Now that it's releasing, I'm not entirely sure what to expect from Beyond: Two Souls. On the one hand I really like what Heavy Rain presented from a pure story telling perspective. Its inventiveness and willingness to break from what we traditionally think of as a video game was an exceptional and ultimately memorable experience. But, in the end that actual delivery of the written narrative of the game left, at least for me, much to be desired. Ultimately it was a great example of how games could evolve into true story telling mechanisms, but it just didn't deliver a particularly well written story in that medium.
I genuinely hope that Beyond: Two Souls goes above and beyond what Heavy Rain delivers, but I have to admit that I'm skeptical. I worry that I'll walk away thinking, "Well, from a game perspective I'm glad I played, but there are holes big enough in the actual story to drive a truck through." I really, really hope I'm wrong.
Also this week, a new Pokemon addiction offers itself to be snorted off a coffee table with a straw. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y is inevitably something I will buy for my kids, watch with a perverse fascination and ultimately just not get. Which is unfortunate, because the underlying mechanic of Pokemon is something that seems like it should appeal. Perhaps someday.