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Beyond: Two Souls also becomes a million-seller

Beyond: Two Souls also becomes a million-seller

Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls has also reached million-seller status--much like its predecessor, Heavy Rain. According to the developer, the game reached the milestone "shortly before Christmas 2013."

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"Fahrenheit was also a long QTE with a good start in story that end up going ape shit after the ..."
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Sony president still 'excited' for Beyond dev's next game

Sony president still 'excited' for Beyond dev's next game

We weren't particularly fond of Beyond: Two Souls. And it appears many critics are torn on Quantic Dream's anticipated follow-up to Heavy Rain. In spite of tepid critical reaction, Sony is still excited for the team's next game set for PS4.

Read more: Sony 'reassured' on Quantic's next game »

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Beyond: Two Souls review: caged ambitions

Beyond: Two Souls review: caged ambitions

Some would argue that an artist is only as good as his tools. For Beyond: Two Souls, writer and director David Cage has been given resources that would make any director--Hollywood or not--jealous. Cage has at his disposal some of the best visual tech of the generation, a stunning motion capture suite, and two Academy Award-nominated actors. Sony has pulled out all the stops.

The end result is a game that improves upon nearly every aspect of Quantic Dream's first PS3 effort, Heavy Rain. Beyond leaps over the uncanny valley thanks to its new engine and motion capture tech. Gone are the awkwardly-accented performances, only to be replaced by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. Even the gameplay has been significantly improved, moving away from the QTE button-mashing that defined Heavy Rain. Every aspect of Beyond is a generational leap. Too bad it's all wasted on a story that isn't worth telling.

Read more: The subtlety of an explosion »

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Beyond: Two Souls gets exclusive training missions at GameStop

Beyond: Two Souls gets exclusive training missions at GameStop

Imagine if your favorite movie had a Special Edition featuring an additional scene only accessible at Walmart. That's exactly what Sony's proposing with its release of Beyond: Two Souls. By pre-ordering the game at GameStop, you'll get an automatic upgrade to the Special Edition, which includes an exclusive playable scene.

So, what is this scene? "Training missions."

Read more: Other Special Edition bonuses »

"I don't think so, its pretty much all sales. If the reviews were going to be good, they'd have ..."
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Interview: Breaking gaming expectations with Beyond: Two Souls

Interview: Breaking gaming expectations with Beyond: Two Souls

In a very real sense, failure is not an option in David Cage's games. There is no "game over" when you fail to hit the timing in a quicktime event. Choices have consequences, but it's not a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. Flipping to the wrong page won't result in the death of the main character.

Instead, in both Heavy Rain and Cage's newest game, Beyond: Two Souls, the story simply progresses uninterrupted until it reaches its logical conclusion, whatever that might be. For that reason, Beyond, the story of a girl literally attached at the hip to an invisible creature named Aiden set over the course of 15 years, can go in any number of directions. If Beyond's main character Jodie is captured by the police, for instance the game doesn't reload from the most recent checkpoint, it just continues to the police department. The story keeps moving, no matter what happens.

Read more: Striving to become more than games »

"What will we use in it's place to actually mean literally? Shit."
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Beyond: Two Souls preview: Mean Girls

Beyond: Two Souls preview: Mean Girls

On a very rare occasion, I get nostalgic for adolescence. I had all the time in the world to play games, I think, and I didn't have to worry about money. Then I play a scene in Beyond: Two Souls, and I remember, "Oh yeah, being a teenager was the worst."

One such scene takes place during a party straight out of Carrie. Jodie Holmes, trapped on a military base for pretty much her entire life because he has a bizarre extra-dimensional creature named Aiden following her around like an abusive boyfriend, is excited to finally make some friends. The analyst in charge of her case, Nathan Dawkins (played with a dry but warm sense of paternalism by Willem Dafoe), hands her a rare book of stories by Edgar Allen Poe and tells her to have a good time.

Read more: She's All That »

"Good preview, thanks for your point of view on the game. I am looking forward to playing it, but ..."
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Beyond: Two Souls demo planned, early access coming September 24

Beyond: Two Souls demo planned, early access coming September 24

You'll be able to try out Beyond: Two Souls through a downloadable demo. Sony announced that players will be able to try out two scenes from Quantic Dream's next project as early as September 24.

