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Beyond: Two Souls only £9.99

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Beyond: Two Souls only £9.99

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Now that it's more in line with the price of a TV series boxset, it becomes that little bit easier to recommend Beyond: Two Souls, mainly because you'll spend more time watching than playing. But despite this, I enjoyed the story because the acting from the two leads of Ellen Page  and Willem DaFoe is excellent throughout. Player choices don't have the same major impacts as Heavy Rain, but fans of Quantic Dream's efforts won't find a cheaper price than this today.

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Five Ways In Which Telltale Schools Quantic Dream With The Wolf Among Us

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Adventure Games, Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Quantic Dream, Telltale Games, The Wolf Among Us

Five Ways In Which Telltale Schools Quantic Dream With The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 grabs us by the throat, shakes us out and leaves us begging for more. A superb detective story with shocking twists, complex characters and meaningful choices galore, brought to life in Willingham's daring and imaginative Fables setting. - The Wolf Among Us Review

I'll be honest. I've never really paid a great deal of attention to DC's output beyond Batman. I've always been rather more of a Marvel man myself, though in recent years I hate to say that I've found less time for comic books and graphic novels. As such, Bill Willington's Fables series sailed past me completely. But I'm so incredibly glad that I leapt into Telltale's latest episodic adventure series, based on the world and the characters that Willington created. I've found myself disappointed by a number of the games that masses of others have been telling me are "masterpieces" of late, and I'm still not done castigating Quantic Dream for Beyond just yet.

But that disappointment in particular is made more stark by the arrival of The Wolf Among Us, which shows that you don't need Hollywood actors or ludicrously expensive motion capture studios or the backing of a major publisher and platform holder to deliver a game that appeals to our hearts as well as our heads and places story -- good storytelling -- at the very forefront of things.

With that in mind, here are five ways in which I feel Telltale comprehensively schools Quantic Dream in the art of delivering an impactful, narrative-driven adventure title.

Do bear in mind that there may be minor spoilers within.

Genre

Five Ways In Which Telltale Schools Quantic Dream With The Wolf Among Us

The evidence is there for all to see. Murder mysteries, detective procedurals, tales of intrigue -- these are all adventure game staples. You look at the likes of Broken Sword and L.A. Noire and Sam & Max and Heavy Rain. These are all games with unanswered questions at their core, and The Wolf Among Us is no different. I'm not saying, of course, that you can't have stories that don't fit into the crime genre, that would be ridiculous. But any stories of sleuthing are bound to be able to help counterbalance the lack of interaction and traditional action-oriented gameplay because the unanswered questions are what fuel you onwards. You want to unravel the mystery, find the killer, solve the puzzle.

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COMMENT | The Crushing Disappointment of Beyond: Two Souls

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Ellen Page, PS3 games, Quantic Dream, Sony Computer Entertainment

COMMENT | The Crushing Disappointment of Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls has proven to be a divisive and contentious title primarily because many have struggled to find a place for it when it comes to their definitions of what a game should be. When I sat down to write my Beyond review, I had to begin with a caveat because I felt that one's enjoyment of David Cage's latest opus would no doubt depend on whether or not the player was open to Quantic Dream's signature style, though even that might prove to be a fallible basis for investigation:

Your appreciation, or lack thereof, of David Cage and Quantic Dream's latest opus is largely going to be determined by how much you subscribe to many of the controversial statements that Cage has made over the last couple of years, not to mention whether or not you enjoyed his last QTE-'em-up: Heavy Rain.

And even then, given Heavy Rain arguably worked because of its delicately balanced mix of genre, form and function, you might not find Beyond to your liking.

Games are not reviewed in a vacuum, as we've stated many times on this site. Therefore, it's impossible to separate Beyond from the canon of experiential games, large and small, that have surfaced in the wake of Heavy Rain these past three years. The same tricks that worked in 2010 might not prove as effective this time around, and so it seems to have been the case, for this writer anyway.

COMMENT | The Crushing Disappointment of Beyond: Two Souls

I promised I'd go into further detail, expanding upon a few of the points I made in my review, and so here's a more personal, expressive take on some of Beyond's failures (in my eyes) to deliver the emotionally-connected experience that David Cage and his team have constantly espoused, and why I'm not sure if the team at Quantic Dream fully understand the enormous capacity for direct, emotional connection that this interactive medium can offer.

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Beyond: Two Souls Can Be Played Using A Smartphone Rather Than DualShock

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Jonathan Lester
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Android, Beyond: Two Souls, Companion App, David Cage, iOS, PS3 games, Quantic Dream

Beyond: Two Souls Can Be Played Using A Smartphone Rather Than DualShock

'Not Everybody Was Born With A Controller In Their Hands'

David Cage has revealed that upcoming PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls can be controlled via a linked iOS and Android smartphone or tablet.

