I cannot tell you how stoked I am for this game. Quantic Dream has made some amazing games. Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are some of my favorite games of all time. Now, we have a new game where we get to play as androids in a city that is at war with them. It’s going to be emotional as fuck, and let me tell you – I cannot wait. But what we saw last time was a bit cryptic (I know, Quantic Dream being crytpi. Who saw that coming?). Now we have more hard gameplay. Enough of me talking. Let’s take a look.
Oh my Groj. This looks incredible! First, we get to see this guy going up the elevator, messing around with a coin. We also see the circle on his head that tells us that this is an android. So we can already tell that things are going to get complicated. The last trailer told us that the relationship between society and android is tense. What’s more, this is a hostage situation. So the heat is definitely on. When a mother demands that a human deal with this and not a machine, it tells us even more that this is beyond tense.
We then get some bits of gameplay. You can walk through the apartment and analyze stuff. But then we get to the roof where another android has taken this family’s daughter hostage and apparently shot two police who tried to apprehend him. Our android tries to negotiate with him, but he isn’t very good about it. He just says some stuff about serving the humans. Our hostage-taker is having none of that. He’s tired of being a slave to humans, so he is going to make one final decision of his own. Well, that didn’t turn out the way we wanted.
But what’s this?! Turns out, you can make things turn out a different way. We get slices of gameplay that show us that you can analyze clues in the apartment, use piece of evidence, and craft how the situation unfolds. I love that! Quantic Dream is pretty good about the decisions you make crafting narrative. In Beyond: Two Souls it didn’t affect the outcome especially hard, but it did at least change a few things about how characters and relationships evolved. I am hoping this goes back to how things were done in Heavy Rain. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.
In keeping with the the theme of their games, it’s clear that this game is going to be depressing as fuck too. After you see all the different ways that the hostage situation can go down, you then have the cops shooting and killing this android. For no reason! Seriously, he let the hostage go. Everything was resolved. He dropped his gun. Why did they shoot him?! Dick cops.
Everything about this looks awesome, and I cannot wait to play. There’s still no release date, but it is going to be at the top of the list for 2017 releases. This looks so cool! Let me know what you all think.
9 out of 10