Read more: Experiments and escape »

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Heavy Rain turned down by Microsoft over fears of a scandal

Heavy Rain turned down by Microsoft over fears of a scandal

Perhaps one of the most surprising successes in Sony's first party lineup on PS3 was Heavy Rain. Quantic Dream's adventure game certainly stands out: a choose-your-own-adventure story where you controlled multiple characters in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped child. The game's success has fostered a deep relationship between the French studio and Sony.

But before Sony got so chummy with Quantic Dream, it was Microsoft that was pursuing the game. Studio head David Cage explained that Microsoft wanted to work with the studio after the release of Indigo Prophecy, a game "they really loved."

Read more: Microsoft 'got scared' »

"So this is really surprising to me that they didn't want to cause of maybe a scandal. And yet ..."
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Beyond: Two Souls wheels out Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe

Beyond: Two Souls wheels out Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe

"You might as well just give up, Aiden," Ellen Page's character tells her ghost pal in a new Beyond: Two Souls trailer. "This date is going on." Yes, as if it's not bad enough being hunted by the government, Jodie has spirits from the mists trying to stop her doing kisses.

"This entity protects her and cares about her but it also interferes with her life," Page herself explains in the trailer, which also has Willem Dafoe gabbing about the game and their characters.

Watch: A relatable core, in spite of ghosts »

"I use it for these two things more then games and yes it is awesome in both regards. "
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Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe composing Beyond: Two Souls soundtrack

Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe composing Beyond: Two Souls soundtrack

It stars Ellen Paige and Willem Dafoe. It went to Tribeca Film Festival. And now, it has a soundtrack from Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe. We're pretty sure Beyond: Two Souls is officially a movie now.

Zimmer and Balfe, who collaborated on Inception and The Dark Knight movies, are working on Quantic Dream's upcoming PS3 adventure.

Listen: the making of the soundtrack »

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Beyond: Two Souls adds touch controls and 'multiplayer'

Beyond: Two Souls adds touch controls and 'multiplayer'

Beyond: Two Souls is the latest game to join in on the tablet-connected trend. Quantic Dream's adventure can be entirely controlled via a connected touch device. Through the "Beyond Touch" app, players will be able to forgo the DualShock to play through a touch interface. Undoubtedly, this is an attempt to appeal to gamers that are less comfortable with the complicated sticks and buttons of a traditional game controller.

Read more: Two player support inspired by Heavy Rain »

"I would hope that the Vita would be included. Surprised to see them not mention it."
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Beyond: Two Souls trailer talks 'gameplay'

Beyond: Two Souls trailer talks 'gameplay'

David Cage and Quantic Dream may have cinematic aspirations, but they're still making video games. A new Beyond: Two Souls video developer diary delves into the nebulous concept of "gameplay," including how it's worked on improving controls and UI since Heavy Rain. Also, it offers delightful glimpses at Ellen Page's teenage goth phase.

Watch: Waggling the old analogue sticks »

"It's not a movie. I love QD and their style. While Fahrenheit was a movie with QTEs, Heavy Rain ..."
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Beyond: Two Souls 'making of' video focuses on Page and Dafoe

Beyond: Two Souls 'making of' video focuses on Page and Dafoe

Beyond: Two Souls from Quantic Dream relies heavily on the performances of Willem Dafoe and Ellen Page to relate the supernatural story. So it's not surprising that the first "Making of" trailer for the game focuses on the two actors and how they approach their performances in the game.

Watch: Lots of time in front of the camera »

"It's good to see the actress from The Last Of Us getting more work."
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Quantic Dream shows off PS4 tech demo The Dark Sorcerer

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Quantic Dream shows off PS4 tech demo The Dark Sorcerer

Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls developer Quantic Dream has shared the full 12-minute version of its PlayStation 4 tech demo The Dark Sorcerer: A Next Gen Comedy, following a short tease during Sony's pre-E3 conference on Monday. It's an impressive and surprisingly funny short film about actors recording a scene for a video game, all running in real-time on a PS4.

Watch: "First time in a video game? Yeah, welcome to Hell" »

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Beyond: Two Souls E3 trailer goes to boot camp

Beyond: Two Souls E3 trailer goes to boot camp

Beyond: Two Souls already seemed to fit well into Quantic Dream's line of games which are awfully silly but insist they're highly serious, then the E3 trailer kicked it up another notch. You see, not only does Ellen Page have a ghost friend, she was also part of a super secret CIA child assassin program. Sure!

Watch: The daft E3 trailer »

"Yes, I get your dry wit... but, what was silly about the Heavy Rain story? And yes, this CIA ..."
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