So How Long Is Beyond: Two Souls?
When you think of titles such as Heavy Rain and the soon to be released Beyond: Two Souls, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that the lack of gameplay mechanics would translate into a longer narrative. What you may not take into account is the amount of work that is required to keep you entertained the entire time, since you’re all you’re inputting is button prompts here and there.
We’ve already seen just how massive the script is for Beyond: Two Souls, but now David Cage has confirmed just how long gamers can expect the story to last. According to the head of Quantic Dream, Two Souls will clock in at around 10 hours, with the entire experience being narrative-based.
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Now that may sound quite short, again for a title that features little in terms of actual gameplay mechanics, but it makes sense when you think about. Essentially you’re being treated to a 10 hours plus film that you are able to interact with. And be serious, would you really sit through a title like this for more than 15 hours?
Personally, I think this completion time has been carefully considered and constructed around the title’s narrative and the assumption that most gamers won’t be too satisfied with a narrative-based title that requires more than 15 hours to see through.
Beyond: Two Souls, starring Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, releases exclusively on PS3 later this year.