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Beyond: Two Souls Getting "Generous" Pre-Release Demo

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Demo, PS3 games, PSN, Quantic Dream

Beyond: Two Souls Getting "Generous" Pre-Release Demo

Have A Dev Diary To Celebrate

We all love to try before we buy, and Quantic Dream will let us do just that for Beyond: Two Souls. A "generous trial" will launch on PSN six days before the PS3 exclusive's October 8th launch, containing two full scenarios.

We've got the details below, and to celebrate, Sony have also released a new developer diary. Matt got hands-on with Beyond: Two Souls at Gamescom last month.

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Microsoft Turned Down Heavy Rain

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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David Cage, Heavy Rain, Microsoft, Quantic Dream, Sony

Microsoft Turned Down Heavy Rain

"They Were Scared Of The Scandal"

Quantic Dream's frustrated film director auteur-in-residence David Cage has revealed that he pitched Heavy Rain to several publishers before settling on Sony, including Microsoft. However, the Redmond giant were "scared" of potential controversy surrounding the child kidnapping storyline.

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Dealspwn’s Postcards From Gamescom #4 - PS4, Wasteland, and Witchering

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Beyond: Two Souls, Brian Fargo, Dark Souls II, David Cage, Dealspwny, Gamescom 2013, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Postcards From Gamescom 2013, Suda51, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Wasteland 2

Wednesday saw the first day of Gamescom proper as the press and trade visitors descended upon the Koelnmesse in swarms. We give our overview of an eventful first day that saw us checking out the likes of Beyond: Two Souls, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Dark Souls, Wasteland 2, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Elsewhere, my microphone breaks, Toby proves to be  huge hit with just about everyone, and we can't get the Peggle 2 music out of our heads.

Seriously, it's slowly driving me insane.

Heavy Rain | £8.99 | Argos | PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Heavy Rain | £8.99 | Argos | PS3

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Beyond: Two Souls Hands-On Preview | Supernatural Selection

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Games previews, PS3 games, QTE, Quantic Dream

Beyond: Two Souls Hands-On Preview | Supernatural Selection

Platforms: PS3

Developers: Quantic Dream

Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment

It's been a long time coming, but I finally, finally got hands-on with Beyond: Two Souls a couple of weeks ago at a recent Sony event. I'm a fan of Heavy Rain, I liked that it brought a cinematic narrative together with player agency, and that player choices led to striking consequences. But it would be churlish of me to suggest that the game was not without its faults. Quick Time Events are a fairly risible means of interaction for a game of such length, after all.

Not that I found the game to be particularly laborious, and I rather loved the PS Move version, but when Jon came back from E3 last year with messages of slightly open-ended gameplay (by Quantic Dream's slender standards anyway), I was enormously excited. Could it be true? Could Beyond finally be the title that balances meaningful, engrossing interaction with a game world along with a taut narrative that offers players a chance to heavily affect proceedings via the choices that they make both in thought and word and  deed?

Well, not if the demo I played is any indication of what's to come.

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Cage: Being Divisive "Means You're Doing Something Meaningful"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Quantic Dream

Cage: Being Divisive "Means You're Doing Something Meaningful"

Does David Cage worry about being divisive with his games? No. For Cage it's actually something of a badge of honour, “because it means you’re doing something meaningful". According to the Quantic Dream boss, though games can indeed be all about “fun and adrenaline", Cage prefers that they “say something” and “maybe change you, even a tiny bit”.

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Beyond: Two Souls Dated For October

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, PS3 games, Quantic Dream

Beyond: Two Souls Dated For October

Quantic Dream-developed paranormal thriller Beyond: Two Souls has finally got a firm release date. Sony confirms that the anticipated title will release on October 11th in Europe, three days after the October 8th US launch. [CVG]

You can read our Beyond: Two Souls preview to learn exactly why the date now has a big red ring around it on our calendar. I hope it rubs off, though, since I mainly just use my phone and may have ruined the screen with a permanent marker.

David Cage Talks Up PS4 "Water Cooler Effect"

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Matt Gardner
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David Cage Talks Up PS4 "Water Cooler Effect"

Spoilers are terrible things, and with the integrated "share" functionality giving players the ability to seamlessly share the things that they do with the PS4, are Quantic Dream and David Cage a little perturbed by the thought of having unique experiences compromised by such a feature?

Not a bit of it. In fact, Cage is rather excited at the prospect of a built-in metaphorical water-cooler.

