sometimes control Aiden, going all out-of-body purple hazy, unleashing serious damage Ė or just fucking with peoplesí noggins.

Despite looking and sounding exquisite, B:TS will polarise. While the story careens between captivating, truly heartfelt drama/horror and utter Hollywood fluffy-fluff banality for fiction fans, those craving controllable involvement will be left with rumbling tummies.

Ultimately, those who click will appreciate B:TS for what it really is Ė a chance to wreak revenge upon those fuckers who dissed your music taste back in high school!

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