Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Distributor: Ster-Kinekor Entertainment
Release Date: 2 March 2016
Quantic Dream and Sony teamed up to remaster both their games which released on PS3 back in its life cycle. The PS4 has been around for some time now, so just when you thought it was safe to forget about the last generation, another collection comes along with improved visuals, all DLC, and new game. But is it too late for this now? Luckily, the Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls collection is cheap, and packed with two great games driven by great storytelling and memorable characters. Making the package a great buy for anyone who loved the games on PS3, or anyone who has not experience David Cage’s great narrative.
The game follows the story of four characters you control at different times of the game. Ethan, the primary character has lost his son, to realize that his second one has been targeted by the infamous Origami Killer, who kidnaps and kills children. He now needs to confront his fears and save his son.
The game’s biggest feature is its gripping plot and deep character growth. You live these people’s lives, and fall in love with them. You grow with them along this journey that they are all on. The plot is fantastic, something that would be a page-turner if based off a book, its goes from extremely dark, to even darker.When a character dies in the game, they are dead for the remainder of the game, opening up endless possibilities for multiple play-throughs and endings in the game.
You play the game like any, walking around and interacting with various objects as you go about your chapter with each character. One major issue with the PS3 version was its clunky movement which required you to hold down “R2” to walk. Unfortunately this is still the same in the PS4 version. Luckily the most intense moments of each character’s story requires quick time events to get through rather than using the movement controls to save your character’s life. If the game did rely on movement during these moments, we would have serious issues.
Visually the game looks okay. It could have been a little better when compared to Beyond: Two Souls, as that looks fantastic. Character expressions are still stiff and environments lack that polish you would expect from a remaster. The studio clearly focused more attention on Beyond: Two Souls’ presentation than Heavy Rain.
Beyond: Two Souls
Jodie Holmes (Ellen Page) was born with a mysterious gift, she is connected to a supernatural entity, and of course there are people that want to use her for their own good, or evil. The game plays out on a timeline, with certain parts of her life being shown at different points in the game.
It can be confusing at times after you just ruined someone’s birthday with your freakish ghost powers, and now you are training at the CIA, but it is easy to understand. The game also has a mode which lets you experience the story in chronological order, for those who lack the brain power to grasp the concept.
It seems that everything Heavy Rain lacked, Beyond: Two Souls made up for, besides its memorable characters. At times the support cast comes across rather annoying and stereotypical. A white homeless guy on drugs, a teenager who hides beer under her bed, and the army general with a voice an annoyingly loud voice. They are nothing special to remember, and rather annoyances that you have to face in the game.
Visually, Beyond: Two Souls is really easy on the eyes. Facial expressions are on point, and every tear or drop of sweat that rolls down Jodie’s face look great. Environments go from dense rained forests, to labs with immaculate detail. If anything, Quantic Dream really wanted to show off how much it has improved on the visuals front of things.
Overall, the package is fantastic. Both games have solid stories that make Hollywood jealous. They both look great, with Beyond looking better than Heavy Rain, but it is forgivable. For R499 these are worth a play.