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Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca Film Festival Trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Ellen Page, PS3 games, Quantic Dream, Sony, Tribeca Film Festival

Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca Film Festival Trailer

Here's the trailer that was debuted at last night's Tribeca Film Festival. It focuses on the lead character Jodie Holmes, played by Ellen Page. We see scenes from various stages of the game including her as a child and an adult. Locations are varied too, one minute she's living rough while possibly on the run and then she's out in the desert riding a horse in a scene similar to one you may find in Red Dead Redemption.

Willem Dafoe can be heard in the trailer too, trying to convince Jodie to come back. We're presuming she's escaped the testing facility/hospital where they've been examining her psychic powers. Gameplay is a bit thin on the ground, as the trailer clearly plays to the film-fan crowd at the festival, but there's no denying we can't wait to see more. Enjoy the new trailer after the break.

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Beyond: Two Souls Live Stream at Tribeca Film Festival Tonight

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Brendan Griffiths
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Ellen Page, PS3 games, Quantic Dream, Sony, Tribeca Film Festival

Beyond: Two Souls Live Stream at Tribeca Film Festival Tonight

Tune in right here at Dealspwn tonight at Midnight UK time to see a live stream of Beyond: Two Souls from the famous Tribeca Film festival in New York. The event will last about two hours and will include a 35-minute scene from the game, including gameplay. The game’s official trailer will also be debuted.

After the screening, there will be a live panel Q&A with the game’s lead star Ellen Page, the director David Cage and supporting cast members Kadeem Hardison and Eric Winter.

This is the first time a video game has been selected as a part of the Tribeca Film Festival selection. Geoff Gilmore (a founder of the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals) described the upcoming PS3 exclusive’s inclusion as “a watershed moment in storytelling and media.”

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Beyond: Two Souls Coming “This Year”

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Brendan Griffiths
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Beyond: Two Souls Coming “This Year”

We’ve had enough of delays recently, so it’s good to hear something a little more positive. David Cage has told IGN that Beyond: Two Souls will be released this year, with an actual release date to be announced very soon.

This may sound a little vague, but we had a strong feeling that the Ellen Page-fronted game would slip into next year’s line-up. So much so, I decided to omit it from my Sunday Seven article, 2013’s Most Wanted Games. Cage also confirmed the game is almost at the beta stage.

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Cage: Sony Gave QD "Total Freedom. No Constraint In Anything"

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Matt Gardner
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Heavy Rain, PS3 games, Quantic Dream, Sony

Cage: Sony Gave QD "Total Freedom. No Constraint In Anything"

David Cage has spoken of a rare thing in his relationship with Sony: full autonomy and creative control over exactly what he and his studio deliver.

When asked at Gamescom just how much freedom Sony had afforded Quantic Dream when it came to artistic vision, Cage's answer was simple: "Total freedom," he said. "Total freedom. No constraint in anything."

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Cage Wants Beyond: Two Souls To Challenge Minds, Not Thumbs

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Matt Gardner
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Deeper meaning, PS3 games, Quantic Dream

Cage Wants Beyond: Two Souls To Challenge Minds, Not Thumbs

Quantic Dream's David Cage has suggested that he's far more interested in giving his audience something with "meaning" rather than something "fun".

"I don’t want to challenge their thumbs, I want to challenge their minds,” he said in a recent interview.

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Beyond: Two Souls Footage Goes Behind The Scenes

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Jonathan Lester
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Ellen Page, Quantic Dream, trailer

Beyond: Two Souls Footage Goes Behind The Scenes

Actors Ellen Page, Kadeem Hardison and Eric Winter have gotten together in a behind the scenes trailer for Beyond: Two Souls, Quantic Dream's supernatural psychological thriller. Animations, both facial and dynamic body movement, are looking absolutely exceptional at this stage since they're based on some painstaking motion capture work.

We were enraptured by Beyond: Two Souls when we saw it in action at E3. Indeed, it's our overall pick of the show as well as our most anticipated title. Game's out in 2013, and we'll be watching it like a hawk.

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David Cage: Games Industry Must Innovate Or It "Will Die"

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Jonathan Lester
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, Journey, Quantic Dream

David Cage: Games Industry Must Innovate Or It "Will Die"

"This Industry Needs More Games Like Journey"

Quantic Dream's David Cage believes that innovative games like Journey can save the games industry from stagnation and collapse.

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Spector: "I Would Never Make A Game Like Heavy Rain"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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David Cage, Heavy Rain, Junction Point, Quantic Dream, Warren Spector

Spector: "I Would Never Make A Game Like Heavy Rain"

Warren Spector - he of Deus Ex and Epic Mickey fame - has suggested that although he admires Quantic Dream and thinks David Cage is one of the finest storytellers in the industry, that he'd never make a game like Heavy Rain, decrying the critically acclaimed PS3-exclusive's inflexibility and lack of emergent player surprises.

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