Sometimes is the Hype Too Much?

Every year, there's always that game we're extremely hyped for. But, what happens if that game is so over-hyped that it fails to meet the expectations we had? This year was a prime example of how a game can do just that, be over-hyped and fall flat on its face.

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WeAreLegion1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Sometimes, but not with Beyond. This is one of the best games of the generation. The negative responses in reviews make no sense to me. Some of the reviewers flat-out lied about the game, based on my experience with it.

Blaze9291621d ago

the reviews are what worry me about artists like David Cage. It happened with Heavy Rain and its happening again with BEYOND: Two Souls.

I'm currently going through it now and love it, just passed the Navajo level - purely epic and I just love the spirituality notes in this game. Especially since I believe in all that.

But to see your creation slammed so incorrectly and poorly everytime by critics, that must make him feel a certain type of way.

Just hope it won't effect future creations. But I doubt someone like Cage isn't worried about review scores.

mattdillahunty1621d ago

"the reviews are what worry me about artists like David Cage. It happened with Heavy Rain and its happening again with BEYOND: Two Souls."

not sure what you think happened with Heavy Rain. it has an 87 average on metacritic, which is damn good. Beyond, on the other hand, has a 73 right now. that's a pretty big difference. yes, some of the reviews about Heavy Rain were mixed, but as consensus shows (at least for reputable game sites), people tended to like it.

InMyOpinion1621d ago

David Cage is the PS version of Peter Molyneux.

nix1621d ago

^^^ when he becomes one, i'll be the first one to slam him.

humbleopinion1621d ago

@InMyOpinion that is actually a pretty good comparison!
Both had a game released late last gen (Indigo/Fable) to pretty good reviews, came up with a newer game this gen that got better reviews (HR/F2) and then kinda lost their touch in the third outing (BTS/F3).

And both can have their passion sometimes be mistaken with arrogance.

SlapHappyJesus1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

You realize the two games prior to Beyond - games that follow the same general route in terms of design - were, as a whole, very well received titles.
Even Beyond did well enough overall. You are likening Cage to this black sheep of the gaming industry that no one gets or treats fairly and his worst reviewed game is sitting above a 70 . . .

humbleopinion1618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )

@SlapHappyJesus, Maybe you missed a few things, but the games from that "black sheep" received far better worldwide recognitions, where some revolutionized entire genres.
And his "worst" recent game Fable 3 is still getting better reviews than beyond, for the the negative criticism it received.

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FanMan1621d ago

this game didnt even have that much hype to begin with. i dont understand this article. sure it had some hype, but no where near the hype of other games.

iPad1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Beyond Two Souls is a perfect example showing that not everyone likes the same games/genre.

Depending too much on reviews about games like Beyond Two Souls is irrelevant.

Disclaimer: I don't think 'irrelevant' is the correct term. Just the first word that popped up.

humbleopinion1621d ago

Actually it's a perfect example that in all genres you have better games and worse games. Heavy Rain scored far better with the critics, And the Walking Dead did even better. Hell, The Wolf Among Us is which was just released this week is walking the same genre and gets much better review.

This is just about Beyond Two Souls not being all that good compared to other titles in the same genre. As simple as that.

SlapHappyJesus1621d ago


That's exactly what it is. There is definitely a space in the industry for this genre. Walking Dead was a runaway hit and even Cage's past work garnered a lot of positive attention.
Let's now pretend that one of his games that simply didn't hit as many people's expectations, as well as the man himself, is just misunderstood and not everyone "gets it".

JackStraw1621d ago

agreed. it was as if some of the reviewers didn't fully play the game, to be completely honest.

joab7771621d ago

Don't get me wrong, I think as far as gameplay is concerned, there r avenues that can b taken to make Cage's games more interactive. Aiden was the absolute perfect engine for some brilliant puzzles. Also, I would love to see actual consequences for mistakes that take u an alternate route.

But, u have to giv this game props. While so many games r simply re releases with some upgrades etc., this games is a glimpse into the future. Yeah, as I said, the focus was obviously on storytelling and immersion, b/c of the target audience...but we have to support those who r willing to push the industry forward. I had a blast...and there is nothing else like it. To b honest...most games r so easy today that the only difference between them and this is the illusion of gameplay.

beebap1621d ago

There is consequences. One example the level where jodie sneaks out to the bar seen my bf do it and things went bad so when it came dinner with ryan they did not spend the nite together but when I played I left the bar before there was trouble and then on dinner date with ryan they did indeed sleep together. I loved the game it up there with tlou so I started playing again and will be making different choices on the way to fully see the difference scenes also messing up certain actions at times gets other scenes.I think the game is total brillance but that my opinion and better than heavy rain which i loved too. I know its a game that i will be visiting again in the future. I think that marks a great game

gamer2341621d ago

typical sony fan, that feel their exclusives are witch hunted, when its reviewed badly

aaron58291621d ago

I dont know where the hype came from... maybe because I did not read or watch anything related to beyond to avoid any potential spoilers...

finished the game... and I loved it... personally 9 out of 10

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BobBelcher1621d ago

Hype and Over-exposure can be pretty bad.
I'm a bit worried about Watch Dogs to some degree.

4logpc1621d ago

I dont think there was much hype for Beyond. There have been many places for months now saying, yea this game is kinda broken.

GentlemenRUs1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

I love this game... Only half way though it but I just love it!

It's like a movie which I am controlling and that is what I was hoping for :D

Shame other people can't see that...

EDIT: Gaming is not just about shooting people and such you know...

EDIT2: Go play the game then come back to tell me what you thought of it... Yeah that's what I thought...

admiralvic1621d ago

"EDIT: Gaming is not just about shooting people and such you know... "

As I've mentioned in other topics... why do fans (even Cage did it) of this game complain about shooters? Disliking this game doesn't instantly mean you love shooters or even like shooters... it just sounds like instead of accepting that their opinion is different, you choose to belittle others by claiming everyone wants nothing more than the next CoD / Battlefield.

GuruMeditation1621d ago

Simple, they are just comparing it to a common popular game type, one with broad appeal. It's just an analogue for 'this game is unlike most things you've played recently', not some sort of attack on shooters. So, you know, just an expression.

maniacmayhem1621d ago

I personally didn't see any hype for Beyond. Which to me was part of the problem. I saw no build up, no promotion or anything to get me excited for the game. Granted I wasn't impressed by Heavy Rain so I wasn't really on the look out for Beyond, but even still I always stumble on upcoming games regardless of whether I'm interested in them or not.

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