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Trailer: "Beyond: Two Souls"

Some time ago, we guys and gals of the internet beheld "Kara," a beautiful, and very moving tech demo from Quantic Dream. After its release, the company stated that Kara was not their new project. The bad news, for lovers of mechanical women (and their plight in the dystopian future) the world over, is that Quantic Dream has stayed true to their word. The good news is that the new project, Beyond: Two Souls looks quite promising.

The game sees the player following Jodie Holmes (voiced by Ellen Page, of "Juno" fame) "through 15 years of her life, according to Game Informer. As per the trailer, Jodie possesses some rather extraordinary abilities - demonstrating telekinesis before a rather startled police officer, appearing to take possession of a soldier, and communicating with an unseen individual named "Ivan" - and finding herself being pursued by some kind of (presumably) governmental agency. According to Quantic Dream's David Cage, the game will tackle the question of that which exists "between our world and beyond," and as one might expect, will be "emotional, mature and unique."

The tech is quite impressive, employing advanced facial capture and animation that we previously saw during the Kara demo. While I'm curious to learn a bit more about Two Souls's story, something about an afterlife/mystical weirdness-themed game seems interesting.

What do you think, gamers? Does Beyond: Two Souls seem like the most shining example of "games as art," or is this so much pretentious dreck? Sound off in the comments section below!

9 Comments

Cyro said:

I'm sure it's a great example of "games as art" and all, but what I'm really stoked about is that it features Ellen Page. Juno's kicking some ass! :D

oldtaku said:

I am intrigued, but I think a lot of it is going to come down to whether the story is going to be awkwardly strangled and crushed in a fumbling 'game' like Heavy Rain was.

Amazing voice acting, amazing facial animation, I can feel her emotion, I am getting sucked in... PRESS X PRESS X PRESS X. R1!

Gamescook said:

"WRITTEN and DIRECTED by DAVID CAGE"

Guess I have an extra $60 to spend on food next year.

Lucas said:

It looks beautiful, and seems interesting, but I immediately thought of Heavy Rain when I started watching the trailer, and noticed at the end it was made my the same people.
I'm hesitant about it just because I think I'm one of the only people in the world who didn't really like Heavy Rain. But, the heroine in this game seems pretty cool so who knows...

Nexus said:

Why did it have to be Ellen Page?
I really, really, really can't stand her.

Gamescook said:

You can get just as much of a movie experience with amazing graphics from Uncharted of The Last of Us and not have to suffer from plot holes and hackneyed writing like in Heavy Rain or David Cage's other disasters.

If story is front and center to the detriment of other gameplay elements, then the story had better be -damn- good, and nothing by Cage so far has demonstrated such quality.

tropicofan said:

Oh joy, another graphically amazing but cliched story game. fun. as far as i'm concerned, if you're going to make games that focus on stories, make sure that it's written as good as a cormac mccarthy novel, otherwise there is no point in making it. hard rain, for example, was a piece of crap because the story was just a rehash of thriller cliches.

tropicofan said:

@Nexus lol, that's the first thing that popped into my head too!

Limeade said:

I love Ellen Page. And I love seeing another lady protagonist (rare as they are in this E3 lineup at all, even as supporting cast) mixing it up. I just hope that instead of going the victimization survival route that Lara is (sadly) going down, that Ellen Page's character flexes supernatural muscle and kicks arse everywhere.

I can dream.

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