A TALE OF TWO DREAMS
The Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls Collection
DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL It goes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Quantic Dream’s critically acclaimed titles,
Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, were two of the most important titles to come out for the PlayStation 3. Besides the fact that they were the most sought-after titles for PS3 owners, both games were practically responsible for revamping and refreshing the concept of ‘mature’ storytelling in video games.
If you missed the chance to play both games back then, fret not, for Quantic Dream recently released a physical bundle of
Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls for the PlayStation 4. As you would expect from a remastered edition of any game, both Heavy Rain and
Beyond: Two Souls have been given a visual facelift to take advantage of the additional horsepower of the PS4.
The main characters are definitely more lifelike, displaying every blemish, every flaw, and every scar that each and every character gained during the ordeal in both games. By comparison to the previous iterations, the remastered versions also give us a clearer view of all the emotions that are on display during some of the more emotional and heartwrenching moments.
There is, however, one constant throughout both titles. The movement controls on both titles are still the same. Quantic Dream has made it a point simply to just leave the controls as they were before, so if you still have a certain sense of familiarity with how each game works, your experience with either titles won’t be affected.
NIGHT AND DAY
Back when Heavy Rain first launched, its graphical prowess on the PS3 was a testament of what the console was capable of churning out when it was pushed to the limits. On the PS4, the console barely flinches. Loading times for the game are cut short, environments have volumetric particles, and even Norman Jayden’s scenes within his ARI VR world (the part where he puts on his special glasses) are detailed to a fault.
This new layer of HD fidelity also means that the frame rates are now at a steady 30 fps, rather than the fluctuating 30 fps or less back on the PS3.
The story is pretty much the same with Beyond: Two Souls and the travails of protagonist Jodie Holmes and her unseen guardian, Aiden. Details of the monsters that plague Jodie throughout the game are more vivid, and heart-stopping moments where Aiden forcibly protects her (e.g. surrounding her with a forcefield as she jumps off the train) look so much better in Full HD than it did in 720p on the PS3.
Remember this scene? The new HD treatment makes this look even better.
The amount of detail is uncanny.