As honorable as it was to be screened at Tribeca, it was screened not as a game but as a film. What it does is strip an interactive medium down to a passive experience for exhibition that not only demeans the game but the entire medium as well.
Beyond 2 Souls is a narrative driven game, just as Heavy Rain was. The game was being shown at the tribeca film festival, for that very reason. Even more so due to the actors, which is really what this comes down to. The lead character jodie, is played by Ellen Page, an academy award, and Oscar nominee. We're talking serious acting here, Beyond 2 Souls is apart of her body of work. She's an actor first and foremost, so it's only right, her work on Beyond 2 Souls be screened by her acting peers. What was shown of Beyond 2 Souls at the film festival has no affect on Quantic Dream fans/supporters. If they played Heavy Rain, they know what to expect, the tribeca film festival isn't a gaming exhibition, so not to see Beyond 2 Souls gaming mechanics in depth, should've been expected. E3 isn't too far off, maybe Quantic will do a more indepth exhibition there.
Yes, it was at a film festival and was shown in the appropriate context for a film. The acting was the main focus of the presentation as well as the Q/A panel. I do hope at E3 they will do a more in-depth exhibit there showing off a better melding between the narrative and gamepla rather than putting one above the other.
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