'Beyond: Two Souls' video looks amazing but where is the gameplay?

XMNR: David Cage and Quantic Dreams took Beyond: Two Souls to the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend and released a trailer and 35-minute video of the Playstation 3 game on Sunday. The footage itself looks fantastic and is a showcase for how far the current generation of consoles has come in graphics, animation and performance capture. However, there's a distinct lack of gameplay and what is there appears to only be quicktime events (QTEs).

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MariaHelFutura1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

You could say the same thing about Journey (minus QTEs), which ended up being one of the best games of 2012. If you don't understand it, thats your problem. Also, I'm fairly sure the combat isn't QTEs, it more dynamic using the joystick to trigger different reactions during the bullet time effect.

Queasy1976d ago

Journey had far more player interactions than what has been shown for Beyond: Two Souls.

MariaHelFutura1976d ago

Aside from being co-op, not really. Journey, was great but it was more about "THE JOURNEY" than having player interactions.

Campy da Camper1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

I'm not worried. I like the slow pace stuff every once in a while. As with heavy rain, I enjoyed it a lot but I wouldnt want all my games like that. Its like fine wine, sure it nice to sip on summer nights but the day to day I need beer.

HammadTheBeast1976d ago

They haven't shown much of the actual gameplay, because the videos were shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, which focuses on story, characters, and emotion.

Vames1975d ago

I've submitted a similar article about the lack of gameplay and was hammered for it. At one point someone commented about the supernatural things in the game, as if that improves the gameplay. An interactive movie is all Beyond: Two Souls is, you can even call it a casual game that looks core. Sit around and casually tap X, but make sure to have good timing and memory of where the buttons are or your dead.

This is what they call gaming ladies and gentlemen.

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joab7771976d ago

All I can say is that I watched that 35 minutes and I was pissed when it ended because I wanted to see more. I think I would be satisfied just watching. But, the gameplay seemed to be similar in using Aiden to get out of situations. I love the kicking ass part too. So, it will ne similar to heavy rain with a better story, better acting and better characters. I am down. I wanna see how she gets out of being beaten in the head with a bat.

OrbitalBT1976d ago

this is the problem with what I have with David Cage's idea of a game; it can be so easily viewed on Youtube. but the problem is it wouldn't be no different if you shared the experience with 7 other guys to see this game. i mean there's no co-op.

It's all good scripting but i see the problems with doing this sort of thing. graphics look good on a focal point of view, everything looks average when your eyes gaze outside of the boundaries.

ssj271976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

True .. the fighting scene is all gameplay.. no GtE's.
the part where you control the objects with the soul's power is all gameplay to, no GTE's .
I don't understand the hate.. plus I be you can also walk from point a to point b to finish the levels, just lile any other game.
This game is a cinematic experience with always fresh and unique gameplay.. and i love it.

Try finishing the game by just watching it, that's right you can't and you need to play the game to finish it.
Is a game, not a shooter, not a plataformer, not etc but a unique experience.

NukaCola1976d ago

Its a piece of visual media where you press buttons and interact with the screen to progress the story. With a "real" game you press buttons and interact with the screen in order to progress the story. So its in fact a game I guess. Weird how that works. :/

stu8881976d ago

The fighting wasn't quick time events? Flip me those animations were good!

sway_z1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

I agree 100% with MariaHelFutura!

Don't you dare try and troll Beyond - Two Souls. It is more than a game, it is a unique experience. The industry didn't have the 'Balls' to invest in these types of games...but Sony had the faith and Heavy Rain paid off!

Where is the gameplay??

Is the article's writer smoking on a glass pipe?? Heavy Rain was different, but very much so, I completed the darn thing 5 times :)

Beyond - Two Souls is as good for the Gaming Industry as it is for the PS Brand itself. At last, games that treat players like adults, and not gun tooting teens!!

GTF >Out!

Salooh1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

I'm proud of you guys T_T .

Seriously, you don't like it don't buy it. I don't like cars but i can't really bash GT5 because it's a great game and i can't argue with that just because i don't like it.

_-EDMIX-_1976d ago

agreed at this point if somebody ask a question what the gameplay is in this game, they may need to sit back and contemplate being actual game journalist.

I mean it's a cute troll but heavy rains success says otherwise
games like this will inevitably push the medium.

ATi_Elite1976d ago

$60 Movie coming up!

I wish I could remember the person who who bragged about cut scenes in video games.

well my friend you can pay $60 to watch a movie on your system very soon while I actually PLAY my games and not just press X or watch them.

DragonKnight1976d ago

Woooooooooooo, World of Warcraft on MAX settings! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

trouble_bubble1975d ago

Pizza hut apps don't count as games.

Narutone661975d ago

Try playing diablo 3 or Simcity without an internet connection. Another PC elitist doing the beta testing for the console gamers.

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NYC_Gamer1976d ago

QD games always played more like movies with player event prompts

StrongMan1976d ago

No one asked that about The Walking Dead.

