Friday 12 September, 2014
I played this for ~3 hours for a friend's research project back in May. I had blocked an entire day to attempt to beat it in that day, but after a few hours I was so bored that I left. He didn't need me to play anymore, so it was fine.
I was intrigued enough by the story to find a commentary-free Let's Play on YouTube. It kept nagging at me, "what happened with Jodie and Aiden?" So for the last two months I've slowly been making my way through watching and, as I think I've said before, it's not a very good movie either. Sometimes I had to kind of force myself to watch it, which is weird, because you'd think that if I didn't like it, I would just quit watching. But on the other hand, the game looks so good, and it does have its high points, and I remained intrigued by the disjointed timeline, so I kept watching it.
In the end, I'm still ambivalent toward it. Am I glad I spent 10 hours watching a B movie? I'm not happy about it, but it wasn't a complete waste of time.
I liked Jodie, Aiden and some of the other lifelong main characters (big nod to Cole). I really disliked the temporary characters whose lives she flitted in and out of, like the Navajo folks and the homeless crew. Those scenarios were random and bizarre. I disliked Ryan completely. Jodie's relationships with many characters were ill-planned. Like, why did they need to force love interests where it made very little sense and didn't matter at all? Jay, really? I can't count the times I've fallen in love with someone after knowing them a few days! At the end, I didn't even remember who "Jay" was.
Overall, I feel the game was plagued with subpar writing. Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, and the guy who played Ryan and some others, they sure did their best, but the script was overdramatic. I laughed, I groaned, I couldn't believe my ears.
Anyway, no point in continuing to express how bummed I was about the game. I liked Heavy Rain a lot more. Glad I've freed up my lunch breaks to watch more Seinfeld instead of Beyond Two Souls.