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Beyond: Two Souls Correcting Heavy Rain's Character Flaws

Heavy Rain offered a great deal to players looking for a deep tale of love and loss. The narrative was well-woven, moments of tension were masterfully orchestrated, and player agency was so thorough that any two people might have had completely different character interactions and dialog opportunities.

The title did have its detractors, though according to director David Cage, 75% of players that started Heavy Rain reached its conclusion (compared to a 20% average completion rate across the industry, according to him). One of the biggest barriers to enjoyment was the largely stilted acting, especially as it often failed to pair well with character movements.

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kungfuian1122d ago

While it's nice to see the dev pushing this tech forward, the biggest improvement for Beyond will come from the inclusion of big name high quality actors. Ellen Page is really great!

On the tech side, I personally thought the facial tech in Heavy Rain was really very good. The only tech that stood out as bad was actually how when characters made physical contact it resembles a child pretend playing by smashing two dolls or action figures together awkwardly. But that wasn't that bad relative to the entire experience.

What was bad was the clearly French dialog being poorly translated into English by French actors who themselves were poorly imitating English.

By the way I really enjoyed heavy rain as a game, as a story, and as something that pushes the boundaries of what we call games.

But not it's acting and dialog, which imo was terrible for the most part. Especially Jason! Hated that character with a passion. Really David, how can you expect us to empathize with a character morning the loss of his son if his son sucks! I'd personally love a DLC where I get to drive the car and hit Jason myself. Anything not to hear his voice again.

R_aVe_N1122d ago

I agree Jason was very annoying, but the story was spot on. It was very different than we see in games. For his first go around on the PS3 they did a great job creating something new and very story driven. I can not wait to see how Beyond: Two Souls turns out with the story and gameplay elements.

Kurisu1122d ago

*In the mall*

"Jason! JASON! Jason! JASON!"

I agree that sometimes the acting was pretty bad. But Heavy Rain was the most unique game that I've played personally, and I loved it from beginning to end...and what an end it was!

I'm really looking forward to Beyond. I just watched about a minute of the film festival gameplay but I turnt it off because I don't want to spoil anything.

Kinger89381122d ago

Yea that bit was laughably bad!

kreate1122d ago

The only complaint I ever heard from ppl was brushing the teeth part.

abzdine1122d ago

Seriously Heavy Rain goes beyond (no joke inside of course) character "flaws" because it's a game which has the full package with emotions on top of that.

If Beyond corrects some "imperfections" from Heavy Rain this game will definitely be remembered

Jaqen_Hghar1122d ago

Sony used awesome exclusive
A critical hit!