Queasy1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

Actually, they did. The thing is, The Walking Dead kept the player actively involved whether it was with QTEs, shooting zombies, walking around and talking, solving puzzles, etc. It struck a good balance.

The balance between interacting and watching is way too skewed towards watching with what has been shown for Beyond: Two Souls.

MariaHelFutura1976d ago

Everything you said happened in the 30 min. video. Aside from shooting, She fought, solved problems, walked and talked.

Queasy1976d ago

@MariaHelFutura: In a 35 minute video, approximately only 7 minutes of it involved player interaction. Approximately 28 minutes of it was watching. That's what I mean when I say the balance is way too skewed towards watching.

MariaHelFutura1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )


I could show you portions of Metal Gear Solid where there is 7 mins of gameplay and 53 mins of actual (basically non interactive) cutscenes. It doesn't stop MGS from being on of the best and longest active franchises in the gaming industry.

Queasy1976d ago

@MariaHelFutura: And this why I didn't like MGS4 either.

MariaHelFutura1976d ago

Great.... I could care less if you enjoyed MGS4 or not. That doesn't stop it from being a greatly produced quality game for a gaming system or Beyond: Two Souls or Journey.

Also, did you write this or just submit this?

sway_z1976d ago

Don't buy, play or even whisper the names of these QTE/Cutscene/Non-interactive games if you don't like them...

S*I*M*P*L*E*S !!

_-EDMIX-_1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

I could not agree anymore with you guys games like journey in the walking dead carried most of last year's Game of the Year awards. the thing most of these gamers don't understand is that this is a type of game play style. ever heard of mist? Ever heard of Monkey Island?

so because you're ignorant enough that you've never heard of these genres there somehow not games?

thing I don't understand is why attack a game for being unique within its genre? there is more than enough call of duty and Halo to go around buddy. games like Metal Gear Solid sole purpose is to not go on a killing fest. games are much more than getting high points we're a little bit past that phase buddy. Too many GOTY awards prove you wrong

dafegamer1976d ago

the walking dead is just like Beyond in gameplay so whats your point. Beyond keeps the player involved as well. You're either Trolling, or havent seen the 30 min gameplay

poopsack1976d ago

"Approximately 28 minutes of it was watching. That's what I mean when I say the balance is way too skewed towards watching."

But, you're not saying anything. You're just repeating yourself. A real argument presents examples to prove a point, and to debate counterarguments. There was plenty of gameplay in the half hour, the entity scenes, possessing, fighting, getting through the debris. Its all playable. Just cause its presented in a heavily cinematic format is no merit for moaning. An equal amount of scenes in TWD might give you the exact same amount of playability, but you seem to believe that it having a more traditional format makes it more of a game. Its ok, I hate new things too.

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francknara61976d ago

Right. Cause it was multiplatform.

dafegamer1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

Yup that the reason. This article wants to shit on another Playstation exclusive game. Nobody complained about the Walking dead, cause it was on xbox 360 as well. Sigh I hat sensationalism

ShugaCane1976d ago

The author is clearly not familiar with Cage's games nor with the notion of immersion. Take Journey for example. You spend a lot of time simply walking and exploring, without any interactions, and yet it's thrilling and exciting and fascinating all at the same time. That 35 minute video was just astonishing, not only because of the graphics, but because of the way it makes you care about characters in such a small amout of time. It's incredible and I can't wait to "play" it myself.

Queasy1976d ago

Walking and exploring in Journey is a player interaction. And yes, I am familiar with David Cage and Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy. However saying, "But it's David Cage!" is not a good excuse for sidelining the player as a viewer the vast majority of the time.

supraking9511976d ago

lol your ignorant. David Cage makes something different and everyone gives him a hard time. Yet everyone judges other games being the same over and over. 360 fanboys must bored since all there exclusives are non existent and there successor system sounds like a flop

Roccetarius1976d ago (Edited 1976d ago )

David Cage likes to mention emotions and characters a lot, but i just can't take that seriously from him. There are certainly other games, like Bioshock Infinite that does a better job of making you care.

Just like Queasy mentioned, the balance between gameplay and being sidelined is off. Other similar games have done a much better job.

Maybe he should've stayed in the movie business.

Sniperwithacause1976d ago

Well since you are now all out of bubbles trying to defend that beyond didn't have enough interaction gameplay, how did that work out for ya? I on my phone, so in won't rant how wrong I think you are for long. Everything I have seen in the Tribeca showing, and the actors discussion about the game insures me that there is plenty of player involvement. Matter of fact I don't really care to prove you wrong. I'll just say this. If you want more to do while playing the game , how about you choke your chicken? How about you pick your nose? Or you could even shove something up your butt! If you don't like the gameplay then don't play the game. Stop complaining about something that is so much larger than you.

Hicken1976d ago

Seriously, if you don't like the gameplay, DON'T PLAY IT.

It only makes you look like one of the masses when you complain because the game is different.

It's almost like you're specifically trolling this game.

You should stop.

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GribbleGrunger1976d ago

They demonstrated Beyond: Two Souls as if a film at a film festival? Shocking!