by Han Cilliers (Lola) Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:53:54 AM
Games that are able to tap into a player’s inner dialogue and enable us to explore the dark caverns of our souls – those are the games that we don’t forget. This is exactly what David Cage from Quantic Dream promises to deliver with Beyond Two Souls.
“My work is about emotion and how we can trigger different types of emotion within an interactive experience” David Cage
The E3 trailer however, gives us a look into another side of the story. It focuses on the military training Jodie received. She was born with a connection to a mysterious entity with incredible powers, and therefore caught the attention of the government. In an adventure spanning 15 years of her life, your actions will determine Jodie's fate as she faces extraordinary challenges, danger, and heart wrenching loss on a journey to discover the truth of who she is. BEYOND: Two Souls promises an emotionally-charged journey unlike any video game before.
Beyond focuses on two themes; accepting who you are, and the question of what happens after death. These two questions are fundamental to the human psyche and demands to be answered. For a game to attempt to reflect the journey through which a person goes to discover those answers are daunting and perhaps a bit arrogant. The biggest problem Cage would have to work around is that the video games are a restrictive medium, where choice is but an illusion.
I am extremely curious to see how he will be able to guide the player to tap into his or her soul to face the inner struggles that comes from self-discovery and contemplation about death and life.
Quantic Dream certainly found the right cast for Beyond, Ellen Page is the main protagonist, Jodie Holmes, and Willem Dafoe as Nathan Dawkins, a scientist who works with Jodie to analyse her powers, and lastly Kadeem Hardison as Cole Freeman a government official who investigates paranormal activity.
Beyond: Two Souls certainly holds the promise of an exceptional game.
Source: Games Press
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