HEAR YE HEAR YE! THE GAMING PRESS HAS SPOKEN. BEYOND IS NOT A GAME.
Another opinion piece incoming! Yep, with the release of Beyond (Yeah Ive been looking forward to it for ages, big whoop) theres been an influx of reviews on all manner of mainstream gaming websites. Nothing new there. The scores also vary wildly, PushSquares 8/10 seeming to buck the trend and offer a genuine opinion on the title, which is to be expected when you consider its a Quantic Dreams title. Whats baffling is that a fair amount of reviews have expressed negativity at the fact it doesn't play like your average game and have marked it down accordingly. Can this be how the industry is nowadays? With people wanting different experiences who get what they desire and then lambaste it for being different?
I can't help but agree with this statement in light of recent developments concerning Beyond. With most reviews & gamers opinions the message that comes across is the same. Beyond is not a game. Really? Because I know when I put the disk in the Ps3 and boot it up, I'm going to be playing a game. While the interactivity in Quantic Dreams games has always been small, it still presents itself as a game with certain basic mechanics. You go from objective to objective, regardless of the amount of interaction, furthering the story when you complete certain goals. Sound familiar? Yeah, it sounds just like a GAME! While gameplay is kept to a simple level, its still there and serves as a way to interact with the world that the story you are playing through is based in. Quantic Dreams decided to focus on creating a compelling narrative to engross the player in, which is a far cry from most developers who choose to bury the player in activities/missions. The simple gameplay apparent in Beyond does not instantly warrant the removal of a titles 'game' status. It really doesn't. By that logic - Pong, whose TV video game systems spawned the subsequent console generations all those years ago, is not a game. All you do is move a line up & down the side of the screen to bounce a ball left & right. Only need 2 buttons for that! Far too simple to be a game! Hell, the entire catalogue for the Atari 2600 ain't games either because all you use is a joystick and a single button! Please. Grow up and use those higher brain functions. Theres a reason the mainstream gaming press should be avoided. So should Beyond be ridiculed for choosing to emphasise story over boring (for me) open worlds and the pumping of thousands of rounds into the same damn Russian terrorists? No. Its just a different type of game.
* I may post a short review onto the blog for Beyond next week. It'll get a fair crack of the whip here! Till then, take a look at PushSquares review as its probably the most level-headed one you'll find if the game interests you. (LINK)