David Cage is talking again about his new game Beyond 2 Souls and has given players some advice on how to play it. Apparently Cage believes you should only play the game once according to Cage, because playing the game more than one time takes away the “meaning and consequences” from the choices you made.
“Play it once and do not play again!, You can play again if you want, but I think the best way to enjoy the game is to make choices and never know what would have happened if you made a different choice, because life is so, and Beyond: Two Souls is the life of Jodie Holmes “
I will admit that I have played Heavy Rain multiple times, but I don’t think that it took away the ”meaning and consequences” from the game. For me I was actually excited to see how the game played out each time I went through it. Part of that was because in Heavy Rain the choices weren’t based on selecting A, B, or C from a dialog box; the choices were made naturally as you played the game. If you failed at something, the outcome was different than if you had succeeded.
So many of the choices in the game were very natural and the flow of the game was never really broken if you made one choice over another. Hopefully Beyond Two Souls will play out much the same way, where the choices you make will be as you play and affect the story as you go. In that regard I think I will have to disagree with Cage, because I have an addiction for playing through a game multiple times if there are multiple major decisions to be made in said game.
Finally Cage also talked about what encouraged him to write the story for Beyond Two Souls:
“One day I was thinking about how death could be without religion, without God sitting in the clouds, or anything else. Is there some other explanation for this? That’s what made me write beyound Two Souls. “
Even without knowing much about the game, I would have to say this is one of my most anticipated games of next year. But unfortunately, I will have to go against David Cage’s suggestion and play through the game more than one time. What about you, would you be willing to play through Beyond Two Souls only once, or are you like me and need to see all the different endings play out?